What is happening to golf when the big names, (Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els), come up flat and short, and the new guy, (Graeme McDowell), wins? The backroom bookies are at work? No. The TV elves are juicing up the drama to keep things exciting? Nope. So what's the answer?
When the veterans fall part and a rookie steps up to take the roar of the crowd, the veterans are trying to hard, second guessing themselves. Tiger is trying too hard to beat Jack Nicklaus's record. Phil Mickelson is trying too hard to get out of the Tiger's shadow. A win at the Open would have meant that he would have finally stepped up into the light himself. Ernie Els was trying too hard to beat both Tiger and Mickelson, and all three of these very good and veteran golfers finished the day by beating themselves.
Manute Bol was once billed as the tallest men ever to play for the NBA. He stood 7 feet 6 inches, his shoe size was 16 ½ , his heart size was about the biggest in the world. He died, yesterday, Saturday, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, from severe kidney trouble and complications of a rare skin disorder. He was only forty seven.
AssociatedPress -- "Tiger Woods makes a third round charge at U.S. Open to put himself in position to challenge at Pebble Beach. Dustin Johnson is the leader through 54 holes, three shots ahead of Graeme McDowell and five better than Woods." See the video.
A beer pong championship? Excuse me -- the world beer pong championship? Yeah! This dorm game has gotten serious. 350 teams in the competition. $250K in prize money. $25k top prize. And it was hosted for the second year in a row in in Atlantic City? Where else? The casinos need to draw people.
Brian Cahill.spokesman for the Resorts Hotel, host casino joint said, "Not only did it generate hotel room sales and food and beverage revenue, but it gave Resorts additional exposure in the media, brought energy and excitement to the hotel and casino, and it introduced many new people to the property."
Jaden Smith is the top attraction, tops Jackie Chan in a Kungfu movie? The flick is called 'Karate Kid,' but the martial arts is all kungfu and the location is China, and the star is eleven years old, ten years old when the film was shot, and the teen and pre-teens on the Internet are saying, 'he's cute." That translates into being box office hot.
Justin Bieber, the hot teen idol himself, who appears at the end of the flick singing his hit single, "Never Say Never," as the credits roll, was on Twitter on opening day, this past Friday, telling his zillion of girl fans -- "Everyone go check out my lil bro Jaden Smith's new movie KARATE KID. OPENS 2nite!! " And did his fans respond! The flick grabbed the hog share of Friday box office and is expected to be this weekend's run away hit.
Teen sailor, Abby Sunderland, has been rescued by a fishing vessel a day after she set off distress signals after her boat, Wild Eyes, was damaged by the crazy seas. "She's bumped and bruised but doesn't have anything obivous or major wrong," Abby Sunderland's mother, Marianna, told reporters Saturday. By all accounts she did everything right, she just got hit by a bit of bad luck. Some critics have taken aim at her and her family for her attempt to sail around the world alone, but it's unwarranted, at best. She set out to achieve a goal and break a record her brother set, and was half-way towards that goal when Mother Nature took over. Many of the critics would be silent if she would have succeeded, but it just wasn't meant to be. Obviously the family has incredible sailing talent, and one has to be
a crew aboard an airplane from Australia hopes to arrive at the position issued via her EPIRB satellite positioning device at daybreak (she's 11 hours ahead of Pacific Daylight Time)," and also reported that "It stated that the EPIRB unit issuing a signal was one that has to be activated manually. Presumably this is the unit attached to her survival suit. Another signal had come from a hand-held Personal Locator Beacon, or PLB.