Daily Archives: July 18, 2010

The Old Lady Never Showed Her Teeth

This years British Open at St. Andrews was uneventful for the TV viewers. There was very little drama going into Sunday, and watching a two man race isn’t that much fun since it takes so long between golf shots. I was rooting for Paul Casey, but when I flipped on the TV Sunday morning it was pretty much already over. From what I understood it was pretty much over on the 8th hole today. At least with the US Open we had guys close at the top of the board, and choking was more a factor than good play, but nevertheless much more entertaining than the blowout at the old course. With most of the guys we want to see atop the leader board (Tiger, Phil, Daly) already far out of contention all we could hope for was some drama like an epic meltdown, mixed with one of the guys 7-10 strokes back playing out of their mind on Sunday, but that didn’t come close to happening. I’m happy for Louis Oosthuizen (this years champ), but it made me want to head out and enjoy the summer day instead of battling heavy eyelids. There wasn’t really anyone putting real pressure on him during the tourney after day two. I don’t want to discount what the guy did on the course, since he obviously dominated it. At the same time, I can’t help but wonder what would’ve happened if he had less favorable tee times during the first couple of days, and was stuck in the wind that eliminated a lot of the competition. He never really experienced the old lady showing her teeth as Tom Watson would say. I watched a lot on Saturday, but am glad I didn’t waste my day away on Sunday seeing who would win the battle for 2nd place. By the way congrats Lee Westwood on coming in 2nd, you are officially the best golfer to not win a major. Hopefully you don’t hang onto that title as long as Phil did. In my eyes the best part of the tourney was one shot. You’ve probably already seen on the highlights. Miguel Jimenez had an amazing double bogey save on the 17th. The hole was eating everyone alive all week long, and playing a half a stroke over par for the tourney. Although Jimenez couldn’t escape with a par, he did leave us with this creative gem. Thanks Miguel for giving me the off the weeezy shot that I will remember this years open by. Come to think of it, I’ll probably remember this shot more than the winner that everybody had a hard time pronouncing his name!

My Old 1986 Fantasy Baseball Team

I finally checked out Hot Tub Time Machine this weekend…. and while the idea of creating Lougle is a pretty good one, I’d probably opt for dominating the fantasy sports world – after inventing it of course. To that end, I traveled back to ’86 and found my old fantasy baseball roster. My team was stacked….

C -Tony Pena, Pittsburgh. 56 R, 10 HR, 52 RBI, 9 SB, .288 avg

1B – Von Hayes, Philadelphia. 107 R, 19 HR, 98 RBI, 24 SB, .305 avg

2B – Steve Sax, Los Angeles. 91 R, 6 HR, 56 RBI, 40 SB, .330 avg

SS – Cory Snyder, Cleveland. 58 R, 24 HR, 69 RBI, 2 SB, .272 avg

3B – Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia. 97 R, 37 HR, 119 RBI, 1 SB, .290 avg

OF – Tim Raines, Montreal. 91 R, 9 HR, 62 RBI, 70 SB, .334 avg

OF – Kevin Bass, Houston. 83 R, 20 HR, 79 RBI, 22 SB, .311 avg

OF – Eric Davis, Cincinnati. 97 R, 27 HR, 71 RBI, 80 SB, .277 avg

UTIL – Kirby Puckett, Minnesota. 119 R, 31 HR, 96 RBI, 20 SB, .328 avg

BN – Danny Tartabull, Seattle. 76 R, 25 HR, 96 RBI, 4 SB, .270 avg

SP – Charlie Hough, Texas. 17 Wins, 3.79 ERA

SP – Mike Krukow, San Francisco. 20 Wins, 3.05 ERA

SP – Frank Viola, Minnesota. 16 Wins, 4.51 ERA

SP – Curt Young, Oakland. 13 Wins, 3.45 ERA

RP – Dave Righetti, New York. 46 Saves, 2.45 ERA

RP – Tom Henke, Toronto. 27 Saves, 3.35 ERA

BN – Oil Can Boyd, Boston. 16 Wins, 3.78 ERA.