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Comment by Randall Smith on February 10, 2019 at 7:30am

I'm not particularly pleased about the new rule change in golf where the putter can leave the flagstick in the hole if he so chooses. I'll continue to take it out.

I await the day where caddies will be a thing of the past and golf carts will be used during professional tournaments. It certainly is the case at all golf courses I play on.

Besides mowing lawns, my first job was caddying, back when I was 12 years old. We had just moved to a house right across the street from a golf course. My father ordered me to "go caddy". I knew nothing about golf. But, to the day he died, I thanked him for getting me started in a life long hobby and love.

I could almost write a book about my experiences caddying. This was back in the 50's--no carts then. The pay was awful! Four hot hours of carrying a heavy bag for $1.75. Perhaps I'd get a 25 cent tip. I caddied for 4 years before being promoted to work in the clubhouse at $5 for 8 hours. And I loved it! Imagine.

Still, I learned to play the game and became fairly proficient becoming a "scratch" golfer (par shooter). I first shot my age at 66 and continue to do so regularly. (I'll soon be 76.)

For many years, I've told the clubhouse manager that if any boy (or girl) comes in and wants to caddy, let me know. I'll hire him. It's never happened.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 28, 2019 at 7:33am

The other night, I had 3 sports on TV to choose from. I picked boxing. What a savage "sport". I can't believe the participants don't have to wear helmets. There has to be brain damage occurring.

So why do I watch it? I'm guessing it's because I watched a lot of it with my father as a kid--Rocky, Archie, Kid Gavilan, Sugar Ray. I got hooked on boxing, not realizing how brutal it was. I would box with my sisters--and remember getting TKO'd with a punch. Embarrassing.

Many years ago, I bought a heavy punching bag and gloves. It hangs in my basement. I pound it all the time. It doesn't hit back! It's good exercise in so many ways: strengthens many muscles, agility (dancing), cardio workout, etc. It also relieves stress. I really enjoy this kind of boxing.

So, although it hurts me to watch men getting pummeled, I continue to watch the sport of boxing for reasons I really don't understand. Must be a primal thing. Anybody else feel that way?

Comment by Loren Miller on January 21, 2019 at 8:23am

At least we will get a bunch of NEW commercials two Sundays hence.? I just hope they're better than the lame stuff they laid on us last year.

And I've said it before and will repeat: sure, the Rams won, but the officiating was HORRENDOUS, particularly that no-call Pass Interference at the end of the Rams - Saints game.

As for the Super Bowl?? I'd say Pats by 10.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 21, 2019 at 7:42am

Not one, but 2 overtime thrillers yesterday in the pro football playoffs. Sadly, "my" teams lost both.

Sometime, during the course of the games, I began to see a pattern: of commercials. I became aware that 90% of the ads were for 1) vehicles (cars and "manly" trucks), 2) food and drink ("fast" food and beer/cola), 3) insurance (Geico, Progressive, esp.), 4) "tech" stuff (smart phones, computers, etc.), and 5) "promos" (upcoming TV shows and movies, etc.).

I began making a game of guessing which of these types would be shown next. And I bet that during those 2 games, some commercials were repeated 10 times. "We don't just raise the bar. We are the bar." (Ford trucks)

I realize these products are mainly for young male and female sports fans. And some of the ads are funny--at first. At least, I haven't seen ED commercials for a while. I hated them. Anyway, it's the price we pay for being able even to watch the games in the comforts of a warm house and easy chair. The remote has a mute button.

However, it would be neat to see some ads for things like broccoli and kale, or pianos, or hats.?

Comment by Randall Smith on January 12, 2019 at 7:17am

Life is full of quirks and coincidences. What are the chances that my Indiana Hoosiers, Purdue, and the Pacers (pro) basketball teams were not only playing Friday night at the same or overlapping times, but that all three games were being televised?!! It's rare that any one team is on TV, let alone all three simultaneously. My remote control got a workout!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 6, 2019 at 7:12am

Colts and Cowboys both played tough, though I also have to say that the Seahawks are little more than a shadow of their old selves.? This afternoon's wildcard games are liable to be interesting as well.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 6, 2019 at 7:07am

Hip hip hurrah! (Old school)? The Colts did it. Surprised the heck out of me. I yelled out a few "Yippees" while watching the game, but that's about the extent of it. In watching the news stations, it appears local fans got a little carried away with exuberance. You won't see me painting my face or dressed up in elaborate costumes. Enjoy the thrill of victory now, people. The axe will soon fall.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 31, 2018 at 7:55am

Randall, while I wasn't too surprised at the outcome, I have a couple things to say about it:

  1. The Browns did NOT quit.? I've seen too many times when they played 30 minutes of football, while their opponent did the full 60 entirely too often.? NOT THIS YEAR, not hardly at all, and that is a big deal.
  2. The Browns now have a core team they can train further and build on.? Keep in mind, this was a young club with a lot of rookies, and even with a change in head coach midway through the season, they played damned near .500 ball.? After being 1 - 31, I'll take that any day of the week.
  3. Baker Mayfield is, indeed, DANGEROUS.? Anyone notice that he's set a record for the number of touchdown passes in his rookie season?? NBC did.? He throws with precision and when he screws up, he owns it.? Not bad for his first year.
  4. Next year, the AFC North HAS to go through Cleveland.? No one is going to take the Browns for granted after 2018.? If we can build on what we have and not screw it up with absurd changes in personnel, we have a WEAPON here.

2018 has been a long time coming for the Browns.? It's still a bit fragile, but I'll take it.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 31, 2018 at 7:38am

Weekend football games--both college and professional--were entertaining. The older I get, the less I root for one team over the other. Cleveland vs. Baltimore, for example. Both deserved to win, so I wasn't unhappy with the results. (Loren may disagree!)

A few more games are on tap for today (NY eve) and tom. (NY Day). I'll be watching most of them, especially if the outside weather is bad, like today.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 22, 2018 at 7:14am

I'm always complaining about "color" announcers, and I'm not about to stop. This time I'm directing my diatribe towards Dick Vitale. I really can't stand him. He's so full of himself and SO obnoxious. I just want (and do) to say "Shut the f..k up!"? I watched the entire Duke game with the sound muted. Ah, peace and quiet.


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