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Rich Lerner: “The Single Season Grand Slam”
What about American Pharoah winning the single season Triple Crown, and Max Scherzer pitching a single-day no-hitter yesterday?
There is no other kind of Grand Slam, Richie.
TOP FIVE GREATEST GOLFERS UPDATE
- Jack Nicklaus
- Rory McIlroy
- Jordan Spieth
- Ben Hogan
- Greg Norman
Man, Joe Buck’s interview is making me cringe, but then these kinds of interviews usually make me cringe.
10:25 pm: TWO DOWN, TWO TO GO!!!
9:15 pm: No commercials the rest of the way! Fox!!!
Jordan got robbed on that one, if you ask me.
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7:40 pm: If Rory could had stayed on -2, he would have been a factor. Still, a good round for him. Another backdoor top ten, perhaps. Jordan not out of this. Maybe DJ will misplay the par-5… Don’t want him getting too far ahead… He’s in the hay, it looks like… Jason with a good shot at the par-5 green.
6:26 pm: RORY ?
6:00 pm: And they’re off!!
3:15 pm: The New York Times has an interesting article about the whole Jordan Spieth/No. 18/Par-4-or-5 thing. Interesting for the topic and for this:
The idea that Spieth, by far the most popular golfer in the United States right now, would play the final hole of the national championship in such an unorthodox manner could not have made the U.S.G.A.’s leadership too comfortable.
Are you listening, Golf Channel?
Looks like one heckuva battle shaping up for Low Am.
3:00 pm: Only three more hours until the leaders… Man, what a long day…
10:00 am: Get your popcorn ready! Only eight hours until the leaders tee off!
8:15 am: Golf Channel just had an interesting discussion about Jordan Spieth’s philosophical (and practical) problems with No. 18 when it is set up as a par-4. Here’s a nice description from Golf Digest of Spieth’s possible solution.
8:00 am: Saw an interesting comment to a NY Post article:
When you can drop two balls 5 inches from each other, and one will end up 6 feet from the hole and the other ends up 30 yards away in a pot bunker, that course is NOT a test of skill, but of luck. It is one thing to have that on one or two greens AT THE MOST. But not all 18.
Fox Criticism: I noticed a lot of “Faux Sports” in the criticisms of Fox that I’ve seen. I’m aware that “Faux News” is an epithet that one political pep squad uses to insult the other. The point is that a sizable portion of the criticism of Fox’s golf coverage is dismissible; it’s nothing more than people bringing their political whining to sports. It’s fine for people not to like the way Fox is handling golf; I’m sure some people for legitimate reasons find it inferior. But a lot of people were going to bash Fox no matter what, for reasons having nothing to do with the actual broadcast. (You are also going to have the people affiliated with NBC bashing for a different kind of politics: the politics of the television industry.)
Personally, among many improvements, I’ve rather enjoyed not having the comedy club tryouts held during the US Open. I don’t miss McCord and Feherty and their ilk. I don’t need, “Jason is wobbling like a bowling pin in a 7-10 split.” “These greens are enough to make anybody dizzy.”
I also liked how Joe Buck kept stopping himself with his Dan Jenkins’ quote in order to let the audience hear Spieth and Greller discuss a shot. The other networks talk all over such conversations, thinking their lame attempts at humor are more interesting.
I also noticed the commercials seem to have been kept to a minimum. There was a time last night I needed to do a couple of thinks and waited for a commercial break. I had to wait and wait and wait. I realize this is a major, and all the golf networks try to stay with the action, but outside of CBS and Augusta, I don’t remember a tournament — at least down the stretch — with as few commercials.