I’ve had some fun today, given there’s been little of interest on TV in other matters for me today, I’ve been watching some cricket. Yes, I know, I like cricket, but the Indian Premier League (IPL) just tends to leave me cold for some reason. In truth, I blame the commentators for that, mainly because they tend to fawn over the Indian cricketers as if they were gods, and well, when Danny Morrison starts commentating, lets just say it starts to grind on me. So lets leave the actual cricket there, OK? Tonight, given that ESPN are giving baseball a pass on the early games tonight, I’ll have the Masters on until bedtime, much more sedate. And beyond the fact of commenting that I’ve just seen Tiger Woods knock in a long eagle putt, and do nothing more than acknowledge the crowds (no fist pump, as it used to be with him), I’m beginning to hope he wins again sometime soon, and if you’d told me a few years ago that I’d be saying that, I’d be laughing at you!
But going back to the IPL, and that ‘other universe’ life I might have had. Yes, I was watching the cheerleaders doing their routines, and wondering what that sort of life might be like? Well, without the bit of checking their smart phones while not dancing, but hey, if I was young now, like that, maybe I would do that sort of thing? In truth, I have no idea how well paid they are, or anything? I assumed all these Pro Sport cheerleaders were well paid, well pampered, and everything else, and then I read an article about how badly some NFL teams treat their cheerleaders, and it shocked me. Basically their attitude seems to be that of supply and demand, but I wonder how much demand there will be in future when they find out how badly the women are treated, but anyway…?
Alright, I suspect Clara, and all those other chorus line dancers were on pretty strict diets during their working years, to keep them slim, all the same. Probably why most only did a few years, before getting married, and retiring, I guess, as they could then eat more normal amounts?
But fine, if I had the youth, the looks, and the dancing skills, that sort of life might just be fun? I know, I’ll never know, I guess, unless Clara gives her full life story if I ever get regressed again! Either that, or a wonderful lady I know online, who worked in Vegas tells me. Not that either give me that personal experience, but short of a rejuvenation chamber, or something, not going to happen to me!
Fine, video time. I apologize for the less than regular quality tonight, but this is from Top Of The Pops in 1974, basically a lost episode, but someone found this bit at least. The actual song, and routine is fine (very vintage, apt for the song), but a couple of, err, interesting interludes. No, I know nothing of the artist, beyond this song!
Well, seeing as the main topic that raised my ire this morning was political, I was trying to work a way of getting round to it, given the idiot was American (yes, guess who?), but given it involved at least a couple of British figures, I decided to pass. But lets just say, Donald, if you are going to throw an insult tweet at someone, make sure its the right person, OK?
In other news, by skill, fluke, or miracle, I passed that exam yesterday. No, I dont know how well, all it told me was that I passed, which means I scored somewhere between 70%, and 100%, and no idea where in between. 2 more on the next 2 Wednesday’s, lets hope I fluke them equally well!
So I was thinking, what else can I talk about tonight? And yes, maybe the title gives it away, golf.
I must admit, when he burst on the scene, and dominated events, I wanted just about anyone to win except Tiger Woods. Probably because I’ve always been a fan of the under dog (fine, Dodgers, I know…lol), so someone as dominant as him wasnt my thing. But then things started to change, for various reasons, a lot of it ‘rich person’ stuff, but equally, his body began to give up on him. Yes, I now know the feeling, but hey, I am nearly 60, so what do I expect?
And yes, as his injuries, and personal life woes started to catch up with him, something strange happened, I started feeling sorry for him. Probably because he stopped winning everything, and his golf became a whole lot more human. Thats my excuse, anyway.
So yes, I’m posting this tonight for the very obvious reason, his latest comeback starts today, in his own tournament in the Bahamas. Yes, I’m watching it, and he’s doing fine, and I’m glad about that. Yes, it helps that the crazy fist pumping days seem behind him, a much more measured acknowledgement of the good moments now, unlike before. Oh fine, also helps that its not hard to realize that he’s never going to dominate golf like he used to, so who knows, I’ll probably be delighted for him if, and maybe when he wins again. I know, crazy stuff!
No, in case anyone was thinking otherwise, I have no plans to make a golf comeback, I’m way past that point. Even at my best, in my late teens/early twenties, I only ever reached the semi respectable range of a 12 or 13 handicap, no better. Now I’d be lucky if I could hit a golf ball 13 yards! Well, fine, that might be a slight exaggeration of my body pains, but you get my drift?
But yes, message to Tiger. Stay a nice, reasonably respectful guy, and if you win again, I’ll be so pleased for you. If you told me 10 years ago that I would say that, I would have laughed. Ah well, times change…
OK, the video. A little bit of vintage Abba live. I’m sure the song was about a certain feline animal (given it was recorded in the 70’s), not a golfer, but besides that…
When it comes to sports I enjoy watching, golf would be in the plus zone, if not as high as obvious ones as cricket. But what happens with golf, is that every so often, something very unique jumps out at you. This week, at Sawgrass, has just one of those holes, the 17th.
Some of you already know what I mean, but for the rest of you…this hole is only about 140 yards long, but…between the tee and the green, pretty much just water! Well there is a narrow strip of land (would be harsh if the golfers had to swim to the green lol!), but that is pretty irrelevant. You look out, you see water, and a tiny green.
I know, its a bit perverse watching the top golfers in the world making idiots of themselves occasionally, but hey, its fun!
The funny thing is, I can claim to have played Sawgrass many times, and indeed have a decent record at the 17th, but only in a cyber sense. Many years ago, when I had a lot more spare time than now, I used to buy the odd PC game, one of which was an early version of the Tiger Woods game, which yes, featured Sawgrass as one of its courses. To be honest, I’m no real gamer, and I did buy a later version, but didnt like it as much. Most like complexities and challenges from gaming, I just enjoyed having some fun. And nowadays, I havent bought any games in about 6 or 7 years. And the irony is, those early games wouldnt even run on modern computers, they would be far too basic for that!
But it has to be said, even on a computer game, standing on that tee was quite a challenge, especially if the ‘game’ decided that the wind was blowing ‘a bit’! But yes, a good shot was extra special when I did hit it. The one other hole I remeber fondly from that game was the very short par 4 at River Highlands, where on the game you were able to reach the green with a driver, and yes, in cyber golf terms at least, I hit an albatross/hole in one there, but it is the only way I ever would have done.
While talking of golf, here’s an irony for you. When Tiger Woods was nigh invincible, I always wanted someone to come through and beat him. Nowadays, he seems a lot more human, and here I am, on Friday evening (my time) hoping that he makes the cut this weekend! Crazy, or what? I know, he’s human, and certainly proved that of late, in more senses than one. But it didnt always feel that way, it has to be said lol!
Want to see what I mean about this hole? Check out the video then.