LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Ernie Els tosses his golf ball after a birdie putt on the 18th green as his caddie Ricci Roberts looks on during the final round of the 141st Open Championship. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Monday , July 23, 2012
Oh, people. It’s Monday. I’m predicting a serious nap, incessant rambling and copious use of parentheses today. So bear with me.
Time for Monday Morning Musings:
-I am pretty noncommittal when it comes to watching golf on TV. That’s not a knock on the game itself, since I appreciate the skill, talent and - for goodness sakes - the patience it takes to play this game. That said, for some reason I was totally into The Open Championship (proper name) this weekend. Here’s where it takes a turn for the weird: I didn’t watch the final round of the British – I listened to it on the radio.
I’m not sure I’ve ever done that before, and I am shocked to admit that it made Sunday’s memorable round even more exciting. And that surprised me, since golf is one of those sports where you really want SEE the shot.
Hearing from Marty Brennaman that Brandon Phillips hit a single to center field is enough for me. I don’t need video evidence. But hearing Adam Scott miss his putt on 16 made me want to run to a television to see the carnage firsthand. And in slo-mo, over and over again.
It’s almost like it makes TV more worthwhile (as if that’s possible). Oh, and I got to go shopping while listening, so it was a win-win. Except for Scott. It was more like a loss for him.
-‘Member what I was saying last week about Peyton Manning being the best, most fantastical spokesperson ever in the history of the world? (OK, it’s hyperbole. It’s Monday. Give me some slack.) Anyway, he called some of the Colorado movie shooting victims, while several of his teammates visited the victims. Little things, but impressive nonetheless.
- Barry Larkin is a Hall of Famer. And his speech was epic. I’m pretty sure he thanked everyone in the 513 area code (which he has every right to do), he spoke a significant amount of Spanish and his speech lasted 30 minutes. Lengthy? Sure. But the man spent 19 impressive years on the field – he can talk as long as he wants. Check out the photo gallery from Cooperstown here .
-P.S. The Reds are hanging tough (NKOTB reference) in first place. Without Joey Votto, who’s apparently recovering well. I’m really looking forward to the rest of this season – specifically what I hope is a legendary Pittsburgh meltdown.
-I just realized all of this stuff is sportsy. So I better end with something girly for balance. Let’s see. Hmm. Flowers and ballet and sundresses and ruffles. Does that even things out?
From Today’s Show:
-Penn State Sanctions: Here we go. More sports. But this is big – sources are saying Penn State’s punishment from the NCAA could be “unprecedented.” We’ll find out this morning, and wcpo.com will have the latest.
-Start Saving: Turns out the dry weather across the country is going to cost us more at the grocery store, even on things we might not suspect.
Today’s Distracting Link:
How well do you see colors? Test thyself.
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