High School Golf Update

Posted: March 7, 2012 in Golf

In happier news, my boy Noah made the high school golf team!!!  Granted, he’s only on Jr. Varsity, but he is the only freshman out of a high school of 2400 kids who made the team!  Very proud, yes, I’m very proud of the young man!

Given the fact young Noah has only played about 6 rounds of golf in his life, knows how to hit about 30% of the shots needed by a golfer, has new irons that he still doesn’t fully know yardages on, this feat of him making the squad is quite exceptional!!  I’m amazed and so happy for him!

First match is on March 27th and today’s 40+mph winds didn’t make practice too darned easy.

 

More updates on this dude as they come in.

 

“Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you…”  Lyrics from the Simon &  Garfunkel mega-hit Mrs. Robinson  and I once again had those words run through my head as I watched Peyton Manning’s press conference where he was released by the Indianapolis Colts.  Just a couple months ago I felt the same, empty feeling when Albert Pujols wasn’t re-signed by the St. Louis Cardinals.  Two sports pillars, two exceptionally talented guys, two icons who are now moving on to other professional franchises.

I don’t know about other cities, but St. Louis is built on tradition with its sports clubs.  Names like Enos Slaughter, Rogers Hornsby, Stan Musial, Dizzy Dean, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Ted Simmons, Ozzie Smith are held to pope-like standards.  These are some of the baseball untouchables in this sports city and piss on anyone who says players of today are better than that group.  Well, I hate to tell this town, but Albert Pujols was the best of them all and now he’s playing in California.

This is how many in Indianapolis probably feel tonight.  After 14 seasons of generosity, of sweat, of pain, of winning, the great Peyton Manning will now be someone else’s quarterback.  Perhaps the greatest quarterback of all-time is being sent away from the only club he’s ever known.  Sure he’s had a health concern but many players come back from just the same procedure.  Many of them are hard-hitting linebackers and safeties who don’t wind up in a wheelchair.  Manning had fusion surgery on his neck and both doctors who performed the operation have given him a 100% clear sign to play again.

Gone are the days where a player spends his entire career with one team.  Oh yes, there are a few, but they are extremely rare.  The latest to do so is New York Yankee stud shortstop, #2, Derek Jeter.   These types of situations are soon to be extinct in the sports world of today.  Traditionalists will bemoan that fact.  People in St. Louis cry that “it’s just not the way it used to be”.  True, it’s not, but that is the machine that has been created with the advent of salary caps, enormous salaries and huge television deals.  Certainly it’s sad, I feel as though things just aren’t good, but the bottom lines of many franchises and television networks says differently.

I’m a Peyton Manning fan.  I think what he’s done in this league is unprecedented.  I’ll enjoy watching him play the remainder of his career in Miami, Arizona, Seattle or whereever.  It will be odd, just as it’s odd seeing Pujols running around with a big ‘A’ on his hat.    I feel we as sportsfans lost a little bit today, actually a little bit more.  We’re the ones who are impacted the most, the rabid fanatics who spend big bucks on jerseys, hats, car magnets, tailgating grills, etc., etc..  Yeah, things aren’t the same and we have to get used to it.

We won’t see this anymore…..

#18....the best I've ever seen

So yesterday during the high school golf tryouts the squad was thrown a curve ball by Mother Nature.  Sunny skies were welcomed, the wind gusts of up to 60 MPH were not!  Yeah, you heard me, 60!  While my son Noah was on the course, the clubhouse recorded gusts of 46, 53, 56, 59 and 60 with sustained winds of around 42-45 mph all day long.  Misery, anyone?  Yes, the boys all experienced some level of pain while trying to make their mark on the team.  One kid in my son’s group had to hit 3 provisional tee shots since his other shots, once starting out straight, were whisked away by the power of the wind, not to be found.  Noah had a three foot putt for par and as he took his club back, a gust nearly knocked him over and pushed his ball almost 20 feet away!   Not a day to play golf, was it?

Noah kept wondering why his shots were so errant, even with short irons and I had to make sure he knew it wasn’t his swing, it was what the wind did to the backswing and downswing and clubface during the swing.  That much wind gives pro golfers nightmares.  My young freshman took a mental beating yesterday as well as when you’re so young and inexperienced, it’s difficult to cope with such severe conditions.

They are back at it today with four cuts to be made on this final day.  Hoping he makes it!!!!!!  Send him your good karma!

 

Have I mentioned my wife and I are headed back to Key West?  This will be our fifth visit to Cayo Hueso and hopefully the first visit with Key West Lou.  I’ve followed him for quite a while and wasn’t able to meet up with him our last time down, but I’m going to working the social media tools to get on his calendar this time.  Late June is the time, should be on the hot & humid side down there, but we ride our bikes everywhere, so the breeze helps.  We generally spend time at Captain Tony’s “to get out of the heat” during the daylight hours and enjoy the eccentric, trashy feel of the place.  Evenings are spent at the Chart Room although I don’t believe my favorite bartender, Michael, is there anymore.  Makes me sad, he was a great storyteller, had been to Cuba a few times, was a marksman, a diver, a true renaissance man.

We’re heading out from St. Louis about 6am on a Saturday morning, driving to Valdosta, GA.  Google maps says it’s about 10hrs….we’ll see, I plan on purchasing a radar detector by then.  The second day will be a straight shot to Key West….hoping for good traffic on A1A.  Two free days at the Doubletree by the airport and three more days at our favorite place, Westwinds Inn.  Looking forward to walking the length of Smathers Beach, stopping in at El Siboney, the orange juice at Blue Heaven, cold beer at Captain Tonys and a bite to eat at Rooftop and we want to stop by Don’s Place too.

Tomorrow being Friday, be sure to catch Key West Lou’s Legal Hour on KONK.  You can find it here at 9am Island Time (EST) or 10am St. Louis time (CST)  www.konkbroadcasting.com  as it sounds like a good rundown of topics.

Still feeling sad at the loss of Davy Jones.  😦

Enjoy the day, Cats!

 

Davy Jones Gone Too Soon

Posted: February 29, 2012 in Music

I was a huge fan of The Monkees.  They were the first real musical band I could watch  (with The Monkees TV show) and actually hear on the radio.  Davy Jones was my favorite, of course, but I loved what they did and how much fun they had.  Davy’s fatal heart attack at 66 makes today incredibly sad….he’ll be missed.

Enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okQe_lmM8OI