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NC Golf Panel Releases Best 100 Courses in North Carolina posted by Golf Fan

This week the North Carolina Golf Panel released their list with the Best 100 Golf Courses in North Carolina and it is not shocking that prestigious courses including the No.two course at Pinehurst Resort NC and the course at Grandfather Mountain Golf and Nation Club created the top rated spots. The list, which considers NC Golf Courses that are public, private, or resort for the Leading 100 list is published each year in the April issue of Business enterprise North Carolina. The North Carolina Golf Panel was designed in 1995 to rate and report on the state’s finest courses. Panelists that were asked to contribute score every course employing these deciding aspects: routing, style, conditioning, strategy, memorability, fairness, selection and aesthetics. We agree with all the folks at the NC Golf Panel. North Carolina is the greatest state within the country to appreciate golf! Here are some highlights from the list.

Just as final year, Pinehurst No. 2 remained as the #1, top rated position. Just as we’ve reported, the Pinehurst No. two Course not too long ago re-opened last month right after it was extensively restored. Not surprisingly, this course somehow has generally been listed as the top rated position because the list initial began. Other highlights to note are the Charlotte Country Club moved as much as the #6 position plus the Elk River Club in Banner Elk jumped two positions to 7th. Greensboro’s Farm Course at the Greensboro Nation Club produced an look on the best 100 list after receiving renovations this past year.

See the web site for the NC Golf Panel for the total list, for a regional best ten breakdown, and to see the list of holes that would make up their “Dream 18”. If you're planning on golfing in the Carolinas you should check out this list.

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Golf Fan

Tiger's swing coach opens up in a new book posted by Golf Fan

Tiger Woods' quest to break Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 big championships weighed heavily on the former world No. 1 golfer, his former swing coach, Hank Haney, said in a book excerpt released Tuesday.

"There was a lot more urgency and much less entertaining. ... He never mentioned Nicklaus' record, but it began to weigh additional heavily at just about every significant," Hank Haney wrote in "The Significant Miss," his book about his time coaching Woods. "And Tiger's actions indicated he believed he had less time to do it than every person thought."

Inside the excerpt, Haney detailed Woods' extreme workouts and how they intersected with his fascination with the military.

"Tiger did two tandem parachute jumps, engaged in hand-to-hand combat exercises, went on four-mile runs wearing combat boots, and did drills in a wind tunnel," Haney wrote about 4 days Woods spent in special-ops coaching at Fort Bragg, N.C. "Tiger loved it, but his physical therapist, Keith Kleven, went a bit crazy worrying about the additional damage Tiger could be carrying out to his left knee.

"One morning I was within the kitchen when he came back from a extended run around [his Orlando-area dwelling at] Isleworth, and I noticed he was wearing Army boots. Tiger admitted that he'd worn the heavy shoes just before on precisely the same route. 'I beat my best time,' he mentioned."

Woods grew up inside a military family. His father, Earl Woods, was a Green Beret. According to Haney, Woods was seriously thinking about becoming a Navy SEAL, one of the military's most physically and mentally demanding units.

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Colin Linneweber

Charles Barkley, Tiger Woods and Billy Payne Are Not "Role Model(s)" posted by Colin Linneweber

Legendary basketball superstar Charles Barkley justifiably criticized the chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club this week for negative comments he made about Tiger Woods and his serial philandering immediately prior to The Masters Tournament

“It is simply not the degree of his conduct that is so egregious here,” said Billy Payne, who replaced Hootie Johnson as Augusta’s presiding officer in 2006. “It is the fact that he disappointed all of us, and more importantly, our kids and grandkids. Our hero did not live up to the expectations of the role model we saw for our children.” 

Payne continued when a reporter asked him if Woods could potentially redeem himself. 

“Is there a way forward? I hope yes. I think yes. But certainly, his future will never again be measured only by his performance against par, but measured by the sincerity of his efforts to change. I hope he realizes that every kid he passes on the course wants his swing but would settle for his smile.” 

Barkley is close friends with Woods and he harshly chastised Payne for his remarks. 

“I don’t know who the hell he thinks he is,” said Barkley, 47, an 11-time NBA All-Star selection. “That’s Tiger Woods personal life. That has nothing to do with golf.” 

After Barkley verbally pimp-slapped Payne, he stated that you’d have to have your “head in the sand” if you don’t think Woods is judged differently than other golfers because he is black. 

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Andy Johnson

Lion's Paw Was A Roaring Good Time posted by Andy Johnson

This past summer I spent some time in Myrtle Beach and tried to tame the Lion's Paw golf course, with little to no success :-)  My buddy and I enjoyed the course very much.  It was a challenging course for us because we are beginners, but we enjoyed the nice landscape and beautiful views along the course.  We can't wait to come back next year with a little more golf experience under our belts.  If you're in the area and haven't given it a try, I definitely recommend it!  

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The Gripester

Tiger Woods' Tiresome Tantrums posted by The Gripester

Tiger TantrumSome guy blogged about how Tiger Wood’s is a role model off the course, but he doesn’t have to be one on the course. Well, Tiger’s off course on the course. His actions are that of an ass. He owns the golf world, but acts like a spoiled kid on goofy golf course. I’m sick of it, and of him. Tiger’s not content with being the best at his sport. He wants to rule it with a nastiness that golf has always been averse to. His tantrums, and cursing, and throwing clubs, and berating the photographers and fans that cause his huge income, has gotten ridiculous. What is the message he is trying to send? He wants what the contact sports have. He wants to humiliate while he dominates.How else can one explain his recent insults of Ernie Els’ rehab practices? Now, he’s talking trash. What’s next, walking down the fairway shooting barbs like a basketball player running his mouth down the court?Basketball is physical and verbal. Football is physical and verbal. Hockey is physical and more physical. Baseball is the calm of the big four, though it has its moments. Golf is not the platform for his theatrics. From organizers, to players, to fans, and family, golf is a solo sport, mostly played in the mind. One’s own mind. Being upset with your play should be kept in your head, or taken out to the practice tees. We don’t pay to see Tiger heave clubs into the weeds or F-Bomb our kids, or threaContinue reading "Tiger Woods' Tiresome Tantrums"


Devin

Funny non-sport related videos!!!!! posted by Devin

I know these 3 clips have nothing to do with sports, but I thought that it would be entertaining because all you need to do is laugh sometimes.  I will probably post 3 videos every so often so stay tuned, I guess:

THEY GET BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IT GETS EVEN BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

STAY TUNED, THERE ARE MORE LAUGHS TO COME!!!!!!!!!

Devin

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George Singeltary

The year of the disappointing winner: Heath Slocum wins the Barclays over Tiger Woods posted by George Singeltary

After last week's Barclays, an analyst said something along the lines of "another week, another surprise winner in this year of the underdog."  What I would have said, and what he probably wanted to say, was: "another week, another random guy wins a big PGA Tour event in this year of the disappointing finish."  For the 3rd week in a row (and what seems like the millionth time this year) a little-known player won a big tournament (PGA=Yang, Wyndham=Ryan Moore, Barclays=Heath Slocum).  But does anyone really think these guys will be consistent winners?  Let's take Y.E. Yang for instance.  Yang took down Tiger at the PGA this summer.  He didn't just edge Tiger out, he beat him soundly.  Only minutes after winning the tournament Yang was already saying that he didn't want a rematch! 

I'm predicting that Yang will be just another example of the continuing trend on the PGA Tour: a guy wins, he looks impressive, then fades off into oblivion.  Adam Scott made it all the way to #3 in the world then totally fell off the map.  What about Sergio?  Last year about this time you were hearing: He won The Players! He learned how to putt and he's the #2 in the world he's going to take down Tiger!  Finally!  Next thing you know Sergio is steadily falling down the rankings and missing putts.  I for one am sick of the underdog story.  I'm still holding out hope that Tiger's Watson or Trevino will come along and challenge him just like those guys challenged Jack.

There was so much potential in the majors this year.  At the Masters you had Tiger, Phil, and Perry making a run down the stretch.  Guess who wins: Angel Cabrera!  Cabrera is the wildest one of them all!  He has won two huge tournaments: The U.S. Open and the Masters.  You never hear the guy's name at any other tournament!  Then the U.S. Open.  David Duval, the ex-#1 player who has fallen off the planet (again proving my point about players falling off) is so close to winning but comes up short.  Or you have Phil playing for Amy who is sick with breast cancer.  Who wins?  Lucas Glover.  Then comes the British.  You have potentially the biggest sports story of all time: "Tom Watson, winner of the British Open at age 59!"  He would finally get the credit he deserves!  But it wasn't to be.  Stewart Cink, the party pooper of the year gets the win.  Finally, the PGA comes around.  Tiger has the 54-hole lead and everyone is thinking: "finally we will have a big name guy win! Tiger will get his 15th major and everything will be right in the world.  Y.E. Yang wins the freaking tournament! 

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Greg Archuleta

Rest Easy, Jack; Top 5 Reasons Tiger Is Done posted by Greg Archuleta

Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major golf tournament victories is safe. Eldrick Woods will not catch him.

There, I said it. I was going to say it after he missed the cut at the British Open. Y.E. Yang's takedown of Eldrick at the PGA Championship on Sunday (The Win and the Yang? Choking Tiger, Hidden Dragon?) leaves no doubt in my mind.

Eldrick is finished.

At least as far as the all-time majors winner is concerned. Notice how I call him, "Eldrick?" That's because he's no longer the Tiger Woods that stormed to 14 majors by the age of 32.

Here are the top five reasons why "Eldrick" has replaced "Tiger" and will fall short of the still-Golden Bear.

No. 5: Fatherhood. Knowing Eldrick as well as I do ...  ... just waiting for the laughter ...I get the impression he's not a bad guy. He's never been accused of shooting himself in the leg at a club, making it rain at a strip club, taking female hormones, mistreating animals of any kind, doing anything improper in restaurants with patrons or in hotel rooms with hotel personnel. All he's done is curse ... and perhaps pass gas.

That means he's probably into being a dad. When that happens, your priorities change. You just don't spend as much time doing what you did before. You just want to be with your child. Therefore, he's probably just not spending as much time on the golf course. Doesn't make him a bad guy, either.

No. 4: His physical advantage is gone. Once upon a time, Tiger set the standard in physical conditioning for a golfer.

Nowadays, the majority of golfers spend a lot of time in the gym. How many Craig Stadlers and John Dalys are out on the tour. Take a look at the British Open and 59-year-old Tom Watson. He's a workout fiend. Everybody's doing it. The 37-year-old Yang took up golf at age 19. The guy matched Woods on the lenghts of his drives all afternoon.

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Chris Strickland

Street Ballin' posted by Chris Strickland

Being a baller, I tend to play basketball a lot. The other day I was balling, and some other ballers challenged me and my baller bros to a game of full-court. FULL COURT. I suck at full court.

I can't dribble, so full-court makes me look like an even shitter dribbler. One of my favorite dribbling techniques is to get a rebound, then take a few steps and crouch down, protecting the ball. I'll try to pass it to a teammate, then it'll get stolen. That's how I work.

One of the things I've noticed about street-balling is that there are two kinds of defense: physical and voice. "Physical D" is obvious: that's you actually playing defense. "Voice D" is when you're too tired to get to the basket, so you scream something random at your man when he's trying to score.

(Guy drives to the basket, and defender just watches)

"I'll burn your church!"

"Nigga, I'm agnostic. But that's still fucked up."

By the time he's said agnostic, I've already stolen the ball. That's an example of "Voice Defense."

I like playing two-on-two, I think it's good having a teammate and working together. One thing I don't like is when your teammate creates a play, then dishes it out to you to hit an open shot. And after he does that, he screams "HIT THAT!" Dude, obviously. Thanks for taking the time to remind me of what I'm supposed to be doing, and on top of that, adding the pressure of "you better make this." That's like Tiger Woods' caddy screaming "MAKE IT!" right when he's about to sink a putt. Tiger would be like, "Okay, fuck you.....anyone else know how to caddy?"

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Greg Archuleta

With All Due Respect, Tiger, Federer Is Da Proverbial 'Man' posted by Greg Archuleta

Tiger Woods is the biggest icon in the sports world today.

No athlete has transcended his sport the way the man with the most famous fist pump ever has transcended the game of golf. Countless fans tune in to golf tournaments only to check Tiger's progress. His popularity has made several other golfers rich because of his appeal as a marketing instrument.

Sure, soccer start Cristiano Ronaldo can attract a crowd of 80,000 to Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu for his introduction as a member of Real Madrid, but no casual soccer fans (is there such a thing?) tune in just to watch Ronaldo or any other soccer player.

Kobe Bryant?  LeBron James? Though Kobe apparently is doing quite well as Yao Ming's replacement in China, he's about five more consecutive titles away from erasing his tarnished 2004.

The King? Not so regal these days. First, he disses the Orlando Magic after they bounced his Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Eastern Conference finals. Then he has a videotape confiscasted of Xavier sophomore Jordan Crawford two-hand dunking on The Posterized One during a pickup basketball game earlier this week.

Manny Ramirez? Maybe for the first five innings, but ... no. Tom Brady? Not even with his super-model love life.

Only Jack Nicklaus' 18 Grand Slam titles is, for now, preventing Tiger from dominating the conversation as the all-time greatest golfer. Yet, for all Tiger's accomplishments, 68 titles, 14 majors at age 33, he's simply not the greatest athlete of his generation.

That honor belongs to Roger Federer.

American tennis fans, (all six of us) probably are asking, "Who?"

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BDL's 2014-15 NBA Season Previews: Golden State Warriors (Ball Don't Lie)

The Golden State Warriors cannot be criticized for lacking ambition. Mark Jackson led the franchise to the playoffs in two consecutive seasons (out of his three total), a feat that made him their most successful head coach since the first Don Nelson era. His reward was a speedy dismissal. For whatever tensions existed between Jackson and his bosses — and there were many , to the point where a disaster may have loomed — it is fairly apparent that the people in charge of the Warriors expect to challenge for titles, not to lose out on homecourt advantage in the first round and take one playoff series every couple years. Owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber want one of the league's preeminent franchises. The question isn't only if they have the roster to get them there, but whether they have hired the right man for the job. Former Phoenix Suns general manager, TNT commentator, and golfing buddy Steve Kerr has no coaching experience of any kind, just like Jackson when he was hired in 2011. Yet there's no guarantee that the Warriors will get lucky twice, even if Kerr has a sterling reputation and has said all the right things so far. The Warriors have taken a gamble, again, and Kerr may not connect with his players as well as Jackson did in his three seasons with the club. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] However, Kerr and his staff (which includes Alvin Gentry, his coach in Phoenix) can improve the team in other ways. It will take some work to match last season's third-ranked defense (by points allowed per possession), but there is a clear opportunity to best a No. 12 offense that belied Golden State's reputation as an especially potent group. While Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson strengthened their status as the best outside-shooting duo in the NBA, the offense as a whole often became stagnant and went away from its strengths, especially when eschewing the pick-and-roll. With versatile players like Andre Iguodala, David Lee, Draymond Green, and Andrew Bogut in the lineup, there's no glaring reason why Golden State can't become a better offensive team. Failure to do so would be the clearest sign that Kerr did not have a particularly impressive first season in Oakland. Then again, it's not entirely clear how Kerr and the franchise will define success. Is it enough for him to set the team on a course toward achieving the results that Jackson didn't, or will he need to exceed them now? It's not necessarily prudent to set such rigid standards before the team even plays a regular-season game. Nevertheless, controversial coaching changes require fairly exacting analysis. The outcome of such gambles reflect upon the franchise well beyond win-loss record. 2013-14 season in 140 characters or less: A coach pit himself and his team against the world, winning a few battles and losing the war. Did the summer help at all? The answer to this question depends largely on your belief in Kerr and his abilities relative to those of Jackson. As previously noted, those opinions will vary and can't be discussed with any certainty for at least a few months. If we stick to the roster, then the Warriors should be a little better. For one thing, they lost only Jermaine O'Neal, a quality reserve big man who missed several months and may be of limited use at 36 years old. They added Shaun Livingston as a much-needed backup point guard who can defend bigger guards when teamed with Curry; Brandon Rush, who performed well with Golden State as a reserve wing in 2011-12; and Leandro Barbosa, unlikely to match his years in Phoenix but still a speedy guard with explosive tendencies. Plus, reserve center Festus Ezeli returns after missing all of last season with a knee injury. Go-to offseason acquisition: Livingston is still iffy for opening night , but when he's in the lineup he will give the Warriors options that they lacked last season. Though not the world's most adept floor leader, Livingston can contribute in many areas (8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.2 steals in 26 minutes per game for the Brooklyn Nets in 2013-14) while freeing up other members of the team to excel. The Warriors lacked playmakers other than Curry and Iguodala, and they figure to be heavily dependent on those two for the same qualities this year. But Livingston provides some cover for a team that can use the help. [read full article]

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