Augusta and Everything After

Speith on 15

Comparison is the thief of Joy  – We have written those words before and we write them again because again, the Media will be looking to compare this record-tying-performance to the man who made Golf relevant for the casual fan, Tiger Woods.  Instead of appreciating what a 21 yr old kid did across the 4-day event, we will instead be treated to the never-ending-blather about being, “the next big thing“.  We saw this next succession talk with Jordan and we see it every time another golfer wins a Major – is he the next Tiger?  No one is Tiger Woods, just like Tiger is not Jack – appreciate them for what they were/are – great for this moment.

Last Year Speith had a 2 shot lead and blew it to Bubba.  This year Spieth came out determined and became the first wire-to-wire champion since 1976.  Some of the records he now owns are: 36 hole record at -14, 54 hole record -16, most birdies for the tournament at 28, lowest opening round by a winner at 64, and the youngest player to lead after the opening round.  If you watch golf – you already know his name and know he is more surgical than blunt force – Spieth’s 28 birdies broke Phil Mickelson’s mark he set in 2001, (Phil finished tied for 2nd).

So what we know is Jordan Spieth is a Masters Champion and we also know that in his last four starts, Spieth has won twice and finished second twice.  Let’s see how it all plays out before we begin the coronation – afterall out of the last 20 Majors, at least 16 have been won by some guy that no one remembers – it’s like if a tree falls in the woods – without Tiger, is it still relevant? We’ll see.  Until then, let’s celebrate this accomplishment and congratulate Jordan Spieth at Augusta.


 

This is a photo of one of the pitchers in Saturday night’s baseball game between Bemidji State and Minnesota State.  If you have not heard by now Bemidji scored 20 runs off of 21 hits – during the same game, they scored 7 runs in an inning, twice.  During one of those innings, the game had to be delayed because of smoke.  Not from the Bats – from a car that had caught fire during their seven run sixth, causing smoke to billow over the field, stopping the game until it was resolved.  A wild game, that was more wild and was not done with wild moments.

Wild, because Minnesota State mercy-ruled Bemidji in the 8th inning.  That is not a typo.  The team that scored 20 runs, did not win – they were euthanized.  Minnesota State rang up 41 RUNS on 35 HITS – scoring a combined 24 runs in the 3rd and 8th innings alone.  Five players had four or more RBI and eight had at least three hits.  Bemidji trailed 22-18 after six – so they had a shot – only to see themselves outscored 19-2 before being mercy-ruled in the 8th.  I’m still shocked at the 35 hits producing 41 runs.

So much for everyone getting a trophy with their cupcake and orange slices – a man who carries a cat by the tail, learns a lesson in no other way – you rub some DiRT on it and get back out there.  Because  nothing is over until we decide it is – was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor – Hell No!


 

Lou Holtz, (the creepy ventriloquist puppet that sounds like daffy duck on Meth) is now gone from ESPN.  Mark May and the transcript writer could not be happier I’m assuming – the following is dictated not read – If you know what he says, let us know:


 

Those seats you see behind home plate are the batters box suite at Chase Field.  Those fans wearing all that D-Bag gear are actually Dodger fans who paid $3,000 to sit there.  If you believe that at that price point you can wear whatever you want – then Ken Kendrick, owner of the D-Bags, disagrees with you.  In Fact, he disagrees with you so much he demands that if you sit there, you must NEVER wear the other teams colors.  Kendrick offered the fans another suite if they preferred to remain in their Dodger gear, but when they chose to stay he bought them all D-Bag gear and a round of drinks for abiding by his policy.

Where does it say in the ticket agreement that you MUST abide?!  Where do you find this dress-code policy?  Do you have to wear shirts?  I ask because this is the same ballpark that has a swimming pool suite.  If I have to move to another suite, do I get a refund for my purchase?  I paid for those seats.  It seems as litigious as society can get, this is a ready made lawsuit waiting to happen.  I know someone in the area, that also has some Rockies gear – Maybe get some crowd-funding together and test Mr. Kendrick a little more.


 

…and now examples of a Good Save/Bad Save…

Good Save…George Springer

Bad Save…BU Goalie

Playin’ in the DiRT

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The 12th hole, called “Golden Bell,” is the second hole of Amen Corner and one of the most famous par 3’s in golf

Arnold Palmer once said about golf – Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented. 

Next weekend millions will tune in to watch a golf course bloom in front of their eyes, while men with sticks curse or rejoice at the fractions that separate the winners from those that failed.  You’ll be watching.  We all will be watching in some way.  There is something about this course..this event…that calls to us like Walden Pond does to Thoreau.Fantasy Golf Millionaire Maker $2.2 Million

So how beautiful would it be to win money while you watched.  You’ve seen what fantasy has done to football and how it changed how you watch it.  You’ve seen how it influences your watching of basketball.  Now imagine what it can do when you watch The Masters and you see your team of golfers cross amen corner, live.

DraftKings is having their Millionaire Maker Fantasy Golf Tournament during The Masters, with the top prize being a $1,000,000.  Could that change your life?  Could that make watching The Masters more beautiful?  For $20, you could use your winnings to one day play at Augusta – see the course that has been described as heavenly, in person.  Sure it seems like a risk, (no more than playing the lottery or eating at McDonald’s) and I would add the issue is not the risk but the return of investment you will make, but only you can decide that. What would you have to realise about the Millionaire Maker to make your decision today – before it fills up?  We’re going to give it a go and see what happens ourselves.  We will already be watching – now we’ll have a little extra incentive on who wins.

All year DraftKings will be helping you enjoy more golf by having PGA tournaments for you to play along.  So when the Pro’s putt around The Old Course at St. Andrews, you’ll be there too.

Here’s how the scoring works:

  • Per Hole Scoring
    • Double Eagle (DBL EAG): +20 PTs
    • Eagle (EAG): +8 PTs
    • Birdie (BIR): +3 PTs
    • Par (PAR): +0.5 PTs
    • Bogey (BOG): -0.5 PTs
    • Double Bogey (DBL BOG): -1 PT
    • Worse than Double Bogey (WORSE DBL BOG): -1 PT

Tournament Finish Scoring

    • 1st: 30 PTs
    • 2nd: 20 PTs
    • 3rd: 18 PTs
    • 4th: 16 PTs
    • 5th: 14 PTs
    • 6th: 12 PTs
    • 7th: 10 PTs
    • 8th: 9 PTs
    • 9th: 8 PTs
    • 10th: 7 PTs
    • 11th–15th: 6 PTs
    • 16th–20th: 5 PTs
    • 21st–25th: 4 PTs
    • 26th–30th: 3 PTs
    • 31st–40th: 2 PTs
    • 41st-50th: 1 PTs

Streaks and Bonuses

    • Streak of 3 Birdies of Better (MAX 1 Per Round) (3+ BIR STRK): +3 PTs
    • Bogey Free Round (BOG FREE RD): +3 PTs
    • All 4 Rounds Under 70 Strokes (ALL 4 RDS UND 70): +5 PTs
    • Hole in One (HOLE IN ONE): +10 PTs

Scoring Notes: Ties for a finishing position will not reduce or average down points. For example, if 2 golfers tie for 3rd place, each will receive the 18 fantasy points for the 3rd place finish result. Playoff Holes will not count towards final scoring, with the exception of the “finishing position” scoring. For example, the golfer who wins the tournament will receive the sole award of 1st place points, but will not accrue points for their scoring result in the individual playoff holes.

Player Lock Notes: All golfers lock at the time the first golfer tees off on day 1 of an event.

Contest start times are subject to change. Please check for exact times within 24 hours of the event.

Beautiful courses, a beautiful game and DraftKings is providing you a beautiful experience to watch and win.