Recent Comments by Fly_Piscator

Tiger wins for the second week in a row

Even I would have known Tiger can resist pressure more than almost any other golfer...

posted by Fly_Piscator at 09:24 PM on August 10, 2009

Tiger's Roar

I think what CBS recorded was the release of the dying breaths of the competition.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 01:00 PM on August 04, 2009

Should Tiger Woods Be Doing More for Charity?

Tiger does the following for charity:

The Tiger Woods Foundation: The Tiger Woods Foundation was established in 1996 by Woods and his father Earl. It focuses on projects for children.

Woods Learning Center. The Tiger Woods Foundation teamed up with the PGA Tour to create a new PGA tour event that takes place in the nation's capital (Washington, D.C.). It began in July, 2007. It honors our nation's military.

In The City Golf Clinics and Festivals: Since 1997, the Tiger Woods Foundation has conducted junior golf clinics across the country. The Foundation began the "In the City" golf clinic program in 2003. The first three clinics were held in Indio, California, Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and were targeted to all youth, ages 7-17, and their families.

Tiger Woods Learning Center: This is a 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) educational facility in Anaheim, California which opened in February 2006. It is used by several thousand students each year in grades 4 to 12. The center features seven classrooms, extensive multi-media facilities and an outdoor golf teaching area.

Tiger Jam: An annual fundraising concert which has raised over $10 million for the Tiger Woods Foundation. Past performers at Tiger Jam include Sting, Bon Jovi and Stevie Wonder.

Chevron World Challenge: An annual off-season charity golf tournament. The event carries generous prize money, and in 2007 Woods donated his $1.35 million first-place check to his Learning Center.

Tiger Woods Foundation National Junior Golf Team:

This is quite a large contribution to society that is of very high quality and has high impact on the lives touched.

Some individuals want Tiger be a social activist. Maybe after he retires from golf he will. Maybe not. But I do not think anyone ought to feel they are in a position to "dictate" how others should spend their lives.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 01:45 PM on July 06, 2009

Steelers Kicker Strikes Blow for Bathroom Hygiene

>>>Let he who has never been piss drunk in a sheetz at 3 am cast the first stone.<<< I have never been piss drunk in a sheetz at 3 a.m. and I will not cast a stone at Jeff Reed.

My comment is the lack of towels is indicative of a general attitude of many establishments toward their customers..... lack of attention to detail, lack of caring, lack of understanding that repeat business is what is going to help keep their jobs in the future. Management has a real tough job in training and changing this culture of indifference. Example: Circuit City. v. Best Buy.

So if I had been sober at 3 a.m. in that Sheetz, I may have been upset also.... but I think a better response would be to get the owner's home phone number and call him then!!!!

posted by Fly_Piscator at 03:40 PM on February 16, 2009

Clemson Fires Tommy Bowden

Another example of rich alumni dictating the calls, IMHO. Win or leave.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 04:16 PM on October 13, 2008

9 years of Ryder Cup angst ends

I really feel Paul Azinger laid the ground work (getting PGA to retool the selection process to provide players who were CURRENTLY hot and allowing 4 picks and later picks) and then had a concept of putting 4-somes together so they were sub teams and got used to each other even more during preparation and practice.... THEN the team of 12 did their thing and won it. Some nerves showed up on the 18th tee a couple of times... on both sides... but that's golf.... most of us would probably wiff the ball under similar pressure.

As an aside, I sure hope Boo has a good marketing team... he probably could get mega millions in endorsements just now...!!

And world, I hope everyone is ready for Tiger Kim, ur, I mean Anthony Kim....

Riveting TV. Damn it was nice.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 07:02 PM on September 22, 2008

LPGA Tour will suspend memberships if players don't learn English

Good aim, wrong process.

Let the sponsors with the big bucks make some public additions to the purse for those who are articulate and speak English well. Then see how interested others are in learning English so they too may be 'rewarded'.

'catch more flies with honey, .......'

posted by Fly_Piscator at 08:55 AM on August 28, 2008

9 year old with a 40 mph fastball, gets the boot.

I wonder what the Olympics would be like if the league had not allowed Michael Phelps at age 9 to keep winning races!!!!

From history:

"You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence."

Abraham Lincoln

posted by Fly_Piscator at 06:58 PM on August 27, 2008

Island Breeze: The dominance of Caribbean (Jamaican) Sprinters

It's the papaya juice they drink!

posted by Fly_Piscator at 02:53 PM on August 22, 2008


i caught the late late night interview of Michael Phelps and Mark Spitz last night. Mark was super gracious and went on and on about how he admired what Michael had accomplished. Michael P. was also in awe of those who had gone before and considered them to be and to remain great Olympic champions. Two very classy guys.

I hear the pools and athletic clubs across America are seeing a huge surge of new memberships as young people want to begin their quests. Huge impact.

Cal Ripken sent a message and has asked Michael for his autograph!!!

How do you say lock for Male Athlete of the Year.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 08:25 PM on August 17, 2008

I was robbed:

one of the attributes of champions is they immediately put a bad call, a bad shot,or an error behind them and FOCUS on the play at hand. Blake did not. It bugged him and affected his play and he lost.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 11:17 PM on August 15, 2008

Jason Lezak's Unbelievable Freestyle Relay Swim

Wow, simply, Wow... what Lezak did!!! Sorta like some very good horse running down Secretariat in the stretch. It looked like he was up on top of the water that last 20 meters!!

posted by Fly_Piscator at 11:48 PM on August 11, 2008

Carlos Sastre wins Tour de France

Not a medical person... but I do know the samples are compared to a pre-established base line... and they take lots and lots of data before the race starts... thus deviations pop out. Ya gotta be especially dumb to try with the testing sensitivity they have today.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 06:50 PM on July 29, 2008

Johnson survives tire debacle at Indianapolis


posted by Fly_Piscator at 06:43 PM on July 29, 2008

Michelle Wie Disqualified for Scorecard Gaffe

Amen to your comments, Qatarian!! the account by the BBC shows: "Wie said that after Friday's round she left the tent where players sign their scorecards and was immediately chased by some tournament volunteers who pointed out she had not signed. But according to Witters, Wie had already walked outside the roped-off area around the tent, making the error irreversible. "It was an honest mistake on her behalf," said Witters. "Once it was brought to her attention, and we asked her to tell us what she recalled from yesterday once she got in the scoring tent, she about verbatim told us what we were told by a few of the volunteers. "Never at any point did she try to deceive us. She couldn't have been more honest." She never really got very far from the scoring tent and the "defined" area before signing it and turning it in. The USGA rules says "immediately" which has become before your leave the tent or the marked area... nonsense situation.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 06:42 PM on July 19, 2008

Jaeger Bomb -- I threw the 1983 Wimbledon women's final to Martina

And to make things worse... this story appeared in an interview in April.... doubly old news!!

posted by Fly_Piscator at 08:54 AM on July 08, 2008

Dara Torres, 41, qualifies for Olympics, rewrites swimming records.

Bravo. Makes one want to take up "resistance stretching" or what ever... tai chi maybe.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 07:58 AM on July 08, 2008

Title IX, Curse or Blessing?

"The rustle of silk rules the world." said another way: Women Rule. If you don't believe that, you're as clueless as a high school sophomore. Live with it.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 03:24 PM on June 30, 2008

Four-time World Champion admits to using steroids.

My believe, is that properly administered by a Doctor, cortiosteriods are helpful in recovering from injuries. Their use should be very brief and not prolonged nor chronic. I have very recently used a cortiosteriod myself for this purpose following an auto accident. The noted side effect was to make me hyper and very talkative. The use was for 12 days and most of that was a tapering off of the dose. Note clearly these are different from anabolic steroids. Cortico steriods are frequently prescribed.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 03:12 PM on June 26, 2008

Who is going to replace Tiger Woods?

I believe in the old fashioned way. Let someone EARN the spot. And I support Capt. Azinger's preference for PGA tour winners of tournaments.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 07:49 AM on June 24, 2008

Danica Patrick Wins IndyCar Race in Japan

Hurrah for Danica!! IMO, there are too many in the media who are less interested in reporting, than raising issues that draw attention.... hence a bunch of inappropriate questions and comments by media.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 04:36 PM on April 21, 2008

"Tech doping"? How Speedo's LZR suit breaks swim records

after seeing the photos, my guess is the American men's team could sing soprano in the choir!!

posted by Fly_Piscator at 09:06 AM on April 17, 2008

John Daly disqualified at Bay Hill

IMO, alcoholics only become "recovering" when the most important thing for THEMSELVES is to be sober. Right now, that does not appear to be JD's priority. He can't do it for others, his career, his family, or the public... he has to want is so badly for HIMSELF that it happens (with help). Meanwhile, one hears excuses for this and that... which represents a form of denial. This is indeed sad to see a sickness consume someone... but it is what it is... an addiction that must be dealt with as such.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 11:56 AM on March 13, 2008

The Ricky Roma of Golf:

Tiger Woods has entered 216 PGA Tour events and won "only" 62 of them.... or said another way, he has lost some 72% of the times he has entered.... So yeah, he can be beaten on the golf course.... It is just that no one has done it consistently or predictably. Another statistic, Tiger played the PGA minimum of 15 events last year... the year of the family. Hope that doesn't become the norm. About $$$$ being an incentive... sometimes... but I think Tiger works for Tiger's vision and goals and not "for money". Others who are barely on the list (near the 125 card cut line) likely keep a sharp eye on the $$$. I would guess that most others play to win and improve week over week... and do not have an eye on the $$.. after the first few millions, money can't be that big a main motivator... has to be something else.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 03:34 PM on January 29, 2008

Should We Accept Steroid Use in Sports?

Hannibal, I agree get the government out of sports. Unfortunately for the owners that would also mean giving up their tax advantage and being labeled "a business".... but I think both are better places than current... As for "legalizing" steriods, I am amazed anyone feels this is ok. Colour (british spelling intended) me shocked also.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 11:57 AM on January 28, 2008

Tom Brady Wearing Walking Cast

The "boot" cast is gone... reported a few minutes ago: quote By HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer 1 hour, 14 minutes ago FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Has Tom Brady given the boot to the boot? Hours after being photographed with a walking boot on his right foot as he followed girlfriend Gisele Bundchen into her New York apartment on Monday, other pictures showed the New England Patriots quarterback wearing black shoes and no boot when he showed up at a New York hotspot. enquote

posted by Fly_Piscator at 02:05 PM on January 22, 2008

More Bad Noose for Pro Golf

We have another reason not to buy Golfweek!!!

posted by Fly_Piscator at 03:47 PM on January 17, 2008

Patriots to Honor Booed Teenager

America loves a 'feel good' story. Congratulations to Anna Grant on her accomplishment of winning the championship in her age group. And also congratulations to her on being such a nice young person who set and example of how to handle such a situation. I hope someone in the family will have the TIVO running. Good move on Kraft's part also.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 02:56 PM on January 16, 2008

Double Amputee Can't Run in Beijing Olympics

Gee, nice posts... I submit anyone can have the legs that Oscar has... just cut off the live ones and use prosthetics... simple.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 03:42 PM on January 14, 2008

Double Amputee Can't Run in Beijing Olympics

Mechanical advantages in sports already exist and in spades*****.... seems the committee couldn't handle one like artificial legs. I think that stinks. ***** examples, Live balls in baseball Aluminum bats in non-pro baseball Large head tennis racquets Special strings to impart more spin in tennis Live aerodynamically engineered golf balls Golf clubs with a higher coefficient of restitution than earlier models. Golf club shafts with composite materials In olympic sports: Poles for vaulting that have a higher restoration of energy Track surfaces that provide a greater energy return Javelins with enhanced modulus and better aerodynamics Bicycles with aerodynamic wheels Bicycles with enhanced modulus which loose less energy Sails with better energy transfer and smoother surfaces And those are just off the top of my head... Some individuals with the legs Oscar has can barely get around, let alone run. The power in Oscars legs comes solely from his body...... I think the ruling stinks, let's hope it get over turned.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 02:36 PM on January 14, 2008

18 "sent home" early from Sony Open:

good move by the PGA which was really led by the players committee. Dddddrrrrraaaagggggggiinnnnnggggg out a tournament on the weekend is not very interesting in the first place for the TV viewers. Also, those who make the cut on the number are rarely in contention... but there are exceptions. And the 18 got paid about $9K..... As to some players not knowing... that is because they didn't pay attention...

posted by Fly_Piscator at 02:24 PM on January 14, 2008

Clemens Files Defamation Suit

One great advantage to Clemen's using McNamee is that Clemen's via the 'discovery' process will get to see exactly what McNamee has for evidence. And if there is a smoking gun, that will have to be declared in the discovery process. Not that the discovery/depositions will be made public... but Clemen's then will know for sure... and not have a doubt. So it will be put up or shut up to McNamee.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 01:39 PM on January 08, 2008

Joe Gibbs Resigns as Washington's Coach

We all wish the best to a real gentleman. and also to his grandson.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 01:26 PM on January 08, 2008

Clemens Files Defamation Suit

There is no smoking gun ..... at least yet. If a smoking gun turns up, then that would convince me... Until then, he said, she-said, he-said without corroboration has got to come down in the favor of Clemens. I am doubtful, but not sufficiently to "convict"... there is still considerable and reasonable doubt that Clemens took steroids.... so until otherwise supported, I give him the benefit of the doubt. That said, If McNamee does not have a blue dress with something that looks like creamed spinach on it... then McNamee is going to be shown just a weak soul that crumbled under Fed pressure.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 02:39 PM on January 07, 2008

Taxpayers will fund Yankees' VIP parking

I AM Napoleon!!!! LOL, all in jest.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 03:08 PM on January 03, 2008

How Do You Get to 16 - 0?

You get to 16-0 the same way one gets to Carnegie Hall.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 11:53 AM on January 03, 2008

Taxpayers will fund Yankees' VIP parking

Schadenfreude is an emotion, why does it have to be logical? You will have to figure out the Leona H//Marie Antoinette connection for yourself.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 08:40 AM on January 03, 2008

Taxpayers will fund Yankees' VIP parking

What she might have written: "LISTEN UP, PEONS!! From where I sit, I think all the little people ought to focus on earning a living and supporting their families and not wasting their money on ball games. After all, if I can leave $12 million to my dog, I am sure that George wants to fill this stadium with MY kind of people... not the working slobs! Let them eat cake!!" Leona H. ************* Well this peon knows there was a bubble that went bust, and a housing speculation bubble that went bust and am looking forward to the baseball bubble bursting.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 07:47 AM on January 03, 2008

Taxpayers will fund Yankees' VIP parking

There ain't enough KY jelly in all the drugs store in New York City to relieve the thrust of this one!!! there has gotta be some legal way to estop "earmarks", aka political grab bags.. Terrible!!!

posted by Fly_Piscator at 11:56 AM on January 02, 2008

Schilling Calls Out The Rocket

IF the Clemens allegations holdup, then Roger should give back the awards. Let's let the "juries" do there thing first.... there will be plenty of time to get the Cy Youngs from him. As for why less animosity toward Roger than Barry..... one word.... Barry has a MOUTH.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 08:28 AM on December 20, 2007

Bowden's Bowl Busted

Cheating on a music history exam!!! What is there to not know? ya got Elvis, the Beatles and the Greatful Dead.... How tough could it be!!! Duh... I mean were there trick questions, like who was Little Richard???

posted by Fly_Piscator at 03:45 PM on December 19, 2007

Woods closes out the year with a seven-shot win

Well, I have a lot of respect for Monty. He carded a 80 in round one........ then proceeded to get to -7 and an tie for 8th the rest of the tournament. That's the definition of a professional. Rory, was one of 4 players (including TW) who shot 69 the first round... and were only one behind Furyk.... Then Rory shot 81 - 76.... and couldn't face the world for the last round... went sneaking out of town without a word to tournament director McLaughlin or Woods. Ok, maybe he DID have an injury... let's give him that benefit of the doubt for this arguments sake... but he lacked the decency to personally call his host or the director and chat a few seconds to explain his actions. Major bad manners. This is just not a definition of a professional. It is the definition of a poor sport!!!

posted by Fly_Piscator at 02:32 PM on December 17, 2007

Mitchell report is Out

No Hall of Fame for any of them!! JMHO Their reward, chosen by themselves, is the lengthened career and a pile of $$$$ We (the writers who vote) do not have to add to that by voting for Hall of Fame for any of them.... unless unmistakenly named... which is highly unlikely given the situation.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 02:52 PM on December 14, 2007

Race car driver taxi driver to catch flight

I have been in a taxi in Germany whose driver reached 230 Km/Hr from the airport to the hotel!! 230 km/Hr =~ 138 mph

posted by Fly_Piscator at 02:07 PM on December 14, 2007

Torre Leaving New York After Turning Down Incentive-Linked Contract

One really good aspect of the contract offered to Torre was that it had a significant portion of it based on achieving some specific results.. Now that's an idea that ought to be applied to a few of the team members!!!! And in other sports as well.... e.g. soccer's Becker, who draws millions and sits out 'injured'. If a pitcher had to draw say 5 million then get another million for .xxx ERA and and another for .yyy ERA and another million for wins - losses.... and another for staying healthy... etc... that might help.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 09:56 PM on October 18, 2007

Is Jeff Gordon on his way to a 5th Title? Is He The Best of The Best ?

In general, competition in most sports is extremely keen today. Look at baseball. Where da yankees? Huh?? Rockies in the Series. Who woulda bet on that in April? Look at College Football. The best get "upset" (defined as not conforming to the coach's poll against a lesser opponent) Look at Golf. A couple of stars... Like Lorena Ochoa on PGA and Tiger on PGA, but any given week, you would be hard pressed to guess all the winners. Yeah, the best teams and players seem to win more than average... but not in such a dominant fashion that you would put your rent money on it. Look at Gordon two weeks ago, with 10 laps to go, would you have bet a bundle he would actually win?? likely not at even odds. He only led one third of one lap... the final one. So today, competition is very very keen. I'll let someone else speak to 30 years ago in NasCar

posted by Fly_Piscator at 01:44 PM on October 16, 2007

Is Jeff Gordon on his way to a 5th Title? Is He The Best of The Best ?

Jeff is clearly the odds on favorite to win his 5th title.... but in racing, lots of things can happen. One clear reason for his long success is the very great teams he has had supporting him. A single lug nut or valve spring can ruin one's day on the track... so lots of people have to perform without error for someone to win a race, let alone a whole season. Is the the best of the best. Not nearly, repost this question after he wins race number 201!.. This then the King is still the King.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 08:42 AM on October 16, 2007

Isiah Thomas found guilty in sexual harrassment case

It takes more than one incident to be guilty of harrassment. If the first one is noted and the woman tells the man to stop it and he does.... that likely gets a pass as a bad day. But it the reaction is repeated, then the man would be guilty. Management is guilty period in these cases... because they "knew or ought to have known..."... else they would be incompetent managers... So management gets it in the &*^&% anyway one cuts it. Basics are UNWANTED (that first bad act), UNWELCOME (woman tells someone to stop it) and REPEATED to be harrassment. These days, ya gotta be super stupid to repeat an action that is unwelcome!!!

posted by Fly_Piscator at 06:52 PM on October 03, 2007

Howe boys staggered by cruelty of Dad's stalker-neighbours

One wonders if the neighbors taking the photos are the ones needing medical attention for dementia!!!

posted by Fly_Piscator at 10:32 AM on September 25, 2007

Another Tiger Woods

Well, let's see. She's 16. To be another Tiger Woods, she will have won at least 2 and likely 3 U. S. Junior Amateur trophies by now. Has she even won one? The only resemblance seems to be the last name of Woods.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 07:01 PM on July 03, 2007

Pardon me, your red underwear is showing.

Much ado about nothing. Photos are even ho-hum..., which see at link:

posted by Fly_Piscator at 02:53 PM on June 29, 2007

Do over!

The best news is that Grant will then still be at VCU.... if you are following all of the fall out..

posted by Fly_Piscator at 12:39 PM on June 04, 2007

A-Rod calls for the pop-up... as he's running to third.

do the rules apply to the gods?

posted by Fly_Piscator at 10:19 AM on June 01, 2007

Junior to announce departure from DEI

Well, Jr. was negotiating from a position of strength.... don't understand Teresa's reluctance... 49% of a huge pie is a whole lot better than 100% of a tiny pie.. Good move by Jr.

posted by Fly_Piscator at 11:57 AM on May 10, 2007

Junior to announce departure from DEI

The news conference is an hour plus away.. Rumors are sometimes wrong. Let's listen to the news first... JR is not SR.... I don't think he has the killer instinct to the same degree..... mind you ALL drivers have some of the killer instinct, else they would be CPA's... but Dale Sr. had it in spades... as did Allison and Petty and Cale Y. JMHO

posted by Fly_Piscator at 08:53 AM on May 10, 2007

Tony Stewart Likens NASCAR to Pro Wrestling

Tony held the lead AFTER the caution also... then lost first place while under green flag to Jeff Gordon... Please tell me how the 'trash caution' relates to the green flag pass. The grumble doesn't pass logic muster.... Now if Gordon had somehow lucked out and taken first place on the caution.... as happened and held it for the rest of the race.... maybe the grumble would hold up under scrutiny.... but in fact Tony took the lead and then lost it while under green... his fault... not Nascar's... Sour grapes never sell well.... Piscator

posted by Fly_Piscator at 03:50 PM on April 26, 2007

Sorry tubby, you're just too good.

It appears the 'rules' were changed in the middle of the season, just prior to the playoffs. Had there been in place a rule to say that teams with A, B, C characteristics, e. g. those winning games by more than 7 goals or something, must move to the next tier.... this would have been avoided... Had there been in place a rule that said that each and every player on the bench must play a minimum of x minutes in each game, the impact of a STAR would have been minimized.....and likely this would have been avoided. Had there been a rule that placed a weight limit as well as an age limit on players in a certain tier/level, then this would have been avoided. But to change the rules in the middle of a season, just prior to the play-offs, is C.S. and every one knows it. Perhaps, we don't have all the facts.... But then again, the French are the French.... reinforces my life long avoidance of dropping my tourist dollars there...

posted by Fly_Piscator at 11:11 AM on April 20, 2007

Urlacher fined $100,000 for Super Bowl hat

It took a real set of ^%$s to wear the Vitaminwater Cap. If Vitaminwater helps to grow such big ones, where can we buy Vitaminwater!!!! Piscator

posted by Fly_Piscator at 10:34 AM on April 19, 2007

Dale Jr. Finishes Race For Competition's Car

Points run with the car.... not the driver... But since there is NORMALLY a 1::1 correlation of Car::Driver, they seem to be the same. Because we like to talk and write about people... we see the points listed that way.. with the drivers... To wit: If a car qualifies, then has to change an engine, like say after a blow up in intervening practice... it goes to the back of the line at race start... Dale was simply asked to do a favor for another driver, and as a small community with a lot of friends among competitors, he did it... nothing else to it.... Time was of the essence.... Piscator

posted by Fly_Piscator at 12:03 PM on April 17, 2007

Imus, the Irrelevant and Whitlock, the Wise

Having once been a minority of two in a school, I know what it is to be different and be teased and picked on and taunted. When I decided that what those kind of people say tells more about their own inadequacies than mine, and that I was ok.... to myself at least, the teasing and taunts stopped. Lesson, respect yourself and others will also.. And who cares what anyone else says. (Purposeful criticism is always valid.... and should be considered as honestly delivered.... but we are talking about something else here). Piscator

posted by Fly_Piscator at 11:46 AM on April 12, 2007