I finished off the Hemingway documentary & now I’m ready for The Masters
Here we go – multiple days of the most perfect grass in the world. The azaleas. The crisp white caddie paint suits. Of course the birds. The random sirens from the mean streets of Augusta. Fans walking around. Some random guy getting off to a hot start on Thursday which means he’ll fade to the back of the pack on Friday, barely make the cut, and disappear on Saturday. Some old-timer (Phil?) will get hot and be up there with the big dogs and make us middle-aged guys remember the old days (2005 or so).
I’ve written in this space about my love for this event and that, for people in this part of Ohio, it signals the end of winter. This year we’re three weeks ahead of the normal growing season, and it’s going to be 80 for the fourth straight day. Still, there’s something about Jim Nantz pumping out the prose on Sunday that tells me it’s time to get summer rolling. I swear, Nantz reads off his final words in Butler’s Cabin, & the hostas in my garden stand at attention. Every year.
Who’s going to win it this year? Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth roll into today’s opening round as the favorites with Rory, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele close behind, while Sandy Lyle, 63, is still out there (in an unzipped windbreaker) using up his Masters exemption and is +100000 to win another jacket. I don’t have a rooting interest. All I want to do is soak up that Masters sun through my LED and smile ear-to-ear Sunday when Nantz says “it’s time” for DJ to help put a jacket on the winner so summer can officially get underway.
• By the way, the Hemingway finale left me fairly depressed by the way his final years played out. I’m actually surprised you’re not hearing more from the #MeToo movement over canceling Ernest. It’s like these people aren’t even watching PBS this week.
• The French military is testing out the Boston Dynamics robot dog in exercises at a top French military school. It appears the future of war will soon include these robots. No going back now.
• You guys ready for a new, low-cost airline to slum around on out west? Avelo plans to fly into smaller regional airports like Grand Junction, Eugene and Ogden. If you fly out of Burbank, this could be a cheap game-changer for you. Now show us the leg room!
Numbers from :
Justin Dunn is the first pitcher since Pete Harnisch in 1991 to walk 8+ batters and allow 1 hit or fewer in his season debut.
The only other Mariners pitcher to do so in any regular-season game was Randy Johnson in 1991.
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) April 7, 2021
Stuff You Guys Sent In & Stuff I Like:
— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 8, 2021
It's happening!!! 🏈👏 Assembly of the #NFLDraft Main Stage began this morning near Downtown Cleveland's North Coast Harbor.
— Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (@CLESports) April 7, 2021
Here you go pic.twitter.com/wy353FDw6T
— Mr. Hamp 2 U (@hamp_dachamp15) April 7, 2021
It didn’t take long for Urban Meyer’s first AEW cameo pic.twitter.com/qq37oXJiOh
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) April 8, 2021
— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) April 7, 2021
Dylan Bundy on the bumper pic.twitter.com/rqSsuoEL3y
— MLB Closed Captioning (@mlb_cc) April 8, 2021
Is this Phillies guy a thing I didn’t know about? That’s a lot of work for an April game. pic.twitter.com/SiuMrMvRxc
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) April 7, 2021
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 7, 2021
We’ve come so far from the ‘Baby on board’ days 👍 pic.twitter.com/jOA6OxQWry
— Joe Kinsey (@JoeKinseyexp) April 7, 2021
@JoeKinseyexp big day tomorrow Joe! My buddy is stopping by to tune-up the riding mower! Oil change, sharpen blades, the whole package!
These are also ready for the season! It’s like Christmas Eve! pic.twitter.com/ZJ6NhwzrAj
— SteveB (@SJB414) April 7, 2021
VIDEO: Giant Lizard climbing up Thailand's 7-eleven supermarket shelves as it raids the store for food pic.twitter.com/di2yQeYrqq
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) April 7, 2021
— National Weather Service (@NWS) April 7, 2021
My favorite and the most encouraging. Let's go Bellagio and Aria!!! pic.twitter.com/ipZ0ybDwpd
— Jim Woltman (@JimWoltman13) April 8, 2021
“I got to bed very late every morning and slept the drunken sleep of the losing gambler … Every hour I spent in Las Vegas was part of a killing nightmare. It is a wonder that all I lost was $50,000.” – William Saroyan, writing of his time at El Rancho Vegas in the 1940s. pic.twitter.com/NzmAQYcHmU
— Vintage Las Vegas (@summacorp) April 8, 2021
A Costco hotdog wrapped in a slice of Costco pizza. pic.twitter.com/NBnLUFifY9
— BROCKHAMPTQENNY (@AKBrews) April 8, 2021
Black Rock Mountain, Georgia pic.twitter.com/xWkXbaPThr
— Beautiful Georgia (@GeorgiaPics) April 7, 2021