Monday, December 16, 2013

Chocolate Santa Fail

Posted without comment, this tweet from Jesper Parnevik:

Friday, December 6, 2013

Would You Watch Hot Babes Playing Golf In Bikinis?

The folks behind Bikini Golf think you will, and to prove it they are giving new meaning to "skins game."

Bikini Golf's Twitter profile states its plans this way: "Bringing a contemporary edge to golf with beautiful women competing in Skins tournaments for money while wearing sporty and stylish bikinis."

Or go to BikiniGolf.com and you'll find this mission statement:

"Based in Southern California, Bikini Golf is the modish sports entertainment company. Our mission is to bring a contemporary edge to golf by broadcasting energetic 9-hole competition from spectacular courses across the world, where our athletic and attractive women golfers compete for Skins while wearing sporty and stylish bikinis."

The company, according to its website, is in the process of arranging a television pilot of its 9-holes, hot babes, golfing-in-bikinis concept. They also are actively seeking women golfers (guys, don't get any ideas!) who are interested in being part of that pilot. Golfers can apply online.

Plans are to shoot the pilot within the next 90 days, either in Palm Springs, Calif., or Miami Beach, Fla.

And Bikini Golf already has signed up one golfer: Maggie Noel, a onetime junior golf star (and BFF of Cheyenne Woods) who is now a golf instructor and model in Houston.

Here's another look at Maggie, from her Instagram page (@sheplaysgolf):

So: Bikini Golf. Would you watch that on TV?

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Will 'Little Loopers' Movie Be the 'Bad News Bears' of Golf?

The Bad News Bears was a movie from the 1970s about a broken down man who takes over coaching a ragamuffin Little League baseball team. Miraculous improvement ensues, hilarity follows, and the movie spawned several sequels.

Will that formula work in a golf movie? The production company Barish/Valdez Entertainment thinks it will. That company currently has a movie in production titled Little Loopers. Rob Morrow and Natalie Imbruglia are among those in the cast. It's about a former pro golfer, now broken down, who has a run-in with the law and is sentenced to take over coaching a group of First Tee kids.

Here's what the movie's publicist says about it:

The Bad News Bears of Golf: Little Loopers is a hysterical film following a man forced to coach childrens Golf for community service. Starring Rob Morrow, Natalie Imbruglia, Jay Ferguson and writer/actor Boyd Kestner LOS ANGELES, CA -- Boyd Kestner and Natalie Imbruglia will star in an independent family comedy called Little Loopers currently in production in Palm Springs, California. Natalie is best known to audiences as Beth Brennan in the popular Australian soap opera Neighbours, as well as her starring role in Johnny English. Natalie is also an accomplished singer/songwriter selling over 6 million albums. Boyd Kestner has many memorable roles in iconic films such as Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, and G.I. Jane.

Written and Produced by Boyd Kestner, Little Loopers is the story of a once promising golfer named Hutch McGee (Boyd Kestner), who after a mishap with the law, is sentenced to community service. Hutch is then forced into a coaching position for First Tee, an outreach for children ages 10-16. Initially, Hutch just wants to serve his time and makes no effort to better the lives of the children, a hilarious quintet of kids, but once he begins he is smitten by the organization's director, a beautiful, devoted woman named Kristin Wright (Natalie Imbruglia). It is through Kristin's commitment to the children that Hutch slowly begins to change his ways. Along the way, he begins to bond with the children in a way he could never have imagined.

The cast also includes Rob Morrow (Numb3rs) as Big Earl Boyd as Louis, Jay Ferguson (Mad Men) as Todd and Gregg Bello (The Wrestler) as Joe the Bartender.

What do you think: Sound promising, or no?

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Looking Back at the Original Big Bertha Driver

Callaway has announced a couple new drivers coming our way in early 2014, one called, simply, the Big Bertha, the other the Big Bertha Alpha. I won't bore you with the technical details, since the technical details are mind-numbing (if you really want them, see here, here or here). I'm more interested in thinking back to the original Big Bertha driver.

The original Big Bertha came along in 1991, at a time when most golfers were still using persimmon drivers. It clocked in at a whopping 190cc. That's only about 40-percent as large as today's drivers, and is the size of some of today's 3-woods. But back then, a 190cc driver head was huge.

How big it was is seen in the fact that Callaway, at that time, touted it as "the world's biggest driver." It was named after a famous cannon built by the Germans during World War I, as a Mike Royko column explained, quoting a Callaway spokesperson:

"We explain it in our catalog. It is named after a famous cannon. It was made in Germany in 1917, by Baron von Krupp, of the Krupp munitions makers.

"The baron's daughter was named Bertha, and he called it Big Bertha after his daughter. We thought it was a cute name to describe the world's biggest driver."

Royko was having some fun with the idea that plump women named Bertha might be offended that such a humungous driver head was named after them. I'm more surprised that the name, at the time, didn't draw the ire of, well, somebody, because it was named after an armament built by WWI axis power (and our enemy then and later) Germany.

At the time, most driver clubheads were in the neighborhood of 145 cubic centimeters - smaller than some of today's hybrids. If you're not old enough to remember those drivers, well, just think about that for a while.

By 1992, other manufacturers were building their own "gigantic" drivers. Wilson made one called the Killer Whale that was a much-larger 275cc (still tiny by today's standards).

Those larger drivers - we remember them as "oversized" drivers now, but at the time they were just as likely to be called "wide body" drivers - were selling like hotcakes by 1992. But there was concern it was just a trend that might die out. From a 1992 New York Times article, there's this:

How big can oversize go? Frank Thomas, technical director for the United States Golf Association, in Far Hills, N.J., said the trend in metal wide-body drivers appeared to be self-limiting. If the club heads get much bigger than they are now, wind resistance could be a problem. Finding the right mix of metals is important, too. "You need a really rigid face on the club," he added. "Anything with flexibility will hurt you rather than help you."

Frank Thomas was right about a lot of things, and he was wrong about a lot of things. He was very wrong in those comments about the successors to the original Big Bertha.