Monday, August 28, 2006

So, So Close...

A relaxing Sunday ruined....

I had planned on a relaxing Sunday but it turned into 4 hours of a gut churner as Stewart Cink, a Florence, Alabama native lost to Tiger Woods in a playoff for the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational. This is a big year end invite that Tiger had previously won 4 times and Stewart won in '04. Pay out for the winner in 1 million +. 2nd place receives a paltry 750K.

I had the pleasure of growing playing golf with Stewart. Our parents were both members of Florence Country Club and we were both pupils under Chris Burns, one of the finest youth golf teachers in the south. Stewart was a couple of years younger than me. Even then, we all knew Stewart would be a pro someday. While I was sneaking cigarettes in the woods or chasing girls around the pool, Stewart was playing another 9 or on the putting green practicing his stroke. His mom would drive us around to Dixie Junior tournaments. This was a really fine time in my life.

Stewart had 2 chances to take down the best player in the world but he couldn't convert. Tiger ended up winning it instead of Stewart losing it. Stewart showed some HUGE balls, though, and I think the experience will make him an even better golfer.

Woods beats Cink in Playoff:
"I can't say enough good things about Tiger Woods,' Cink said. 'I've been playing against him since I was about 17, and I just relish the opportunity to go against him in another playoff sometime.

'I think it's the real pinnacle of where our sport is right now, and I was up there for a little while.'"

We're giving the terrorist what they want. Take a deep breath and read:

What the Terrorists Want:
"I'd like everyone to take a deep breath and listen for a minute.

The point of terrorism is to cause terror, sometimes to further a political goal and sometimes out of sheer hatred. The people terrorists kill are not the targets; they are collateral damage. And blowing up planes, trains, markets or buses is not the goal; those are just tactics. The real targets of terrorism are the rest of us: the billions of us who are not killed but are terrorized because of the killing. The real point of terrorism is not the act itself, but our reaction to the act.

And we're doing exactly what the terrorists want.
Our politicians help the terrorists every time they use fear as a campaign tactic. The press helps every time it writes scare stories about the plot and the threat. And if we're terrified, and we share that fear, we help. All of these actions intensify and repeat the terrorists' actions, and increase the effects of their terror.

Umm, huh.

Pastor accused of having sex with kids:
"For 10 years, the pastor told the girls, “We are preparing your body for service to God,” the prosecutor said."

Think about it. You're in the theatre watching Snakes on a Plane when an actualy snake starts to climb up your pant leg. I would be covered in feces.

Live Rattlesnakes Released In 'Snakes On A Plane' Theater:
"Two live diamondback rattlesnakes were released in an Arizona movie theater during a showing of the new film 'Snakes on a Plane,' according to Local 6 News."

Thank jeebus I'm 7' 2".

Taller people are smarter: study:
"NEW YORK (Reuters) - While researchers have long shown that tall people earn more than their shorter counterparts, it's not only social discrimination that accounts for this inequality -- tall people are just smarter than their height-challenged peers, a new study finds.

'As early as age three -- before schooling has had a chance to play a role -- and throughout childhood, taller children perform significantly better on cognitive tests,' wrote Anne Case and Christina Paxson of Princeton University in a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research."


Anonymous said...

Dude...seriously! What the fuck is wrong with people in Arizona?

AAW said...

It's the dry heat. (note to readers: both sundevil13 and myself have been residents of Arizona so we can speak with some authority)