What makes the Masters so Unique?

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I was in my local watering hole the other day for a pleasant Friday afternoon pub dinner, only to find a golf tournament being shown on the big screen slightly surreal but none the less enjoyable. It seems that every time the PGA or European tour come through, not too much attention is paid to these relatively high stakes competition but when the Masters comes along even the most passive of a Golf enthusiast are truly engrossed in the four day tournament this year held in Augusta.

As I found myself enthralled by the amazing shots and the drama of the game at hand it caught me unaware that an hour had passed and I hadn’t taken my eyes off the screen, watching each and every lusciously carved shot by Schwartzel.

Obviously it is a Major Tournament and the golfer is judged on how many Majors they win over the course of their career, but there always seems to be an extra feeling of urgency when it comes to each player’s shot. On paper it is just another major and the money would pale in significance to what I feel is the major factor that inspires the pressure and excitement.

The competition itself is steeped in tradition and has many different awards for the players that happen to perform exceptional feats during the tournament. The main privilege of winning the Masters is that you are presented with the hallowed Green Jacket, the symbol of Golfing stardom.

As a casual golfer and a “part-time” of golf tables, the controversy surrounding some well known wild cat named golfers and the fresh faces of the European golfers has stimulated a world wide interest in the game and long may it continue.

Europeans such as Lee Weswood and Rory McIlroy have gone a long way to stimulating the interest in the sport, with McIlroy leading the standings after the first day it was thought that a European might find himself wearing the green jacket, being the first European to win the tournament for 15 years, since Nick Faldo won his third Masters Title since 1996. This would have gone a long way to re-igniting the spark for European golfers but like all competitions talent needs to be weighed in relation to keeping a calm head and the tournament favorite McIlroy failed to capitalize on his leading position and dropped to seventh at the closing of the competition, instead handing the competition to South African Charl Schwartzel after some stunning shots on the final day, including a 20 foot sink on the last hole to finish the day six under par.

Overall the competition this year was an exciting spectacle of grit and determination and as golf tournaments go, one of the best in recent years with its fair share of ups, downs, birdies and the odd eagle.

Andy is more enthused with the technology in place on the golf course and works on behalf of a golf trolley battery shop selling a variety of golf batteries and other leisure batteries. Follow him on Twitter @andym23.

Wednesday’s News, Notes and Rumors show

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Wednesday at 6:20 PM EDT I am joined by Paul Banks the Chicago Sports Guru of sportsbank.net. He will update us on the college pro days and the NFL Draft.

At 7:20 David Kay of Walterfootball and sportsbank.net will join me to update us on the NCAA games coming up and the NBA.  We also have a new player on the Mooheadradio.com page.  Just click on the Green button to play the show at 6 PM EDT.

We have a new contact number in Cleveland. You can now call the program at 216-539-0607. or email us at [email protected]. You can also skype in at willsmithdsn. I hope you can join us and let us know what you think.

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At least we can be thankful that the polls don’t determine the college basketball champion.

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The people that voted a 3 loss Texas team #2 over the previously unanimous #1 Ohio State team should lose their votes and be banished to watching the Golf Channel and listening to karaoke for eternity.

I don’t really have a problem with moving a 1 loss Kansas team over OSU despite the fact that they are not nearly as good a team as the Bucks. Kansas proved that by promptly losing to unranked 9 loss Kansas State. K State won for only the 2nd time since Moses was a young boy.

But what were the voters thinking by putting a 3 loss Texas team #2? Maybe the question should be are the voters capable of thought?

Texas lost at home to #4 Pitt then to an unranked USC on their floor. On Jan. 8th they lost at home again to #9 UConn. My question is this. How would you feel if like the joke of a “system” like the BcS decided the NCAA Basketball Champion?

The champion will be decided on the field just like every national college championship for every sport except BcS division football. But it will be interesting to see how the pin head voters pick a #1 team now that Kansas choked. Do you want to bet they put a 3 loss Texas team #1?

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on

and a non-fiction work will be available soon at http://www.merriam-press.com/. He edits . Also listen to the best Sports Talk anywhere on the Internet and hear his sports show Monday-Friday 8-10 EST on http://www.cleveland.com/dsn/index.ssf/2010/11/dsn_video_live_stream.html

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At least we can be thankful that the poles don’t determine the college basketball champion.

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The people that voted a 3 loss Texas team #2 over the previously unanimous #1 Ohio State team should lose their votes and be banished to watching the Golf Channel and listening to karaoke for eternity.

I don’t really have a problem with moving a 1 loss Kansas team over OSU despite the fact that they are not nearly as good a team as the Bucks. Kansas proved that by promptly losing to unranked 9 loss Kansas State. K State won for only the 2nd time since Moses was a young boy.

But what were the voters thinking by putting a 3 loss Texas team #2? Maybe the question should be are the voters capable of thought?

Texas lost at home to #4 Pitt then to an unranked USC on their floor. On Jan. 8th they lost at home again to #9 UConn. My question is this. How would you feel if like the joke of a “system” like the BcS decided the NCAA Basketball Champion?

The champion will be decided on the field just like every national college championship for every sport except BcS division football. But it will be interesting to see how the pin head voters pick a #1 team now that Kansas choked. Do you want to bet they put a 3 loss Texas team #1?

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on

and a non-fiction work will be available soon at http://www.merriam-press.com/. He edits . Also listen to the best Sports Talk anywhere on the Internet and hear his sports show Monday-Friday 8-10 EST on http://www.cleveland.com/dsn/index.ssf/2010/11/dsn_video_live_stream.html

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Using Airsoft Targets To Enhance Your Shooting Skills

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The game of airsoft is amongst the many different kinds of extreme sports that continue to rise when it comes to popularity. Just like any other sports, it also involves the use of different kinds of equipments and accessories. The major equipments being used in playing airsoft are electric guns, tactical airsoft gears, targets, ammunition, and other accessories. Since airsoft revolves around using ammunition, this kind of extreme sport is usually being played by grown ups, although there are also times when kids are allowed to play — as long as they are being guided accordingly by grown ups.

For you to be able to completely enjoy the game, you should have complete airsoft equipments and accessories. Without proper protection, playing this game may get you injured. This is very true especially when you are playing against other players in a group or team battle. That is one reason why you should wear a complete set of airsoft protective gear that includes a helmet, a pair of gloves, boots, goggles, face mask, knee pads, and clothing. But, if you are only playing a practice game where you are shooting at airsoft targets, then wearing protective airsoft gear may not be that necessary.

If you haven’t tried playing the game of airsoft yet, then it is time for you to find some time and play the game as surely you will find it interesting and enjoying. Not only that you can exercise yourself physically, but also mentally as the game also encourages the players to think about tactics and strategies that are needed to win games. For you to be able to increase your skills regarding the game, it is advisable that you keep on practicing with the use of airsoft targets.

Due to the popularity of airsoft, there are now a lot of stores and sport shops that sell airsoft guns, ammunitions, gears, and accessories. If you want to purchase your airsoft equipments, gears, and accessories, the best venue to check is online. The internet can provide you with a very wide variety of choices when it comes to airguns, gears, targets, accessories, and many more.

There is a major fraud in College football but it is not the OSU players

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The NCAA announced today that 5 Ohio State players will be suspended for 5 games in 2011 for selling Big 10+1 Championship rings, the Gold pants they get for beating Michigan and some other items. There is a HUGE fraud here but it has nothing to do with the 5 players. The FRAUD is the NCAA itself.

First, the 20 year old juniors assumed that the rings and other jewelry they won on the field and were presented were their property! The OSU AD Gene Smith (no relation) said that exact thing in a press conference.

My question for him and the NCAA is this. Who the hell are you to tell anyone what they can do with their own property!

We are not talking about the players selling a ring for 500K. These transactions were at a realistic value for the items sold but it is not about that. The majority of kids used the money to help their families, but it is not about that either.

At one time, this country was a republic. Private property was private and the owner could do with it WHATEVER he or she wanted. The NCAA might want to check the US Constitution to see how many of its rules violate that document.

This is the same NCAA that whores itself out for money every chance it gets. Notice that the players are allowed to make money for the NCAA in the Sugar Bowl. If the starters for Ohio State were not in the lineup in the Sugar Bowl, the NCAA and OSU would lose millions. What kind of crap is that? The NCAA sells the rights to the Bowl games to the highest bidder with no regard to whether the majority of fans will be able to watch the games.

The NCAA has permitted the bowls to sell their naming rights for money. The latest money grab was to sell the rights to ESPN so that the majority of games are shown on cable and not available to the average fan. Along with their accessories after the fact the college presidents, they also refuse to allow a playoff in Div. 1 football “to preserve the tradition of the Bowl system!” WHAT? Who among us can survive without the Poulan Weed-eater bowl? GET OVER YOURSELVES!

Despite the total greed exhibited by the NCAA, they refuse to allow a student-athlete to get a ride across campus on a golf cart. THAT is a violation. At the same time to preserve their financial stake in the BCS game, they saw nothing wrong with the father of Auburn QB Newton to attempt to shake down colleges for the services of his son. The “investigation” failed to prove that the player knew anything about the actions and therefore, their money was safe because Auburn would be allowed to play Oregon in the BcS “just pretend” Championship Game. Had Newton been ineligible the NCAA would have lost millions of dollars. Does anyone really believe that Auburn boosters did not pay Newton the 180K he asked Mississippi State for? Furthermore, does anyone believe that if that payment was made, that Newton Jr. didn’t benefit substantially from the money? No, of course not.

No one with an IQ above 20 really believes anything the NCAA said about the Newton investigation. Maybe the OSU students should have contacted Newton Sr. to sell their stuff. That would have been fine.

I have said here before that the NCAA is headed toward extinction and that is WAY overdue. The rule book makes the IRS code look like a 2nd grade reader. These guys define pomposity. The major conferences need to get together and form a new association and refuse to support the dictatorship that the NCAA has become.

OSU has said it will appeal the decision. But the NCAA only allows appeals to the same pinheads that issued the original penalty. Good luck with that. At that point OSU will drop the issue.

I suggest that the players suspended sue the NCAA for violating the player’s civil rights. I would love to see the NCAA frog-walked into court to try to defend their dictatorship in public.

In the mean time the players should turn their back on The Ohio State University and declare for the NFL Draft. They won’t be hurt by this so called “scandal” because no scout cares a wit what the NCAA rules say or don’t say. If a prospect has been accused of a crime, that is one thing. These silly NCAA rules are ridiculous. The scouts, fans, players and coaches know that. The only ones that have not figured it out are the pinheads at the NCAA.

When I worked at the state I found an old parable to be true. Those with just a little power seem to get a Napoleon complex. The only thing missing from the NCAA is a group photo with their hands stuck in their shirts.

I also think that it is time for the big dollar contributors to colleges to let the pinhead presidents know that unless they vote to support a real playoff in football, the money flow will dry up. Those boosters that support their schools should mention the massive donations to the NCAA should stop as well.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. His first non-fiction work is at the publisher now and he has also published several novels on

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