Friday, August 7, 2009

T.G.I.F. musings

Idle musings to end the work week...

- Why, at funerals where there is an open casket, do people insist on saying "doesn't he/she look good?" NO! They're dead, for cryin' out loud...

- Why do incoming NFL rookies use the "he's threatening to sit out the season" bargaining approach? I mean, do they really want to sit out the season?

- The new Payne Stewart Golf Course in Branson, MO is quite a track. Each hole features a story about Stewart from a particular moment in his career. The course architect was Chuck Smith with design consultation from Bobby Clampett. It's a tough layout--five tee boxes with the blue tees having a slope and course rating of 72.4/130 at 6,741 yards. The course is 7,324 from the tips but this is a course which places a premium on accuracy--not length.

- The Jonas Brothers were on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien last night. And, I gotta admit, I still don't get it. ("It," of course, is the whole Jonas Brothers phenomenon...)

- The pre-season USA Today Football poll is out. Kansas did not crack the top 25 nor did Missouri. Nebraska is #22.

- Joaquin Phoenix's appearance on Late Night With David Letterman was repeated on CBS tonight. And, it was just as weird tonight as it was several months ago...

1 comment:

  1. I think the folks making those idle threats about sitting out the year are usually the agents who use it as a negotiating ploy. They don't take into account the reputational damage it does to the rookie in the eyes of fans who can't understand why any 22-year-old would make a big deal out of the difference between, for example, $14 million and $16 million - guaranteed. That adds even more expectations on the rookie's shoulder and if he doesn't live up them, fans will be that much quicker to pile on. Maybe I'm putting too much on the agents and the rookie or his parents should step up and direct the agent, but it never seems like they do.