The Opinionated Spectator…Going through Tiger withdrawal

first_imgTiger Woods watches his chip to the fourth hole, during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long)I miss Tiger Woods. I miss dominant, inspiring, scary, invincible, healthy Tiger Woods.On Sunday, August 3, 2014, Tiger Woods had to withdraw from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational because of back pain. This is not the first tournament that Woods has had to withdraw from this year. Instead, Woods withdrew from the Honda Classic on March 2, 2014 when a spokesman cited “lower back spasms.”  Later that month, Woods underwent a surgery to ease a pinched nerve in his back on March 31, 2014.On Sunday, Tiger was visibly hurting and it was painful to watch. I don’t want to see him with any kind of sickness or injury. I don’t like to watch him working his way back into game shape.  Instead, I like to watch Tiger Woods already in game shape. Winning. Dominantly.After his recent withdrawal on Sunday, Tiger Woods stated his back injury, “happened on the second hole when I hit my second shot, I fell back into the bunker.” He further explained, “I just jarred it and it has been spasming ever since.”Alexis CobbWoods has been plagued with injuries for the past several years. He underwent major knee surgery after his 2008 U. S. Open Championship. Also, Woods has had persistent knee issues, an Achilles injury, and an elbow injury, to name a few. Because of his physical ailments, Woods has been forced to withdraw from eight tournaments with 5 of them being within the last 5 years.Woods has been beleaguered with injuries and with each injury, Woods has become more and more human. He is no longer invincible and I don’t like it. He has become a mere mortal man just like you and me. And it is devastating.The only reason I follow golf is because of Tiger Woods. Golf was always my father’s sport. It didn’t interest me. However, when I discovered Tiger’s existence in the late 1990’s, I was riveted.This exotic, toothy, young man with a strong willed father and loving mother burst onto to the scene; he made grown men fear him. He made me fall in love with golf. I wanted to know everything about the game.  What was this infamous Eagle? So, why are we rooting for a birdie?  Okay, so Par is not terrible but it’s not wonderful either.  Please God, not a bogey!!I had to know more about this sport and the history. I studied Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and other golf greats.  All because Tiger Woods had opened my eyes to this sports. I decided that I didn’t like Phil Mickelson, also known as Lefty. He wasn’t that exciting. He didn’t keep my attention like Tiger.But no golfer has ever captured my attention or the attention of the nation quite like Tiger Woods. Not Phil Mickelson. Not Rory McIlroy. Not Bubba Watson. None of them.Currently, I find myself looking to see if Tiger’s playing before I can dedicate myself to watching golf. He did this to me. Tiger made me fall in love with his dominant game. He made me run to the fairways.I never cared about his personal life. It didn’t bother me that he went through an open and controversial divorce. I didn’t care.I just wanted him to continue to play.  I rooted for him play through the noise and chatter.  I wanted him to keep his mind focused on the game.But, now this problem of Woods dealing with physical pain is actually greater than any emotional or mental issues that could plague him. If Tiger’s body is not healthy, then he physically is unable to play to his potential.And so, while I refuse to believe that he will never win another major championship; I know that if he doesn’t take time to get his body healthy, he will be physically unable to surpass Nicklaus’ record.So, I am asking Woods to take time off. Take significant time off. Perhaps he can enroll in the Derrick Rose school of thought. (Mr.-They-can’t-force-me-to play-and-I won’t-play-until-I’m- physically-and-mentally-comfortable.)Certainly, I miss Tiger Woods. I miss his swagger. I miss his dominance. I miss his fist pumps. I miss his Sunday red shirts. I didn’t know that the last time I watched Tiger win a major championship would be the last time I would see him win a major championship for several years. I would have appreciated it more. I would have savored it. Rather than greedily looking for the next one.So get healthy, come back and take your rightful place among the Golf Gods.  You are not a mere mortal. Yes, I’m in Tiger Woods withdrawal. But, I would miss Tiger even more if his health precluded him from playing, forced an early retirement and permanent withdrawal from the game he made relevant.(Two sources for this story were AP and ESPN.com)Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at:  [email protected] or (724) 561-8082  Follow her on Twitter: @alexissaralast_img read more

CALIFORNIA-BRED ATOMIC RULE TAKES $55,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER PEREIRA; BALTAS TRAINEE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:46.35

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2016)–Under patient handling from Tiago Pereira, Atomic Rule rallied three-wide turning for home and outran favored Curlin Rules by 2 ¼ lengths in winning Friday’s $55,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Trained by Richard Baltas, who is in Kentucky, Atomic Rule covered a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:46.35.With Curlin Rules setting the early pace, Atomic Rule sat a close fourth at the rail into the Club House turn and stayed at the fence to the three sixteenths pole, when he eased out and easily outran Brazilian-bred Editore and the favorite.Off at 6-1 in a field of eight 3-year-olds and up, Atomic Rule paid $14.00, $6.20 and $3.20.Claimed for $40,000 out of a second place finish at Del Mar Aug. 21, the 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Tribal Rule collected his 10th win from 33 lifetime starts. Owned by Paymaster Racing, LLC, he picked up $42,900 for the win, increasing his earnings to $270,440.Curlin Rules, who was headed by Editore a quarter mile from home, shook him off and proved second best, finishing a neck in front of Little Scotty. Off at 2-1 with Victor Espinoza, Curlin Rules paid $4.00 and $3.00.Little Scotty, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, prevailed by a head over a late closing Burger and Fries and paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race, with the temporary rail at 30 feet, were 22.36, 46.37, 1:10.32 and 1:34.55.First post time on Saturday for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

New rules established for Ohio junior livestock exhibits

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While at the Ohio Fair Manager’s Meeting this week, State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey took some time to visit with Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo about some of the new regulations put into place for junior livestock exhibits at fairs all over Ohio in 2015.last_img

PBA D-League: Marinerong Pilipino recovers to turn back SMDC-NU

first_imgMarinerong Pilipino regrouped after blowing a big lead to beat SMDC-National University, 86-71, in the 2019 PBA D-League Tuesday at Paco Arena in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Skippers lost a 21-point lead in the third quarter before reestablishing it in the final frame thanks to a 15-2 surge that extended their lead back to 21, 84-63, with two minutes left.Santi Santillan powered Marinerong Pilipino with 18 points and 13 rebounds while Anton Asistio added 14 points built on three triples.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“That’s the Anton Asistio and Santi Santillan that we’re looking for,” said head coach Yong Garcia in Filipino. “They give Marinero the experience we need.”John Galinato paced SMDC-NU (0-2) with 17 points, three rebounds, and three assists, while Shaun Ildefonso had 16 points, three boards, and two assists. The Bulldogs were down by just eight, 69-61, early in the fourth before the Skippers broke the game wide open.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Inquirer 7 top UAAP 81 women’s volleyball players: Weeks 1 and 2 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoRoma chief Monchi on Boston summit: We’re not there to talk American food

first_imgRoma chief Monchi on Boston summit: We’re not there to talk American foodby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma chief Monchi denies coach Eusebio di Francesco’s future is up for discussion.Di Francesco oversaw victory against Genoa on Sunday amid talk he’d be sacked if they lost.Monchi is travelling to Boston this week for talks with president James Pallotta and stated: “I go to Boston every month because there are matters to discuss, we have so many things to talk about.”An analysis will be done, we always do it, it’s normal that he wants to know the situation, we do not go to Boston to talk about American food. We will talk about football.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 days agoBournemouth keeper Ramsdale admits Bolton rejection sparked career

first_imgBournemouth keeper Ramsdale admits Bolton rejection sparked careerby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale admits rejection by Bolton Wanderers has sparked his career.Ramsdale was released from Bolton at the age of 15 after being told he was “too small and couldn’t kick”. He said: “It’s been difficult.“There’s a lot of rejection as a young kid, obviously getting released at Bolton – being too small and couldn’t kick.“But that could possibly be the best thing which ever happened to me. It gave me the backbone and the toughness to never say die.“Signing here (at Cherries) from Sheffield United, it was a lonely journey for the first two years.“I didn’t enjoy it and probably didn’t fulfil my potential but had two good loan periods.“One with Chesterfield, which we got relegated in but one with Wimbledon where we managed to stay up.“I can look back at that in the mirror and say I had a massive part to play. I think I grew into a man.“Now I am standing here today, I am using my experiences from then to take into the games for Bournemouth.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

VANCOUVERS TOUGHEST FILM BUFFS FLEX THEIR EYEBALLS FOR 24HOUR MOVIE MARATHON

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Cinematheque staffers Lizzie Brotherston, Isaac Renert, Kate Ladyshewsky and Shaun Inouye while be in need of serious caffeine this weekend as they attempt to push through 24 hours’ worth of continuous films. Photograph By JENNIFER GAUTHIER It may not be on the same level as a polar bear swim or Grouse Grind, but feats of strength will be required out of movie buffs this weekend just the same.The Cinematheque’s biennial 24-Hour Movie Marathon remounts March 30 to 31, pulling together die-hard cinephiles with others who want to test the outer limits of sleep deprivation.Running 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. over successive days, the flick fest will include somewhere between 12 and 14 films from across the globe that are aligned under a specific theme. Secrecy, however, reigns supreme here, as neither the films nor the unifying theme will be disclosed until it’s go time. Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Started in the early ’90s, the exercise in attrition took a nap for a decade-plus until being revived in 2013. That year, the theme was movies about movies while the 2015 edition played on the concept of time. The 2017 festival was held under the banner of urban living. Each festival acts as a fundraiser for the Howe Street movie theatre, and this year is no different.As for the format, films won’t run in complete succession and breaks will be allotted for meals and stretching.The Courier spoke with Cinematheque programming associate Shaun Inouye to get the low down on how to prevent a slow down while the films go down.This kind of event likely attracts a very particular crowd. Who shows up to this kind of thing?There’s definitely a core audience at the festival that is the Cinematheque’s core audience as well. They are die-hard cinephiles who put their entire trust in what we do and how we curate. For them it’s an opportunity to have a crash course in cinema over a 24-hour period. For other people, it’s a case of trying to test their mettle, people who are asking themselves, “Can I do this?” Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more