Wednesday, September 27, 2006

RIP Byron Nelson
  • One article I have been intending to write but never have is about the developmental process of sporting abilities. There are two marvelous examples to draw upon.
    • Will Clark and Rafael Palmeiro, two of the great left-handed first basemen, were college teammates and classmates. Palmeiro was the star early in their school careers, then Clark took over by the time they were seniors, and was taken second overall in the 1985 amateur draft. When they graduated and became pros, Palmeiro was slow to develop any power (only 30 homers in his first three full seasons) while Clark was soon acclaimed as one of the greatest left-handed hitters in the game. Mostly because of injuries, Clark flamed out quite early, although he remained a good player who could get the spark back for short bursts, but Palmeiro came from behind to end up with some tremendous career stats, including the impressive achievement of having hit at least 38 homers in nine consecutive seasons.
    • The second example involves Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, and Ben Hogan. All three men were born in 1912, and all three won multiple major championships. (Nelson 5, Snead 7, Hogan 9). The strange thing is that Nelson won all of his majors before 1946 or, worded another way, before Hogan ever won one at all! Snead and Hogan together won 15 of their 16 majors between 1946 and 1954, after Nelson won his last one! Nelson had his incredible streak in 1945 in which he won eleven consecutive tournaments and eighteen overall - but he never won another major after that year, while his contemporaries shot to the top. Nelson won his last major at age 33. Hogan won his first at age 34. Hogan's best year was 1953, when he was 41. Like Lord Byron, Hogan never won another major after his best year. Snead went strong the longest. He never won another major after 1954, but he won a PGA event in 1965, just a bit shy of his 53rd birthday.

  • SIDEBAR: Will Clark was drafted 2nd overall in 1985, Palmiero 22nd. The #1 draft choice was B.J. Surhoff. The real lost opportunity came at the 5th selection. The White Sox drafted a high school catcher from Glendora, California named Kurt Brown. In doing so, they allowed the Pirates to take a guy you may have heard of - a certain Mr. Bonds. Kurt Brown never made the major leagues.


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Mel Gibson Apologizes to Doomed Mayans for Latest Remarks ... Embattled Actor Reaches Out to Doomed Mayan Community


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The trailer for Copying Beethoven, featuring Ed Harris as Ludwig Van.


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The NSA Super Spy-o-Matic


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The Top 25 Stupidly Named Web 2.0 Sites Of 2006


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Terrell Owens has apparently attempted suicide


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Satanists Seek Injunction
  • "The Unquestionably Satanic Men's Club is seeking an injunction barring politicians from using Satan's name in their political activities."
  • I guess it's OK when they use his Satanic methods.


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Future Darwin Award Winner: Shark bites diver who attempts underwater kiss


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AstroPic o' the Day: Earth, as seen from Saturn


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Six clips from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning


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This week's movie openings - first look
  • The Guardian - 3100 theaters - 46% positive reviews.
  • Open Season - 3600 theaters - no reviews yet.
  • School for Scoundrels - 3000 theaters - 18% positive reviews.


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The Weekend Warrior looks at the upcoming weekend
  • He thinks the weekend has an excellent chance to beat last year. Both The Guardian (Kutcher/Costner) and Open Season (animated wildlife comedy) have a chance to top 20 million, and School for Scoundrels will be a respectable fourth, while Jackass holds up for a strong third-place finish.


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Online TV: Watch this week's episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip


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Musharraf appears on comedy show to plug his book


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Homosexuals May Be Human, Say Scientists


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"Osama bin Laden talks about his experiences with erectile disfunction and Levitra."


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Penn & Teller hornswaggle Johnny Miller in a golf bet.


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Texas principal reprimands a teacher who took her kids to an art museum. It seems the museum had some nude statues and paintings!
  • Well, to be fair, it was the Larry Flynt Art Museum, but why split hairs?
  • Anyway, to hell with the nudity. I'm concerned that she exposed those innocent Texas boys to art. They might turn gay!
  • The school board upheld the principal. By the way, the teacher has been at her job for 28 years, apparently without a reprimand!


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"Limewire Hits Back Hard: Sues RIAA For Antitrust And Consumer Fraud "


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Anna Nicole Smith's baby was fathered by Howard Stern
  • No, this doesn't link to The National Inquirer! It's another guy named Howard Stern, who is Anna's lawyer.


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Now THAT'S the munchies: "Duo broke into Domino's to bake up batch of chocolaty treats"
  • The pirates were charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor, but never even got to sample the warm, chocolaty booty. Police recovered the brownies, which had a street value of $5


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Jon Stewart discusses the Clinton interview with Fox news


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Jon Stewart discusses the false "economic miracle" of Hungary


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Samantha Bee discusses the Clinton interview


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The Daily Show's Dan Bakkedahl proves that the educational system discriminates against boys. ... Part 2 of the report.


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Colbert sets up his Jewish "days of repentance" hotline, so all the Jews who have offended him can call to ask his forgiveness.


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Colbert seeks to prove he can sell more books than Hugo Chavez


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Letterman's "Top Ten Questions To Ask Yourself Before Ordering The Burger King Quad Stacker"


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Pirate radio stations challenge feds
  • "His goal is to create FM radio stations faster than the FCC can shut them down."


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I would not have guessed this: Which internet site is #1 for videos? Hint: it ain't Yahoo, Google, or YouTube.


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