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Merion Golf Club: Golf as it Should Be

There are few more classic sporting atmospheres than Philadelphia’s Merion Golf Club. The site of the 2013 US Open (where it will host a record 19th USGA Championship), the place is steeped in history, tradition, and an essence that takes you back to the Golden Age of Golf. It’s also ranked 7th in Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses. So there’s that.

I was lucky enough to spend two glorious days at Merion, taking part in their annual Summer Stag Day, and was pegged by A True Golfer to do a write up on my experience. Getting to play one of the world’s most exclusive and renowned clubs was a treat beyond belief. Getting to document and share my experience with words and photos was truly an honor. Read it here.

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“Did you try to hit that shot Tiger hit there?” Plus more reasons why golf is awesome at Pebble Beach.

It's National Golf Day. A tribute to America's most famous track.

Sports are fun because they not only give you the thrill of competition but typically take place in a charismatic setting.  Which is why taking in a Duke basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium or seeing the Red Sox at Fenway is such a special experience. For golf, the bar is raised because you are the one playing on the grand stage. Competition is enjoyable, but so is the backdrop.  And while the common man can only dream of strolling the fairways of Augusta National, anyone can tee it up at the course that truly defines American golf, Pebble Beach Golf Links.

It’s the place where Bobby Jones teed it up in the height of his competitive reign as the greatest golfer in the world. It’s where Bing Crosby hosted the likes of Ben Hogan and Frank Sinatra, as apart of his yearly Clambake. It’s where Tiger Woods Continue reading

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Taking Things on for Lent

Unfortunately, I have to start now.

Last night was Shrove Tuesday (or Fat Tuesday, depending on your um, faith) which means today is Ash Wednesday and the official start of the season of Lent. Typically folks give something up between now and Easter Sunday, to honor the 40 days and 40 nights Jesus spent fasting in the Judean desert. And while there is certainly something worthy about giving up favorite things, avoiding vices, or temporarily abandoning bad habits, I’ve found it can be equally beneficial to take something on.Plus this can act as a good excuse to force yourself to do something you’ve always wanted, but were too scared, lacked the time, the motivation etc. (Because hey, if you can’t do it for yourself, at least do it for God.)

I’ve always wanted to run in the Peachtree Road Race. I fondly remember when I was a little boy… Continue reading

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Simple Skiing: Alta, UT

Go retro: Alta.

Not that I don’t enjoy vibrant ski towns that are part sport, part social — Park City and it’s trend-happy downtown, Aspen’s world class shopping and celebrities, the shiny casinos that make Lake Tahoe nights quickly turn into morning — but there is something incredibly romantic about a get-away destination that puts a premium on snow, scenery and simplicity.

And there is no purer skiing experience, than Alta, UT.  Continue reading

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Love ‘em or Hate ‘em, Duke Always Makes a Team Statement.

Duke: Hated but Classically Unselfish

It’s no secret that people are always divided about Duke Basketball. And for the most part, people tend to despise them. The Cameron Crazies, Coach K, the floor-slapping, the year-in-year-out success rate, the private school aura … like the Yankees, they’re a team that’s easy to hate.

But what I absolutely love about Duke is that in a sport dominated by one-and-done future superstars and young men who flaunt “where they’ll take their talents” next season, Duke still plays team basketball. Continue reading

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Baseball in February…

Resembles Spring in so many ways…

The weather in Georgia has been positively spring-like the last few weeks … enough so that cherries and dogwoods have already started to blossom. (Obviously, trees have no idea it’s still February.) So the fact that the Braves open spring training on Saturday against the Mets feels … well, about right. But with games in February, opening day now in March and the World Series in November, fans now have a mere three months without the “boys of summer.”

I’m sure fantasy owners, the MLB network and baseball fanatics are thrilled at this gradual (and televised) expansion, but I feel the trend of nearly-all-year-round ball is just … unhealthy. For the players, the fans and the kids who start playing on “traveling teams” when they’re 8 years old. And this follows a trend of expanding sports for profit and obsession. Continue reading

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Simple, Classic Super Bowl.

This year's Super Bowl MVP can also rock classic facial hair.

It seems like every Falcon’s fan I know violently wanted the Packers to lose on Sunday night. Which I definitely understand considering the beating we took in our own stadium. (Especially, after a year filled with such promise.) But regardless of who you pull for, it’s tough to ignore the fact that the outcome of this year’s Super Bowl was pretty universally fitting … and quite deserving.

The Packers’ win was fitting because of how many years Brett Favre selfishly put himself ahead of the team, the organization and the fans. The win was fitting because Aaron Rodgers waited his turn without complaining, and then filled the shoes that were supposed to be impossible to fill. The win was fitting because it reminded sports fans (and the media) that small market teams can succeed, too. The win was fitting because Big Ben needed another season before his un-gentlemanly conduct would be in the rear view mirror. The win was fitting because the people in the Midwest, who live and breathe Packers football 24/7 365 … have gone through a lot in recent years, and they deserve it.

If the Falcons get to the Super Bowl in the near future, I think the triumphant story will get a similar “feel good” script. I just hope football fans around the country will acknowledge that, regardless of who we beat along the way.

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