I have not been able to write about anything that does not seem trivial after Mr. Danny Rumph's passing. However, Topper Nation must forge ahead while remembering our fallen Topper. The autopsy has been done: cardiomyopathy was the culprit. The team has been to the funeral, and we have heard from Danny's family and friends. The team is preparing for a trip to Spain later in the Summer. Life is moving forward, and so will this blog. Still, everything that happens this season will happen with the lingering thought of how Mr. Danny Rumph would have been a part of it. We will miss #11.Golf
I fired a personal best 76 at a local course called Crosswinds (par 71) yesterday. I had shot 77 numerous times in the last couple of seasons, but I finally broke through and shot one lower yesterday. The funny part is that I did not hit it that well. I drove it all over the place missing some fairways popping up a couple of drives. I shanked two iron shots on the front nine as well, but hit good recoveries to save bogeys. Crosswinds, as the name implies, is an open windy course with few trees. The lack of woods certainly aided in my recovery ability.
The true difference was the short game. I had 4 pars, 8 bogeys, and a double bogey, but I also managed to make 5 birdies. I did not miss a putt from 8 feet in, and I made a 20-footer for birdie and a 25-footer to save par.
Spray it around the course, shank some irons, make every putt in sight. That was the formula for my 76. That is why they call it "golf." As Ron Burgundy would say, "The term 'golf' is an ancient Viking word meaning 'adventure and unpredictability.'" Well played, Mr. Burgundy. In this instance, he would be right.
Thanks for making me look good by missing the cut, Retief. I appreciate that. At least Tiger missed, too, totally overshadowing your miss.NBA Playoffs
YAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWN. I might watch the conference finals and Finals. Maybe.Goofy Bracket #1
A few of you emailed bracket picks for my Eighties Songs Bracket. Here are the results.
ROUND OF 16
(1)Don't You Forget About Me def. (16)Don't Dream It's Over. This one seed is a juggernaut.
(8)Walk Like an Egyptian def. (9)I Ran. VERY close, like an 8/9 game should be.
(12)Come On Eileen def. (5)West End Girls. Voters overwhelmingly selected the underdog here.
(4)Theme from Greatest American Hero def. (13)Big Country. The weight of Seinfeld was too much to overcome.
(6)Call Me def. (11)True. Blondie in a walk.
(3)Karma Chameleon def. (14)Tainted Love. Boy George and Co. were nearly toppled by Soft Cell, but held on with some late free throws.
(10)Down Under def. (7)Africa. The continental battle went to the Aussies in a mild upset.
(2)Whip It def. (15)White Wedding. There was a lot of nerdy influence in my readership. Still, this one was fairly close.
(1)DYFAM def. (8)Egytian. The Bangles are no match for Simple Minds.
(12)Eileen def. (4)Greatest American Hero. Not even George Costanza's answering machine could fend off the upset bid of Dexy's Midnight Runners. Their thoughts verge on dirty, which allows Eileen and her red dress to dance into the FF.
(6)Call Me def. (3)Karma Chameleon. Blondie, despite her heart of glass, had enought to get past the Chameleons' constantly changing defense.
(2)Whip It def. (10)Down Under. Devo was the most hot and cold representative among voters (people love them or hate them), but they had enough to slip by Men At Work.
(1)DYFAM def. (12)Eileen. Eileen's cinderella run came to a halt in the FF. A valiant effort, and a great tune, were halted by a good hook and Molly Ringwald/Judd Nelson chemistry.
(2)Whip It def. (6)Call Me. The early 80's rep in the final will be Devo. Again, a couple of voters had Devo going out to Billy Idol in Round 1, but others had Devo winning the whole shebang.
(1)DYFAM def. (2)Whip It. In a lopsided final, DYFAM took home the hardware.
Another Goofy Bracket is on the way soon.
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