2017 PGA Championship…A Preview

By Joe Hines, Noted Club Pro

The final major of the golf season, the PGA Championship, is coming up this week at Quail Hollow Golf Club in North Carolina. Plenty of subplots pepper the landscape;  a schedule change has just been announced by the tour for this tourney, beginning in 2019 when it will move to a slot in May from its usual August schedule. The goal presumably, is to wrap up the bulk of the competitive season before the start of football season. Golf doesn’t do all that well in ratings, to begin with, so it only makes sense to give it the best opportunity for the most eyes on it. Since the NFL will lead its minions down the path to gape mouthed wonder as sweaty fat men whack each other beginning just after Labor Day, the PGA would prefer to be done by then. And there is still plenty to be had in the silly season between September and April when the Masters reappears on our screens.


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Final Round Birdies and Bogeys and Recap from the 2017 Open Championship

By Joe Hines, Always your champion of the year

If you are reading this, you undoubtedly know that Jordan Spieth is the Champion Golfer of the year, the spoils that go along with winning the Open Championship.


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Day 3 US Open Roundup; Birdies and Bogeys

By Joe Hines, Always playing downwind

The 2017 US Open at Wisconsin’s Erin Hills Golf Club (A public course, by the way, if you want to pony up the 295 bucks)will be remembered for the plethora of low scores recorded here. The stroke average is only a stroke or two below the norm at a US Open, but the players going low are noteworthy. Just Saturday, in the third round, Justin Thomas equaled the low score recorded in Open history with a 63, while shattering the record in relation to par at -9. Johnny Miller’s previous record that Thomas matched was at the Open at the par 70 Oakmont, with 72 the score to aspire to this year at Erin Hills. Patrick Reed fired a 65 which would have been good enough to match the under par record if it hadn’t already been set in the first round by Rickie Fowler. Of the sixty or so players who made the weekend cut, there were 12 rounds of 68 or better in the third round Saturday. But Sunday is another day, and there is a factor we haven’t had the first three days.

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First round recap, Birdies and Bogeys from the 2017 US Open

By Joe Hines
Noted Duffer

While a winning score for the US Open is often around even par, even over par some years, 2015 Champion Jordan Spieth was asked in a pre-tournament press conference what his opinion of the what the winning total might be. “I could see it going to -5 or -10” offered young Jordan. While we are not quite through day 1, the last groups are just on the final nine as I write, it appears that Spieth will not be one of those approaching such a lofty total. He fired a 1 over par 73 at this year’s test, Erin Hills Golf Club, northwest of Milwaukee in the land of cheese and Major Championship golf courses. In fact, I’m feeling pretty good about putting together my story now, since my prediction of Jason Day as a winner seems to already have derailed. Day is +6 after his first 10 holes. As the saying goes, you can’t win the US Open on Thursday, but you sure as hell can lose it.

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Beer, Brats and Golf. The US Open invades Wisconsin

By Joe Hines, Noted Duffer

This is US Open week in the golf world, and what is widely considered golf’s sternest test, the tourney set up to test the will of young millionaires, will be contested at what is, by all accounts, the largest golf course in the history of golf, Erin Hills Golf Club, very far from anywhere in Wisconsin.

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Baseball Thoughts Entering the 2015 Playoffs (or how the Cubs can win the World Series)

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

I’m sitting in the ProjectShanks.com home office in Longview, Texas, six feet to the left of my slave-driving boss, Chris Stuckey. Talk about pressure.

But I surge ahead, determined to transfer these thoughts I have from my brain to keyboard, whether a thousand miles away at home, or at headquarters.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

In case you haven’t noticed, the Cubs have the third best record in baseball. It is typical, that in such a case, the two better records belong to teams in their own NL Central Division; the Cardinals and Pirates. With only a couple of games this weekend to settle the dust and seal the postseason awards, the National League playoffs are set. The Cubs and Pirates will play the one game wild card game in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, TBS the dutiful portrayer of the game. And don’t the playoffs just scream TBS? They broadcast an excuse me game every now and again, I was surprised to find late in the season that Ted Turner’s network even continued to broadcast baseball, with the superstations TBS and WGN dumping the local team coverage in the last few years, they being the Braves and Cubs. But that’s a conversation for a different column. [Read more…]

Reviews from the Road: Talking Chicago Bears in Reno

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

The cat just farted as he leaps away from me. Thank you for that Shadow, I’m inspired. Have you been into my ham?

I’m a thousand, maybe two away from the center of my sports universe hard by the shores of Lake Michigan. The Bears are 3-3 with the Miami Dolphins coming to call this Sunday. I’m only two weeks removed from Davie, FL where the Dolphins train. The buzz when I was there had to do with Coach Joe Philbin being cryptic about who his starting quarterback would be for the game in London which the Dolphins wound up winning easily, and Ryan Tannehill bought himself a week long reprieve. I expect that the Bears will be the reason for those questions to arise once again. Tannehill has a tendency not to throw the football straight, and the Bears have one of the best young corners in the league in Kyle Fuller who has shown thus far in his career that he is a ball magnet. Look for Tannehill to complete at least two passes to No. 23 of the Bears and for the Bears to roll. [Read more…]

Birdies and Bogeys: 2014 Ryder Cup – Day Two

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

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The morning four-ball matches on day two of the Ryder Cup was some of the best golf I’ve ever witnessed. The first match out, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson finished their match against Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson with 10 straight birdies yet only won 3&2. Kuchar and Watson were seven under par and got beat. Incredible golf. Cup veteran Jim Furyk was paired with Hunter Mahan and played extremely well, pouring putts in from everywhere to take care of the Euros Jamie D0naldson and Lee Westwood. [Read more…]

Birdies and Bogeys: Opening Day Ryder Cup

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

The opening morning four-ball matches didn’t quite go as the European side might have scripted. American captain Tom Watson surprised many with his pairing of Ryder Cup rookies Patrick Reed and Jordan Speith to take on European rookie Stephen Gallacher and ringer Ian Poulter. The kids came through with a resounding 5 & 4 victory, turning the tables on the highly favored European squad.  Phil Mickelson and BFF Keegan Bradley teamed up for an exciting 1-up victory over world No. 1 Rory McIlroy and the third ranked serial choker Sergio Garcia. They were able to pull out the match when both Europeans made a mess of the 18th hole, and Mickelson managed to stay standing to win the hole. Bubba Watson, who has become my new player I have no use for, and Webb Simpson, who seemed to be caught up in Watson’s vortex of negativity teamed up to get pantsed by Martin Kaymer and Thomas Bjorn. The four morning matches finished with the US leading 2 1/2-1 1/2. A small victory for the US in a competition they were expected to be resoundingly trounced. [Read more…]

2014 Ryder Cup Preview

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff, Serial Insomniac & Chicago Guru

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As a primer to this years Ryder Cup, and since I have a couple of hours to kill until the 2:30 a.m. tee off, I’ll offer a couple of hints to watching. First of all, the matches are being held this year at Glen Eagles Golf Club in Scotland, the first time in many years it’s been held on Scottish soil. [Read more…]

Baltimore Ravens Cut Ray Rice, NFL Suspends Him Indefinitely

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

I’m watching the breathless ESPN coverage of the video depicting Raven’s running back Ray Rice giving his then girlfriend, now wife Janae a powerful introduction to his left fist on an elevator in an Atlantic City casino.

I don’t have the information that local police did, nor the NFL for that matter. The Ravens say that Ray Rice is a ‘good person’. The behavior he exhibited isn’t indicative of his long-term character. Hey Ravens! Yes it is. Choirboys need not apply for NFL jobs, we know there is inherent evil lurking in the psyches’ of a large portion of players. It’s what attracts many of us to the game in the first place. [Read more…]

2014 NFL Fan Viewing and Protocol Guide

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

The advent of the 2014 NFL season requires updates to etiquette as it pertains to viewing habits, proper dress and appropriate conduct for fans wishing to steer clear of subhuman meathead status.

Go-Bears

Alternative uniforms styles have progressed beyond the typical home and road jerseys of our youth. Military camouflage, throwbacks to each decade beginning with the 20’s and any other style the NFL believes might net it a dollar, will be trotted out during the course of the season. On Sundays, or Mondays, or Thursdays, or Saturdays, we as consumers are left to decide how we will approach this. We of course have several clothing articles proclaiming undying support for the very large men that beat the hell out of each other. The question then becomes, should we buy new “old” jerseys? Or do we stick with the tried and true combinations that have led our teams to the promised land. Or at least the bragging rights from the Bears-Packers game. [Read more…]