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PGA golfer Steve Elkington might enjoy building a time machine and going back 20 years to a point where A) he was a relevant player and B) his jokes had a marginally better chance of being deemed funny by, say, 3 percent of the population.
Instead, he's stuck in 2014 and he's getting hated on -- rightfully so -- for this tweet:
ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine.... No one else expected to throw today— Steve Elkington (@elkpga) February 25, 2014
If you'll recall, Elkington is the same golfer who had a really FUNNY tweet about a fatal helicopter crash. Hey, Steve, maybe just sit out the next 10-20 years of social media?
This seems to be as good a story to leave you with as we head into the evening and weekend. From the AP:
Clint Eastwood added another starring role at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am -- life saver.
Eastwood attended a volunteer party on the eve of the PGA Tour event when he noticed tournament director Steve John choking on a piece of cheese. The 83-year-old actor quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver Wednesday night at the Monterey Conference Center.
"I was drinking water and eating these little appetizers, threw down a piece of cheese and it just didn't work," John said Friday. "I was looking at him and couldn't breathe. He recognized it immediately and saved my life."
Eastwood is a prominent figure at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, formerly as an amateur contestant and now as chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. It has raised over $100 million for charity as the host of the PGA Tour event.
He's often in the CBS tower on the weekend and presents the trophy to the winner, a list that includes Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker in recent years.
The Hollywood star wasn't expecting an additional duty this week.
"I looked in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes," Eastwood told The Carmel Pine Cone. "It looked bad."
Now that's a great American hero.
We don't know any of the circumstances. This apparently happened in Irvine, Calif. All we know is that everyone involved acted with an ALARMING degree of nonchalance.
Far be it from us to insert ourselves into Rory McIlroy's love life, but golf great Gary Player already has, so why not!
Player thinks McIlroy's golf game is suffering because he's hanging out too much with tennis player Caroline Wozniacki and not practicing his chips and putts enough. The quotes? They really are quite staggering:
"He's got to be intelligent and find the right wife. If he finds the right wife, if he practices and if he's dedicated, he could be the man," Player said.
McIlroy, 24, is currently mired in a disappointing season by his own standards. Although he's ranked third in the world, he is 35th on the PGA Tour in scoring average and has failed to even contend at a major in 2013. The Northern Irishman has also not won since moving to new sponsors Nike at the start of the year.
Player implied that McIlroy's commitment to traveling regularly to see Wozniacki play might mean he does not practice enough. Player said McIlroy needs a partner who is dedicated only to aiding his career.
"When you're in love as a young man naturally golf seems to take second place for a while. It's natural," Player said. "Love is still the greatest thing that ever happens in our lives.
"But the thing is for a man like Rory with talent galore he's got to make sure he has a woman like I've got, who has been married [to me] for 56 years, that has only encouraged me to do well and made sacrifices," he said.
Got that, Rory? Find a pushover who only exists for you instead of a top tennis player.
Lindsey Vonn is a gold medal Olympic skier and a world champ. She also learned her craft right here in the Twin Cities on the mean slopes of Buck Hill. As such, she is now, and forever, ONE OF US.
But now that Vonn and Tiger Woods are officially dating -- Tiger dropped the news on his Facebook page today, along with some standard-issue holiday card photos of the couple -- we have to pose this question:
Is Tiger now, by extension, ONE OF US?
Minnesotans love nothing more than tangential claims to celebrities. If you so much as drove through the southern tip on a road trip in your youth, and you go on to do great things, you could be ONE OF US.
Well, Tiger is now dating one of our claimed accomplished sports stars.
In or out? And how much do we want him?
Oh, and by the way, Tiger wrote this:
Lindsey and I have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close and are now dating. We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy. We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes.
That's a nice sentiment, and it should be possible. But we cannot imagine it will happen.
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