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Don’t cry for Michael Jordan

As one who normally takes his punishment on the golf course–like an ATM in plaid shorts–I have empathy with Michael Jordan. You always hear about His Airness getting fleeced at the links. So my spirits were lifted upon reading a report about his financial standing.

M.J. on the links M.J. on the links

Jordan, who already rakes in $90 million yearly, increased his share in the NBA’s Hornets from 80 percent to 89.5. By doing so, his net worth soared from $750 million to $1 billion, according to

I want to be like Mike!

Goodbye to the long putter

The PGA is one year away from the anchoring ban taking place in relation to putters. Once the calendar hits 2016, all those freaky looking flat sticks will become obsolete. Thus, those who have grown dependent on putting tools created to eliminate the yips will be up the river without a paddle, right?

Well, if Webb Simpson’s play is any indication of things to come, not so fast.

Using a short putter for the first time on the PGA Tour, Simpson slayed Waialae Country Club Thursday in the opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii. The former U.S. Open champion carted a 28 on his second nine en route to a share of the lead.

For those of you who are equipment junkies. He gave up his Ping Craz-e model for a 34-inch Odyssey White Hot putter.

Now if we can only put an end the aluminum bat.

Webb Simpson Webb Simpson

Modern records

I’ve wondered in the past how any team’s offensive numbers could stack up in the college record book to the numbers accrued by Georgia Tech when they defeated Cumberland 222-0 on Oct. 7, 1916. For example, Wyoming’s 103 points scored in a 1949 game is recognized as the most points scored in a game according to the NCAA record book. Thanks to Ken Sugiura I now have an idea about the reason why. The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s sports writer offered that records may only be recognized from what the NCAA considers the “modern era” – 1937 (the advent of the Associated Press poll).

Farewell to Marv Anderson

Sad to report that old friend and golfing buddy Marv Anderson died this week.

Jim Brown Jim Brown

Marv was a fun guy and always seemed to be interested in your well being. He was quite an athlete, too. I loved to hear his stories about playing lacrosse while at Cornell. During that time, Cornell played Syracuse, which gave Marv the opportunity to play against Jim Brown. Yes, that Jim Brown. Marv would laugh while noting that the man who would become NFL royalty was easily the best lacrosse player he ever saw.

Marv could play a little golf, too. One memory stands out. He had been in some trouble on the Par-4 ninth hold at Palma Ceia, so he was hitting his third shot from approximately 100 yards out. No problem. Marv launched a high shot that finished in the cup for a routine birdie. Even more memorable was the fact the ball ripped out about a half an inch of sod on its path to the bottom of the jar.

Vaya con dios, Marv.

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