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TOYS AND GAMES: Fine Set of Balls, PGA Tour Troika, and Boggsy

Dad used to tell the story about the town doctor checking out the Thomasville High football team before the start of the season. All of the players were instructed to line up and when the doctor reached them, cough, cough. Get it?

At first the doctor’s assistant had a concern Dad had a problem down below. Alas, after further inspection, the doctor set everyone straight by announcing loud enough for all to hear. “Nothing wrong here, just a fine set of balls.”

Tiger-1 Tiger Woods (“Tiger-1”. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

I’m loving the developing rivalry on the PGA Tour between Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Jason Day. This troika is likable and their talents are enviable. With these guys on the scene and Tiger Woods recently undergoing back surgery, you have to believe that Woods’ pursuit of 18-plus career majors has permanently stalled. Here’s hoping that’s not the case. Wouldn’t it be fun to see the old guy — imagine that, Tiger is now the old guy — thrown into the mix.

While in Boston, Wade Boggs’ name came up during a conversation with some of the local scribes. The Hall of Fame third baseman ate chicken every meal and urban legend says he could swill Miller Lite at an incredible rate. Boggs also followed some colorful rituals, for example, when the team’s charter took off, he would note to his teammates, “Tonight we ride.” And when he went to the bar with the boys, he would tell the bartender, “Drinks and fresh horses for my men.”

Truly an original.

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