I had no idea that ESPN’s Rece Davis is an alumni of the University of Alabama. He took a trip out to Tuscaloosa in the aftermath of the tornadoes. Just saw this report on Sportscenter earlier tonight. I highly recommend it.
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Kevin Na shot a 16 on the par 4 9th hole at the Valero Texas Open today. Yes, you read that part right, he shot a 16. I just saw this on Sportscenter and am trying to find the ESPN highlights online. If one of you finds it please send me the link. In the meantime watch the clip from the PGA Tour.
Tee shot right. Went down and found ball and declared an unplayable lie.
Went back to the tee box and hit another tee shot which went right in to the woods. Then hit a provisional left (Abandoned provisional). Found second tee shot on the right and played it.
Played ball in the woods and hit a tree and the ball hit himself and took a one shot penalty.
Took unplayable where ball came to rest.
Hit ball in woods.
Hit ball in woods (Left-handed and missed ball).
Hit ball in woods (Left-handed and advanced ball).
Hit ball in woods (barely moved the ball).
Hit ball in woods and did not get out of the trees.
Hit ball in woods and advanced to the rough.
Hit ball from woods in to rough.
Played from rough to the fringe.
Played from fringe on to green.
Made putt from 5 feet, 10 inches.
One of the craziest sights I have ever seen in pro sports. Na, finished 39th on the PGA Tour money list last year and 19th in 2009. Have to be impressed with him going out and having a pretty decent back 9. He gave an interview to PGATour.com after his round.
4/15/11 EDIT: I can’t find the SportsCenter clip from last night with John Anderson and Scott Van Pelt anchoring but here is one with Stan Verrett and Neil Everett.
I have seen a lot of people criticize the two of them in the past 24 hours. Some of it is fair but a lot of people are completely overreacting to this. I know jumping on ESPN is the “cool thing to do” for a lot of people but it is fairly obvious that they were not celebrating the firing of Eric Mangini. It is easy to put up one video out of context and twist it to serve whatever agenda your blog has. Attacking ESPN is a sure fire way to get hits.
Was their act unprofessional? Sure, but lets take things in some context here. It was “Black Monday”, I’m sure they had a discussion earlier in the show about news breaking while they were on the air. For those you of who don’t follow the NFL closely, “Black Monday” is the first Monday after the end of the regular season when most teams announce their decision to fire their coaches.
Professional athlete misses a game because he is sick and his roster spot goes to a coach from a local college. No, that is not the premise for the next Disney movie. It happened last night.
The Phoenix Coyotes were at the Madison Square Garden in New York last night to play the Rangers. Earlier in the day they suffered a minor setback when starting goalie Ilya Bryzgalov came down with the flu. He was replaced in the starting lineup by his backup Jason LaBarbera but the Coyotes had no one available to back him up. There wasn’t enough time to fly someone in from their Minor League affiliate in San Antonio so they reached out to a college coach in New York instead.
Tom Fenton a 26 year old coach for Manhatanville College lived out a dream last night and spent the night on the bench, in uniform at a National Hockey League game. He’s from Sarnia, Ontario so I’m pretty sure like most Canadian kids he had dreamed of this moment his entire childhood. No, he didn’t actually get to play in the game but he still has one hell of a story to tell for the rest of his life.
“My phone rang, I didn’t pick it up,” said Fenton, who had less than three hours to get to MSG but arrived in time to back up Jason LaBarbera. “I eventually saw who it was so I picked it up after the haircut and called them right back.
“They basically said I have to get my butt down to MSG as soon as I can.
According to that same story he hasn’t played an actual game since his senior year at American International College last year.