Sweltering Saturday: Hiding From The Heat

Literally hiding from Fahrenheit. Me. Inside where, so far, the A C is workin’ just fine at the Partridge Inn.

The Heat Index today here in Augusta, GA reads 104. 96 degrees actual in the shade. Plus humidity that would make the Ohio Valley muck whimper.

Figuratively sweatin’ more than they’d like. The Nigerian soccer team.

As I write, they’re only down 0-1 to Maradona’s Argentine squad. But the Green are feeling the heat. Messi’s just missed a couple and it seems just a matter of time before the baby blue stripes totally take over the match.

Absolutely suffering heat stroke. Greece.

The financially beleaguered country didn’t even show up for its match this morning with South Korea’s Reds. It was a 2-0 smackdown.

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They’ve love ‘em some golf down here in Augusta.

Duh!

There’s hardly a local establishment of any sort here without some sign that this is the home of the Masters. Whether it’s a restaurant with a signed glossy of Jack Nicklaus, or a table in a hotel lobby stacked with a caddie’s memories of Augusta National or a store with a display of passes to the tournament on the wall.

Augusta State, the school a short but arduous jog up the hill from my hotel, happens to be the new NCAA golf champion. That would be Division I in case you were wondering. Wonder if that means they get to play you know where?

Doubt it.

Yet another confirmation of how links-addled they are around here is the presence of Jamie Patton and Michael Goldstein. They’re a couple of Kiwis, who are traversing the globe, playing a round of golf — at least — every single day.

It’s day 162 of their quest. Today they’re playing Augusta Country Club, which adjoins but is not to be confused with Augusta National. Hey, my buddies David and Dennis are playing the very same course right now. Don’t forget the sunscreen and stay hydrated, boys.

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Are they feeling the heat at Southern Cal?

I sure hope so. The penalties the school is suffering for its imperious ways are, frankly, less than they deserve. But they are stern nonetheless.

Lane Kiffin. Nice move yours, from Tennessee to LA LA Land.

The real question is how Mike Garrett keeps his job as Southern Cal AD?

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Is Big 12 commish Don Beebe feeling the heat?

I imagine. He oughta be.

Just when everybody paying attention to the ongoing disembowelment of college sports thought the first major evisceration would be the Big East, it turned out to be the Big 12. Which will soon be the Big Nobody.

Word is that the C-USA is going to make a play for Kansas, K State, Baylor, Missouri and any other remnants of the former league. Wow.

As bad as all this change is for college sports, it’s fascinating to watch. Like the Titanic going down, or Hindenburg exploding in flames, or Lindsay Lohan getting drunk one more time in violation of a court order.

– Seedy K

3 Comments

  1. cbcard
    Posted June 12, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    In a mano a mano between Garrett and Beebe there would be no winner.

    Of course if they made it a melee a trois with Kragthorpe as the third there still would be no winner. A whiner perhaps but no winner.

  2. Jason Puckett
    Posted June 14, 2010 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Did you get a chance to see the Augusta GreenJackets, current haunt of former U of L slugger Chris Dominguez? Currently hitting .269 with 10 HR and 42 RBI in 63 games. They’re in the same league as the Lexington Legends, might have to get over to Applebee’s when they come to town.

  3. Blaine
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Yeah, Beebe has bumbled this whole thing, and I hate losing Nebraska. But it looks like the Big 12 is not going away. It will be interesting to see who they add. TCU? Utah? Boise? BYU? Air Force?

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