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Tiger and Elin Make Up!

(Mostly Bad) Tiger Woods Jokes

Received via e-mail:

Q. What’s the difference between a car and a golf ball?

A. Tiger can drive a golf ball 400 yards.

Headline from another UK paper:  “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Hydrant”

Phil Mickelson contacted Tiger’s wife to pick up some tips on how to beat Tiger.

That’s no way to treat the caddy after a win.

I hear the argument started over Thanksgiving dinner when he asked his wife if he could have another piece of white meat.

Tiger crashed his car because he was in a rush to move on to the second hole.

I made it out of my driveway this morning, now I can finally say that I can out-drive Tiger.

Tiger is bringing out a new rescue club called the “Elin”

Q. What were Tiger Woods and his wife doing out at 2:30 in the morning?
A. They went clubbing

Tiger Woods crashed into a fire hydrant and a tree. He couldn’t decide between an iron and a wood.

One thing that Tiger proved is that even the best golfers hit trees.

Respite from Fort Hood, etc., etc.

Whenever  we get a few days, like the last few days,  where there are such horrific stories (Fort Hood Massacre, Orlando Office Shooting, Ohio Serial Killer, etc.) that make you question the value of “human nature”, you just need some way to regain some sense of humanity.  It is one messed up, sick world we live in, but there is still the other side of the coin.  We are not always so desperate and depraved.  Occasionally, some of us DO do the right thing.  To remind myself of this fact I have bookmarked the following story.  It’s nothing on a par with a Mother Teresa, or anything that ultra-virtuous.  It’s just a simple story of compassion, class and sportsmanship that resonates with me.  Hopefully, it will touch you, as well.

(This isn’t a YouTube video, so please be patient with the obligatory commercial)



Yankees or Phillies? (What a Conundrum!)

Earlier this week a local columnist, named Bob Baird, penned an article in The Journal News called “What’s a Mets fan to do?”  Root for the division rival, who knocked us out of the playoffs two years in a row?  Or, for our crosstown nemesis; the Evil Empire (dark side) Yankees?

It succinctly wrapped up how most of us Mets fans feel about the situation, but it can always go further.  Bob mentioned his father’s rule:  Root for your favorite team and whoever is playing the Yankees. This is very similar to my favorite saying:  The next best thing to a Mets win . . . is a Yankee loss.

Now, this attitude really has very little to do with the Yankees, as a team.  There’s no one abrasive or objectionable on the Yankees.  They’re all likable, talented guys.  And they have a very level-headed, down to earth manager in Joe Girardi.  Even the ownership has become palatable, because George has mellowed/faded to such an extent, and his sons have split the duties, and they are nowhere’s near as bombastic as the ol’ man.  No.  The thing that really irks Mets fans isn’t the Yankees themselves, it’s the attitude of Yankee fans.

Bob Baird said that Yankee fans attitude isn’t necessarily one “of confidence or hope, but of entitlement.”  Because of their team’s storied history they almost feel as if it’s, somehow, their right – and their right alone – to regularly have a world championship team.  And, when things don’t go their way . . . they can get downright nasty.  Just look how they’ve treated A-Rod.  Every year since the Yankees have had him he’s been made the scapegoat for their not making the World Series.  He’s a perennial All-Star, usually leads the league in one (or more) hitting category or another, but it’s his fault they’re not wearing another ring!  Sure, they’re loving him now, but if he should hit a funk in this series . . . just watch how fast they bring up the old blame game.  It gets very tiresome.

The entitlement issue bothers Mets fans,  but the bigger issue is the level of outright arrogance many/most Yankee fans demonstrate.  They’re not “proud”.  It’s much much more than pride.  (Yankee Pride refers more to the team, and has more to do with how they – as a team – conduct themselves.)  Too many Yankee fans actually believe that they, as fans, are better than fans of any other team . . . most of all Mets fans.  They go out of their way to demean and belittle the Mets and their fans.  Their favorite two-word reply/retort is: Mets Suck! What is up (wrong) with a mentality where in order to make yourself feel good/special, you have to try to make the other guy feel lousy/second-rate?  It’s pretty pathetic, when you think about it.  When you factor in the almost total media bias it really makes it a challenge to be a Mets fan.

Year in and year out, the Mets fan comes back “brimming with faith, loyalty and forgiveness”, regardless of how the previous year ended, or how the immediate future looks.  As Bob Baird asked, how hard is it “to support a team that has won 40 pennants” and 26 championships???

Bob goes on to discuss various Philly/New York sports rivalries over the last 49 years, but for me it really just comes down to one question.  Which will be harder for me to stomach, Yankee fans crowing about yet another championship, or their (continued) whining about A-Rod letting them down again?  That’s a tough one.  I suppose they might transfer their ire to Mark Teixeira, if the Phillies win, but they’ve always loved laying the blame on Alex.  Hmmm!  I think I’ll go for the crowing . . . just this once.  After all, 27 is just a number.  It’s really no different than hearing about 26, when you come to think about it.  I’d just prefer NOT to hear them recycle their favorite excuse/lament . . . yet again!

Go Yankees!

Your Uncle Rave

Super Bowl XLIII Prediction

I’ve always been a life long Steelers fan – except when they play the Bills – but this year I’m rooting for the Arizona Cardinals.  They’re the best story team, with never reaching the “Big Show” before, and with Kurt Warner being the ultimate hard luck, comeback “kid”.  (Don’t care much for his “Thank you, Jesus!” shtick, but you can’t have everything.)  Another reason I’m pulling for the Cards is I that didn’t think the Steelers deserved to win the last one, against the Seahawks.  I was rooting for the Steelers to get their fifth ring – to be tied with Dallas and San Fran – but I’ve always felt that that last win was tainted by some REALLY bad officiating.  A Cards’ win would be Karmic payback.

Final score:  Cardinals 30  —  Steelers  24

My saving grace is I can’t really lose!

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