Wednesday May 27 2009 – 12:13pm Eastern (Toronto, ON)
TAKE THAT TIGER
I’m a little late in getting to the blog today because I was faaast asleep in an Advil-induced haze; trying to relax my body from yesterday’s 100 Holes of Golf charity tournament for the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario.
I had the pleasure of riding in a cart with Doug Smith (Toronto Star) for the entire day and I’m pleased to announce that I set a personal best this year – plowing through *80* holes in about 7 hours! This was my third year taking part in the charity event … and I had previously tackled 63 holes (2008) and 77 holes (2007) in one day. So 80 now takes the cake – and I’ve set the bar quite high for next year.
Someone in the post-golf dinner claimed to get through 210 holes … and while I know this is all for charity and the number of holes truly means nothing … I’ve gotta question the legitimacy of that 210 claim! Doug can back me on this – cause we golfed together all day: While we may have taken the odd mulligan and re-hit a few balls, and while “gimmies” on the green were in full effect (within about 2 feet) … we hit EVERY ball through 80 holes. Drive, chip, putt … they all were counted and hit. And we played for about 7 hours – stopping for maybe 30 minutes total (for lunch and various coffee and/or bathroom breaks) – and we juuust crammed in 80 holes. I’m doing my best Anderson Varejao on this one and crying foul! I believe Smitty and I played the most holes (legitimately) and I’m standing by that!
We even kept score …
Through 80 holes:
Doug – 264
Eric – 295
SHOCKINGLY, I recorded only three 7′s all day and NO 8′s (normally a common digit for me on the golf course). It was 5′s and 6′s for the most part (though some of those 6′s were on the Par 3′s). I had 13 pars, and no birdies (or eagles, haha).
Speaking of which … here’s how our 80 holes broke down:
40 Par 4′s
38 Par 3′s
2 Par 5′s
The final total for all of the money raised for SBH is not yet known but last year the golf event brought in about $30,000 and members of the board told me this year – based on early returns – they think they well surpassed $30K. Outstanding!
210 vs 80 controversy aside, despite the brutal weather, it was a GREAT day for a GREAT cause and I look forward to playing again next year.
For more information on Spina Bifida and Hyrdocephalus, go to: http://www.sbhao.on.ca/
Speaking of Doug Smith, I’ve gotta give him a virtual high-5 …
He’s the only one (locally and nationally (maybe even internationally)) that I know of that picked the Magic to knock-off the Cavs. Smitty is looking like a genius right now.
If not for LeBron’s heroics in Game 2, the Cavaliers would be on the golf course this morning … fresh off a sweep by Orlando!
I didn’t see this coming. I figured the series would go to 6 or 7 games (and it still might) with Cleveland moving on, but the Magic have been outstanding on both ends of the floor and their size/scoring - especially with Turkoglu and Lewis – have caused major issues for Mike Brown and the Cavs.
I’m sure the NBA offices have a major headache right now – seeing their dreams (and mine too) of a Kobe vs LeBron NBA Finals possibly going up in smoke – but Orlando deserves a ton of credit!
Let’s just hope LA can take care of Denver … ’cause if it’s a Nuggets-Magic final, I think we could see an all-time low for TV ratings.
1. Somebody tell Cleveland’s bench that this series started 4 games ago. Thanks.
2. Superman should now by know as SuperStuff after that monster block late in the game on LeBron last night.
3. I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again: I’m tired of Anderson Varejao’s whining and theatrics.
4. Mo Williams: Want a do-over on that prediction/guarantee?
5. I’ve got the Lakers tonight
HALL OF FAMER
Congratulations goes out to my friend and broadcast partner Paul Jones … who will be inducted into the York University Sport Hall of Fame tomorrow night.
Jonesy won three provincial titles (1978, 1980-81) as a member of the York men’s basketball team and was awarded the Kitch McPherson Trophy as most valuable player of the Ontario championship game in 1981. A two-time Ontario all-star (1980-81), Jones participated in the CIAU national championship tournament four times and won two bronze medals (1978-79). In 1983, he won a silver medal as a member of the team that represented Canada in the Commonwealth Basketball Tournament in New Zealand.
Joining Jonesy in the 2009 Class are: Carol Wilson, Stuart G. Robbins, Karen (Jackson) Northey, Dirk Leers, and Susan (Craig) Kuck.
The Hall honours those who have significantly contributed to York U athletics as athletes, coaches, and administrators over the years, as well as those who “exemplify the spirit and ideals of York University sports in professional or community life”.
The York U Hall inducted 27 members from 1980-1986 but funding issues saw it fall by the wayside for almost 15 full years. But it was revived in 2001 – with 10 new inductees – and the 2009 ceremony will now induct 6 more.
Congrats again Jonesy!