The Halladay Syndrome

It is a deadly syndrome that is starting to sweep Major League baseball. There has been only one case known until recently and that case has existed only in Canada. But now rumors are circulating, that the syndrome is slowly spreading across the United States. It is the Roy Halladay Syndrome.

Destination – Royal Turnberry

I suppose any golf purist would say that it is only fitting that each year a major golf tournament is played in the country credited with creating the very sport. Which is why this week all eyes will be focused on the Ailsa Course at Turnberry for the 2009 British Open. The course which hugs the coast line of Scotland – measures out at over 7,200+ yards and Mother Nature will certainly be a major factor. Turnberry is rich in history, having originally been created in the early 1900s. For the most part, the golf course survived 2 World Wars, losing only part of the course to aircraft hangars and runways. In fact most of the golf cour

Tuesdays with Smitty: Odds and Ends

Well we are more then a week away from the British Open and it has been an interesting weekend of discussion surrounding one position on the baseball field. So I thought I would keep it light and just comment on a few interesting topics that have happened throughout sports in the past week. Here we go:

Tuesdays with Smitty: The LPGA Invades Rochester, NY

Just as the golf world is starting to recover from its Bethpage “hangover”, the LPGA begins its week here in Rochester, NY. Featuring 144 women golfers, the Wegmans LPGA celebrates its 33rd year at the Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, NY. Known as one of the favorite stops for most of the members in the LPGA, Rochester has seen Hall of Famers such as Patty Sheehan, Nancy Lopez, Kathy Whitworth and future Hall of Famers such Lorena Ochoa and Karrie Webb win multiple championships as the Wegman LPGA.

Tuesdays with Smitty: 109th U.S. Open

On Thursday, June 18th the eyes of the golfing world will converge in Farmingdale, NY for the 109th U.S. Open. 156 golfers – professional and amateur will vie for one of the most coveted titles within the world of golf – U.S Open Champion. But in order to do it, they will have to conquer Bethpage Black, a 7,214 yard beast. Add in the traditional U.S. Open rough and the course is likely to leave some of the best golfers in the world scratching their heads.

Meeting Bethpage…

I am sure everyone by now has been reading and hearing the headlines, ” Tiger takes on Bethpage” or “The U.S. Open returns to Bethpage Black”. The course almost sounds like a rare form of plague – “Have you heard about Johnny ? He has the Bethpage Black…..” Something just doesn’t sound right.

Tuesdays with Smitty: Dear LeBron…

Well it has been 3 days since you and the rest of the Cavaliers were eliminated by Superman and the Orlando Magic. Not sure what you are up to these days. Resting some place warm? Hanging out with friends, playing Playstation 3 ? I recommend the Tiger Woods golf, but play the game for awhile before taking on Tiger. You can’t make too many mistakes or he will beat you. By the way, I don’t know what the big deal is about you blowing off the press after your loss on Saturday. After such a great season and honestly, I thought you were at least going to the Finals – I don’t blame you for being down! I mean, I was pretty down after getting knocked out of the playoffs for softball last summer.

Tuesdays with Smitty: Remembering the Bird

Okay, it is not exactly Tuesday, but this class and the reading involved is killing me – so bear with me. This past week has been a tough week for Major League Baseball fans. First with the death of Angel’s pitcher Nick Adenhart in a tragic car crash, followed by the deaths of legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas and pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych. So much has been written about Nick Adenhart and Harry Kalas, that I am not sure I can add anything additional. But this week, younger co-workers and I while discussing the news at lunch, started to talk about Mark Fidrych. To my surprise – neither knew who he was and I consider both to be avid baseball fans.

Tuesdays with Smitty: Praying to Amen Corner

I think that this is going to be a yearly article for me. As college basketball having already crowned its king, is on the verge of crowning its queen and coming to an end. Major League Baseball is underway, but all eyes will turn to the PGA this week as the greatest tournament in professional golf takes place – The Masters. Thousands will flock to Augusta National Golf Club this weekend to see who brings home the elusive Green Jacket. Thousands will go to watch the practice rounds – probably more for the chance to walk the course then to watch Phil Mickelson work on his short game. Thousands will blow off weekly chores and watch from home.