The U.S. Open. A major golfing event. NEVER has it been an interest of mine. Never, until yesterday. I got sucked in. Don't know how, golf on TV has never interested me in the least bit. I think the key for me and sporting events is to feel some connection to who is playing. Once I developed a respect and (granted, superficial) relationship with the Suns, I was hooked. I could watch the Yankees play if Jeter was involved. Really the only reason I attended BYU football games as an adolescent was to watch the bodies move of the men whose faces I had plastered to my wall at home. The Olympics are fascinating to me and it helps that we get to see personal sides to the athletes. I obviously can watch golf for hours if this man is playing.
The attractive factor plays a small role, I'll admit, but more than that is the fact that he is so dedicated to his game. I know, they all are, but I don't like all of them. When a playoff of some sort became necessary Sunday, I was looking forward to a hole or two and a declared winner, but no, 18 more on Monday... wow. When Denten called me this afternoon reminding me to record it, I couldn't turn it off. My observations are this:
- golf is always played in a beautiful setting. I'm glad I wasn't there live because I can see so much better from my couch, but it looks so peaceful on the course.
- While history being made is usually compelling to me, I did not want Rocco to win. He may be old and need my sympathy, but he didn't get it. I didn't like him.
- I love the focus and concentration that goes into the sport. You gotta be right on, there's no toss it up to the basket and if it doesn't go in, well, we'll try it again in a few seconds. Nope, it came down to "this one shot" at the end of every 18.
- Tiger is the eagle king. His focus kept him in it when it appeared he was down and out.
- The commentators are very negative. or honest, but I was sending the master all kinds of positive vibes and those announcers just kept throwing out things like, "oh, this is going to be nearly impossible, I don't know if he can do it." Of course he can do it crazy! He's Tiger Woods! And I was right, for the record.
The playoff 18 turned into sudden death, such a dramatic term for golf, or so I thought. It turns out the game is so much more intense than I ever gave it credit for! I found myself silencing the room when Tiger was ready to put, and quietly saying "miss it," when it was Mediate's turn. I know, not nice. Anyway, it was a surprisingly nice way to spend a little of my day.
I have also spent time in this today:
Yeah, I'm the last on the planet to read it, but it's happening. I'm half-way through the first one and my assessment so far is interesting. curious. skeptical.
Another activity that has occupied my time today is catching up on coupons from the last two weeks... it's a project, but almost done!
Also, the kids had pediatrician appointments today and everyone is growing just as they should be, healthy and strong!
So, to sum it up... dr. appt., golf, reading and coupons... am I getting old??