Marcus Hayes: Mesmerized by golf, NASCAR, and the return to real sports
PHILADELPHIA — I don’t usually watch sports on TV. Never have, but then I’ve never really had to. I got all I needed live and in person.But after nine weeks of lockdown, I was readier than I ever thought I could be. Last week I watched most of UFC 249, a few dozen innings of South Korean baseball, and even a little cornhole — all, to my mind, equally minor league endeavors.They only whet my appetite. Michael Jordan and “The Last Dance” sparked nostalgia for five Sunday nights, but I was ravenous for live competition.By the time the Bundesliga kicked off Saturday, I was an expert on soccer made...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The golfing yogi: The man who says Michael Jordan lost $1.2 million to him
The Hocking Hills region of southeast Ohio marks a dramatic change to the state’s flat farmlands, with the Allegheny Plateau creating a sandstone topography of cliffs, gorges, caves, waterfalls, meandering creeks and endless swaths of trees.This is where Richard Esquinas used the windfall from various business ventures — selling the lease to the San Diego Sports Arena, making six-figure bets on the golf course with Michael Jordan — to build an Aspen-style “cabin” in the middle of nowhere. Where he moved his family in the months after self-publishing a 1993 book detailing his gambling exploits ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Family travel five: On this trip, you want to stay out of the sand
When the time is right, make golf the center of your family vacation. The game provides youngsters the chance to develop skills in a sport that can be played for a lifetime.Here are five places where your crew can tee it up together.1. Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Lanai City, HawaiiIt’s a lush island of contrast, where sea-faring activities and land adventures compete for your attention. Play a round of sunset golf on the stunning, oceanside Jack Nicklaus Signature Manele Golf Course, where the views will take your breath away. They don’t get much better than this coastal feast for the senses, s...
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner bend coronavirus stay-at-home rules for Passover at New Jersey golf resort
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner bent the shelter-in-place rules to spend the Passover holiday at the Trump golf resort in New Jersey horse country.The holiday jaunt came even as the first daughter was exhorting her social media followers to respect the guidelines, which are designed to limit the spread of coronavirus.“There’s no substitute for social distancing!” Ivanka wrote on Twitter.She also failed to mention that her own family ignored the edicts against unnecessary travel ahead of the first day of Passover, when observant Jews hold a celebratory seder dinner.Ivanka and the couple’s childr...
New York Daily News
Teddy Greenstein: Sports with no fans in the stands would be strange — especially for college football — but we all would adjust
CHICAGO — Over breakfast on Sept. 10, 2005, one sports writer set to cover that evening’s jam-packed Texas-Ohio State game at Ohio Stadium expressed concern about accessing the media parking near the ’Shoe.He proposed: Let’s do a dry run.Wait, practice driving to the stadium rather than simply arriving three hours before kickoff?It spoke to the jittery nature of the writer.But more so, it speaks to the nature of college football.No sport is more linked to its fans, starting with pregame traditions such as tailgating on the golf course at Michigan, lining the path of LSU’s Tiger Walk and holdin...
Washington golfers, officials cling to hope that coronavirus shutdown order will be lifted in May
SEATTLE — All these warm, beautiful days this week, after such a long stretch of dreary, cold, wet weather in winter and early spring — they’re almost taunting the large contingent of rabid, increasingly antsy golfers in Washington state.Just ask Eric Briggs, the head pro at Lakeland Village Golf Course in Allyn, west of Gig Harbor. Briggs’ home is on the shuttered course, and he is spending time this week cleaning up its restaurant.“Looking at the golf course a couple of hours a day is not easy when it’s sunshine out and getting into the temperatures where you’re not wearing a sweatshirt or j...
The Seattle Times
A silent Masters week unlike any other begins in Augusta
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Monday was to have been the first public practice round of Masters week, scheduled long before a virus intervened. For the first time since World War II, though, there would not be a major golf tournament here bookmarking the Georgian spring.“It just kind of feels like we’re out of place,” said Billy DeLoach, astride his golf cart working security at the course neighboring Augusta National, the Augusta Country Club. Having also worked nearly two dozen Masters and having attended the tournament dating to 1960, he had every right to be a little disoriented.The lords of the Masters...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution