Molori Unplugged

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Going for Choke

     In the wake of Dustin Johnson’s so-called collapse at the recent U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, the word “choke” has been bandied about with great frequency and even a bit of devilish joy.

     Let’s face it. The only thing America loves more than a glorious winner is a monumental loser. Whether it is golf, football, baseball, you name the sport; classic chokers remain fixed in our mindsets as much, if not more, than past champions.

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Taylor’s tale getting stale

   When ex-Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor was arrested in early May for third degree rape and patronizing a teenage prostitute, I could not help flashing back a few years when Taylor, then embroiled in a drug-related legal battle, said that golf, not therapy, would help him get clean and straighten out his life. 

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The Ballad of Tiger and Lefty

     They have been golf’s leading men for more than a decade. They have never been friends, compatriots or even, it seems, close acquaintances. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson’s only shared bond was an uncanny ability put that white ball into that elusive hole, and even this similarity was different.

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Please Obey Course Rules

With the NFL adopting some new rules recently, I thought it might be time for golf to do the same. Here then, are some very important proposed rules changes for 2010.Golfers wearing clothing that resembles any color in a dish of spumoni or sherbet get 10 strokes added to their final scores. The 19th Hole is included as an official hole in all tournaments. With each Jim Beam and Coke, you may subtract one stroke from your 18-hole tally. You can use a driver. Seriously, if the guy who drives you to the course is a better player, you can use him. You must be able to recite at least three scenes from "Caddyshack" verbatim, or you will be banned from all tournament play.

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Going Downhill Fast

     Having spent the better part of February reading about and watching the Winter Olympics from Vancouver, I am more ready than ever for trip to the links. In truth, these icy games have served to increase my appreciation of golf. Here then are a few reasons why golf completely trumps the Winter Olympics.

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Cusick Always On Cue

Fred CusickAs we bask in the glow of another holiday season, carefully deciding which golf items to add to our shopping and wish lists, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on one of golf’s most passionate boosters who left us with a host of lasting gifts.

 Longtime Bruins play-by-play man Fred Cusick passed away on September 15. In addition to his hockey legacy, Cusick hosted a variety golf programs on NESN. He was to be inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame the day after he passed at the age of 90.

 

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Nick at Knighthood

With three Masters Tournaments, three British Open titles, and more than 40 tournament victories worldwide, Nick Faldo was already considered one of golf’s heroic warriors. Now, his highness has gone to a new level. Faldo was recently honored with Knighthood as announced on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list released in June. Currently a CBS analyst, Faldo was born in 1957 in Welwyn Garden City, England. He becomes the second golfer to be knighted, following Sir Henry Cott... Read More...
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Playing for his Daly bread

The pants are loud, but the cry for help is even louder. His shots are long, but not nearly as long as the list of self-destructive moves that have ruined a potentially legendary career. John Daly, to some, is a loveable presence, a prodigal son who has strayed at times, but remains a sympathetic figure worthy of our care. To me, he is none of that. Daly is an utter disappointment, and at this point, a huge, and I mean HUGE black mark on professional golf. In truth, the word “... Read More...

About Molori Unplugged

To this humble media reporter, he is more frightening than Armageddon, Three Mile Island and a Rosie O'Donnell Playboy centerfold rolled into one. I speak of one Eldrick "Tiger" Woods. Since his coming out party in 1997, the erstwhile golf phenom has wreaked havoc on professional golf's record books. He has turned this still somewhat stodgy sport on its ear, and carved out a professional, social and almost-mythical divot in golf's fairway. Glenn Ordway, host of Spor... Read More...