Since Arthur Blank took over the ownership of the Atlanta Falcons, he has had just one thought, to win a Super Bowl. The 64-year-old Blank was asked what benefit's would come from the Falcons winning a Super Bowl and he replied, "It would get my mother off my back."
The recent Verizon Heritage on Hilton Head Island was interrupted in the final round by wind. That may sound funny, but these were strong winds of 30 miles an hour with gusts up to 50 miles an hour. That made play on the exposed holes on Calibogue Sound (16, 17 and 18) unplayable. Balls on the greens just wouldn't stay there and play was suspended until Monday when the winds calmed down some. The conditions were difficult, but at least the balls wouldn't just blow off the greens. Before resuming play on Monday, Boo Weekley, who eventually won the tournament, was asked if he planned to change any of his clubs. He replied, "No, unless there's a bazooka, and it shoots straight."
Masters champion Zach Johnson was on a whirlwind tour after winning the green jacket. When he arrived at Harbour Town for the Verizon Heritage, he was mentally exhausted. In the first round of the tournament he 4-putted the 6th hole. When asked for an explanation after the round, Johnson explained, "I missed, I missed, I missed, I made."
The winds were blowing at Augusta National during the third round of the Masters. It made play on the slick greens very tough. Rich Beem explained it this way, "It was like trying to land a golf ball on your driveway, but your driveway has mounds and they stuck the pins near the mounds."
Stuart Appleby and Tiger Woods played in the final twosome on Sunday at this year's Masters. After the third round, Appleby was asked about playing with such an intimidating player. "Tiger won't even know I'm there," said Appleby. "The fans will know he's there. I'll be the other guy."
Sizing Them Up
Chicago Bears' quarterback, Rex Grossman, came under a lot of criticism even though he got them to the Super Bowl for the first time in more than 20 years. During media day before the big game, Grossman was asked about the treatment he was getting from the media, "I'm realizing how ignorant you guys are," said Grossman. "But, I don't mean that in a bad way."
Billy Gillespie was recently hired as basketball coach at Kentucky. He replaced Tubby Smith, who won a national championship during his tenure. But the fans wanted more. Gillespie was asked if he thought the fans second-guessing would be hard to deal with and he replied, "They didn't tell you. I was married before."
Skier Bode Miller has been one of the top competitors from the United States the last few years. During the last Winter Olympics, he failed to win a medal after predictions that he would bring home more than any other American skier in history. Recently, he said he wouldn't compete in the next Winter Olympics because, "There's too much emphasis on winning."
During Spring Training, Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Neal Cotts had an earned run average of 7.20. New Cubs manager, Lou Piniella, was asked what he sees in Cotts and he replied, "I see he gives up runs every time he pitches."
Detroit Tigers' manager, Jim Leyland, was recently talking about his school days. He talked about how his 12-year-old mind seemed to confuse some of the facts. He said. "In the sixth grade, I thought Joan of Arc was married to Noah."