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5 things to talk about on the course: Kentucky's dominance, "The Last Man on Earth," and a Brad-Jen stinker

From sports to TV to politics (OK, so mostly the first two), we offer five hot topics that are sure to liven up your round of golf:

1. March Madness: By the end of this weekend, the Final Four will be set. In other words, we'll know the other three teams that will have a chance to get blown out by Kentucky. The Wildcats destroyed West Virginia 78-39 on Thursday night after a freshman Mountaineer guaranteed a win. Stupid freshman. Actually, Notre Dame, after its own thrashing of Wichita State, could give Kentucky a good game in the Elite 8 on Saturday night. Don't laugh. Saturday's other game, Wisconsin vs. Arizona should be great too. The only bad part about Arizona getting there is the fact they eliminated Xavier and everyman/Uber driver Matt Stainbrook in the process:


Fear the rec specs!

We'll miss watching you play, Matt, but we're confident you and your old-school game will be dominating YMCA pick-up games for decades to come.

Related: Vote in our ultimate golf excuse bracket

2. Fantasy baseball: MLB Opening Day is fast approaching, meaning fantasy baseball drafts are happening all across the country. My league's auction draft is on Saturday and I'm actually in decent shape entering the season for once with Clayton Kershaw and Troy Tulowitzki coming back as keepers. Anyone have any good sleeper suggestions? I've done less preparation than John Calipari does before a typical Kentucky game. Please help.

3. Aaron Baddeley: In case you missed it (sadly, all the cameras did), the 34-year-old Aussie made the craziest birdie ever on the 17th hole in Thursday's first round of the Valero Texas Open. How can we say that with such certainty? Well, have you ever heard about a player taking an unplayable after a wild drive, trudging back to the tee on a par 4 and then holing his third shot from 332 yards? Didn't think so. Baddeley said all he did differently for the second time was choke down on his driver and hit a straight ball. Yep, it's that easy!


"It doesn't matter what the critics are saying, we're still getting paid!"

4. "Serena": Jennifer Lawrence stars in this Serena Williams biopic that comes out in theaters this weekend. Kidding. J-Law is a great actress, but she's not that great. No, the movie also stars Bradley Cooper and it's set in North Carolina during the Great Depression. But despite the star power, apparently, there's not the same magic that we saw with these two in "Silver Linings Playbook." In fact, these reviews (New York Times, Time Magazine, Daily Beast, etc.) are some of the worst I can remember reading. Sounds like something I'd only watch if it were the last movie on Earth. That reminds me. . .

5. "The Last Man on Earth": After not being thrilled by the premise of this new Fox sitcom, I finally gave it a chance and I'm all in. First of all, Will Forte is fantastic. I've also always really liked him because I'm 95 percent sure I played a dawn-patrol round with him by chance years ago after he'd come straight from a Saturday Nigh Live post-show party. And if it wasn't him, I don't want to know because I don't want to ruin the story. Speaking of potentially ruining the story. . . SPOILER ALERT: If you notice, the title doesn't say anything about women. 2ND SPOILER ALERT: The title might also not be 100 percent true. Sorry, but I tell you these things to get you to watch because the title might scare you off. Now go support my golf buddy!

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A supermodel with a decent golf swing and a Grammy-winning husband

Adam Levine, front man for the Grammy Award-winning Maroon 5, is an avid golfer who was among those tutored by Hank Haney on the Golf Channel series, “The Haney Project.”

His wife, supermodel Behati Prinsloo (Victoria's Secret, among other accounts), apparently is into the game as well. We’re not sure how her game matches up to his, but her swing looks up to the challenge. She posted this video of herself on her Instagram account, with the caption "when the cat's away the mice will play" (Levine was performing out of the country):

When the cat's away the mice will play 😊 @adamlevine @jbeckmancabo ⛳ᅬ #gulffffff

A video posted by Behati Prinsloo (@behatiprinsloo) on

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Bill Belichick, golfer, 'plays with all the joy of a coal miner going into the darkness'

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is a notorious curmudgeon who plays golf, though not necessarily enjoyably. No surprise there.

Belichick is in Phoenix for the NFL owners’ annual meetings and he’d rather be anywhere else. Even the possibility of a round of golf does not appease him.

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“Belichick doesn’t have much use for these meetings, held every March in a warm-weather locale,” Ben Volin of the Boston Globe writes, noting that the coach’s ideas are summarily rejected by the league. Belichick even has no interest in playing in the coaches’ golf outing there.

“Scratch out ‘Bill Belichick,’ put in ‘Ben Volin’ and let it fly,” he said to Volin.

It brings to mind his appearance in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 2012.

“I'm just out here having fun," Belichick said then.

“Really?” ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski wrote. “I followed Belichick from his last shot on the driving range at 8:10 a.m. to his trunk slamming in the Spyglass parking lot a little before 2 p.m. On a Fun Scale of 1 to 10, Belichick's body language screamed minus-4…he plays with all the joy of a coal miner going into the darkness.”

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Sorry, LeBron. Apparently, Ray Allen is retiring from basketball to focus on competitive golf

Ray Allen recently announced he will stay retired and not join forces with LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers or any other NBA title hopeful. Instead, as pro basketball's playoffs start, Allen will be representing the U.S. on the golf course.

Related: Notable NBA stars who love playing golf

Allen has been added to the list of golfers competing in the first-ever Icons Cup, a Ryder-Cup style event pitting famous American athletes versus international sports stars. The competition will take place as the Jumeirah Golf Golf Estates' Earth Course in Dubai April 22-24.

Other athletes scheduled to participate for Team USA are Ken Griffey Jr., Brett Hull, Mike Modano, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. Fred Couples didn't get the nod to be the next Ryder Cup captain, but he'll lead this squad against Darren Clarke's Team Rest of the World. After all, Couples has a decent record of beating the rest of the world in the Presidents Cup.

Related: Golfers Maddux and Glavine get elected into Baseball Hall of Fame

Clarke's team includes soccer stars Gabriel Batistuta, Luis Figo and Andriy Shevchenko. The 12-man rosters for both sides are still being finalized.

Allen, a two-time NBA champion, ranked No. 60 in Golf Digest's last ranking of the best athlete golfers in 2009 with a 4.8 handicap. But apparently, the former NBA sharpshooter has been shooting a lot of great rounds since. Allen, who played with President Barack Obama in Martha's Vineyard last summer, currently has a 1.7 index on In other words, LeBron's loss is Freddie's gain.

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5 things to talk about on the course: March Madness, "The Jinx," and Ellie Kemper

From sports to TV to politics (OK, so mostly the first two), we offer five hot topics that are sure to liven up your round of golf:

1. March Madness: There's a tendency to overreact to things that just happened, but Thursday might have been the best day in the history of sports. The upsets. The buzzer beaters. The excited announcers not named Reggie Miller (Man, is he bad on TV). Yeah, yeah, your bracket got ruined, but wasn't it worth seeing all that craziness? Oh, and the injured Georgia State coach diving off his chair as his son hits a ridiculous game-winning three to upset Baylor might be the most March Madness thing ever.

Related: Vote in our ultimate golf excuse bracket

2. "The Jinx": I raved about this HBO documentary last week before the finale -- and then all hell broke lose. In case you missed it, I won't spoil it for you, but let's just say the chilling audio from Robert Durst at the end will leave you stunned. And now there's controversy surrounding the director and producer over the timeline of the film. Regardless of how they put it all together, though, it was riveting and a must-watch if you haven't already.

3. "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt": After finishing "The Jinx," I needed a pick me up and Netflix provided just that with this fantastic new quirky comedy starring Ellie Kemper (Erin from "The Office") and Tituss Burgess, who are both breakout stars. If it feels like "30 Rock," that's because Tina Fey is a co-creator and writer. She's also one of the many great cameos (Hank from "Breaking Bad" is featured prominently in the season's funniest episode). Oh, and the intro mashup/theme song is one of the catchiest things I've ever heard:

4. Chris Borland: The 24-year-old linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers surprised everyone by retiring Monday due to brain-related concerns. That sparked the latest debate over whether or not this is the beginning of the end of the NFL. That kind of thinking seems to be a bit premature, but we can only hope cases like this lead to more awareness about concussions and head trauma. Borland may have walked away from millions, but at least he did it while he was still of sound mind.

Related: NFL stars who love their golf

5. Arnold Palmer: Speaking of still being of sound mind and still being a total boss, Palmer is hosting his annual tournament this week at Bay Hill. He also dropped quite the zinger in a press conference when asked about his recent phone call from Tiger Woods. "Who ever told you it was an hour is full of sh*t." It's been more than 42 years since he won a PGA Tour event and yet Palmer made more than $40 million in endorsements last year. Yep, it's still good to be The King.

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Derek Jeter's charity golf event in Las Vegas included Michael Jordan, Ken Griffey Jr., and Russell Wilson -- and it looked like a lot of fun

We love it when stars from other sports tee it up. This week was especially notable for world-class athletes and golf -- with Tom Brady and Rory McIlroy playing together at Augusta National getting a bunch of buzz.

But there was a plethora of greatness at Derek Jeter's Celebrity Invitational in Las Vegas last week. Super Bowl champs. NBA legends. Baseball stars. How cool?

First, you have Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson posting photos with perhaps the greatest athlete of the modern era, and a HUGE golf fan, Michael Jordan:


You have legendary shooter and two-time NBA champion Ray Allen, who impressively played in Erik Compton's event in Miami AND made it Vegas for Jeter's event this weekend. How's that for golf dedication? And how about those pink shorts?!


You'd expect Michael Jordan to smoke stogies on the course. His love for cigars is pretty well documented. But holding a stogie in his mouth, while he's hitting a tee shot? That's impressive stuff from MJ.

Michael Jordan tees off at the Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational in Las Vegas. #DJCI

A video posted by The Players' Tribune (@playerstribune) on

Related: Photos of celebrity athletes who love teeing it up

Here's Jeter eyeing up a tee shot. Now that he's retired from baseball, he's gotta be playing a bunch of golf. And now that we know his girl and SI swimsuit cover girl Hannah Davis plays golf, there's really no excuse for Jeets not to be working on his game, right?

Derek Jeter scouts hole #4 in front of the Players' Tribune and @donjuliotequila lounge. #TPTLounge #DonJulio

A photo posted by The Players' Tribune (@playerstribune) on

And it looks like another baseball legend -- Ken Griffey, Jr. -- did pretty well. It appears he edged out NHL star Chris Chelios atop the leader board at Jeter's event this weekend. Legit!

Look who on top of the leader board.... Had a great time..

A photo posted by Ken Griffey Jr (@therealkengriffeyjr) on

We'll wait for our invite for next year's invite . . . c'mon, Jeets!

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5 things to talk about on the course: NFL off-season craziness, Apple Watch hysteria, and "The Jinx"

From sports to TV to politics (OK, so mostly the first two), we offer five hot topics that are sure to liven up your round of golf:

1. NFL moves: Free agency officially began Tuesday at 4 p.m. and all hell broke loose. There were big signings (Ndamukong Suh, Jeremy Maclin, Cary Williams, Julius Thomas, Frank Gore, etc.), big trades (Jimmy Graham, Brandon Marshall, Nick Foles for Sam Bradford, etc.), and even surprising retirements (a 26-year-old Jake Locker?). We'd like to think this is how Graham and his friends reacted to finding out he'd been dealt to Seattle:

Moves before the free agency began (LeSean McCoy traded to the Bills) and after (Darrelle Revis signing with the Jets) have made this the wildest NFL transaction week in recent memory. There's plenty to talk about no matter who you root for. Or you could just talk about the Philadelphia Eagles, who traded their QB and star RB and let their star WR go, then signed two other big-ticket RBs in Demarco Murray and Ryan Matthews. Between the 76ers and the Eagles, what is going on in Philly?!

2. Cavs vs. Spurs: If you stayed up for this classic tilt Thursday night like I did, you were probably pretty tired at work come Friday morning -- but it was totally worth it. Kyrie Irving was sensational, scoring 57 points on 7-of-7 three-point shooting, including one to tie the game at the buzzer of regulation. The Cavs won the instant classic 128-125 in overtime thanks to another Irving three and two bombs from LeBron. The Spurs, led by Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan were just as impressive. No one ever seems to talk about them, but the defending champs are just as good as they were last year. Don't be surprised if we see LeBron taking them on in the NBA Finals for a third straight year. Oh, and by the way, Irving is still 22! Me thinks that had a lot to do with LeBron coming home.

Related: NBA stars who love their golf

3. Chris Paul: Speaking of guys not getting talked about enough, how come Paul never comes up in MVP conversations? The fiery point guard hasn't missed a game, his Clippers haven't missed a beat since star power forward Blake Griffin went down with a staph infection more than a month ago and he just destroyed MVP-flavor-of-the-month Russell Westbrook on national TV Wednesday night. Show CP3 some love, people! (Is this where I disclose I went to Wake Forest with Paul?)

4. Apple Watch: We now know more about Apple's latest product and that it will be available to consumers April 24! OK, so I don't plan on buying one -- particularly, the gold one, which has a starting price tag of 17 Gs! -- but it seems pretty cool and could be a big help to golfers. On second thought, the Apple Watch looks awesome! (Is this where I disclose that I own shares of Apple stock?)

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5. "The Jinx": If you haven't heard about this six-part documentary/series on HBO, you're in luck because you have plenty of time to get caught up before Sunday's finale. This true story involving the three mysterious deaths surrounding Robert Durst, the son of one of New York City's biggest real-estate tycoons, is spellbinding. Oh, and evidence that could finally solve one of those killings was discovered last week in the penultimate episode. Incredible! Anyway, there's one last episode and it's guaranteed to be great. Wait, I hope I didn't just "jinx" it. . . . Sorry, like I said, I was up late watching that Cavs-Spurs game.

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Watch President Obama read mean tweets about himself on Jimmy Kimmel, reaffirming his love of golf

President Obama appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Thursday night and participated in a popular segment on the show called Mean Tweets. Obama read aloud several nasty tweets directed toward him, and as you might imagine, it didn't take long for his favorite hobby to come up.

Photos: President Obama playing golf

Twitter user @RWSurfergirl asked, "Is there a way we could fly Obama to some golf course halfway around the world and just leave him there?"

To which Obama responded, "I think that's a great idea," drawing big laughs from the studio crowd. He was probably wondering if Hawaii counts.

Anyway, check out the entire clip in which Obama also addresses his gray hair, unstylish jeans, and even a complaint about the price of beer. Say what you will about his politics, but the man is a pretty good sport:

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5 things to talk about on the course: Russell Westbrook, "House of Cards," and Churro Dogs

From sports to TV to politics (OK, so mostly the first two), we offer five hot topics that are sure to liven up your round of golf:

1. Russell Westbrook: The Oklahoma City Thunder star is on one of the great tears in recent NBA history and has emerged as a favorite for the MVP. Even more impressive than his recent string of triple doubles is the fact that he had facial surgery (the guy literally had a dent in his face) and came back three days later to drop 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists while wearing a mask. I can't stop watching this play on loop from that game:

The guy is part running back, part point guard, and a total beast:

2. Churro dog: This decadent dessert concoction was actually trending on Twitter when it was announced. Just look at it!

I don't know if that speaks more to our country's weight issues or the lack of excitement over any real baseball news involving the Diamondbacks. And yes, all 1,117 calories look fantastic, but $25? I can get a churro and a frozen yogurt at Costco for $2.25.

3. Harrison Ford: It amazes me that people, especially celebrities, want to fly planes themselves. I know, I know, driving a car is statistically more dangerous, but being up in the air just seems scarier. Thank goodness Ford survived his crash. And thank goodness for golf courses.

Related: The Oscars shows its anti-golf bias once again

4. Alex Rodriguez: We shouldn't talk about the guy so much, but it's hard not to when the New York media makes him the main story every day and seemingly always in a negative light. A-Rod showed up for Spring Training early and got ripped. He went 0-for-2 against a pitching machine (so did five of his teammates) and got ripped. Then he had a good first game against actual pitching . . . and he still got ripped! Yeah, it's going to be a long season for him in the Bronx.

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5. "House of Cards": I mentioned this political drama last week because its third season was coming out on Netflix that day. Fast forward seven days and . . . I have only two more of the 13 episodes left. Don't judge me. This might be the best season yet because it's the most believable. In other words, there are no more episodes in which the Vice President of the United States pushes a newspaper reporter to her death in a D.C. metro station and gets away with it. At least, not in the first 11 episodes. There are also some great scenes between President Underwood and a very Putin-like Russian president named Petrov. OK, I won't give anymore away. Now excuse me while I make myself a Churro Dog and watch the last two episodes.

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Tigers pitchers throw golf fashion a curveball

Three Detroit Tigers pitchers dressed and ready for golf are going “old school,” as Justin Verlander put it in the caption to an Instagram photo that has us wondering: Are they moving golf fashion forward or setting it back? Way back?

Verlander, an avid golfer and boyfriend of Arnold Palmer’s protege Kate Upton, posted this photo on his Instagram account. Verlander is in the middle, David Price on the left and rookie Tim Melville on the right.

Ready for golf today! #oldschool @davidprice14 and Tim Melville

A photo posted by Justin Verlander (@justinverlander) on

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