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5 things to talk about with your buddies on the course this weekend

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. Woods v. Jenkins: By now you've heard all about the article Tiger Woods wrote for Derek Jeter's website, The Players Tribune, in which he voices his complaint about Dan Jenkins' satirical Q&A in the December issue of Golf Digest. But the whole situation leaves us with a much more pressing question than who was right or wrong. We wonder which one of Jeter's senior editors -- Russell Wilson, Blake Griffin or Danica Patrick -- had to post Tiger's story?

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2. Buffalo: SEVEN feet of snow? In TWO days? In NOVEMBER? We feel for . . . Buffaloans? Buffalites? (*checks Google*) Buffalonians. Seriously, this is awful as Buffalo is on pace to match its annual snowfall (93.6 inches) by the end of the week. Wherever else you live that's being affected by this brutal cold front, just remember, it could be worse.

3. Giancarlo Stanton: Two weeks ago, the Miami Marlins slugger turned 25. This week, he signed a 13-year contract for $325 MILLION. In case you've never seen Stanton destroy a baseball, watch this:

The contract is heavily backloaded to allow the team to sign other players and Stanton has an opt-out clause after the sixth year if he's not happy with the team at that point. But that would mean Stanton walking away from the final seven years and $218 MILLION. Yeah, that's not happening.

4. Oakland Raiders: So this happened near the end of Oakland's upset win over Kansas City. Here's the funniest take (via @Hokey_Wartooth on Twitter) on the couple bozos celebrating a Raiders sack instead of getting back on defense, playing off that recent Geico commercial with Ickey Woods:

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Thank goodness for ex-Giant and two-time Super Bowl champion Justin Tuck (miss you on the Giants, Justin!) alertly calling a timeout before the Chiefs had a free play with an 11-to-9 player advantage. Then again, what should we expect from a team that had lost 16 straight games?

Related: NFL stars who love playing golf

5. Sexiest man alive: Chris Hemsworth? Really? The actor was chosen by People Magazine, which apparently forgot that Matthew McConaughey is still alive. Here is Hemsworth, who looks like a slightly manlier version of James Van Der Beek:

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Sorry, don't see it. And here's Hemsworth with his actress/model wife, Elsa Pataky.

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OK, so he must have something going for him.

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Ginni Rometty once shot 144. Here's why that's awesome

Ginni Rometty has worked for IBM for more than 30 years and became its first female CEO in January 2012. She serves on the Council of Foreign Relations, and Forbes lists her as the 10th most powerful woman in the world. It's fair to say when Augusta National invited Rometty to be its third female member, it was for reasons other than her golf game -- especially if you took a closer look at her handicap card.

Yet in a strange way, Rometty's 35.4 index reflects favorably on her as well. 


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Take a look at the card for a second. It's really quite remarkable. Of Rometty's 20 most recent scores listed between July 2012 and July 2013, her best in that period is 105 at one of her home courses (since it was in March, we're going to assume it was her Florida course, Shadow Wood Country Club in Bonita Springs). There is only one other score lower than 110. 

And remember, those are her good scores. There are eight scores higher than 120. There are four scores higher than 130, including a whopper -- a 144 in December 2012.

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It's worth noting that Rometty's 144 came four months after Augusta National announced it had invited Darla Moore and Condoleezza Rice as members. Maybe Rometty was still disappointed she hadn't been included in that inaugural class. Maybe she was preoccupied with the coming holidays. 

Either way, it's easy to guffaw at Rometty's hacker existence. Already there's been plenty of snarky comments flying in the "I'm glad I don't have to play with her" vain, which is at least honest. To shoot 144 means you averaged a snowman on every hole (equitable stroke control says players with handicaps higher than 30 can take up to a 9 on every hole). That's a lot of strokes -- and a lot of times you might be tempted to yell, "JUST PICK UP ALREADY!"

And yet the other side to consider is that a 144 posted by the 10th most powerful in the world is an astonishing display of humility. No, you might not have enjoyed playing with Rometty that day. But imagine how she felt -- first in playing that poorly, then tallying up the score and entering it into GHIN for the whole world to see.

By then Rometty had been CEO at IBM for close to a year, where thousands of employees in more than 170 countries call her boss. Truth is you don't reach such stature without developing a healthy-sized ego. It would be very easy for her to gloss over her golf course struggles, as countless public figures with vanity handicaps have done before her.

Rometty decided otherwise, showcasing a scoring history that would make Charles Barkley wince. She probably isn't proud of the score. But she should be applauded for her willingness to post it.

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5 things to talk about with your buddies on the course this weekend

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. Window washers: Two workers were hanging outside of the 68th floor of the new World Trade Center building for about 90 minutes, which must have seemed like 90 days. Fortunately, they were rescued after the FDNY used a diamond saw (sounds badass) to cut through the glass of the just-opened building. Is there a scarier job out there? And cleaning the windows of the tallest building in America? My stomach is turning just thinking about it. OK, so being a firefighter is probably scarier, but you get the point. Props all around.

2. Kim Kardashian: Speaking of hanging out there in the open, if you don't live in a cave, you've seen the NSFW Kim Kardashian photo spread in Paper Magazine. That's just vintage Kim! Congrats, Kim, you've still got "it"! And by "it," I mean no shame. Oh yeah, you've also got a kid now. You are quite the mother! I often joke about the TV shows -- usually of the reality variety -- that my fiancee makes me watch. Well, I can proudly say we never watch "The Kardashians" or any of the other ridiculous spinoffs that I see commercials for from time to time. You have to draw the line somewhere.

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Related: The Kim Kardashian golf angle you've been waiting for

3. Kobe Bryant: Another L.A. star holding onto the spotlight for dear life, Bryant bricked his way to breaking his first NBA all-time record on Monday night. He now has the most missed shots of any player in history, and he's on pace this season to set the record for most misses per minute. He also has an awful team around him. In fact, it might be the worst Lakers squad (off to a 1-7 start) in franchise history. But don't feel too bad for him. His lack of good teammates is at least partly his fault. Oh, and it allows him free reign to keep firing up shots. Kobe likes that.

4. Mississippi State vs. Alabama: We're all rooting for the Bulldogs, right? Well, other than Amanda Dufner and people of her ilk. College football has a new playoff this year, but this is basically a playoff game to get into the playoff. More reason to root for the surprising No. 1 team in the land? It's only the fourth year the program has been even ranked in the top 10 at any point in a season in its 110-year history. Playing at Alabama, though, the Bulldogs will be 8.5-point underdogs. (*Googles Mississippi State football cheer*). "Hey, go STATE!"

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5. The "iPhone proposal": Did you hear about the guy in China who bought 99 iPhones and arranged them in a heart to make an engagement proposal? Did you hear his girlfriend said, "no"? Sorry dude, that's an all-time dagger, but what were you thinking?! I did the whole heart thing too with my proposal. But you know what I used? Rose petals. You know, like a normal person. And it didn't cost me $82,000. But hey, since you already spent the money. . . could you ship me one of those bad boys? I'm really in need of an upgrade.

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Golf was the tiebreaker in Corey Kluber winning the A.L. Cy Young Award (at least that's what we're going with)

On Wednesday, Clayton Kershaw was officially awarded the National League Cy Young Award (given to the league's best pitcher) after having wrapped it up months ago. In the American League, though, things were much tighter.

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You could have flipped a coin between Seattle's Felix Hernandez (15-6, 2.14 ERA, 2.56 FIP, 248 Ks, 46 BBs, in 236 IP) and Cleveland's Corey Kluber (18-9, 2.44 ERA, 2.35 FIP, 259 Ks, 51 BBs in 234.2 IP), but it was Kluber topping "King Felix" in a close vote, 169-159. The 28-year-old Indians ace would have been our choice as well. Just check out his Twitter bio:

Pitcher for Cleveland Indians. Married to @AmandaKluber. Enjoy spending free time with family & playing golf.

And of his 15 posted photos, three are golf related, including one of Bubba Watson holding up a pink driver and these two beauties:

Smart. And:

Pebble Beach's iconic seventh hole? Yep, the man has taste. Heck, Kluber even listed "Tin Cup" as his favorite movie in the team media guide.

On the other hand, Google "Felix Hernandez golf" and about the only thing that turns up is this sad video of someone, who may or may not be Hernandez, hitting a terrible tee shot:

Better luck next year, Felix. Both on the baseball diamond and the golf course.

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Why Rory McIlroy shouldn't worry about friend/fling Nadia Forde joining the cast of hit reality-TV show

Irish model Nadia Forde, who has been unofficially linked to dating Rory McIlroy, has officially signed on to join the cast of "I'm A Celebrity. . . Get Me Out Of Here!"

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The popular UK reality-TV series is kind of a mix between American shows "Survivor" and "Celebrity Big Brother." A cast of celebrities is filmed living in jungle conditions with few comforts. In other words, don't be surprised to see Ms. Forde wearing very little clothing. Kind of like this (in case you forgot what she looks like):

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Forde will be part of Season 14, which begins Nov. 16 and will take place in the Aussie outback. But don't expect any details of her rumored romance with McIlroy to be aired. According to the Irish Independent, "Nadia met with TV bosses at the beginning of the year -- and she ensured that it would be written into her contract that she would not be expected to talk about Rory."

A friend of Forde's added, "That's definitely off the cards. She has never gone into the details of what happened with Rory and she's not about to start now. . . . They are still friends and she is not going to sell her principles short to further her career when she can get along quite well on her own bat."

That's probably good news for McIlroy, and Forde's appearance is great news for her fans. For followers of the show, however, a bit of bad news. Teri Hatcher has pulled out at the last minute. We hope that doesn't ruin your day.

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Watch Taylor Swift practice her golf swing by destroying her boyfriend's car in new music video

At Golf Digest, we love seeing celebrities get into our favorite sport -- even if it's just to wreck a cheating boyfriend's sports car.

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Such is the case in Taylor Swift's new music video, "Blank Space," which depicts a fairytale romance going bad. Very bad. Swift catches her boyfriend texting another girl and she flips out. She cuts and burns his clothes, destroys a painting of him, gives him a poison apple and takes a golf club (a 7-iron, perhaps?) to his precious vehicle. The full video has been taken down because it was released too early, but here's the GIF of the best part:

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Obviously, striking a car with a club is different than hitting a golf ball, but hey, it's a start. And judging by the damage she did, the Queen of Pop looks like she'd have some pop off the tee.

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A trip to the driving range is causing injured NBA star Steve Nash a lot of grief

There was a Steve Nash sighting last week, although not one Los Angeles Lakers fans hoped to see as they wistfully wait for the injured two-time NBA MVP to return to the court.

Nash instead posted an Instagram video of himself hitting balls at a driving range. Nash showed a sound setup, classic top of the backswing position and a surprisingly quick move through the ball given he appears to be a relatively new (and probably tentative) golfer.

Seeing as Nash has played just 65 games in his two seasons in L.A., Lakers fans berated the 40-year-old guard for playing golf as he misses more time (while collecting paychecks) with a troublesome back. The video has since been removed, although it is preserved in part by this local TV report.

The very fact that so many were so outraged by Nash's golf moonlighting, it's nice to see that the average NBA fan believes the golf swing can be athletically demanding. Nash, however, did his best to squelch that perception in a pseudo rationalization for how he spends his injured reserve-list time.

"This may be hard for people to understand unless you've played NBA basketball, but there is an incredible difference between this game and swinging a golf club, hiking, even hitting a tennis ball or playing basketball at the park," Nash wrote in an open letter on Facebook.

Nicely done, Steve. Now you've got basketball and golf fans angry at you.

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5 things to talk about with your buddies on the course this weekend

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. Cleveland Cavaliers: Remember when many cautioned this team and all its new pieces would get off to a slow start, referencing the Miami Heat's 9-8 record to begin its first season with LeBron? Well, apparently, everyone has quickly forgotten to take that approach after the Cavs' 1-3 record has everyone in full panic mode. Point guard Kyrie Irving taking 36 shots without handing out an assist (again, he's the team's point guard) is a bit alarming. So is the fact LeBron and Kyrie reportedly got a little heated in the locker room. But it's way too early to start worrying about this team. They might play 100 more games this season.

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2. Cleveland Browns: More surprising than the Cavs' rocky start is how well the city's football team is playing. A total embarrassment for most of the past two decades, the Browns moved to 6-3 after a blowout of the in-state rival Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football. With seven regular season games remaining, the six wins is already more than the team has had in any of the past six seasons. Imagine if star wide receiver Josh Gordon hadn't been suspended? Imagine if the team hadn't picked Johnny Manziel (not that you shouldn't check out his Golf Digest cover story!) in the first round? In any event, all this Cleveland talk has us thinking about the two greatest YouTube videos ever made: "Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video" and "Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video: 2nd Attempt." Enjoy. Unless you're from Cleveland.

3. Midterm elections: As expected, the Republicans took control of the Senate adding to their majority in the House of Representatives. What does it all mean? Having Congress work with President Barack Obama isn't going to get any easier. Just a friendly reminder to the ladies and gentlemen representing our interests in Washington D.C.: Like we've seen in Cleveland this past week, someone has to be the point guard and share the ball if things are going to get any better.

4. "Interstellar": I like Christopher Nolan movies. I LOVE Matthew McConaughey. So why am I not super stoked about this blockbuster coming out this weekend? Outer space. Sorry, I just can't get into it. But that's not going to stop millions of people from going to the movie theaters this weekend. Let me know what you think and I might reconsider my stance. I mean, it is Matthew McConaughey, after all. . .

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Related: Our favorite golf movie scenes

5. "Eaten Alive": Another thing I don't plan on watching. Have you heard about this Discovery Channel special? About the guy who is going to let a huge anaconda snake EAT him?! Apparently, the guy, conservationist/lunatic Paul Rosolie, emerges from the snake's belly alive. Still, I can't, um, stomach it.

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5 things to talk about with your buddies on the course this weekend

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. LeBron James: He's back home in Cleveland and the city has magically been healed of all its ails by the biggest Nike billboard in history! And then? LeBron played perhaps the worst regular season game I've ever seen him play in the Cavs' opener, losing to my lowly Knicks. Seventeen points, four assists and eight turnovers? We got all excited for that? That's OK. As we all know, the NBA has a season that's way too long. King James has plenty of time to figure things out. And that billboard is pretty awesome.

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Related: LeBron tops Tiger as world's most valuable sports brand

2. San Francisco Giants: Congrats. Again. The Giants are like the bizarro version of their bay-area rivals, the Oakland A's. They never seems that great until they makes it into the playoffs. Of course, it helps when you have Madison Bumgarner. At 25, he's already cemented his legacy as an October legend, helping the Giants to three titles. The lefty pitched 21 innings in the Fall Classic and allowed one run while picking up two wins and the longest-save in World Series history in Game 7 to easily earn MVP honors (he was also MVP of the NLCS). He now owns a 0.25 ERA and a 0.528 WHIP in the World Series. Ridiculous.

3. Mike Jirschele: Who? He's the Kansas City Royals third base coach (yeah, we had to Google him) who opted not to send Alex Gordon home in the bottom of the ninth inning after a wild single and two-base error by the Giants' outfield. From any camera angle, it looks like Gordon probably would have been thrown out to end the game, but what were the odds the Royals would get another hit? MADISON BUMGARNER was pitching! Nate Silver makes the case that even though Gordon's odds of scoring on the play were very low, it actually would have given the Royals a better chance of winning. We've learned not to argue with Nate Silver.

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4. "The Affair": In semi "what my fiancee made me watch on TV" news, I'm totally hooked by this new drama on Showtime. I say "semi" because I was going to give it a chance anyway since Dominic West, who played one of TV's all-time great characters, Jimmy McNulty, on "The Wire" is one of the co-stars. As you can probably tell from the title, it's a bit steamy and not for kids. But boy, is it suspenseful, and it's laid out in an interesting he-said-she-said manner. And it involves an affair. OK, we don't want to give too much away.

5. Taylor Swift: Love or hate her music, the young songstress' popularity seems unrivaled these days. After no 2014 music albums going platinum (selling a million copies) all year, Swift's new release, "1989," pulled off the feat in its FIRST week. And NPR actually gave it a pretty good review. There, so you don't have to feel so bad for singing along to "Shake it Off" in your car.

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Video: Michael Jordan calls Barack Obama a "$%*!" golfer

On Tuesday, Michael Jordan took down Keegan Bradley on Twitter with trash talk. In a video that made the rounds on Thursday, his Airness took on a much bigger target.

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In an interview with his buddy and Back9Network personality, Ahmad Rashad, Jordan is asked who would be in his dream foursome. It's a pretty standard question asked of golfers and Jordan begins with a pretty standard answer of Arnold Palmer (Well, he's also quick to say Rashad would not be in it). Then, things got a bit rough.

Jordan picks Barack Obama because he's never played with him, but then changes his mind, calling the President of the United States a "hack," and "it would be all day playing with him." Rashad asks if he really wants to say that and Jordan responds, "I've never said he wasn't a great politician," Jordan said. "I'm just saying he's a shitty golfer."

Ouch. Here's the clip:

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The ultimate competitor as a player, Jordan famously used his NBA Hall of Fame induction speech in 2009 to take shots at everyone from players and coaches to his own sons. Considering he snubbed two people before giving two answers to this innocent question it appears Jordan hasn't lost his steely touch.

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