With the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft commencing Thursday night, 30 athletes from the United States and around the world will be granted the opportunity to shake commissioner Adam Silver’s hand and join the NBA family. These three prospects in particular should be happy to have the chance to make money playing basketball -- especially given their respective excursions in golf. Maybe after a few years in the league, they’ll be able to afford some golf lessons and get to Stephen Curry’s level.
D’Angelo Russell (G, Ohio State): Whether or not Russell plays golf frequently in his time off, he should just be glad that he’s good at basketball. A month ago, an Instagram video surfaced of him taking a hack at a golf ball with a swing that Charles Barkley would call “turrible.” Regardless, he’s an expected top five pick.
Frank Kaminsky (C, Wisconsin): After a trip to the national championship game earlier this year with Wisconsin, Kaminsky went to get fitted for clubs at Callaway’s Performance Center in Carlsbad, Calif. When you’re 7-feet tall, you’ll look like this with a normal golf club:
Whether Kaminsky has put his fitted clubs to much use in the past few months is uncertain, but he should be a lottery pick Thursday night regardless. Don’t play golf for now, though: you wouldn’t want that ridiculous hunch over the golf ball to ruin your back.
Dakari Johnson (C, Kentucky): Johnson, one of the lesser-known names in this draft, is expected to be a second round pick. It is uncertain how much he plays golf, but he can definitely use some lessons. When the Wildcats visited a TopGolf facility in the midst of March Madness, senior Jarrod Polson took this video of Johnson to social media.
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Vintage Paulina, for sure. And her return to stunning pre-baby form doesn't seem to be hurting her husband on the course.
Dustin Johnson jumped out to a quick start at Chambers Bay on Thursday with birdies on two of his first three holes. Coincidence? We don't think. . . OK, so it probably is totally a coincidence.
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KCPQ, the Fox television affiliate serving the Seattle and Tacoma areas, reported on Monday that local marijuana shops expected a substantial boost to their bottom lines during U.S. Open week.
“Pot store owners are expecting a week’s of marijuana sales each day of the tournament,” Tacoma City Council member Marty Campbell said during an April study session on the matter, KCPQ reported.
Washington is one of two states (the other is Colorado) to legalize recreational marijuana use.
“We were really pushing to get open for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay,” Alden Linn, general manger of a new marijuana retail store, World of Weed, told KCPQ. It is expected to open next week.
There will be no pot bunkers (pun intended) established at Chambers Bay to which fans can retreat to toke, however; smoking marijuana in public is still a crime in the state.
That said, it’s still likely that more than scores will be high that week.
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And apparently, it's Amanda who is running it.
The former tour WAG posted this photo of Louie and herself lounging on a boat.
A year ago, Amanda was following Jason at TPC Sawgrass. Now she's. . . well, we don't know where she is.
But like her slimmed-down ex-husband, we're glad to see Amanda and Louie looking healthy. Apparently, sticking to a strict exercise regiment has paid off:
If you answered "Drink them," you get half a point. If you said "Do a taste test," you get full credit. If you guessed neither, we're concerned about you.
So here's the deal. GolfBeer Brewing Co. makes three beers with three PGA Tour pros: Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley and Freddie Jacobson. The beers all have a style that reflects the golfer: G-Mac's Celtic pale ale, Keegan's New England lager, and Freddie's Scandinavian blonde ale.
To conduct a blind taste test of these three beverages, we gave everyone three cups with a complex numerical key* and drank. (*The three cups were numbered 1, 2 & 3 and only one person knew which number matched up with which beer.)
We then dragged* seven kind volunteers to participate in the study. (*Most of them ran from their desks as soon as they heard the cans open and begged to be a part of it.) They then drank the beers and ranked them on a scale of 1 to 3 with 3 being the best. Here's a look at everyone hard at work, including Keely Levins, who took copious notes throughout:
And here's a video of the
festivities arduous task:
Our ranking after tabulating the scientific results? 1. G-Mac's pale ale; 2. Freddie's blonde ale; 3. Keegan's lager. Sorry, Keegan. Actually, the numbers were pretty close. Here's a full breakdown of the brews:
1. G-Mac's pale ale (16 points)
The good: "Nutty/oaky undertones." "A lighter, fruity flavor. Kind of like a more flavorful Heineken. Any type of beer drinker would appreciate this taste." One tester went as far to remark, "I want to hang out with the man who brewed this."
The bad: "I'm not a pale ale guy." Don't hang out with G-Mac then!
2. Freddie's blonde ale (14 points)
The good: "Light," "smooth," "crisp." "I could drink this ALL night."
The bad: "Frat beer," "watery," "light." Yes, "light" was both a positive and a negative comment. To each his/her own.
3. Keegan's lager (12 points)
The good: "A little bit of an aftertaste, but that's not a bad thing." "If you enjoy a bolder type of beer, this will fit your palate without being too heavy."
The bad: "It's a bit heavy." Again, to each his/her own.
Overall, we'd recommend you trying all three beers. And if you can get away with doing it in your office during work hours, even better.
So what if this Price Is Right contestant's putting stroke is blatantly illegal? It still won her a new car
The player must not make a stroke on the putting green from a stance astride, or with either foot touching, the line of putt or an extension of that line behind the ball.