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5 things to talk about on the course: "Parks and Rec," the world's unluckiest athlete, and llamas

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. "Parks and Recreation": Remember last year when the "How I Met Your Mother" series finale let us all down and left us depressed? Well, thankfully, the "Parks and Recreation" capper did the opposite. What a way to go out for brilliant/funny/sweet show. Here's the whole gang, including the brains behind the operation, Michael Schur, singing "Bye, Bye Li'l Sebastian" one last time:

Goodbye to Ron Swanson, Andy Dwyer, Tom Haverford, Perd Hapley, and the rest of the Pawnee gang. Well, until the reunion show sometime in the future. Hey, if Leslie Knope has taught us anything, it's that we should dream big.

2. Derrick Rose: We hope we're not saying bye bye for good to the Chicago Bulls superstar as well, but this is getting tough to watch. Rose, 26, tore his miniscus in his right knee for a second time in 16 months. He previously tore his ACL in his left knee during the 2012 playoffs. In other words, the man who became the youngest MVP in NBA history less than four years ago now might have more future uncertainty with his athletic career than Tiger Woods. Sad. Let's remember a better time. Here are three ridiculous dunks he had in one half of a playoff game against the Heat in 2011. What a freak.

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

3. Cavaliers vs. Warriors: With the Bulls falling to the wayside, that makes the Cleveland's path to the NBA Finals a bit easier. And if they make it, there's a good chance they'll be playing Golden State, who owns the best record in the NBA. We got a potential preview of what we might see in June on Thursday night (we hope!) and did LeBron and his boys ever rise to the occasion in a 110-99 win that was never close in the second half. James finished with a season-high 42 points to go with 11 rebounds and five assists. Think he was extra motivated to go up against MVP frontrunner Steph Curry? Oh yeah, the Cavs are now 18-2 in their last 20 games. So much for their struggles.

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4. Llamas/dress: A pair of vastly different things went viral on Thursday and if you weren't talking about either, well, you probably don't talk to many people. First, a pair of llamas got on the loose in Sun City, Ariz., leading authorities on the most-watched road chase since OJ Simpson was in that white Bronco. Perhaps, they did it to honor the memory of mini-horse Li'l Sebastian. Then after that madness finally died down, a dress divided the nation over what color it was. For the record, I'm squarely on Team White & Gold.

5. "House of Cards": Speaking of our nation, this popular Netflix political drama returns today, which means if you know anyone who watches it, you probably won't be seeing them this weekend. A couple weeks ago, the show was "accidentally" leaked for about 30 minutes and people freaked out. If you hear your neighbors screaming, don't be alarmed. Either Kevin Spacey did something devious or their Internet went out.

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Nike gets Tiger, Rory, Wiesy, Barkley, and Bo Jackson all in one 30-second ad

There's no shortage of star power in Nike's new commercial for its Vapor driver with Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Michelle Wie, Charles Barkley and Bo Jackson making appearances in the 30-second ad. Those are some heavy hitters.

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In the clip, all the athletes ponder why they would change drivers before the final message "There's Always Better," explains it to them. OK, so it's not the most original sales pitch. But we still enjoyed the spot, especially the "you can get a little better" line about Rory and the "you, sir, can get a big better" to Barkley. Give it a watch:

Also not original? Having Bo Jackson say "Bo Knows" in a commercial -- not that anyone minds. More than 25 years later, there's no reason to change that.

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Hannah Davis becomes the latest Sports Illustrated swimsuit model to take up golf

A couple weeks ago, we were disappointed when a golfer didn't grace the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue. After all, Nina Agdal had been on the front of the magazine the year before and Kate Upton, who got lessons with Arnold Palmer and appeared on the December 2013 cover of Golf Digest, had the honors the two years prior.

But now, there's nothing for us to gripe about. Instead, we're beaming with pride over how prevalent golf has become (This year's edition also featured former Georgetown golfer Kelly Rohrbach) in the lives of the most beautiful bikini-clad women in the world.

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On Wednesday, this year's cover girl, Hannah Davis, officially took up the game, which makes it four years in a row(!) that a golfer has appeared on the cover. Check out the video Davis Instagrammed of her raw, but promising swing:

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Davis displays plenty of power and she gets good height on the ball, but her balance could use a little work. With posture like this, though, we're betting she figures it out:

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Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kelly Rohrbach played college golf at Georgetown

Kelly Rohrbach is one of seven rookies into Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue. She's also the model to play golf competitively, which, of course, immediately means she's our new favorite (we've already touched on how another swimsuit model, Nina Agdal, is a beginning golfer. She's definitely a close second to Rohrbach). 




Rohrbach played high school golf at Greenwich Academy in Connecticut before moving onto Georgetown. She didn't play too well in the one tournament she played in -- shooting a pair of 86s -- but hey, she's still a college golfer.

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And in case you were wondering what her swing looks like, SI published a video of Rohrbach attempting to swing a golf club and model at the same time. Here it is:


And because Kelly's a golfer and golfers stick together, we should all take it upon ourselves to vote her SI's Rookie of the Year. Vote Kelly!

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Wait, is that Matt Damon in the European Tour's new commercial?

The European Tour has a knack for producing good commercials (remember the Rory McIlroy vs. Robot ad?) and they've just published another good one.

The commercial, titled "Drama on the World Stage," features Martin Kaymer hitting a bunker shot that immediately enraptures everybody in the moment.

Like Paul McGinley.

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And this woman.

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And this guy, who looks so much like Matt Damon it's not even funny.

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!?!?!?!?!?!

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I checked with the European Tour and, alas, it's not the real Matt Damon, but the resemblance is uncanny. In any case, here's the commercial. Give it a watch:




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Five things to talk about on the course: The Oscars, NBA trade deadline, and one pro athlete's unflattering photo

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. The Oscars: The biggest awards show of them all is here and it appears it's a two-movie race for best picture between "Boyhood" and "Birdman." I hate to be a downer, but I thought both were overrated. The concept behind using the same cast over a period of 12 years in "Boyhood" was cool, but the movie itself didn't blow me away. And "Birdman," despite tremendous performances by Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone, was just a little too out there for my taste. I guess I'm rooting for "The Imitation Game" or "American Sniper." Or maybe the Academy will surprise everyone by overlooking this year's underwhelming crop of films and retroactively give "The Shawshank Redemption" the award it deserved 20 years ago!

2. NBA trade deadline: In perhaps the wildest flurry of transactions ever, more than eight percent of the entire league was traded -- and it seemed like it all went down in about 10 minutes. Of course, my team, the Knicks didn't get the guy they were targeting, Goran Dragic. The Knicks offered a package of Jose Calderon and Tim Hardaway Jr. (because that's all the Knicks have to offer), while the Heat offered a few of their spare parts and two first-round picks. Guess which deal the Phoenix Suns took? I think the Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder were the big winners. Unless you only care about your team being good in another five years. Then the always unloading Philadelphia 76ers dominated as usual.

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

3. "Pitchers and catchers": This might be the most overused phrase by old men in this country. The fact that some baseball players are starting to report to training camps for a regular season that's still more than six weeks away is supposed to get me excited and lift me out of the winter doldrums. Nope. Not when the Northeast is a frozen hellhole.

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4. Pablo Sandoval: Speaking of guys needing to get back into playing shape, the big (literally) free-agent signing by the Red Sox in the off-season had this unflattering photo of him taken on Tuesday:

Sandoval, known as the "Kung Fu Panda" during his successful stint with the San Francisco Giants, signed a five-year deal for $95 million. He responded to the criticism by claiming "that picture caught me at a bad angle." Don't you hate when that happens?

5. Ryder Cup captains: DL3 will get chance No. 2 to lead Team USA, which has drawn somewhat of a mixed reaction from fans as well as puzzlement over why a Ryder Cup Task Force was needed to come to such an unoriginal conclusion. Not surprisingly, Darren Clarke was named Europe's captain for 2016. Of course, none of it will matter when the Europeans win again, but let the over-analyzing begin!

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Graham DeLaet's doppleganger? It's a cross between Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood

It looks like somebody on Reddit, who goes by the alias jrb430, had a "eureka" moment while watching the live stream of the Northern Trust Open. It seems we should probably add DeLaet (and Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood) to our list of Doppelgangers.

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Nine things that Michael Jordan's potential golf club obviously has to have

So news is trickling out that Michael Jordan is exploring building his own private golf club in South Florida, in part because he's grown disenchanted with the plodding pace of play at the Bear's Club near his Jupiter home.

Michael Jordan Golf Club? We like the sound of it, so please put us down for an early membership application. And while you're at it, if someone could cover the sure-to-be six-figure initiation fee, that'd be awesome.

There are a lot of open-ended questions about what Jordan's potential club might look like. According to Golf.com, Jordan is scouting a prime piece of real estate in Hobe Sound, near Medalist GC, and that his first choice as a designer is Tom Doak of Pacific Dunes and Streamsong fame. 

What else might Jordan consider for his new potential project? Perhaps His Airness will indulge our suggestions.

1. A bunker shaped like an outstretched tongue.

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2. Cigar holders on every tee box.

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3. Lax rules on jeans and cargo pants.

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4. A Gatorade waterfall.

5. An ATM adjacent to the 18th green for immediate payouts of gambling debts.

6. The Keegan Bradley Grill in honor of the best golfer bold enough to wear Air Jordans.

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7. Twenty-three holes. Or better yet, 45 in honor of the 22 games he wore an alternate number. 

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8. Premium May tee-times for the Charlotte Hornets since they'll have plenty of time on their hands.

9. Awarding of the 2024 Ryder Cup since Jordan's the only guy we know will definitely be there.

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There's exactly one golfer left in Boston who hasn't let the snow get to him

If you're not at all interested in weather news -- or you're reading this from Florida and are too busy lounging around in the sun -- you won't know about the major snow storm raging in Boston. Nearly five feet of snow has been dumped onto the streets this month -- so much that snow crews have resorted to dumping it in the ocean because they've literally run out of places to put it.

Golf Digest senior writer Ron Sirak lives in Massachusetts, and can confirm that the weather is, in fact, terrible.  

But we're happy to report that there's exactly one ray of sunshine (figuratively) shining through all this. An unknown golfer, who refuses to let the snow keep his game down.

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We stand with you, Boston snow golfer man.

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Norm Macdonald dishes on SNL's 40th Anniversary Special and Bill Murray's golf obsession in epic Twitter rant

Norm Macdonald went on an epic Twitter rant last night, which, if you follow Norm Macdonald on Twitter, isn't that unusual. The comedian wanted to fill fans in about the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special and the crux of the 110-tweet spree centered around Eddie Murphy and whether or not he would play Bill Cosby in the "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketch Macdonald was co-writing.

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Murphy eventually opted against it (Kenan Thompson made the brief cameo instead), but the three-hour show was still a huge success -- thanks in part to another SNL legend, Bill Murray, overcoming a potential scheduling conflict. Here are Norm's tweets addressing everybody's favorite celebrity golfer:

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Fortunately (for those watching the show), Murray and Points missed the Saturday cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, and Murray was able to fly back in plenty of time to be a part of the special -- and sing the lost theme from "Jaws":

Related: Bill Murray keeps 'em laughing at Pebble Beach

Macdonald is a big fan of golf himself, sometimes tweeting long, dry blocks of play-by-play of tournaments. We're glad he spent last week writing that latest -- and hysterical -- installment of "Celebrity Jeopardy" instead.

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