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

March 06, 2015

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.

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.

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.