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Monday photos: No gates necessary for Beefcake; Hi Phil.


 

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I wore Stan Smith tennis shoes for years. Wore 'em everywhere -- work & play. Very simple & clean look, no frilly stripes or stitching on the uppers, and that appealed to me. When one pair started looking ratty and were not able to be cleaned back to pristine white, I'd buy another pair. Super comfortable as well, because the insole had a high arch, something I really needed with my relatively flat feet.

Then it became almost impossible to find them, for years. None of the major sports chains seemed to carry them anymore. When I finally found them, I'd buy several pairs because I knew it might be years before I'd see them again.

Finally, Adidas ramped up production again, a few years ago. But they weren't the same. They were cheaper all around. No padding & stitching in the tongue which went to one-piece foam, thinner leather uppers and a cheaper insole with virtually no arch. Only the pebbled rubber sole seemed to be the same.

Happens a lot, doesn't it? The corporate bean counters decide they can save a few bucks on each unit by cutting corners on materials and manufacturing and the result is a product that's a shadow of its former self. Stan Smith himself should be properly pissed off at what they did to his signature shoe. 😢 And I, for one, will not be buying this new golf shoe, on principle! 😤
 

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I wore Stan Smith tennis shoes for years. Wore 'em everywhere -- work & play. Very simple & clean look, no frilly stripes or stitching on the uppers, and that appealed to me. When one pair started looking ratty and were not able to be cleaned back to pristine white, I'd buy another pair. Super comfortable as well, because the insole had a high arch, something I really needed with my relatively flat feet.

Then it became almost impossible to find them, for years. None of the major sports chains seemed to carry them anymore. When I finally found them, I'd buy several pairs because I knew it might be years before I'd see them again.

Finally, Adidas ramped up production again, a few years ago. But they weren't the same. They were cheaper all around. No padding & stitching in the tongue which went to one-piece foam, thinner leather uppers and a cheaper insole with virtually no arch. Only the pebbled rubber sole seemed to be the same.

Happens a lot, doesn't it? The corporate bean counters decide they can save a few bucks on each unit by cutting corners on materials and manufacturing and the result is a product that's a shadow of its former self. Stan Smith himself should be properly pissed off at what they did to his signature shoe. 😢 And I, for one, will not be buying this new golf shoe, on principle! 😤
Well said, Arch.

My funk re "sneakers" is finding proper width, and with ample room in heel. Skechers (basic white, basic black), not bad, but could use a little more room in heel.

Finding proper rise in jeans and trousers is another PMO.

Meanwhile at Awgustuh...


 

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Tiger Woods Was Driving 84 MPH In 45 MPH Zone Before Crash, Inadvertently Pressed Accelerator, Says Sheriff
By Tom Tapp

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has confirmed that speed was the primary cause of the crash that injured Tiger Woods in Rancho Palos Verdes. Villanueva says the vehicle Woods was driving was traveling at 84- 87 mph when it initially crashed into a median, then 75 mph when it struck a tree alongside Hawthorne Boulevard. According to the Los Angeles Times, that stretch of road is a 45 mph zone.

Sheriff’s officials said they believe golfer Tiger Woods inadvertently pressed the accelerator instead of the brake on the SUV he was driving when it crashed in Rancho Palos Verdes on Feb. 23. Villanueva said no citations have been issued, no blood drawn and there were no signs of any impairment of Woods. The department also did not obtain any phone records to determine if Woods was using his cell phone at the time. He called any idea that Woods received special treatment “absolutely false.”

“Without the signs of impairment,” said the sheriff, “we don’t get to the point where we can author a search warrant and develop probable cause to execute that search warrant.” In response the allegations based on Woods’ prior history of intoxicated driving, Villanueva maintained that prior history “does not give you probable cause.”

Officers at a news conference defended Villanueva’s assertion after the accident that no crime had been committed. They said that speeding is classified as a misdemeanor, and so consistent with the Sheriff’s assertion. They also defended the decision not to issue Woods a citation. “We’re not going to issue an infraction that was not committed in a peace officer’s presence,” said a spokesperson.

Villanueva said that, per the California vehicle code, the details of such an investigation were usually kept private. But, said the sheriff, Woods allowed the report to be shared with the public.

Woods’ crashed his SUV in a single-car accident on Hawthorne Boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes. He was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance and underwent surgery on two “comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula” and a broken ankle, according to a post on Woods’ Twitter feed last night.

The SUV Woods was driving was headed northbound and downhill on Hawthorne Boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes when crossed the median into the incoming lane. With Woods the only person in the vehicle, it then smashed through signs, sheared a tree, hit the curb, rolled and crashed off the side of the residential street just before 7:12 AM that day.

Woods was taken to the hospital with multiple compound fractures in his legs and underwent surgery for hours. He was released in mid-March, thanking fans for their support.

City News Service contributed to this report.

 

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Memory Lane alert:

I have this model's 3-wood. Decades ago, found it in a grab barrel for a few bucks. Had it refinished, played one round before retiring it as a collectible.

The market for such has declined.


Market's decent for some golf goods.

 

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Memory Lane alert:

I have this model's 3-wood. Decades ago, found it in a grab barrel for a few bucks. Had it refinished, played one round before retiring it as a collectible.
I used a Power Bilt persimmon driver for years. Only stopped because it finally fractured, right down the middle. I just liked the sound & feel of how the ball came off of it. I still use the 3 & 4 woods. I'm an anachronism that way. It fascinates my friends. 😄
 

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I used a Power Bilt persimmon driver for years. Only stopped because it finally fractured, right down the middle. I just liked the sound & feel of how the ball came off of it. I still use the 3 & 4 woods. I'm an anachronism that way. It fascinates my friends. 😄
Yep, been there, H&B and others, persimmon and laminated. I liked Frank Beard (PowerBilt). He's still alive at 81, but ZZ Top's drummer usually beats him in a search these days.



My favorite driver was at the end of my wood wood days. A Wright & Ditson found in a grab barrel, maybe made by Spalding in the 70s.
 
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Koepka (74), DJ (74), JT +2/11, Spieth +2/9, DeChambeau +4/10, McIlroy (76).

 

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Watching the 4K/HDR coverage on DTV. Glorious PQ on my LG OLED, like being there. My boy Oosty just dunked it with his fairway wood approach into 13. Aww, man. 😢
 

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A good bounce greenside on 8 inspired a 65. Well done, Rosie.

Repaired back and equipment change could've helped, too.



 

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Can't say I loved the burnt out look of the greens on day one, they usually save that for the weekend. Probably an over-reaction to the record scoring from last November.
 

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injuries have taken their toll on Brooks Koepka...on the other side, maybe Jordan Spieth has re-discovered his game...
 

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Rosie shoots par and still leads.

Spieth, 2 back. JT, 3 back. DeChambeau reverses numbers 76 - 67, 6 back.

DJ, currently 9 back, appears out of contention.

Koepka and McIlroy likely say bye-bye.



 

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