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The MS Golf Experience

..happens next Friday 5/20 at Timber Creek Golf Course, Sun City Roseville.  And--if you're brave enough--you & a friend can golf in my 4 some. Use your ewards points at www.eagle969.com for a chance to win.-- This is the 3rd annual Terry Rossman Golf Experience...proceeds will go to Terry's Closet, which helps people affected by Multiple Sclerosis.  It's a noon shotgun start at TimberCreek..with an awards dinner (with tri-tip!) to follow. Find out more details at www.msgolfexperience.com.  Pictured...me, on the par 5  18th at Timber Creek...looking for my ball, and throwing a coin in the fountain for luck.
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Haggin Oaks Golf Expo

I've gone to the Golf Expo every year for the past 5 or 6...and I'm like a kid in a candy store.  All the shiny new clubs...with reps eager to talk, and let ya give em a demo swing. Fore!  Some of the area's top golf courses are also represented, with special deals.  A coupla new twists for this year--well, first of all, I'm gonna help with the PA announcements every morning, all 3 days-- BUT more importantly...the Game Improvement Stage.  It's a huge stage on wheels...and every hour it'll roll on the range, to create a mini-amphitheater.  The GIS will feature putting clinics, golf ball fittings, golf shaft education, and on Saturday...golfer/entertainer Peter Jacobsen.  --Haggin Oaks Golf Expo runs this Fri-Sat-Sun 9a - 5 p. --it's one of the largest golf demo events in the country. Free admission...Come experience it..! Find out more at www.hagginoaksgolfexpo.com.  **photo from their website**
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Saving Strokes

It's hard enough to hit a golf ball well--try doing it with partial paralysis, or impaired vision.  The Saving Strokes golf event comes to Haggin Oaks this Wednesday 4/13.  I'll be there about 11 a.m. for the media demonstration of this worthy cause... which started here in Sacto a dozen years ago, and has now spread to a number of cities thruout CA & the western U.S.     Saving Strokes empowers stroke "victors" by showing  that disabilities don't have to stop them from playing--or learning--golf.  In fact, golf can improve their strength & flexibility, in a social setting.  I've had a chance to play some rounds with a few of these "victors", and they still have game!  Find out more at www.heart.org. --photo by American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
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Charlie's Championship Picks

I admit...I'm a Peyton Manning fan, disappointed that the Colts didn't make it to the Super Bowl..just wasn't Indy's year.  Also have to say...I'm relieved that Michael the Dog Killer & the Eagles were bounced in the 1st round. Frankly, it's hard for me to even WATCH when that guy is playing--his actions were SO despicable to me.   --OK--Now...I'm SHOCKED the Jets beat the Pats, who I thought would win it all this year.   The Jets played their game...which, unfortunately, is a GRINDING offense that  just chews clock & shortens the game. --reminds me of the NY Giants in the early 90's.   HOPEFULLY...the Steelers will beat the Jets this weekend (even tho I'm not a big fan of Roethlisberger, either, with HIS arrogant off the field conduct).  And I predict Green Bay will beat da Bears, because the Pack is peaking at a good point in the season.  Rodgers is also proving to be an elite QB..(why did SF pass on him ??). So, tho I'm NOT gonna wear a CheeseHead, I'm rootin' for the Pack to take the title this year.
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Separated at Birth...?

Blake Griffin...and Alfred E. Neuman. Blake was the 2009  #1 draft pick out of Oklahoma, going to the LA Clippers. One day before last season started, he injured his knee and was out for the season. So, technically, Blake is a rookie this year, and so far is playing at a level that makes him a Rookie o' the Year contender.  Alfred E. Neuman is the Mad Magazine mascot with the slogan, "What, Me Worry?"  BTW...I'd like to thank (or blame) Mad Magazine for helping to warp my sense of humor at a tender age....
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Hair today....

Troy Polamalu, the safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is a spokesperson for Head & Shoulders shampoo. That company just insured the NFL star's notorious locks with a $ 1 million policy with Lloyd's of London.  His hair "style" is a growing trend with NFL players..on the plus side, it probably cushions the blow on helmet to helmet hits.  And it looks better than a "bonytail" or a "skullet." (bonytail=bald with a ponytail..skullet=bald with a mullet.)
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Charlie's Choice: GOLF HOLES

The 18th at Winchester Country Club...511 yds from the tips, par 5.  Elevated tee box, massive rock outcroppings on the left..the huge & beautiful clubhouse in the background..overlooking the course. Hard to single out ONE signature hole at this spectacular mountain course..but this one stands out for me. Winchester is currently fixing some "compaction" issues on the greens & fairways, so it's not in the BEST shape..but give it a month or 2, and check out this beauty. Info at www.winchestercountryclub.com.  Located just a few minutes past Auburn up I-80, outside Colfax.
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Whee-hee! It's Yocha De He!

Tee it for free at Yocha De He...a gorgeous golf course at Cache Creek Casino.  The Eagle has a chance for you to win a 2 some in their Beat the Heat tournament next Monday (7/19). Use your ewards points in the Eagle Club.  --I plan to play in the tournament, which is a 2 person better ball, Stableford format--pretty cool format of scoring.  I've had the pleasure of playing Yocha several times over the last coupla years...it's a JEWEL, in an area where we have a number of gorgeous courses.  Pictured...the first tee box...about 180 feet in the air, looking into the Capay Valley.  FORE!
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Let's Hear it for the Girl (s)

A filly named "Devil May Care" will try to be the 4th female horse to win the Kentucky Derby when the Run for the Roses happens tomorrow (Saturday). The last time a filly won at the Derby was 1988. But last year, 2 fillies-Rachel Alexandra & Zenyatta- won the Preakness & the Breeder's Cup. And this year, a female TRAINER-Alexa Barba- will try to become the 1st woman trainer to win the Derby. She says she hates the gender references. I wonder if she throws like a girl?? Ouch...!#%*  just KIDDING!   Cal Exp..BTW..is a great place to catch the races...
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Racing Odds

Surprise! A Kenyan won the Boston Marathon today (April 19) in record time--2:05:52.  His name is Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot..and he broke by 82 seconds the record formerly held by...Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot.  Yeah,  ANOTHER guy named Robert K. Cheruiyot--and they're NOT EVEN RELATED.  I thought, geez, what are the ODDS of THAT happening??   Turns out...pretty good. You see, when John J. Kelley won the Boston Marathon in 1957, he was congratulated at the finish line by the man who won in 1945...John A. Kelley.  Small world, ain't it??  I'd still hate to have to RUN around it...
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Saving Strokes

Saving strokes is a goal in my golf game..and THERAPY for many others. Saving Strokes is a program from the American Heart Association that provides rehabilitation--thru golf-- for victims of strokes. We call them "stroke victors"--because they can conquer the effects of a stroke by playing golf!  This Wednesday at Haggin Oaks, will be the first of 8 events scheduled this spring at various golf courses around the West. Over 250 participants are expected..of all ages, abilities, and severity of stroke debilitation.  Saving Strokes is growing every year around the country..and began right here in Sac in 2001.  It's been my privilege to be involved for the past 4 years.  I look forward to playing 9 holes with 2 more stroke "victors" this year...some of whom still play a mean game, despite partial paralysis.  Saving Strokes puts the game in perspective. Find out more thru the American Heart & American Stroke Associations.
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Small world...Tall dude

Brian Zoubek is the 7'1" center for Duke, who made the Sweet 16 this weekend. Last year in the tourney, I noticed Zoubek playing with the Blue Devils, and thought "Hmmm...gotta be." Sure enough, Brian is the son of 2 of my college compadres--Paul & Liza Zoubek.  Liza was a good friend of mine --what, junior year, 1976?? Sweet & smart, at 6'2",she was also the TALLEST woman I had known.  Years later, I learned that she and Paul had married.  Now Paul is about 6'6"..so we all joked that "Hey..they're gonna be raising a basketball team."  Turns out to be true.  I don't know Brian personally, but given the respect I have for his parents, I'm sure he will walk tall whether he gets a lucrative pro basketball contract or not.  Certainly would be ANOTHER strange twist to see him play for the Kings...
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Olympics: CURLING

Curling_Canada_Torino_2006Why is curling an Olympic sport?  Have YOU ever seen a curling match in person? Neither have I..and the last time I used a broom on ice it was to sweep off the steps at a winter cabin in Truckee.  The game is basically shuffleboard on ice, using brooms and rocks to score.  Curling originated in Scotland in the 1500's..but now is most popular in Canada. No surprise there, eh? Canada still dominates the Olympic games in curling.  Only about 16 thousand people "curl" here in the U.S. ..which is less than the number of folks you might find playing softball on any given summer night here in Sacramento. When the curling matches come on TV this Olympic season...I'll probably be making a refrigerator run.  Or watching my fingernails grow..that's just about as exciting.
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