Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

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Byline: Travis Hill


My parents got divorced when I was in the third grade, and my sister and I stayed with my mom. It wasn't a bitter breakup, just two people who didn't get along anymore.

My memories with my dad are few and fleeting. The majority of them are of us watching golf. I'm not sure which he loved more -- sitting in front of the TV and watching golf or the afternoon naps he would steal while he was "watching." Oh, I'll never forget how hot he was when I told him I wanted to go play soccer instead of hitting the driving range.

He was in another city as I grew up, but we could always count on golf for something to talk about. The rare visits always included a round at some cheap muni dog track with some cheaper beer. He was terrible, and I was worse, but from the smile on his face, you'd have thought we shot matching 63s.

I imagine our round this October will be more of the same.

The point of all this sappy stuff? Everybody's got their own thing with their dad. And even if your father isn't one of the millions lounging in front of the TV "watching" the final round of the U.S. Open today, give him a call. It is his day, you know.


Is there anything better than kicking back and watching all 743 hours of U.S. Open coverage on TV? The sheer amount of live television can make for some goofy moments. Fortunately, we here at Sports Extra are always on our couches, ready to capture the lighter side.

-- On Friday, NBC announcer Johnny Miller came clean as to why he missed one of Tiger Woods' shots.

"I was on the Jim Rome Show," Miller confessed.

-- On Saturday, a roving course reporter caught Peter Jacobsen and Kenny Perry chatting after Perry outdrove Jacobsen by about 60 yards on the 10th hole.

"Hey, how do you like the new Wal-Mart they built in between our drives?" Jacobsen joked.

-- Miller was at it again Saturday morning. In an effort to show why the famed "turtleback" greens at Pinehurst are so dangerous, Miller took a huge green salad bowl and drew a white dot on it for the hole.

The description was animated, but the best part was watching play-by-play man Dan Hicks try to dodge the thing as Miller flailed about. …

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