Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only A Game, joins the podcast to comment on The Top of His Game, an audiobook collection of W.C. Heinz’s best sports writing.
The President’s Cup, international golf’s version of a red-headed stepchild, returns this week tape delayed and in high definition from the Korea Peninsula where the game’s best, excluding Europeans and Brooks Koepka, endure four grueling days of match play in an attempt to call themselves world champions. Or something like that.
In an effort to preview the upcoming event I’ve decided to dust off the ole scrapbook with a Fantasy Foursome for the 2015 President’s Cup.
Kim Jung-on: Surely the apple can’t fall too far from the tree for the supreme commander/despotic overlord of North Korea whose father, Kim Jung-il once boasted of carding 11-holes in one in a single round. Now if only the North Korean government were as good at supplying their people with power and food as they are with their mid irons.
Donald Trump: A trip to the 38th parallel might very well give the presumptive Republican nominee for President some insight on how to best construct a wall along the US/Mexico border. Suggestion Donald, make sure it includes water hazards from your some of your bankrupt golf courses.
Pope Francis: After he’s done with climate change and income inequality, perhaps the Pontifex could say a few Hail Mary’s for Jordan Spieth’s hairline.
CC Sabathia: Life is a series a mulligans. May the road to sobriety include lots of links and laughs.
The Dad of the Day for October 5, 2015 is …………(drumroll)………..
guy who cuts the crust off his kids’ bread.
School’s been back in session for well over a month now and as a father on the run, nothing speeds up the morning clock quite like the extra seconds required to fastidiously trim the crust of your child’s
peanut butter almond butter and jelly sandwich. Why kids have such a aversion to the chewy, caramel colored edges of a loaf of multigrain remains a mystery to me but I can tell you with confidence and experience that very few things sour a young student’s snack time quick like the crust. Leave it intact and your child’s brown bag is sure to return home with the mangled remains of a golden delicious complex carbohydrates, which, if you’re a dad like me, isn’t the worse thing in the world when you’re just home from work and the stomach begins grumbling for some pre dinner hors d’oeuvres. (What, you thought you were the only one rummaging through your kids lunchbox for leftovers?)
At some point our children will grow old enough to enjoy the crust, but until that moment arrives let’s take a moment to praise the thankless devotion of dads everywhere who every morning risk sawing off their thumb with a serrated blade all for the well sated bellies of endearing picky eaters everywhere.
Is there life on Mars?
Well with the recent discovery of water on the planet’s surface we’re one step closer to finding out.
Then why does the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX want to blow it up?
What Elon Musk was trying to say on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert was that by pulverizing the polar ice caps with nukes, water and carbon dioxide would be released into the atmosphere and, hypothetically speaking, create an ozone layer essential to sustaining life on Mars. It’s called “terraforming”.
Ya, I learned about it in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
But why do people care about having living things on Mars?
A couple of reasons. One, to prove that we are not alone in the universe and that extraterrestrial life does and can exist. Secondly, due to the potentially irreversible impact of climate change Earth’s natural resources and atmosphere will become so barren that human beings won’t be able to live on this planet anymore and in order for our species to survive we would have to find another world to inhabit.
You said ‘potentially irreversible impact of climate change’ so does that mean there’s a chance people can stay on Earth?
Yes, and we’re slowly making progress but unless the global economy and certain political parties accept the fact that humans are responsible for our changing climate then it’s already too late.
But Dad, I’ve seen previews for The Martian, can’t we just have Matt Damon “science the shit” out of Earth?
Well we can certainly ask.
Changing film history, one iconic scene at a time.
Jurassic Park (1993)
What if Dennis Nedry made it off the island alive?
1) More scenes with the wonderfully cast Wayne Knight as our favorite wheezing/whining computer programmer.
2) The dilophosaurus remains hungry until a late movie rendezvous with Ian Malcolm.
3) Nedry delivers the dino DNA to his buyers thus ending InGen’s monopoly on regenerated reptiles.
4) A whole slew of copycat Jurassic Parks pop up on on the islands of Central America.
5) Increased supply leads to decreased demand as the general public grows tired of being chased by carnivorous velociraptors.
6) The Lost World and Jurassic Park III never happen. (But Jurassic World still exists thanks to its billion dollar box office.