Guess the View: The PGA Championship of Tennis

Tennis always seems to be one of those sports that is only on TV at odd hours.  Take the Australian Open for example.  Live coverage of tennis’ first major starts at 7pm EST and, depending on the pace of play, isn’t scheduled to end until 7am EST the following morning.  If my calculations are correct, that’s 12 straight hours of live tennis.  In the immortal words of Winston Zeddomore, “That’s a big twinkie”.

I am much more prone to watch the Australian Open between 6-7AM, as I prepare to go to work, than I am any of the primetime coverage.  Same thing with English Premier League soccer. I would be really interested to compare the television ratings of primetime to early am tennis.  Is there a significant difference at all?

Like most casual tennis fans, things won’t get interesting in Melbourne for me until some of the marquee players start squaring off against one another.  We will have to wait few more days for those matchups to transpire. Until then, grab a cup of coffee and enjoying a healthy serving of morning tennis.

view courtesy of @rbain21

Guess the View: You Put Those Benches Back Where They Belong!

Hopefully everyone was able to pick up the the subtle Ty Webb/Judge Smails reference in the post title.

I visited Nashville about 6 years ago and loved most things about the Music City. Loved the Honky Tonk’s and the live music. (Musicians who play the downtown bars put all other “Open Mic” nights to shame.) Loved the cheap beer. (In fact, Brooklyn, you can thank Nashville for making Pabst Blue Ribbon so hip and trendy.  PBR never went out of style in Tennessee.)

Also, loved my tour of Vanderbilt University.  My grandmother was from Nashville and growing up, my dad was always telling me about the city and university.  He called Vanderbilt the “Harvard of the South”, which put the school way out of my league when I was applying to colleges.

My favorite experience while on the campus of Vanderbilt was the “access” I was given to the athletic facilities.  It was the middle of the summer so school was not in session and there did not seem to be many athletic personal patrolling the facilities.  I unassumingly walked up to the doors of Memorial Gymnasium, which were unlocked, and made my way directly for center court.  Not a sole was their to stop me from walking up to the baseline, pick up a basketball and begin working on my mid range game.  It was one of the more surreal experiences of my adult life. Here I was, all alone in the middle of an enormous SEC gymnasium and nobody was there to stop me from perfecting my low post moves. It’s really too bad a Vanderbilt assistant coach wasn’t on hand because I couldn’t miss a shot that day and they probably would have been interested to know that I still had a few years of eligibility left.

Today, I love watching basketball games from Vanderbilt. Every time I see that court it brings me back 6 years to when, for a precious 15 minutes, I owned that court.

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view courtesy of @RyanSisson

Guess the View: December 7, 2010

Two clues.

#1: This view will no doubt make my father in law very happy.

#2: “Bryce” was the 3rd most popular name for newborn boys born in the Midwest during late March 1998.

Also, December 7, 2010 marks the 69th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It’s important that we continue to acknowledge a debt of gratitude to those who lost their lives and those who went on to serve in our Armed Forces during WWII. click for answer