I’m a rock & roll drummer in one of my other lives so I like Alice Cooper. I’ve seen him perform many times and he puts on a killer show. He’s one of the few people who can combine rock & roll and golf.
Hey Alice, hire me as your drummer. I promise you a kick ass drummer and a golf buddy to give you a run for your money on the golf course while we’re on tour…
My pal 4Checker did a review of Alice Cooper’s book called “Alice Cooper – Golf Monster.” Check it out over at The Golf Space.
Without going into too much detail, times are tough right now for me on many fronts. I’ve got a bit of that “being kicked while you’re down” syndrome. Don’t worry, HOG isn’t going anywhere.
I should be able to make a big withdrawal from the bank of karma one of these days. In fact I think I’ve built up a big enough karma credit to retire soon.
Golf and life…
My slogan here has been “Golf, life. In that order.” Recently though, my game has suffered big time as a result of not being able to concentrate. I really can’t concentrate on any shot, even during the best part of my game which is putting. If I’m missing three footers, something is wrong. It seems that my current slogan needs to be changed to “Life, golf. In that order.”
As great as I’ve felt about being able to hit balls, play on the simulator and play a few holes over this past winter, my game is a wreck right now.
For many years, golf has been a way of releasing and forgetting about the stresses of life for me. Unfortunately they’re not quite separate right now.
The car repair guy called. He said, “I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is, your car isn’t mine…”
Maybe he should quit his day job and go on a comedy tour…
Alan is my best friend. He and I grew up together. We’re like brothers. He moved away to Philly years ago, worked his way up the business ladder and started a beautiful family. We can go months without talking to each other and then we both can simultaneously say the same phrase word for word.
I have Alan to thank for many great things in my life. About 5 years ago, he told me to start blogging about golf. Years later, I’ve built one of the world’s best golf blogs, made hundreds of friends, played dozens of incredible golf courses, and met some of the most famous golfers in the world like Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, John Daly, Mike Weir etc. Because of my blog I even got to play golf with George Brett. I’ve hung out with Charles Barkely, John Elway, Mario Lemieux, met women from The Big Break (Debbie “DD,” Ashley Prang) and made connections even top CEO’s would envy.
I have another thing to add to my friend Alan’s thank you list. This one is the helmet you see pictured here. It’s an autographed Univerisity of Utah football helmet from the Sugar Bowl where my Utes completed the perfect 13-0 season. Anyone who knows me or follows my blog knows I’m a HUGE UTE FAN. Hell I even have Ute golf shoes. This helmet was signed by the whole team during the Sugar Bowl. When I opened this box I was in complete shock and for the 2nd time this year got goose bumps opening a package which came in the mail.
Alan my friend, my brother from a different mother, I THANK YOU.
I’ll be blogging live, or “blogcasting” at the PGA Show in Orlando next week! Boy am I getting excited.
The HOG private jet (a.k.a. Southwest flight 761 to Chicago, then flight 1856 from Chicago to Orlando) leaves next Wednesday.
For those who haven’t seen my blog coverage of previous shows, I do a lot of live posts, take hundreds of photos and do dozens of live video interviews.
Ping at the PGA Show
Ping will have a booth at the PGA Show for the first time in quite a while, as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. I’ll be checking out and reporting on everything I can at the Ping booth.
Titleist returns to the PGA Show
I have a few connections at Titleist and I’m told that not only will they be at the show, they will have a “considerable presence.” I’ll be covering their considerable presence, considerably.
Jesse Ortiz – Bobby Jones Golf
I’m already booked for some time with my good friend Jesse Ortiz of Bobby Jones Golf. Jesse is one of the coolest people I’ve ever met in the golf industry. Jesse provided me two great interviews last year on his new wedges and driver. In fact, those videos were used as promotional videos on the Bobby Jones web site for a while!
New game plan for this year’s PGA Show
I have a bit of a new game plan for this year’s show. I need more time on the actual show floor than I’ve had in previous years. In previous years I’ve spent as much as 1/3 of my time in the press room editing, writing, dumping images, editing videos etc. I plan on doing some very quick posts live, but spending the bulk of my production time in the press room or my hotel room after the show. I also have previously only allotted myself 2.x days of the show due to flying home the night of the 3rd day. I’ve booked a whole extra day and I’ll be at the show from start to finish, all three days.
I also have some other ideas which are bouncing around my cranium. If the gears in my cerebral cortex get enough grease, I may be able to churn out some fun new items from this year’s show.