Last night at the VIP party a pretty lady was walking by who I recognized. I grabbed her arm and said hello. It was Debbie Dahmer of Big Break III fame. Somehow I seem to meet ladies from the Big Break series at many golf events. I just try to keep my eyes open at these deals because you never know who is going to be there.
Debbie was super cool and we talked shop for a very long time. She introduced me to John Daly’s adopted mother and told me many cool stories of caddying for the likes of superstar athletes like John Elway and PGA Tour players like Stuart Appleby. I especially liked the story of how she parred the #18th at the Old Course at St. Andrews at 2am after a night of partying in the pubs.
Debbie is involved in the golf world in many ways, including the most entertaining Pro’s Fore Charity. She puts on clinics where she has men put on bras and see what it is like to swing with breasts. Perhaps that’s the edge I need to put my game up to the next level? Ben Wright should be the announcer for this clinic.
The VIP party moved up to the club on the 12th floor where we saw one of John Daly’s ex-wives on the dance floor. Between her and her friend who looked just like her, there was enough silicon to supply Good Year with materials for quite some time. Most of the other big stars were there, Barkley, Strahan and many others.
The Pro-Am in the Team Challenge today was a blast. I got to play with none other than hall of fame baseball player George Brett! I was bummed I didn’t get to play with Michael Strahan, but after playing with my new buddy George I’m quite happy. It was especially cool when he threw my golf ball to me, left handed of course. I was a blast to catch a Brett throw!
George is an athlete. His eye/hand coordination is so focused it is amazing. His left handed golf swing is a thing of beauty and he generates a ton of power. His tempo is smooth and calm and he hits the sweet spot of the club all the time. He was damn near hitting his hybrid farther than my driver.
George has such a friendly and vibrant personality you can tell he was a great locker room guy. He’d be the guy you’d want as a life long pal and definitely the one to throw you a bachelor party.
Here’s a video of George Brett’s golf swing:
Greetings from my “suite” in the Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino in Indio California. Indio is just a few miles east of Palm Springs, or in my case, an $80 cab ride.
It’s 12:30am and I’ve just gotten settled in my remote office and had a pretty darn good slice of $3.00 pepperoni pizza. In case anyone is wondering, the pizza joint here closes at 5am. Better hurry.
Five minutes after I got here there was a knock on my door. “Open up in there. This is the Palm Springs police department!” It was actually my pal Jay Flemma, doing his Cheech & Chong impersonation. I said “hold on, let me hide the drugs first” as I flushed the toilet.
Jay showed me around the resort and gave me the lowdown on the happenings. While milling about we ran into Ozzie Smith, George Gervin and we said hello to Charles Barkley. Chuck was sort of busy at the bar though and he probably had no idea we were world famous golf bloggers. I’m sure he would have warmed up to us if he knew. Man… I wouldn’t get into a “broad chest contest” with Mr. Barkley.
Jay gave me the privilege of letting me read some of the writing he’s doing. This guy is a talented writer who writes with two fingers and has the demeanor of a chipmunk on speed.
Speaking of world famous golf bloggers, I was sad to hear that Kristen (Golf Chick) and Patricia (Golf Girl) weren’t going to attend. I wish Golf Girl my best with her ailing father.
Snubbed by the head of Fox Sports Net
Apparently being a world famous golf blogger wasn’t enough for me to hold my position as a partner on Michael Strahan’s pro-am team. The top brass of Fox Sports flexed some of their muscle and booted little old me off the team. My “don’t you know who I am?” routine always works with the Riverton City Police department, but fell on deaf ears here. How can the top brass of one of the largest sports networks on the planet have priority over a golf blogger who’s footprint on the sports world is about one gazillionth of theirs? What a shame.
So as it sits, I have no idea who I’m playing with in the pro-am now. But the good news is that all of the 16 “pros” are superstar athletes in their respective sports. So wether it is Brett Hull or George Brett, its all good. Maybe I’ll end up golfing with Martin Short, who is here as well. Hey if Martin Short hits a putt that doesn’t get there, is it “a little Short?”
I’m packing my last few items, getting ready to jump on a plane to Palm Springs in a few hours to attend the Pro Sports Team Challenge. I’ll be quite busy early in the day tomorrow (Friday the 6th of June) in the Pro-Am, so I’m posting now to strongly suggest heading to the Team Challenge web site and sign up to be a “ProCoach.”
As a ProCoach (free by the way), you can influence the outcome of the matches being played by the superstar athletes on the golf course. Never before have fans had the ability to influence the outcome of a sporting event from the comfort of their own beer stained, popcorn in the cracks couches.
Rather than retyping the whole ProCoach concept and setup, just read the caption below from the Team Challenge web site, or click here to go there directly.
As many of you may know, I’ll be down in Palm Springs this Fri-Sun at the Pro Sports Team Challenge. This is an event in which the four major sports in the USA (football, basketball, hockey & baseball) are represented by four all-star players on the golf course. The main beneficiary is the four charities each team will be donating to.
I’ll be playing in the Pro-Am with Michael Strahan of the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants Friday, and I’ll have “inside the ropes” access to all the athletes. I can talk to them and interview them.
So help me out. What question have you always wanted to ask John Elway, George Brett, Mario Lemieux?
Here’s the list of players:
John Elway, Michael Strahan, LaDainian Tomlinson, Drew Brees
Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Jason Kidd, George Gervin, Clyde Drexler
Ozzie Smith, George Brett, Vince Coleman, Bret Saberhagen
Mario Lemieux, Brett Hull, Grant Fuhr, Pierre Larouche
Submit your questions here in the comments and I’ll do my best to get some answered!