Bunker Mulligan "Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry." ~Mark Twain

May 31, 2005

Was it this blog?

Filed under: International — Bunker @ 5:22 am

Roger L. Simon asks that about the release of eight dissidents by the Syrian government. I took up the challenge Roger made, and Ammar requested by writing an email to the Syrian Embassy. Perhaps plenty of others did the same. I simply asked that Syria join civilization, a place where they once thrived.

Maybe they have decided to do so.

May 29, 2005

In the Zone

Filed under: Golf — Bunker @ 6:59 am

In every sport there are times when a player seems unable to do anything wrong. You can see it in basketball when a player puts in through the hoop from everywhere on the court, no matter what contortions he has to go through to get the shot off. In football, that quarterback who threads every needle, or running back the glides through the defense for ten yards every carry. Roger Clemens or Pedro Martinez sending batters back to the dugout, or someone going five for five at the plate.

Justin Leonard is in the zone at the St. Jude’s Classic in Memphis. He has been for three days. He has an 8-shot lead going into the final round today.

To put this in perspective, a fourth round like the previous three would be like finishing off a no-hitter in the eighth and ninth innings. Except this zone must last four days, not just a few hours.

Justin is not one of the big hitters on tour. Tiger, Vijay, and Ernie aren’t in the field. Davis Love is, but he’s tied for fourth. This course is shorter than most, just like Colonial. But it also requires more thinking and accuracy, and the skill to shape shots. Leonard can do all that. It makes me wonder whether the top players think they can win on a course where distance isn’t the premium. When shot-making becomes more important than distance, they don’t show up. Some think it gives lesser players a chance to take home a big paycheck.

I think it gives the fans a chance to see some people with golf skills to match folks like Jones, Hogan, and Snead.

Players like Justin Leonard.

May 28, 2005

Major Dad

Filed under: General — Bunker @ 6:46 pm

Time to highlight another Texas Blogger. This week, check out MajorDad1984. He’s from just outside Fort Hood, and is now running our Homespun Blogger Symposium.

U.S. Open

Filed under: Golf — Bunker @ 6:09 pm

I’ve known for some time that Jay will be covering the US Open this
year at Pinehurst. He’ll do a good job, although I don’t know what kind of coverage he’ll be providing. Perhaps he will be part of their blog team. The blog is blank right now.

The Web Blog will begin June 16. Please check back then.

Yes, the stogey old USGA is having their premier event covered in a blog, exactly what I proposed to Augusta last month. For all the complaints about Augusta National being behind the times, I think they are usually way ahead of others in what they retain and what they change. They do things the way they want to. I think they’ll take a wait-and-see approach to the idea, and decide
for themselves whether my proposal has merit.

I proposed myself and other bloggers to Augusta because blogging would be fresh coverage. Regular Tour beat sports writers know the players and venue, and it is simply the next stop in their job. For a blogger, it would be a new experience, and that is coverage they’ll get nowhere else. For that reason, Augusta will eventually consent to my proposal, although I may not be the one providing the coverage when it happens.

That’s okay. I can live with that disappointment. I’ll feel vindicated, though, when it does happen. For now, we’ll have to wait and see what this USGA version of a blog is all about.


Filed under: Politics — Bunker @ 3:16 pm

I know. I put a post with that title in the “Politics” category. Oxymoron.

I wonder if the voters in South Dakota are pleased. They replaced a Democrat with no principles with a Republican who has none.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Thursday that he would vote against the nomination of John Bolton to be ambassador to the United Nations, hinting his vote is a protest against the Pentagon’s recommendation to close Ellsworth Air Force Base.

He then tried to link the two as defense issues. Somebody call the Waaambulance!

Personally, I think he’s done nothing but hurt his chances of influencing the BRAC list. This is like a tantrum thrown by a 2-year-old.

Of course, Maverick is out there getting all the publicity he can. He is doing all he can to show he’s a “uniter, not a divider.” We all know he has no principles either. Perhaps that’s what he means.

May 12, 2005


Filed under: International — Bunker @ 8:16 am

Catez Stevens, one of our Homespun Bloggers, is in New Zealand. The strength of the blogosphere in general and our diverse group in particular shows through with the story of The Children of Darfur which you’ve probably not seen before.

Darfur has certainly fallen off the radar screen, hasn’t it?

Ann Coulter

Filed under: Politics — Bunker @ 5:56 am

She takes on Liberal predictions in her standard fashion.

What we’ve learned from this is: Talking to liberals is much more fun now that we have Lexis-Nexis.

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