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November 12, 2012

Bucks Up in Canada / Put Yourself in the Position to Win / Misery /  Startling Revelation About Bras / Leave America if You Want to Live Longer

Daddy Warbucks Is Canadian

Nothing seems more American than Daddy Warbucks in the Little Orphan Annie comic strip that was made into a fabulous Broadway hit and excellent full-length feature movie. But wait a minute. American big bucks Warbucks, statistically is no more, at least for the time being.

Watch out for your Canadian playing partners wanting to up the ante on the golfing bets. If they’re strong players, hold your bets down because they are in a position to “out-bid” you. If their game isn’t that good and you think you can take them for a ride, squeeze some more betting money out them.

Here’s why: they’ve got more money than us now! “Because of the housing crisis, for the first time the net worth of the average Canadian household is greater than that of its U.S. counterpart,” claims Time Magazine (July 30, 2012).In U.S. dollars, the average Canadian household net worth is $363,202 versus the American household net worth of $319,970.     Warbucks, greenbacks, flatbacks.

John Cook Says, “Put Yourself in a Position to Win

I am a big Aaron Rogers fan for the same reason I’m am a fan of Brett Favre and Joe Montana. I like Aaron’s casual personality combined with his unsurpassed athletic talent. Mix in a down-to-earth sense of humor and the ability to laugh during a game while tacklers are trying to decapitate you, and Rogers, Favre and Montana are my kind of athletes.

In a recent Sports Illustrated interview, Dan Patrick, Patrick asks the MVP quarterback, “Did you learn something from your idols Michael Jordan and Joe Montana?”

“I always paid close attention to how they acted on the field,” said Rogers. “I always loved how Michael wanted the ball in his hands down the stretch. And Joe’s last-second comebacks. All my favorite players wanted the ball in their hands down the stretch.”

Rogers’s attitude reminds me of something Champions Tour star and GolfNews Magazine columnist John Cook has told me on more than one occasion, “When competing in a golf tournament, I want to put myself in a position to win on the final day.”

What Cook is saying is filter into your psyche all the prior experience you’ve had to get you where your are; the hundreds of thousands skillful shots that have led to your success. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot early such as making careless shots on day one, day two or day three. Put yourself in a position to win coming down the stretch and have the confidence to finish the deal.

That’s what QBs Montana, Favre, and Rogers have been able to do in their careers. And, wouldn’t you know it, another quarterback has done it, too, but in this case he’s done it by riffling dimpled balls rather throwing spirals. John Cook played quarterback for Miraleste High School in Rancho Palos Verdes.

The Misery of Getting Beat Miserably

Have you ever lost a golf match unmercifully? Just gotten the crap beat out of you! Doesn’t feel very good, does it?

At least in Little League and some college games, there are “mercy rules” that go into effect when one team is 10 or more runs ahead or some other insurmountable agreed upon measurement is triggered.

But too bad for Savannah State this year in its first football game of the season that some kind of “enough is enough” rule didn’t go in effect. No, Savannah State didn’t lose by a score of 52 to 0. Nor did they get tromped 66 to 0. Try 84-0! That’s right, 84-0. Can you imagine getting beat 84-0? Savannah State is trying to forget. Victorious Oklahoma State continues to remember.

Before There Were Golf Bras

Being a male and not overly fashion conscious, I’m not even sure there are “golf bras” per se. Of course, there are bras women wear when they’re playing golf, but whether or not the bras are “golf bras” is open for interpretation.

However, for everyone interested in the subject of bras, here is a startling revelation:

The history of the bras has been shaken from its straps! Researchers at the University of Innsbruck have discovered medieval bras; bras worn over 600 years ago. Archaeologists, while recently digging in an Austrian castle, found four linen bras from the Middle Ages. Before the discovery, the bra had been thought to be about 100 years old.

The find increases speculation that aliens did exist in medieval times because the so-called “linen” had to be made of space-aged technologically advanced materials to last over six centuries. In a top-secret laboratory jointly sponsored and financed by Claudette, Calvin Klein, and Playtex, the bras are being analyzed by state-of-the-art processes to identify the molecular structure of the bras.

It has been reported but not yet confirmed that Wonderbra has offered the archeologists $100 million (USD) for the branding rights. Clearly, if the materials turn out to be indestructible, Wonderbra surely would be the appropriate name for the newly found mammary gland space-aged care takers.

Live for Golf, Golf To Live… But Not In America

If you want to live longer to play golf, get out of the United States, that’s at least what worldwide statistics imply. In 2007, the U.S. was ranked No. 42 in life expectancy stats. A baby born in the U.S. in 2004 will live an average of 77.9 years, according to the U.S National Center for Health Statistics. In 41 other countries, babies will live longer.

More recent stats are even more discouraging. In 2011, the United States dropped to No. 49 (78.37 years) in life expectancy, the average lifespan increased less than a half-year compared to the 77.9 average lifespan in 2004.

Who’s beating us out? Monaco. Those living in Monaco live to an average age of 89.73 years. The top 10 after Monaco are No. 2 Macau (81.41 years), No. 3 San Marino (83.01 years, No. 4 Andorra (82.43 years), Japan (82.25 years), Guernsey (82.16 years), Singapore (82.14 years), Australia (81.81 years),and Italy (81.77 years).

Tragically, African nations dominate the bottom. The top 10 nations with the least life expectancy are all on the African continent and range from 50.4 years (Somalia) to Angola 38.7 years.

What’s going on in America that one of the richest countries in the world is producing diminished lives? Obesity is a key factor. Americans are getting fatter and, thus, sicker thanks to a food industry that continues to pour corn syrup, artificial ingredients, and saturated fats into our foods and drink, and thanks to a lazy citizenry that doesn’t take individual responsibility to what kind of garbage they’re putting into their bodies.

For those of us that love golf, we owe it to ourselves to eat healthy, stay in shape, reduce stress, and control vital signs that indicate heart disease including but not limited to blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar intake.

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