Category Archives: golf

Cycling is the new golf?

From a participation point of view, anyway, according to this BBC Sport report. More worryingly for golf in England, participation has fallen by about 180,000 in eight years. Cycling, on the other hand, gained about 270,000 pedal-pushers in the last ...

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Rio golf course vs. Rio golf court

Of all the curious decisions the IOC has made in recent years, the vote to add the land-hungry sport of golf just in time for Rio 2016 is one of the most curious. Too late to switch it to a … Continue reading →...

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Monday Myriad: The good news is on the mat

So the Ryder Cup happened. And U.S. fighters posted a 3-5 record on the UFC card in England, with Matt Wiman’s shocking submission win against submission expert Paul Sass being the biggest bright spot. And perhaps your favorite football teams &...

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Ryder Cup reality check: Shouldn’t USA adopt underdog mentality?

Here’s the fallacy of the Ryder Cup: Europeans generally expect to lose, and Americans generally expect to win. Maybe it’s some variant of American exceptionalism, where we in the land of apple pie and gridiron football just can’t p...

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Weekend picks: Cycling, cricket and golf championships … of sorts

Three events this weekend are “championships” that are overshadowed by other events in their sports. One common thread: All three are condensed versions of sports that have longer, fairer tests of skill. Cycling:¬†We’ve already had ...

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Rio 2016: Is there any way to make golf work in the Olympics?

Golf’s inclusion in the 2016 Olympics is one of the most puzzling IOC decisions in recent years. For one thing, that decision forced Rio to build a golf course, which has turned out to be a major problem. The other … Continue reading &ra...

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Design the Rio 2016 golf course!

One of the underreported curiosities about the decisions to rid the Olympics of baseball and softball in favor of rugby and golf is that a golf course is a good bit harder to build than a softball diamond. So if … Continue reading →...

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The effect of arguments

A message came in over Twitter from a private feed (I’ll identify him if he likes), asking a good question: “Why on earth do you engage with complete morons?” This was in response to last night’s Twitter fight, in which &helli...

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