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Jun 29

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 1:00 pm | Leave a Comment (3)
Category: Looker of the Week

First of all, on behalf of TGR, I want to apologize for not posting the “Looker” yesterday.  It may have worked out for the better, however, as the story that surrounds this week’s “Looker” continued to spread throughout the media into yesterday evening.

Let me get right to the point.  As all of you know, five former Cats made history when they were drafted during the first round of last week’s NBA Draft.  It was definitely a great moment in Kentucky basketball, even though it has left many of us wondering how the hell we didn’t win a national championship.  The moment was apparently overwhelming for some folks, causing them to make some very wild, grandiose statements.

Enter Coach Cal.  I realize our readers have read/heard Cal’s comment a hundred times now, but I’m going to provide it to you one more time:  “I’d like to say it is the biggest day in the history of Kentucky’s program…the biggest day for the University of Kentucky.”  Hmm…really?

As Herald-Leader sports writer Jerry Tipton noted in his article, Cal’s comment did not sit well with many former, well-known UK players and coaches.  Hence Dan Issel’s rebuttal:  “The dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.  If the goal is to be a feeder team for the NBA, maybe that was the greatest day.  I thought the goal was to win a national championship.”

Along with Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon, the hosts of ESPN’s PTI, I have to agree with Issel (click here to listen to the audio podcast of yesterday’s episode of PTI; Cal’s comments are discussed at the 11:30 mark).  Some people may say that Cal was caught up in the moment, and that he didn’t intend to offend anyone, even the “old guard,” as he put it.  Others may say that Cal’s comments revealed his underlying intentions for coaching at UK.  I don’t know about you, but I definitely favor the latter.

Well Coach Cal, I honestly never thought TGR would have to say this to you, but you are our “Looker of the Week.”  The Big Blue Nation has continued to grapple with your comment, and many faithful followers are left shaking their heads, including me.  Maybe Ben & Jerry’s will name an ice cream after Cal and call it “Bittersweet Matrimony”—even though the relationship is awesome while it lasts, there’s a sense of uncertainty that continuously surrounds it.  Nevertheless, your “TGR Looker of the Week” t-shirt is in the mail.  We hope you wear it during your next telethon or local commercial.

As always, if you have a good candidate for “Looker of the Week,” please let us know.  And remember, refrain from making dim-witted remarks and/or engaging in ludicrous acts, or you may just be our next “Looker.”  Cheers!

Jun 21

TGR’s Looker of the Week

Posted by: Ryan at 12:31 pm | Leave a Comment (3)
Category: Looker of the Week

Courtesy AP

This week’s edition of TGR’s “Looker of the Week” was a tough one. It came down to several strong candidates but the one more fresh in our recent memory (that being very short term) has to be the meltdown of Dustin Johnson, leader of US Open heading into Sunday’s play by 3 strokes.

Dustin opened his play with a triple-bogey and double-bogey on holes 2 and 3, blowing a three-shot lead to fall to two behind Ernie Els and Graeme McDowell (eventual champ). After hitting his approach shot into an awkward lie in a bunker on hole 2, Johnson had to swing left-handed due to a poor lie. The ball barely made it out, then Johnson’s fourth shot from the deep grass popped up and over about two feet. He then missed a 3-foot putt for double bogey and wound up with a 7. On No. 3, Johnson pushed his tee shot far to the left, unable to find his ball after a five-minute search near the 16th green, he had to head back to the tee box to hit again. Seconds later, course workers found his ball, but it was too late, and Johnson made 6. This looked like one of my instances at Seneca or Eagle Creek…. The butchering continued… After driving his tee shot into the ocean on No. 4, Johnson saved bogey, but was 6 over for the day and even par for the tournament.  Johnson finished with an 11-over 82, which tied for eighth place. His 82 was the second-worst round of the day and the worst final round by a 54-hole leader since Fred McCloud’s 83 in 1911. Now Johnson will be remembered as one of the biggest meltdowns in major play.

I get it, Pebble Beach is hard. Especially when the wind is blowing and the greens were in the condition they were in. Heck, winner Graeme McDowell finished even for the tournament. Tiger couldn’t get it under par either. But, although Johnson looked like myself out there at times he gets the Looker of the week for blowing it.

In at a close second was the US vs. Slovenia ref, Koman Coulibaly or however you spell it. The dude robbed the US of 3 points in group play in the world cup. That deserves a “look” as well.

Who do you have?

Jun 14

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 3:16 pm | Leave a Comment (1)
Category: Looker of the Week

Courtesy of 1-800-ASK-GARY

As fans of the “Looker” post may know, we typically reserve this post for the exploitation of individuals who do stupid things.  It’s that simple.  For example, over the past week, we could have directed your attention to Kid Rock’s performance as host of the 2010 CMT Awards.  He pretty much hosted the show while in a constant state of drunkenness, which led to a few minor mishaps.  He was entertaining, nonetheless.

Or, we could have selected England’s goalkeeper, Robert Green, who literally allowed a ball to roll right passed him during the match with the United States on Saturday.  I wonder if that dude knew he was playing in a World Cup match?

Instead of these two individuals, or any other individual for that matter, we decided this week’s “Looker” would not be a person at all.  This is a first for TGR.  However, we could not pass up this opportunity once it was brought to our attention.  Okay, let me just get to the point…

Since 2004, if you wanted to attend an outdoor concert in the Tampa area, you likely went to the Ford Amphitheatre located at the Florida State Fairgrounds.  Well, now, you will be attending such concerts at the recently named 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre.  Yep, the state-based doctor-and-lawyer service bought the naming rights to the music venue last week.  The deal is three years, and it may just extend into additional years.  It’s amazing what money can buy, y’know?

As you would imagine, the name change has caused quite the uproar among many Floridians.  One blog even referred to it as the “Worst. Name. Ever.”  I dunno, I think the name change may be convenient for folks in the area.  For when you want to know who’ll be playing at the venue, just call “1-800-ASK-GARY.”  Seriously.  It will soon not only be a doctor-and-lawyer service, but it will also have to accommodate venue services.  Hell, call right now and tell ‘em Nasty wants to know when Sting will be playing this year.

1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, you are our “Looker of the Week.”  Sorry, we couldn’t resist.  I’m not sure if a t-shirt will fit you, so we’ll provide the first 1,000 attendees at the next concert with “TGR Looker of the Week” t-shirts courtesy of you.

As always, if you have a good candidate for “Looker of the Week,” please let us know.  And remember, refrain from making dim-witted remarks and/or engaging in ludicrous acts, or you may just be our next “Looker.”  Cheers!

Jun 7

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 3:26 pm | Leave a Comment (7)
Category: Looker of the Week

Photo courtesy of Tony Dejak, Associated Press

After his blundering call that cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game last week, I’m sure many of you thought that MLB umpire Jim Joyce was undoubtedly going to be this week’s “Looker.”  Me, too.  In fact, after Wednesday, I quit looking for any other candidates.  It was hands-down going to be Joyce.  That is, until I watched the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio over the weekend.

No, it wasn’t the fact that Tiger Woods drilled three people in the gallery with his tee shots that changed my mind.  The actual act of playing the game of golf had little to do with my change of heart.  Instead, it was the golf attire of 21-year-old Rickie Fowler, the second youngest player on the PGA Tour this year.

As Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Inquirer wrote, “It’s easy to focus on the kid’s wardrobe. It looks like somebody broke into the Crayola factory and took everything but the burnt sienna. Sunday’s all-orange followed Saturday’s all-watermelon. If the kid wanted attention just for being a walking fruit salad, he succeeded.”

Here, here, Mr. Daugherty.  Beyond Fowler’s wardrobe, however, look at that hair.  Who the hell trims his mop?  Geez.  With his hat on, Fowler looks similar to “Tanner” from the original Bad News Bears flick.  Furthermore, he spells his name with an “ie” and not a “y.”  What the hell is that all about?  I suppose the kid really likes to stand out in a variety of ways.  Sometimes I just don’t get it.

Well, Rickie, your gaudy, University-of-Tennessee-ridden orange outfit (among other things) has landed you as this week’s “Looker.”  Your “TGR Looker of the Week” t-shirt is in the mail.  It’ll be the package in all UK blue. 

As always, if you have a good candidate for “Looker of the Week,” please let us know.  And remember, refrain from making dim-witted remarks and/or engaging in ludicrous acts, or you may just be our next “Looker.”  Cheers!

Jun 1

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 2:00 pm | Leave a Comment (2)
Category: Looker of the Week

 

Courtesy of Getty Images via WSJ

You know when people tell you to have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend?  Generally speaking, I would guess this statement is made in relation to the dumb things people do under the influence of alcohol and drugs during holiday festivities.  Think your Uncle Bill, who got a bit too inebriated at your cousin’s wedding reception and urinated on the band’s speaker.  See my point?

Well, I don’t think anyone thought such a statement would apply to Major League Baseball.  On Saturday, Los Angeles Angels’ slugger Kendry Morales broke his leg during a celebration at homeplate after hitting a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning against the Seattle Mariners.  Yep, you read that right; however, go ahead and read it again.  While approaching homeplate, Morales jumped in the air as his teammates swarmed him, and then he slipped on homeplate and twisted his ankle, which brought him to the ground.

Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia reported Monday that Morales is still awaiting surgery due to the swelling in his leg.  The Angels hope Morales will return by the end of the season.  Of course, Scioscia provided additional thoughts on the matter, stating that Morales’ injury was “sickening.”  He said that new parameters will be put into place to prevent a similar injury from occurring in the future.  When asked what those new parameters consisted of, Scioscia replied, “Any other way than the way we did it yesterday.”  So far, his plan seems well thought out.

As you would imagine, Morales’ injury received a great deal of attention from sports commentators, reporters, and bloggers alike.  Some even referred to homeplate celebrations as “hidden dangers,” and that maybe MLB teams should develop a standard set of rules about celebrations.   Seriously?  Come on, it was a freak accident.  And yes, it was unfortunate, but I really don’t think rules will change anything.  Geez.

I sure hope Morales has an expedited recovery.  Nevertheless, his graceful display at the plate has landed him as this week’s “Looker.”  Kendry, my friend, your “TGR Looker of the Week” t-shirt is in the mail.    We’ll be sure to send to your surgeon’s office.

As always, if you have a good candidate for “Looker of the Week,” please let us know.  And remember, refrain from making dim-witted remarks and/or engaging in ludicrous acts, or you may just be our next “Looker.”  Cheers!