Posterizing > Putting?

I love SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays.  Frequently, I am doing something else in the evening and when I realize that it is around the time for the Top 10 Plays, I frantically turn the channel to whatever ESPN station is playing SportsCenter just to watch it.

I also love Best of the Best plays, where there is a vote between the day’s number 1 play vs. the current play that is named the Best of the Best.  I especially enjoy the plays that stay on the Best of the Best for weeks because I really can keep watching them over and over and over again (literally).

Like the Jerome Simpson flip….

Or Mark Sanchez’s infamous butt fumble on the Worst of the Worst… (sorry Mark, I had to do it).

Okay, okay.  It is really easy to get carried away.

So, a couple of days ago Paula Creamer, a women’s professional golfer, made a 75-foot putt  to WIN a tournament.  Not only was it 75 feet, but it also involved quite the slope.  I am currently in a beginning golf class and know all too well how easy she made this look.  I know you want to watch it, so here it is…

For obvious reasons, this was the number one play of the day and it beat the previous Best of the Best to take the title.  Yet yesterday, after one day with the Best of the Best title, it was beat by a baseball perfect game, which was also impressive.

I love baseball highlights, but I was surprised that Creamer’s putt only received about 1/3 of the votes for the Best of the Best.  Really both plays were great, but I would have expected the voting to be a little closer.  While the perfect game deserved to be honored, Creamer had made a 75-foot putt to win a tournament, which is incredible.

This probably sounds like a rant. I suppose it is a little bit of one. It just made me realize how much people like basketball, football and baseball. Nothing is wrong with that, and I feel the same way.  It is clear though, that if this putt cannot last on the Best of the Best then no women’s golf highlight is going to be able to compete.

It’s pretty apparent that the professional sports that are most covered in the nation media, especially on a short highlight/talk show, are usually men’s basketball, football and baseball. This highlight’s one day reign as the Best of the Best helped me understand why in a new way. Clearly, it is what the majority of people want to watch.

I just think Creamer’s putt should have lasted for several days, or at least until Blake Griffin did something this again…

Hannah

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Keeping My Eye on the Ball

During the Branding of Me class last semester and through some further reflection this summer, I have been thinking about my passions. What I have come to realize is that the apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree, and my passions are very similar to the passions of my grandparents.

My grandmother loved journalism.  Family and journalism definitely seemed to be her passions, or at least this is how it always seemed to me.  You could tell how passionate she was about journalism by reading her articles and columns that were in the Salisbury Post almost every day, or by hearing her talk about an article she had written. She loved writing, being able to learn about people’s stories and then having the chance to share their stories.  As you can tell from an article like this one “Where did all those years go?”, she had so much passion for what she did for a living.  I am pretty sure that her passion was contagious and helped me to look at writing as an enjoyable experience, and almost never as a task.

My grandfather had many passions, but I remember most his passion for sports and the perspective it gave him on life.  He loved baseball.  He told stories of playing for a team while he was in the army.  He was also a lifelong NY Yankees fan, although he at times joked that he cheered for the Atlanta Braves since they were on television more often in North Carolina. He mostly taught himself how to play tennis (at least I think that’s how it started), and then he played the sport all of his life.  His passion for tennis resulted in most of my family both enjoying and playing the sport. I always felt like he loved playing, watching and talking sports. He was also extremely supportive of everyone’s sports experiences. I remember him watching some of my first tennis matches and talking to me after softball practice. I always felt like he was on my side and was one of my biggest supporters.

My grandfather had a few sayings that I’ll never forget.  One was “grab a pen.”  He just wanted to make sure that everyone was ready if you drove over a drawbridge (and then really any other bridge).  He also would say “bend your knees,” which is definitely the best advice I ever heard for playing tennis.  The other saying I remember was “keep your eye on the ball.”  I know that this may have been directed at tennis, or another sport, but he said it very often and I really think he just liked this advice for life.  It was kind of like the book Rules of the Red Rubber Ball. While my grandfather may not necessarily have been giving only life advice, I think that the ball he was talking about represented passion.  Whether is was a ball in a sport or a “ball” representing something else in life, I really do think he was saying to keep your eye on it and then follow it.

I am excited to have the new blog title “Keeping my Eye on the Ball,” and I am looking forward to continuing to write about my passions.

Until next time,

Hannah

P.S. next time will be soon because I can’t wait to write about some of the recent events in sports!