Langston Golf Course Celebrates Its Heritage (via The Washington Informer)

For many, like Ray Savoy, who regularly tees off at the historic Langston Golf Course in Northeast, the 74-year-old sports cathedral is a home away from home.

ESPN recently noted that the famed course is the only one in Washington, D.C., where you can still get breakfast at 6 p.m. More importantly, Langston has been both a playground and a meeting ground for generations of African-American golfers.

An African American renaissance in golf began based on the creation of Langston, which essentially became the Mecca for black golfers.

World Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis, famed Big Band leader Billy Eckstein, singers Dionne Warrick and Lena Horne and Hall of Fame baseball player Willie Mays counted among the famous to patronize Langston.

Former President Gerald Ford, entertainer Bob Hope, and PGA champion Lee Trevino are among the notable non-African Americans who have played 18-holes at the fabled course.

Northwest resident and golfer Luke Watson is also a regular at Langston and his review of the course on his “hot dogs and golf” blog echoes the thoughts of many who have had tee-times there. … Read More

(via The Washington Informer)

Wrapping up the 2013 Masters

Just over a week ago, Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters, beating Angel Cabrera in a sudden-death playoff to claim the green jacket.  It’s true that such a playoff in a major golf tournament always is exciting, but the way we arrived at this one– Scott holding steady as numerous golfers faded back to (in Cabrera’s case) or below him on the leaderboard– felt a little anticlimactic. Still, among those leaders, Scott did the best job of holding steady while the course conditions did anything but, and after near-misses on his putts all day, he finally sunk them when he needed to on eighteen and the playoff hole.

A big thanks to guest blogger Luke Watson, who stopped by to lend ALDLAND the benefit of his golf acumen and insight as a guest blogger. (His posts are here and here.) Back at his own site, Hotdogs and Golf, he recently published a very thoughtful post-Masters post that’s worth your time.

While Luke’s collaboration with this site was the big media story of the tournament, another story about a broken golf collaboration has received almost no attention anywhere but these very pages. Continue reading

The 2013 Masters: Pimento Cheese is the New Hummus

masters menuGuest blogger Luke Watson is here this week to cover the Masters. Read his first post here. -Ed.
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The Masters is known for many things but probably the most delectable item is the pimento cheese sandwich.  Now, I’m typically just about hot dogs and golf, but once a year I think it’s important to take a closer look at the snack that’s quickly making its way to parties all across this glorious land.

As a young boy growing up in Texas, I was accustomed to a nearly weekly pimento cheese sandwich. My mother would sometimes make her own version, using velveeta and shredded cheddar. On trips to the coast, we would stop off at the HEB and grab a tub of the good stuff, slather it on some wheat bread and get on down the road. Nothing says vacation in Texas like warm sandwiches, soggy tortilla chips, and a can of Dr. Pepper. But, this blog ain’t about Texas vacations, it’s about golf…

The Masters, apparently, has some mighty fine pimento cheese sandwiches. And, for a dollar fifty, it’s a heckuva deal. Those I’ve talked to tell me that they have a little more oniony kick than your typical southern style PCS, but they’re a great break from the sometimes awful heat and humidity. Coronas are a good option, too. Now, they come pre-made but I don’t think that’s all that awful — you’re there for the golf, not the freshness of the sandwich.

I’ve always said that if Old Crow whiskey is good enough for Ulysses S. Grant, it’s good enough for you. Same goes for pimento cheese. As a matter of fact, my favorite PCS recipe comes from Martha Stewart. It’s the Tabasco that does it. And, if Mrs. Stewart and the members of Augusta National Golf Club are fans, it’s fine for you to be one as well.

I brought some pimento cheese spread to a party a few weeks back. People were skeptical at first, until they tried it. And then they were all over the stuff. Made me proud. It’s definitely going to be a go-to for parties I attend in the future.

On the course, aside from a hotdog, it’s a fantastic choice for a mid-round snack. It’s benefits are many: it’s filling; it’s tasty; it stays together really nicely; and it can be scarfed down quickly.

A little update for those interested in golf and not pimento cheese:

  • It’s a pretty packed leaderboard. So far, my picks are doing ok.

    • Johnson: -5

    • Westwood: -2

    • Rose: -2

    • Dufner: E

    • Poulter: +4

  • The leaders are at -6. Who are they? It’s Sergio Garcia and Marc Leishman. It should be known that I have Sergio Garcia as a pick in my office pool because someone else picked Rose.

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Luke is the author of Hotdogs and Golf, and he tweets @LukeGolf2012.

The 2013 Masters: My Picks…or Players to Watch

Guest blogger Luke Watson is here this week to cover the Masters. -Ed.
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It’s Masters week – the one week a year when I stop bashing Hootie Johnson and the Augusta National Golf Club and just enjoy some smooth guitar and piano while sitting in a comfortable chair in front of a TV. It’s a great week.

Selecting a winner, for me anyways, always seems like a ridiculous thing to do. I used to pick a winner and then, through the whole tournament, be disappointed in my player’s apparent disregard for my feelings. So, a few years ago, I determined to pick a “team” — five guys that I would watch and root for. Life has been better since.

Here is my team:

  • Lee Westwood. I can’t help it; I love cheering for the guy that’s come close a lot. He deserves to win. He had a good showing in Houston and, while his short game (pitching in particular) is not the strongest part of his game, he’s a well-rounded player that has been in contention before. Add to the mix that he is proudly sponsored by UPS and you’ve got a possible champion.
  • Jason Dufner. Every time I hear his name, I think of Duff Beer and that makes me think of the Simpsons and that makes me happy. Plus, he’s got some serious game: straight hitter, reasonable putter, great attitude.
  • Justin Rose. This is the second (and not the last) of my mostly English team. Look, since 1998, he’s been a mainstay in the majors…not intended to be a factual statement. If he wins this weekend, he’ll likely just continue racking up majors and big tournament wins.
  • Dustin Johnson.
  • Ian Poulter. I liked him before last year’s Ryder Cup, and I’ve loved him since. Anyone who’s ever spoken to me knows that I have a real thing for the European Team. I like their style, I like their attitude, I like their drive. Ian basically is the European Team – like Seve and Jose before him. I don’t know if he’s got the game that suits Augusta, but I know that he’s gotta be in the top 10 at the end of the week.

There you have it. My top five. Who’s missing?

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Luke is the author of Hotdogs and Golf, and he tweets @LukeGolf2012.

Introducing ALDLAND’s special Masters coverage

As I’ve written many times, our golf coverage is limited to ancillary matters like hovercrafts, mustaches, Jungle Bird, and the Dukes of Hazzard. With one of the most anticipated iterations of the Masters starting today, though, we thought it would be appropriate to bring in a guest blogger to cover the tournament in earnest.

Starting later this morning, Luke Watson of Hotdogs and Golf will share, from his experienced perspective, his insight on the 2013 Masters. Stay tuned.

Bubba Watson continues to be the best

The rules of golf coverage on ALDLAND are simple: keep it to things only tangentially related to the miserable game of golf, and feature people like Bubba Watson and Brandt Snedeker in those contexts whenever possible.

Watson is the defending Masters champion, and he’s a Georgia alum who, unlike his alma mater, has never had trouble maintaining his own, unique sense of style, thanks to things like his pink driver and homespun approaches to the game and haircuts.

As the internet discovered today, though, he really has ratcheted it up a notch in the leadup to his Masters defense:

What’s surprising is that this may not even be Watson’s most exciting vehicle.

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Previously
Bill Murray, a character on course
Brandt Snedeker, a presence at tailgates
Urban golfing in Detroit
Jungle Bird
Bubba’s other ride

Bill Murray plays golf for the fans, both young and very old

I’m really only interested in golf when it intersects with non-golfing elements, although I’ve begun to find fan favorites Bubba Watson and Brandt Snedeker (with whom I technically tailgated at the Florida-Vandy game this fall) entertaining. There can be no greater favorite among fans than Bill Murray, though, right?

Jeff Driskel gator chomps the Commodores: Florida 31, Vanderbilt 17

ALDLAND was in Nashville last weekend (as if it isn’t always there) for the Florida-Vanderbilt game and sundry Music City revelry. I was at the game on Saturday night. Bdoyk could not take a break from forty-eight straight hours of honky tonking to attend. Magalan was supposed to be in the stadium too, sitting a row behind me, but I never did spot him on the inside, which likely was due to my inability to visually identify him in his Gator colors.

The Vanderbilt defense seemed to encounter the same challenge, demonstrating difficulty stopping the Florida run game in general, and mobile quarterback Jeff Driskel in particular. In my game preview, I suggested that the relevant analogy for this VU opponent was Georgia. Instead, the game probably was more similar to Vandy’s game earlier this season against Northwestern. While the Dores grabbed an early lead in this one, they were unable to maintain it. Still, the game was exciting throughout, the home team rarely beyond a one-score deficit until Driskel’s back-breaking touchdown run at the end of the game.

A bright spot for VU was wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who had eight catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. The spotlight also shone on Coach Franklin and his staff, though, and the Commodores’ inability to run plays quickly at the goal line late in the game was a little concerning. Still, in a game in which Driskel topped Tim Tebow’s school rushing record, the little things aren’t going to be outcome-determinative.

One last printable highlight of the weekend came before the game started, when top golfer and Vanderbilt alum Brandt Snedeker stopped by our tailgate for a chat with some of his old buddies on his way into the game.

Narrow Margin Monday

Excepting the above-depicted forty gambler-point swing victory by Middle Tennessee State University, the Volunteer State’s biggest school, over Georgia Tech, there were a lot of close college football games on Saturday. Michigan State lost by one to Ohio State. Although the internet’s had a lot to say about that game in the way of eye-gouging, taunting, and the pregame game tape exchange, there’s not much to say about the game itself beyond the observation that OSU’s Braxton Miller is pretty good. Even though it was high scoring, West Virginia only beat Baylor by a touchdown in Morgantown. Of course, it was really high scoring. Like 70-63. Big Ten basketball territory. Other top-25 games, though not quite as close, probably were closer than the winning team would’ve preferred. Alabama beat Ole Miss 33-14 in a game that was in reach for the underdogs (underbears?) in the fourth quarter. Washington State put up 26 against Oregon, which is 26 more than Arizona could do. Texas and Oklahoma State went to the wire, and UGA-UT was a one-score game as well. Clemson got back to its winning ways with a 45-31 win over woeful Boston College.

The pros sang a different tune on Sunday, though, at least in part, when Denver found its legs against Oakland (38-6), New England posted 52 on Buffalo, and San Francisco bounced back with a 34-0 shutout of the dead-in-the-water-not-walking-on-water J-e-t-s. There were some close games in the NFL too, as the Cardinals won by three in overtime to inexplicably stay undefeated, and the Saints lost by one to stay defeated.

On the topic of defeats, the U.S. team absolutely melted down on the last day of the Ryder Cup, surrendering a supposedly insurmountable lead. We now return to our regular golf coverage, which, absent Jungle Bird, is nonexistent.

Chilly Monday

Sometimes it’s important to remind yourself that, for the most part, half the teams lose each and every football weekend. Despite what some say about football fandom, most of us are likely to have a couple teams we like, especially between the college and professional levels and, given the number of games played on a weekly basis, we’re likely to have a few winners and a few losers. You see where this is headed.

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The Big Ten is struggling this season. None of their teams were in the top fifteen heading into Saturday, and they didn’t exactly respond well. Notre Dame completed a convincing conquest of the State of Michigan by taking down the Wolverines one week after they did the same to the Spartans, who unconvincingly defeated Eastern Michigan, possibly the worst team in Division I. Iowa lost in overtime to Central Michigan. Northwestern, Minnesota, and the ineligible Ohio State are 4-0. This conference is approaching Big East relegation level lows.

On the topic of relegation, Vanderbilt’s third defeat of the season, a 48-3 drubbing under the lights in Athens more about which later, has Commodore bloggers rising to defend their team’s membership in the SEC. That’s never good. The ACC had the game of the weekend though, in which Florida State defeated Clemson, clearing one of its final remaining obstacles on the path to national championship contention. That path may be clearing further, as LSU barely defeated Auburn. Oregon also started slow before completing a one-sided shutout of RichRod’s inoffensive Arizona Wildcats.

I missed most of the NFL games in transit back from Georgia on Sunday, but I understand the Lions went out with a whimper in an overtime loss in Nashville, the Falcons dominated the Chargers, Darrelle Revis is headed back to his Island after some variety of non-beard-related injury, Peyton Manning’s arm strength continues to be a question, and the scab officials are bad getting worse. (On their account, it also came out during the past week that at least some of them hold personal, financial stakes in the outcomes of the games, which adds a new element of excitement.)

In golf, Vanderbilt alum Brandt Snedeker won $11.4 million yesterday, and in the AL Central race, the White Sox lost once and the Tigers lost twice as part of a statistical phenomenon known as “regression to the mean (streets of Kansas City).”