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The stuff of fantasy
Simon Veness visits a Fantasy Football Convention to analyse the grip the game exercises over the NFL.
The stuff of fantasy
The line between reality and fantasy is often blurred. You only have to watch Big Brother to realise it is far more pie-in-the-sky (or pie in your face) than anything to do with 'reality TV'.
Even without Tiger on top form, the PGA at Valhalla proved golf's elite can thrill, says Simon Veness.
A Kentucky cracker
It is absolutely fitting that this year’s final Major is in Louisville, Kentucky.
The behemoth is back
Getting a huge entity back in motion again after a period of prolonged slumber is never an easy task. Just try getting your teenage sons out of bed at the weekend.
It's Open season
To borrow a phrase, you couldn’t make it up. You really couldn’t. This time last week, pretty much all we were hearing over here was how well prepared Tiger Woods was for The Open and how he was “pretty darn close” to his best once again.
Woods chances a myth
OK, enough is enough.
US psyched for Open
There are some distinct advantages to living in Orlando (apart from the weather, the theme parks, the shopping, nightlife, restaurant choice, etc). In many ways, it is the golf capital of the world, with some 189 courses alone in this general area of central Florida.
Brazil giveth, and Brazil taketh away. And, while the taking away bit was massively painful for pretty much the whole of USA, there was definite hope for the future in the giving part.
You are going to hear the thud all the way across the Atlantic in Britain. It is going to resound with seismic force as a whole country crashes back to earth with the kind of force usually reserved only for asteroid impacts.
Stars and Stripes
Maybe it’s because the NFL is having a (very) quiet off-season. Maybe it’s that, outside Miami and San Antonio, not many really cared about this year’s NBA Finals. Or maybe it’s because four million TV viewers is still a pretty good figure for the NHL and the Stanley Cup finals.
Phil's fitting finale
It’s easy to get excited about a major sports occasion. There is an energy, a basic frisson of anticipation that is impossible to ignore and thrilling to contemplate. In many ways, the expectation of the event can be bigger than the event itself.
Typical words bandied around are “tough,” and “cruel.” You could also add in knuckle-bitingly frustrating, edge-of-the-seat thrilling and cringe-inducingly mesmerising.
Back to the future
Simon Veness continues his US Open preview with USGA executive director Mike Davis...
In a two-part special, our man in America, Simon Veness, talks to USGA executive director Mike Davis about a US Open to savour.
William Shakespeare asked the question first (in his comedy 'As You Like It') - can you have too much of a good thing? And pundits the length and breadth of America have been repeating it ever since the final echoes of this year's NFL Draft died out last Saturday.
Exciting. Intriguing. Startling. And that was just the commercials before last night's draft got under way. And then things shifted to Warp Factor 10 and we were off on the wildest ride in the pigskin universe in many a year.
First and foremost
OK, for those of you who weren't here last week (and if you weren't, where were you? Did you bring a note?), I was bemoaning the great wasteland that had become the NFL's mock draft prediction scenario.
I have a new word for you this week - Draftesthesia.
The Fog of War
Prussian military analyst Carl von Clausewitz first coined the term ‘the fog of war’ back in 1837, and various authors and commentators have used it ever since, notably in American film director Errol Morris’ Oscar-winning documentary of the same name in 2003.