June 16, 2015

115th U.S. Open 2015 at Chambers Bay

115th U.S. Open 2015.  Chambers Bay.  University Place, Washington. If you haven't already, go check out the U.S. Open website.  Lots of cool stuff on there.  In particular, this:

Definitely added to the (long) bucket list of courses I want to play.  This is a public course opened 8 years ago on property that was formerly a sand/gravel quarry.  7874/7607 total yards from the championship tees and a par 70 (crazy as most of the par 4's are 480-500+ yards.)  Mixed feelings from a lot of the players about the choice to play here for the open.  I am personally excited to watch.  There's going to be a lot of creative golf shots played.  Check this one out from Bubba:


Not bad...  Here's the results from our Master's pool:

Jeremy : -22
Beck : -21
Cbell : -19
Paul : -7
Adam : -6
James : -3
Sean : -1
Dan : +6
Bill : +11
Abe : + 13

Nice win Todd.  Now for the rules & draft order:


The final score of all the players on each team will be added up and the lowest cumulative score wins. Each team will have 4 golfers.

+8 will be added to any players score who misses the cut

-8 will be deducted from the score of the team who picks the Champion

If there is a WD, that player will be given a score of the worst round from that day. And then a one time penalty of +5 (the same penalty a player who misses the cut would get.)

The draft order will be the reverse final standings of the previous major


Round 1:

Abe : Rickie Fowler

Bill : Jordan Spieth
Dan : Rory McIlroy
Sean : Justin Rose
James : Phil Mickelson
Adam : Henrik Stenson
Paul : Dustin Johnson
Cbell : Bubba Watson
Beck : Jason Day
Jeremy : Matt Kuchar

Round 2:

Jeremy : Patrick Reed
Beck : Jim Furyk
Cbell : Hideki Matsuyama
Paul : Lee Westwood
Adam : Martin Kaymer
James : Jimmy Walker
Sean : Ryan Moore
Dan : Adam Scott
Bill : Billy Horschel
Abe : Sergio Garcia

Round 3:

Abe : Brooks Koepka
Bill : Tiger Woods
Dan : Brandt Snedeker
Sean : Ian Poulter
James : Kevin Na
Adam : Victor Dubuisson
Paul : Louis Oosthuizen
Cbell : Paul Casey
Beck : Zach Johnson
Jeremy : Bill Haas

Round 4:

Jeremy : Hunter Mahan
Beck : JB Holmes
Cbell : Gary Woodland
Paul : Angel Cabrera
Adam : Francesco Molinari
James : Charley Hoffman
Sean : Webb Simpson
Dan : Marc Leishman
Bill : Ernie Els
Abe : Graeme McDowell

The Teams:

Team Abe: Fowler, Garcia, Koepka, McDowell
Team James: Mickelson, Walker, Na, Hoffman
Team Sean: Rose, Moore, Poulter, Simpson
Team Dan: McIlroy, Scott, Snedeker, Leishman
Team Paul: D. Johnson, Westwood, Oosthuizen, Cabrera
Team Jeremy: Kooch, Reed, Haas, Mahan
Team Adam: Stenson, Kaymer, Dubuisson, Molinari
Team Beck: Day, Furyk, Z. Johnson, JB Holmes
Team Cbell: Watson, Matsuyama, Casey, Woodland
Team Bill: Spieth, Horschel, Woods, Els

The Scores (Final):

Paul: +14 (D. Johnson tiebreaker)
Dan: +14
Bill: +22
Beck: +27
Jeremy: +32
Adam: +39
Sean: +41
Cbell: +43
Abe: +44
James: +47

Link to spreadsheet with scores

April 7, 2015

2015 Masters Tournament

Here we go - the the first major of the new golf season.  James is busy being busy at his new GolfNow job, so I'm here to help out.

The 2015 Masters Tournament will be the 79th edition of the Masters Tournament and the first of golf's four major championships to be held in 2015. It will be held from April 9–12 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

If you haven't already, I strongly recommend that you check out www.masters.com. Talk about an event and its organizers that take full advantage of every media platform available. The coverage, IMO, is unmatched. I'm sure it will be must see TV on Sunday.

Obligatory picture of last years winner, Jack Swagger aka Bubba Watson:

And here's a snippet of the final leaderboard:

Now onto the fantasy side of things.  Our last event, the 96th PGA Championship, was won by yours truly and here's the final leaderboard:

Bill: -28
Cbell: -19
Beck: -16
Adam: -12
Jeremy: -11
Paul: -10
Dan: -7
Sean: +4
James: +5
Abe: +25

Too easy :)


The final score of all the players on each team will be added up and the lowest cumulative score wins. Each team will have 4 golfers.

+5 will be added to any players score who misses the cut

-10 will be deducted from the score of the team who picks the Champion

If there is a WD, that player will be given a score of the worst round from that day. And then a one time penalty of +5 (the same penalty a player who misses the cut would get.)

The draft order will be the reverse final standings of the previous major


Round 1:

Abe: Bubba Watson
James: Jordan Spieth
Sean: Rory McIlroy
Dan: Adam Scott
Paul: Jason Day
Jeremy: Dustin Johnson
Adam: Patrick Reed
Beck: Rickie Fowler
Cbell: Henrik Stenson
Bill: Matt Kuchar

Round 2:

Bill: Jimmy Walker
Cbell: Phil Mickelson
Beck: Justin Rose
Adam: Tiger Woods
Jeremy: Hideki Matsuyama
Paul: Lee Westwood
Dan: Louis Oosthuizen
Sean: Jim Furyk
James: Billy Horschel
Abe: Martin Kaymer

Round 3:

Abe: J.B. Holmes
James: Brandt Snedeker
Sean: Jonas Blixt
Dan: Sergio Garcia
Paul: Angel Cabrera
Jeremy: Keegan Bradley
Adam: Ian Poulter
Beck: Zach Johnson
Cbell: Paul Casey
Bill: Bill Haas

Round 4:

Bill: Fred Couples
Cbell: Gary Woodland
Beck: Luke Donald
Adam: Victor Dubuisson
Jeremy: Brooks Kopeka
Paul: Kevin Na
Dan: Trevor Immelman
Sean: Jason Dufner
James: Branden Grace
Abe: Ryan Moore

The Teams:

Team Newport: Watson, Kaymer, Holmes, Moore

Team GolfNow, WorkLater: Spieth, Horschel, Snedeker, Grace

Team MBGlitterBug: McIlroy, Furyk, Blixt, Dufner

Team South Africa: Scott, Oosthuizen, Garcia, Immelman

Team FinNa: Day, Westwood, Cabrera, Na

Team Jeremy: D. Johnson, Matsuyama, Bradley, Kopeka

Team Adam: Reed, Woods, Poulter, Dubuisson

Team Beck: Fowler, Rose, Z. Johnson, Donald

Team Cbell: Stenson, Mickelson, Casey, Woodland

Team Bill: Kuchar, Walker, Haas, Couples

The Scores (final):

Jeremy : -22
Beck : -21
Cbell : -19
Paul : -7
Adam : -6
James : -3
Sean : -1
Dan : +6
Bill : +11
Abe : + 13

Duke 2015 National champs

Tonight I watched the NCAA national championship basketball game with a couple new friends from GolfNow ... And it turned out to be a sports moment I'll never forget:


At the bar it was about 200 vs 1 .... My buddy Jack, a Duke alum, pictured above. Literally 0 people rooting for Duke besides Jack,  Ryan, and I.

Most of my readers know my personal motto... Haters fuel me. They just do. It was a GREAT game and the "bad guys" came out on top. Again. Great time.

April 4, 2015

What exactly is GolfNow?

I've recently accepted a position as Market Sales Manger in New England for GolfNow. What exactly is GolfNow? I'm glad you asked.

GolfNow is a technology company specializing in golf related products and services with the most powerful distribution platform in golf. Founded in 2001 and backed by Golf Channel and Comcast, GolfNow.com currently has nearly 3 million bookers and over 8,000 course partners in 9 countries around the globe. Last year, 13.4 million rounds of golf were booked through GolfNow. Simply put, we help courses sell more rounds and grow revenue with the golfer's best interest in mind. Our "big hairy audacious goal" is to facilitate every booking of every round of golf, everywhere!

 (video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLVzdQ5srw4)

Each year, GolfNow runs over 10,000 TV spots across the Comcast/ NBC Sports family of networks- including the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kentucky Derby, and even the Super Bowl! You've probably heard or seen the commercials, where we encourage golfers to get off the couch and Go Play! We are one of the most recognized brands in golf, and the exposure and reach we provide for our course partners is unmatched. We have over 1,000 affiliates that help us book rounds including Southwest Airlines, GolfSmith, and most recently, Yelp!

GolfNow is also the #1 tee sheet, point of sale, web site, and booking engine provider in the industry! We make it easy for golfers to book rounds at the right price for them. Much like the sports, hotel, airline, and transportation (Uber) industries, GolfNow encourages revenue management using dynamic pricing for our course partners. This year our goal is to book 15 million rounds of golf through our platform.

I've personally been a user and fan of GolfNow for a few years. I've booked many rounds on GolfNow in the past, but the reason why I wanted this job so badly is because New England is one of the more underdeveloped markets in the country and I strongly believe in the value of GolfNow. It's no secret the golf industry has been in decline since economic depression around 2008. In most areas, including New England, supply has exceeded demand- mostly due to the astronomical amount of golf courses that were built during the "Tiger Boom" of the early 2000s. The two main reasons people don't golf more often are time and cost. GolfNow is addressing these issues by launching initiatives such as "Play 9" and "Play Fast." In 2014, Play 9 helped participating courses book over 500,000+ nine hole rounds, generating millions in revenue.

To stay competitive in today's mobile, on line world, it's important for golf courses to provide the ability to book tee times on line 24/7/365. Today's consumer is savvy; 81% of all shoppers conduct online research before buying. I know I do. It's very important for any company to provide an easy and enjoyable experience on line, across every platform (not just desktop websites.) Golf courses are always looking for new customers and on average, the GolfNow user plays 6 new courses every year! Nearly 40% of reviewers (on an amazing site we own, golfadvisor.com have indicated that the round they booked through GolfNow was the first time they have ever played that course.  I'm so excited to help introduce area courses to a whole universe of golfers who may not even know they exist. We have some BEAUTIFUL courses in New England, and GolfNow gives everyone a chance to play these tracks at the right price for them. So....family, friends, fellow golfers, get out there and Go Play!

February 1, 2015

2015 Super Bowl Prediction and Prop Bets

The big day is here.,. it's been 3 years since the Patriots have been in the Super Bowl and it feels like much longer. Maybe that's because they haven't won in 10 years... but I think that changes today .

My official prediction is Patriots 31  Seahawks 23

I don't see the Seahawks scoring more than 25 points unless they get a special teams or defensive TD, which I highly doubt happens. I don't think the defense will be able to get to Tom Brady, and the Patriots should be able to put up at least 28 points.

Other factors that contributed to my prediction:

The Pats have never lost a playoff game with Gronk being fully healthy. He's a game breaker

The Pats are the more motivated team due to #deflategate, #spygate, #haters

The Seahawks played a soft schedule, and they should have lost last week anyway.

This game isn't in Seattle. The Seahawks are much, much better at home.

The Patriots are due

Now, the NFL Prop bets I like the most:

Russell Wilson scores a rushing TD

Marshawn Lynch Over 19 carries

Tim Wright over  0.5 receiving yards

Tom Brady longest rush over 3.5 yards

Yes Patriots convert a 4th down

First score of game: FG

Patriots score over 24.5 points

First TD of game: Gronkowski

Julian Edelman over 6 receptions

The game is a pick em (first time ever in SB) I obviously like the Pats.

January 14, 2015

AFC East QBs since 2001

Here in New England we are lucky to have Tom Brady. Consistently one of the best QBs in the league EVERY year. We are also lucky to be in the AFC East.... overall a horrible division thanks to the other members of the group- Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and of course the NY Jets.

Here is a list of all the QBs who have started for these teams since Thomas Edward Brady took over for Drew Bledsoe in Week 3 of the 2001 season:

Miami Dolphins

Jay Fielder (2001-2004)
Ray Lucas (2002)
Brian Greise (2003)
AJ Feely (2004)
Sage Rosenfelds (2004-2005)
Gus Frerotte (2005)
Joey Harrington (2006)
Daunte Culpepper (2006)
Cleo Lemon (2006-2007)
Trent Green (2007)
John Beck (2007)
Chad Pennington (2008-2010)
Chad Henne (2009-2011)
Tyler Thigpen (2010)
Matt Moore (2011)
Ryan Tannehill (2012-2014)

Buffalo Bills

Alex Van Pelt (2001)
Rob Johnson (2001)
Drew Bledsoe (2002-2004)
JP Losman (2005-2008)
Kelly Holcomb (2005)
Trent Edwards (2007-2010)
Ryan Fitzpatrick (2009-2012)
Brian Brohm (2009-2010)
Thad Lewis (2013)
Jeff Tuel (2013)
EJ Manual (2013-2014)
Kyle Orton (2014)

NY Jets 

Vinny Testaverde (2001-2005)
Chad Pennington (2002-2007)
Quincy Carter (2004)
Brooks Bollinger (2005)
Kellen Clemens (2007-2009)
Brett Favre (2008)
Mark Sanchez (2009-2012)
Greg McElroy (2012)
Geno Smith (2013-2014)
Michael Vick (2014)

and for comparison, the NE Patriots: 

Tom Brady (2001-2014)
Drew Bledsoe (2001)
Matt Cassel (2008)

...and that's it. 38 starting QBs for everyone else in the division. The only games Brady didn't start was the AFCCG  in 2001 playoffs (due to injury, Bledsoe started but Brady returned as the starter for the Super Bowl) and the last 15 games of 2008 (he tore his ACL in Week 1).

January 12, 2015

The Best Play in NFL History? + Colts Preview

No seriously, is this is the best play in NFL history?

How many current NFL QBs is Julien Edelman better than?  6-8 ? Gotta be.

Oh and speaking of incredible plays..... is this the best pass of Tom Brady's career? Especially considering it was the game winner? By the way this also set the NFL record for most playoff TD passes ever.

Onto the Colts. Here is my official preview of the upcoming game: