PYEONGCHANG 2018: The Olympics are back this Friday. The Winter games in South Korea. Both summer and winter games have had their share of oddities and controversies throughout the years. As far as the winter games go, let us not forget the hit-job Tonya Harding's ex-husband inflicted on Harding's chief competitor, Nancy Kerrigan in 1998, Nagano, Japan.
The current flavor of the day continues to be doping. This is why Russia will not be sending a team into South Korea. "Individual" Russian athletes may still compete, but they are going to have to prove their squeaky clean constitution. And should any win a medal, they will watch not the Russian flag raised, but the Olympic flag and anthem.
A second point of interest will feature the two Koreas, who will be playing a hockey game against each other. Hmm. I smell a defection or two in the works. Kim need not worry however, as one can't run very fast on ice and being underfed, easy to spot.
Some quick facts:
- 90 countries, 2900 athletes, 15 disciplines, 102 events.
- U.S. sending 243 (135 M/ 108 W), largest ever.
- fifteen hours time difference. NBC covering.
- New York Knicks: $3.6
- Los Angeles Lakers: 3.3
- Golden State Warriors: 3.1
- Chicago Bulls: 2.6
- Boston Celtics: 2.5
- LeBron James: 2.4
FEBRUARY/APRIL GOLF OF NOTE:
Last year I had the chance to see the "big boys" play live at the Dell
Match Play event held here in Austin. For those of you who have never attended a live PGA tournament, do yourself a favor and go. It is simply amazing to see the kind of game those guys play.
January typically starts it for me with the Plantation course in Maui. Three weeks later comes Torrey Pines (pic), then Pebble Beach (on this week). As February continues there's Riviera, then soon the Dell event. This year I'm going to try to attend the Houston Open, Mach 22-25 before settling down to watch the first Major, The Masters, April 5-8.
Of note, keep an eye out to see how Tiger does, or doesn't do on his second outing after his long layoff. That will be The Genesis Open, at Riviera. A place that he's really never managed to play well.