Tiger’s Masters Roar: ‘Hello World. I’m Back!’ – Dennis Richardson

15 April 2019 ORLANDO, FL – In August 1996, Nike aired a commercial with Tiger Woods trumpeting the start of the golfer’s PGA Tour career. The commercial showed action images of a slender, youthful Tiger during his heralded amateur playing days, and listed some highlight achievements. Part of the script said, “Hello world…. There are still golf courses in the United States that I cannot play because of the color of my skin.… I’ve heard that I am not ready for you. Are you ready for me?” It was somewhat controversial, and the type of cutting-edge commercial for which the … Continue reading Tiger’s Masters Roar: ‘Hello World. I’m Back!’ – Dennis Richardson

America’s Red, White — and Mostly Blue — After Ryder Cup Debacle – Dennis Richardson

03 October 2018 ORLANDO, FL – From 1337 to 1453, France and England fought the Hundred Years War over a number of issues, including the right to rule the Kingdom of France. Almost seven centuries later, a cynic might suggest that United States’ Ryder Cup team is locked in its own Hundred Years War – to win a Cup on European soil. That cynic might also say that at the rate they’re going, the Americans may need all 100 of those years. The United States hasn’t hoisted the Cup in Europe since 1993 at The Belfry in England, a span … Continue reading America’s Red, White — and Mostly Blue — After Ryder Cup Debacle – Dennis Richardson

Biggest Grudge in Tiger vs. Phil Golf Match May be Viewers’ – Dennis Richardson

9 September 2018 ORLANDO, FL – Well, golf has finally done it. The game has taken a page out of the playbooks of boxing, wrestling, and mixed martial arts in an effort to fleece fans out of more of their money. Sadly, golf has joined the world of Pay Per View telecasts. That’s not something to be proud of. On Friday, Nov. 23, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will square off in “The Match,” an 18-hole, “winner-take-all,” made-for-TV exhibition from Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas. At stake is $9 million. It seems only fitting that this is being … Continue reading Biggest Grudge in Tiger vs. Phil Golf Match May be Viewers’ – Dennis Richardson

Which Candidates Will Make the MLB Expansion Cut? – Dennis Richardson

1 September 2018 ORLANDO, FL – “I think 32 teams would be great for our sport,” Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told Fox Sports’ First Things First show. “[MLB has] a real list of cities, that I think are not only interested in having baseball, but are viable in terms of baseball. “Portland, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Nashville in the United States, certainly Montreal, maybe Vancouver, in Canada. We think there’s places in Mexico we could go over the long haul.” Here are some of the top candidates for the two expansion teams, in no particular order. Montreal Montreal is … Continue reading Which Candidates Will Make the MLB Expansion Cut? – Dennis Richardson

Is 32 the New Magic Number for Major League Baseball? – Dennis Richardson

1 September 2018 ORLANDO, FL – Sports fans love statistics. Doesn’t matter the sport: football, baseball, basketball, hockey, golf; fans have this seemingly insatiable appetite for statistics. What is Tom Brady’s Yards Per Completion average? What’s Mookie Betts’ On Base Percentage? How many rebounds a game does LeBron James average? What is Sidney Crosby’s plus-minus rating? But none love numbers more than Major League Baseball’s fans. That’s how many connect to their sport. For them, numbers and statistics are the Old and New testaments in the Bible of Baseball. Mention figures like 56, .406, 714, and 61, and even casual … Continue reading Is 32 the New Magic Number for Major League Baseball? – Dennis Richardson

‘A Good Walk Spoiled’ Turning into a Marathon – Dennis Richardson

24 August 2018 ORLANDO, FL — The TV screen zooms in on the face of Tiger Woods as the golf great intently surveys his putt. In typical Woods fashion, his focus is solely on this shot. As Woods continues to study the putt, viewers hear a shout from off screen. Tiger looks over, and the TV screen shows a clearly exasperated young golfer — who implores, “While we’re young!” — and a surprise setting: a miniature golf course. When Woods misses the putt, another boy says derisively, “He thinks this is a major!” That TV spot was part of a … Continue reading ‘A Good Walk Spoiled’ Turning into a Marathon – Dennis Richardson

No Bark, but Lots of Bites in These Dogs – Dennis Richardson

15 August 2018 ORLANDO, FL — Food concessionaires at Major League Baseball stadiums around the country have become increasingly creative with their hot dog and sausage offerings. It’s almost like there are two races in baseball: one on the playing field, and another for the most creative hot dogs or sausages served. There’s even a sausage race on the field: the Racing Sausages (people dressed up as seven-foot-tall sausages) run before the bottom of the sixth inning before every game at Milwaukee’s Miller Park. “Teams are equally competitive with their (food) concessions as they are on the field,” said Eric … Continue reading No Bark, but Lots of Bites in These Dogs – Dennis Richardson