The following is a guest post by Colin Knight
Golf is a sport that is as popular as it ever has been. Though it lacks the speed of soccer, or the danger of motor racing, the sport still pulls in massive TV audiences, and huge crowds still flock to live tournaments. So what's the appeal?
The one thing that does make golf great sporting theatre is how rapidly things can change, even in the last few rounds of a tournament. In a tennis match, when one player wins the first set comfortably, then they will often go on to win the match. In golf, the leader in the clubhouse at the end of the first day of a tournament will rarely win the event. The uncertain nature of golf is what makes us watch and play the sport. No two days are ever the same and it's a sport that no one can ever really say that they have mastered.
The following is a guest post by Simon Hayes.
The Masters reached a dramatic conclusion earlier this year with Adam Scott claiming the fabled green jacket after a play-off. But fear not; there are still plenty of amazing tournaments out there for you to sink your teeth into.
Check out our list of future venues and dates of top golf tournaments to keep your eye out for in 2013.
U.S. Open, Ardmore, 10-16 June
We start with one of the four majors, and with the Masters now out of the way, the U.S Open is undoubtedly the tournament to see over the pond.
Held at the Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania just outside of Philadelphia in June, the action will be played out on the Ardmore East Course — regularly voted as the best on the face of the earth.
American Webb Simpson will be looking to defend the title he won last year while Tiger Woods will no doubt be in the hunt for his first major win since 2008.
The following is a guest post written by Miles.
The voice of a generation
Robert Zimmerman, also known as Bob Dylan, is one of the greatest musicians with a career spanning over fifty years and 35 albums behind him. In the early sixties, Dylan became the voice of his generation; his music connected folk, blues and traditional music, transferring a message of freedom while opposing hypocrisy and the rule of "the man". His beginnings were defined by pairing the acoustic guitar and harmonica, accompanied by his distinctive vocal style. Just as the audiences started accepting his musical expression and status as a protest singer, Dylan did a sudden stylistic turn. This turn was first exposed on Bringing It All Back Home, an album widely criticized at the time.
The following is a guest post by Andrew Lisa.
In a his new music video "Mirrors," Justin Timberlake takes his fans on a deep and personal journey, and in doing so, gives them a glimpse into the singer’s private emotional world.
Taken from 20/20 Experience, his first album since 2006, "Mirrors" is both a tribute to his grandparents and an examination of his own life and journey into love.
"For William and Sadie"
The video opens with a simple but elegant black-on-white cursive script that reads “For William and Sadie,” Timberlake’s grandfather and grandmother, who were married for 63 years before William passed away in 2012.
An image of a young woman, crying and distressed in a bedroom, is flashed briefly and then replaced by an elderly woman in the same bedroom. Behind the old woman is an old man, unseen to her, who mirrors every physical gesture she makes.
As the man is dressed totally in black and invisible to the woman, the viewer can presume he has died and she is mourning his passing in the bedroom they shared.
The following is a guest post by Adam Rothstein.
Boxing fans around the world have their favorite fighters, their favorite weight divisions, and even some well thought-out thoughts on who they would like to see in a dream match up. From the heavyweight division to bantam weights, there are a ton of highly skilled fighters who could easily carry a card for big profits through ticket sales and pay per view purchases. Below are three of the biggest boxing matches that fans have been clamoring to see. Hopefully, the will of the fans will be fulfilled sometime in 2013.
Magomed Abdusalamov vs. Deontay Wilder
These two up and coming heavyweight contenders are natural adversaries. Both fighters have dominated early on in their professional careers, each with multiple knockouts and early technical knockouts on their records. Wilder is not built like a typical heavyweight fighter, and is extremely thin for a man his size (6'7"). Questions have risen about whether he can withstand a brutal body attack because his frame is so narrow. His legs aren't built much better, and he has yet to truly face a heavyweight with big punching power like that of Abdusalamov.
Abdusalamov is one of the biggest punchers in the heavyweight division today - he launches absolute missiles every time he hits someone. Experts question his footwork, and a dream fight between him and Wilder could expose his lack of technique, and show him for the pure brawler he is. This fight would make for excellent television, where one blow or technical slip-up from Abdusalamov could end the bout.