In honor of all the big races this weekend - Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 and yes, even the Monaco Grand Prix - I've gotten into the spirit by attempting to identify the best movies about auto racing.
Thanks to my Facebook friends and some help from imdb.com, I've gained a lot of knowledge on the subject this week. Not that I'm an expert, mind you, but it's been a fun conversation
First, let me clarify what constitutes an auto racing movie. (At least in my mind.)
Tuesday was a big day for Tiger Woods news.
First, he held a press conference to promote his AT&T National tournament, and he said he plans to play in the upcoming U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club.
Then, Tuesday evening, the news broke that his longtime agent Mark Steinberg was no longer with IMG. Tiger has been with both IMG since turning professional in 1996. Steinberg took over as his agent in 1999.
I'm not sure which was more impressive: Sage Valley Golf Club pulling off its its inaugural Junior Invitational, or the accompanying television special that aired Sunday afternoon.
I wasn't home to watch it, but I did set the DVR and got around to watching it last night. The special was, in a word, spectacular.
The folks at PGA Tour Productions did a marvelous job of showing Sage Valley's beauty. They also did a good job of capturing the feel of the tournament, which was a very special event for the 54 select juniors who were invited to play.
A few thoughts on what happened over the weekend in the world of sports and a look ahead to this week:
Thomson plays at Columbus today in the Class AAA baseball semifinals. Follow the action as prep writer Wayne Staats blogs from Columbus today.
To Augusta State's golf team, for successfully making it back to the NCAA Division I golf championship. The Jaguars face a tall order in repeating as national champs, but most folks thought they couldn't do it last year, either.
The field for the inaugural Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club received a special treat Monday night.
They got to listen to Jay Haas and his son, Bill, talk about being professional golfers.
Jay Haas is now on the Champions Tour, while Bill Haas is a regular on the PGA Tour. Both have won multiple times and had a lot of wisdom to share.
Bob Fulton died Wednesday at age 89, and his passing triggered a flood of memories.
Some good, not so good.
As "The Voice" of the University of South Carolina athletic teams, Fulton called the action for the football and basketball teams. Growing up in Aiken, I spent many a fall afternoon listening to Fulton and sidekick Tommy Suggs call the action from Williams-Brice Stadium and venues across the Southeast.
South Carolina is riding high a day after knocking off No. 1 Alabama.
Now, the conversation has changed. How far can these Gamecocks go?
If South Carolina wins the rest of its Southeastern Conference games, it will win the East and secure a place in the conference championship game. A rematch with Alabama or Auburn, which handed the Gamecocks their only loss, seems likely.
But Gamecock fans know the road to Atlanta is filled with obstacles. South Carolina plays at Kentucky, and Auburn needed a last-second field goal to beat the Wildcats on Saturday night.
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Greetings from Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.
We're less than 30 minutes away from kickoff between South Carolina and top-ranked Alabama.
The stadium is starting to fill up, and the atmosphere around Columbia is electric. Can the Gamecocks finally take down a No. 1 team in football?
Some experts think so, but South Carolina will need a complete effort. That means:
ATLANTA -- Eighty years ago, Bobby Jones achieved the unthinkable. He won all four of golf's majors at the time - the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, British Open and British Amateur - to capture the Grand Slam.
The actual anniversary of Jones capturing the fourth leg at Merion Golf Club is Monday, but his family and others took time before the start of the Tour Championship today to recognize the feat. On the first tee of East Lake Golf Club, the four championship trophies that Jones won in 1930 were bathed in sunlight and in plain view for all to see.
COLUMBIA - Southern Miss and a national television audience proved to be the right tonic for South Carolina after an offseason filled with questions.
The Gamecocks took the field minus several key players - injuries, suspensions and the ongoing saga of several players staying at a local hotel at a reduced rate - but it didn't seem to matter. South Carolina rolled to a 41-13 victory, its sixth season-opening win in a row under Steve Spurrier.
It was South Carolina's highest output since the 2006 Liberty Bowl, a 44-36 South Carolina win over Houston.