Saturday, March 26, 2011

Looking Back: The 1986 Masters

With The Masters coming up in a couple weeks it's hard to believe it has been twenty five years since Jack Nicklaus won the 1986 Masters at age 46. I was in the gym yesterday about to hop on the stationary bike. Before doing so I grabbed the current issue of Golf Digest for my entertainment over the next thirty plus minutes. I'm glad I did as I found a great article about that Masters (see below). Golf Digest sat down as Nicklaus and his son Jackie reminisced about that historic final round. When you click on the link, it will take you away from this page and lead you to the Golf Digest web site. Enjoy the article and as a bonus there are audio highlights to the right of the article which I recommend listening to. Great commentary from the greatest in the game.

The Masters: A Father and Son Moment

My flashback to that day in April 1986: I was sharing a house with a couple friends in Bethesda MD and a buddy and I had nothing much to do that day (Translated: Hungover from Saturday night) so we were tuned into the television coverage. Normally we'd talk about other sports or stuff going in our lives, make a bet or two and channel surf to the Orioles game. As Nicklaus started to make his move up the leaderboard, we shut up and just soaked up the telecast. The best call of the tournament was CBS's Verne Lundquist yelling out "YES SIR!" as Nicklaus's putt dropped in the hole on #17 and he seized the lead. I still get chills hearing this call.

When the tournament was over my buddy and I looked at each other knowing we just saw one of the coolest sports stories ever. To this day I still feel this. Nicklaus shot a 30 on the back nine of Augusta National to win his sixth Masters at 46 years old. Amazing!

Here is a ten minute video of the 1986 Masters

Spring is here on the calendar. The coolest month of sports arrives on Friday. Enjoy!

International Festival

Benjamin's school had their annual International Festival yesterday. There was a parade with the kids wearing outfits and displaying flags from their countries. Benjamin proudly displayed his Filipino-American roots in the parade. After the parade, they went on stage in the gym and sang various songs. Here is the program:

"This Land Is Your Land"--All countries
Ceremonial Dragon and celebrations of North & South America, Europe, Asia
"It's a Small World"--All countries

It was nicely put together and it was great seeing all the various costumes and flags that the kids wore and displayed.

Here's some parade scenes

Benjamin as he saw Mommy and Daddy for the first time yesterday.

Ceremonial Dragon

Hula Dance

More celebration

Benjamin and his classmates


"It's a Small World"

Tired performer

After the show. Best back stage pass ever!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Virginia High School Soccer-South Lakes vs Herndon

My friend Jesus is an assistant soccer coach at South Lakes High School in Reston VA. Tonight was South Lakes opening game and they played Herndon High School. It was also the first time I brought my Nikon D90 to a soccer game so I enjoyed learning how to shoot soccer players as the game flowed.

Herndon beat South Lakes 3-0 and it was a beautiful night out with a game time temperature at 65 degrees. Next time I go I will bring Benjamin as he starts his Spring soccer session on April 2nd.

Game recap here courtesy of Reston Patch

I like these next four action shots

Coach Jesus enjoys a moment with one of the players before the 2nd half starts.