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Geek Warp Speed: The Star Trek Putter

I suppose this might be the best way to test out your golf nerves – can you putt while all around people are slapping their palm to their heads, mocking you loudly or throwing their clubs, beer bottles and the golf cart at you?

Will you kiss the putter head and mutter ‘prime golf directive?’ (get it in the hole?)

Instead of the “stimpmeter,” will you use a Kobayashi scale?

Go bold where no golfer has gone before … or dare go.

I’d like to see someone pull this out in a round at St. Andrews – the caddies will carry you by the cliffs and toss you over …

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Yes, it is an official licensed product: the Golfsmith U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 Putter.

Order it here.

It is limited to 1,701 and actually not expensive as putters go ($129) but then what good is a putter that you can never take it out of your house … or can only use it on a course where you have to hit a ball through Abe Lincoln’s mouth?

Much better just to say you won it online at startrek.com.

(I believe this is our first post where our TAGS are Star Trek, golf).

P.S. – if you are sadly beaten to another realm with this putter, here’s your final resting place

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Why is the NFL so Cheap?

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At an NFL game, when the field goal kicker is about to boot the ball, they send two guys to run up a net behind the goal posts.

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Why? To protect the people a good 50 yards behind the net? If you’re sitting behind the goal posts, can you not see a 12″ inflated leather obolong ball drifting towards you?

No, because the NFL does not want you to get a “free” football.

Every once in a while, the ball will fly over or skip past the net so what happens? At a baseball game, you hold up your ball to cheers or even get to auction it for millions. At a hockey game, hopefully, you didn’t lose too many teeth but at an NFL game?

EVENT SECURITY scurries over to take it back – if you don’t hand it over – ARMED POLICE OFFICERS come over.

I’ve seen them take a ball away from a 9-year old kid.

Is that REALLY how the NFL wants to be seen?

As cheap skinflints?

For a ticket that costs at least $50-$75 face value and perhaps hundreds of dollars for buying a season ticket? Or a bottle of water costs $5 dollars? Or the multi-BILLION dollar TV contracts or the free stadiums built by cities is simply not enough to cover the cost of losing a few footballs (not even pigskin anymore – cowskin now)?

Is a football all that costly?

It’s $100 retail but what does the NFL pay for it? $15? Even at full retail and let’s say they lose 5 balls a game (unlikely) – you mean there’s not $500 in the budget for footballs?

How many baseballs are lost in a game? 50? 60? 100? I’ve seen at-bats where a guy fouls 12 balls into the stands. The NFL would chase all those back?

I’m sure they might call it a safety issue? But tell me that it’s less dangerous to have someone heave a baseball or hockey puck back into the field? Or how far can most non-NFLers chuck a regulation football at a “dangerous” speed? And if you can, shouldn’t that guy be signed?

70 years ago, a football might’ve been a day’s wages and the league was run on a shoestring but now, tell me the jumbo shrimp catering budget is not 10 times as large for EVERY NFL team? Well, maybe not the Bills.

It’s time to let a few football fly into the stands and stop snatching them away from kids who retrieve them.

Are you really that cheap, NFL?

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How to Coach a $63 Million Dollar Kid in the Millennial Age

“Unhappy Kirilenko seeks trade from Jazz.”

“Kirilenko ‘ready’ to give up $63M contract.”

Though he feels much better after meeting Jerry Sloan, the coach – because …

“Kirilenko said he would accept Sloan’s criticism as long as Sloan was willing to offer equal amounts of praise.”

HOW EXACTLY WOULD THAT WORK?

YOU’RE AN IDIOT! – But You’re Great!

STUPID, STUPID, PASS! – But great looking no-look pass!

DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW TO PLAY BASKETBALL?! Man, you look great – the girls love the weight room time!

Via ESPN.

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Shouldn’t the Patriots Forfeit the Game?

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The New England Patriots appear to be guilty of videotaping the NY Jets defensive signals – not only a violation of league rules but teams were specifically warned last season NOT to videotape … shouldn’t the penalty match the reason they managed to score so many points after halftime last week? By videotaping the signals, they were able to match the signals being sent in to the defensive schemes the Jets ran and adjust the offense accordingly.

Shoudn’t the Patriots forfeit the game?

Presuming they are guilty of cheating, isn’t that the only course of action for a major violation?

(not one of your dumb NFL regulations like not pulling your socks up?)

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Too Much Transaction Information

MLB:

RHP Jesus Colome (soft tissue infection in right buttock)

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ESPN PodCenter: iPhone Version

ESPN has updated their podcasts for easy access via your iPhone.

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When you go to ESPN.com, click on the PODCENTER link and if you’re visiting from your iPhone, you should be offered the link on the right hand (above).

Tap and instead of having to wade through tiny icons and links, the iPhone page looks like this:

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Then just tap on sport you want to hear.

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Choose the podcast and hit play.

As an mp3 file begins to play on the iPhone – you can surf away to other sites or other features of your iPhone. You can even go into sleep mode with the iPhone – podcast will continue playing.

So, it’s perfect if you’re on your way to a commute that you load it at home via wifi, after it loads, you have full use of our phone and then just jump back whenever you’re ready to listen.

Bill Simmons – great!

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He Could Go All the Way: MLB Baseball Caskets & Urns

Yep, “He’s Outta Here!” or “He Could Go All the Way,” or “These guys are killin’ me!” or “Buried in the Cellar” takes on a whole new meaning.

You can die in peace now if you’re an Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies fan. For fans of other teams, you need to hang on for dear life until late 2007 with the balance of 10 teams added in 2008. So, live, live, live until you can go in style.

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Choose casket or urn.

Wouldn’t the ultimate tribute be that the urn is also a Sirius receiver to get all the MLB games?

So remember to treat your kinder and the in-law’s with kindness and cash in case your disgruntled family might forever entombed you in a Tampa Bay Devil Rays urn.

Eternal Image will usher you into the ‘front row.’ Say hi to Shoeless Joe!

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