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Danielle Panabaker is 28. 34-25-34. Actress. 

Friday the 13th, The Crazies, Mr. Brooks, Piranha 3DD

Graduated from high school at 14. Received her Bachelor's degree in English from UCLA in June of 2007, at the age of 19. 

"You can always learn something [in bad acting classes], maybe it's a technique you don't like; maybe it's a style. But you learn different things."

 

How The Titleist Pro V1 Almost Happened By Accident

 

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In a book by Mark McClusky about how science greatly assisted sports performance, he outlines how the Pro V1 revolutionized golf. This excerpt gives a fascinating account how the ball quickly became the industry standard and remains to this day. 

The next year, 2001, average driving distance leapt six yards in a single season. There was a very clear reason for that huge jump -- the introduction of what might be the single most influential product in the history of any sport: the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball. For decades, top golfers had all played with balls constructed in the same way: A liquid-filled rubber core was wound with thin rubber thread, building the ball up to the correct diameter as if it was a ball of yarn. This was covered with balata, a type of rubber harvested from a tropical tree called the bully tree. The balls were sometimes inconsistent, but they offered the best level of spin and distance for strong players. Other types of balls, made for high handicappers, emphasized distance over control and used solid rubber cores, but low-handicap golfers viewed them with distain.

Solid-core balls like the Pro V1 were much more consistent and reliable. The durability was better. The solid core allowed engineers to tune the ball to react differently in different situations. When smashed with a driver, the ball would spin less than a balata ball, keeping it from hooking or slicing. When hit with a wedge, it would spin more quickly, giving the player more control to stop the ball on the green. And in every situation, it flew significantly farther than a balata ball when hit with the same force. 

The first week the new Pro V1 model ball was available for tournament play, in October 2000, forty-seven players switched from their previous ball. That sort of wholesale equipment change was unprecedented in the history of golf. How fast was the transition across the sport? At the 2000 Masters, fifty-nine of the ninety- five players used a wound golf ball. One year later, only four players used one. By the end of 2001, not a single tournament champion on any of the world’s major professional tours had won using a wound ball; the rout was so comprehensive that Titleist stopped making them at all.

The invention of the Pro V1 started out as a little bit of an accident. The company’s engineers were just trying to combine some of the technologies in their balls for amateur golfers with the ones in their pro models, and they stumbled upon the construction of the Pro V1. From that point, its refinement became a process that involved five years of prototypes and endless testing at the company’s facility in Massachusetts. “We didn’t have a clue what we really had at the time,” recalled Bill Morgan, the company’s head of golf ball development, in a 2013 interview. It took a day in which a hundred of the company’s sponsored pros used the prototype ball -- and gave it rave reviews --  for the company to fast-track it into production.

 

Phil Signs New Multi-Year Deal With Callaway

 

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Phil Mickelson is one of those golf stars where an equipment company would gladly back up the Brinks truck to sign. And even after maybe his worst performing season, Callaway was happy to ink Lefty to a multi-year deal.  

“When I joined the team at Callaway 10 years ago, I knew I was making the best decision of my career,” Mickelson said. “And I feel even stronger about that decision today. Backed by innovative technologies, industry-leading products, and the outstanding R&D group that works so closely with me, I honestly believe that these next few years will be the best of my career.”

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Gabrielle Union turns 42. 36-25-36. Actress. 

Bad Boys II, 10 Things I Hate About You, Bring It On, Ugly Betty

All-star high school point guard. Degree in sociology. Fluent in Spanish. Married Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade on Sept 2, 2014. 

"Thank God for J-Lo [Jennifer Lopez]. All of a sudden big asses are de rigueur."

 

Why You Don't Trash Talk Michael Jordan

 

Funny and quick Twitter knockout by Michael Jordan swatting away Keegan Bradley's initial trash talk. Sports nut Bradley should've known MJ takes no prisoners when dishing out the insults. 

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Remembering The Incomparable Tiger


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Kyle Porter over at cbssports.com Eye on Golf compiles a worthy list illustrating how the dominating Tiger Woods bludgeoned fields nearly every week. Its a nice but frustrating reminder of his greatness. Age and health probably won't allow a return to that sublime record, but the possibility of getting remotely close is what draws eyeballs every time Eldrick tees it up. 

26.1 -- That's the percentage of tournaments won by Woods on the PGA Tour. He's entered 302 of them and won a whopping 79. Even more stunning is his 21.2 percent of majors won that he's entered. He's 14 for 66 so far and has started out 14 for 46 (30.4 percent!).

11 -- That's how many times Tiger has missed the cut in his 302 PGA Tour tournaments played. For context: Phil Mickelson, arguably the second best player of Woods' generation, has over 70 missed cuts.

That 11 (two of which happened in 2014) is mythical.

683 -- That's how many weeks Woods has been No. 1 in the world. He has the 1st, 2nd, 6th and 11th longest streaks at No. 1 ever. He has twice been No. 1 for over 263 weeks in a row.

Nobody else has ever touched 100 in a row.

19.4 -- On May 20, 2001, Tiger led the world golf rankings by 19.4 points over Mickelson, who was in second place.

To put that into context for you, No. 1 in the world right now, Rory McIlroy, only has a 11.6-point lead. 

4 -- This gets overlooked, but Woods has only finished outside the top 10 at the Masters just four times. He's only finished outside of the top five a total of six times. Six times out of 17!

His finishes outside the top 10 are as follows: T15, T18, T22 and T40.

 

How About Some Incredible Trick Shots To Brighten Your Day

 

I'm a glutton for trick shots. Sure, I look with a keen eye for photoshopping or editing, but these guys appear to be the real deal.

See for yourself. 




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Daphne Zuniga turns 52. 34-25-34. American actress.

Melrose Place, Spaceballs, The Fly II, The Sure Thing

Rides a Harley. Father is Guatemalan. Shared an Los Angeles house with Meg Ryan when both were struggling actresses.

"I was a real pain in the ass actually, kind of obnoxious. Moving around a lot and being the "new kid" on the block affected me. My life wasn't too normal in terms of Friday night dates and all that." (on her younger days)

 

Retracing The Ted Bishop Crime Scene


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Jaime Diaz in Golf World lays out the Ted Bishop dead man walking timeline where he was removed from office and his entire term as president of the PGA of America eliminated from the record books. 

What’s interesting is that the PGA board essentially gave him two choices; resign or be removed. Kinda like choosing execution via electricity or by firing squad. Not much of a choice. Bishop decided to plead his case, but was unanimously ousted by the 29-member board. 

Rather than resign, he decided to make a statement to the 21-person board in a 4 p.m. teleconference. "I apologized to the board, reiterated that I had very much wanted to make a public apology. And I said I don't think the punishment fits the crime. And that doesn't mean I don't have remorse for what I did. Trust me, I abused my platform. I know I made a huge mistake. I'm the first to say that. I let my personal feelings for two guys get in my way, and used a bad choice of words in trying to convey my frustration." 

The statement was over in five minutes. Bishop says he received no feedback or comments, recused himself from further proceedings and hung up. About an hour later, after sources say the vote came in with no votes in favor of Bishop retaining office, Sprague called Bishop, urging him to resign. "If I do that, I make it easy for the PGA of America," Bishop said he answered.

 

John Daly: 'I Look Like A Mini Me'

 

John Daly continued to post pics during his play at the  Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am in China. Yesterday it was with golf hot Jessica Alba

Then, he posted another with the gargantuan b-baller Yao Ming. He said, "I look like a Mini Me." Wouldn't we all. By the way, Daly is 5-11, Ming; 7-6. 


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Personally, we'd rather gaze at this party shot with Alba. 


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We think you'll agree. 

 

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