Today is officially our first day with cable television. The wife and I decided we were paying more than we wanted for the TV that we watch so we're making the leap. We already had Amazon Prime and the WWE Network to watch, and in the summer since I'm a teacher and have more free time we subscribed to Netflix. So we have those options for on demand shows. For the live TV part we are going to subscribe to Playstation Vue. It can stream most live TV it looks like through the internet through my Playstation.
I'm not sure the PS Vue is going to be the long term solution but it is what I've found to at least start. It's $30 a month and gets most channels. My worry though is the DVR part, I'm not sure the PS Vue is capable of DVR'ing shows. There is a "My Shows" section I've found but on it but I don't know if that tapes them. If not, we may have to subscribe to Hulu as well to able to watch shows the following day. I'll keep everyone updated of our television situation and problems we run into throughout the summer.
I've gotten a lot of questions (zero) from my Twitter followers about when the 2016 Miller Masters is going to take place this year. We are still working on a date that works for all participants so I can't get you an official answer yet, but we will get that tournament in I'm sure. So on a slow Three Count day I thought I'd give everyone a quick summary/overview of my golf game this summer.
One of my ten New Year's Resolutions this year was to shoot 100 holes of golf at par or better this year. So I've been keeping a spreadsheet of my rounds of golf this year. They are as follows (all scores are individual scores, no best ball):
- 198 holes
- 59 at par or better
- Average score over par: +9.27
My best score of the year so far is a 41 (+5). I can't seem to find any consistency in any part of my game, especially over 9 consecutive holes. There will be times when I'm driving the ball pretty well and consistent, but then my irons are poor. Or there will be times when I'm chipping and putting around the green really well, my drives are terrible. I just don't have a part of my game yet that I'm solid with.
Case in point, last week I went out and played 18 holes. The first round on the par 4s and 5s I put all seven of my drives in the fairway with my driver. I went out early this week and had a round where I put zero of my seven drives in the fairway. That's quite the dramatic swing.
As of yesterday though I think I've figured out at least part of my problem with my driver so I'm wanting to get out some more next week to see if I can keep it in the fairway more consistently. I think on my drives I was trying to "swing" too much, if that makes sense. My arms and core would get real tense and I would try to hit the ball to hard and it would slice on me. I'm working on relaxing the body and just letting the club "flow" a little more through contact. I'm losing a little distance on my drives but it was staying in play more. I'm not sure if this is a long-term solution or not, but we'll see.
And my other adjustment I'm currently making is trying to club down on my irons. My problem with my irons is I never go to a range and just hit multiple balls over and over again to find the right distance for each club. So I found myself trying to hit the ball as hard as I could with my irons to try and get it to the green. When I did that though, I was pulling the ball left and right way too much. So I'm trying to club down a club or two now and not swing as hard, which in turn will hopefully improve my iron accuracy.
I'm not sure how long these changes in my game will last until they quit working too but it's where I'm at right now. I tweeted out yesterday that it baffles me that I can play golf fairly consistently for over 20 years now and still hit some of the absolutely horrific golf shots that I still hit. It would be like my playing basketball for 20 years and accidentally hitting a cheerleader with one of my free throws. You'd think for as often as I've played now that I'd have a little more consistency. I guess that challenge is what makes golf "fun" though.
Once we get closer to Miller Masters time I'll let everyone know what shape my game is in so you can know where to place your bets.
July 1st not only marks the end of our cable contract but also the start of NBA Free Agency, which might actually be a bigger deal to most people. Just some quick thoughts on what has transpired in the first 7 hours:
- Money is not at a premium apparently. Teams have money to spend this off-season and players are getting PAID. So I'm going to try my best to not look at dollar figures and think "that's way too much to pay that guy". I'm only going to look at players, teams, and fits while trying to disregard the price tag as much as I can.
- I'm hearing the Thunder's meeting with Durant went well. It's kind of like when your wife asks you "Does this look good on me?" though, what else are you going to say. I can't imagine the Thunder trying to leak information out liek "Our meeting with Durant went really poorly. We botched that." or "Kevin was unimpressed with what we were trying to sell him." So let's see what happens today when KD starts meeting with other teams.
- Oh how the Lakers have fallen. Remember when everyone wanted to go to the Lakers, or at least would entertain their offer and think about going there? Here are some potential free agents this year: Durant, LeBron, Drummond, Horford, Conley, DeRozan, Beal, Whiteside, Wade, Batum, along with a list of others. The Lakers first move at 12:01 was Timofy Mosgov.
- Timofy Mosgov. The Lakers aren't even getting feelers back from many of the top guys apparently. How far have the Lakers fallen that they can't even get a meeting with some of these guys. With Kobe gone I thought that would open up that franchise to make a new star in L.A. Maybe they don't have the cap-space or money to make something work but it shocks me that they aren't even in the game on a lot of these guys and settle for Timofy Mosgov. He doesn't exactly scream "Los Angeles" to me.
- I like DeMar DeRozan going back to the Raptors. I'm an Iowa State basketball ticket holder and I'm biased but I think the Iowa State fan base is really passionate. Sometimes that's a bad thing though. They will irrationally boo calls that go against the Cyclones all night, no matter if the call was correct or not. And then they will stay on the refs case all night and beg for calls like a cranky mom at a high school basketball game. But anyways, they are passionate and once they embrace a player they are like part of the family. Especially their star players. Hell, Ames calls Fred Hoiberg "The Mayor". And Georges Niang was treated like a messiah at points in Ames. I get that same impression from Toronto and the Raptors fans. Being one of the few non-hockey Canadian pro-sports teams, the Raptors have a lot of support and are really rallying behind the Raptors. DeRozan is starting to break out into a great, great player and Toronto really embraced him this year. I'm glad to see that relationship continue and not have DeMar bolt to another team paying him more money.
- Sounds like the Heat have just resigned Hassan Whiteside right before I post this. I don't know a lot about NBA basketball but giving him a big deal would worry me. I know centers are at a premium in the NBA these days but I didn't see enough from him consistently to make him one of my top 2-3 highest paid players on my team.