The Morning After: August 11, 2011

Today starts the 93rd PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.  Spencer will be along with a full blown preview later, but here’s a brief primer on the tournament and its history with AAC.  This is the third time AAC has hosted the PGA, the last of which was in 2001 when David Toms bested Phil Mickelson by a stroke to take home the Wanamaker Trophy.  In 1981, native Georgian Larry Nelson won the year’s final major in AAC’s first go-round hosting the championship.  The tournament is wide open this year, with Adam Scott riding a hot streak, and with Rory McIlroy having broken through at the U.S. Open in June.  I’m attempting to make this my second major attended this year, leaving The Open Championship as the only major I have yet to attend.  On Monday, I spent the day out at East Lake Golf Club, as I caddied for a buddy of mine in the annual caddy tournament (he shot 90, which is one stroke worse than he shot two years ago in winning his flight).  As we finished up and headed into the clubhouse for lunch, there were several Mercedes courtesy cars in the driveway bearing the logo of this year’s PGA Championship.  I imagine a few folks made their way over from Atlanta Athletic Club to check out East Lake as it prepares to host the Tour Championship next month.  If the course condition on Monday was any indication, the Tour Championship promises to be a stern test.  This is an exciting time to be a golf fan, as there’s more talent on tour today than at any time in history, and anyone can win any week.  Enjoy the year’s final major.  Links and such after the jump.

Here’s an ACC Coastal Division roundtable that yours truly took part in. (All Sports Discussion)

It turns out that strikeouts are worse than other outs. (Fangraphs)

As I expected, there’s a competition for the starting QB job at Georgia Tech. (AJC)

More NCAA drama in Columbus. (Doc Saturday)

Fulmer Cupdate! (Ed’s BS)

Spencer Hall previews every game every SEC team will play this fall. The sheer amount of work this requires deserves your click. (SB Nation)

Here’s some great work from Chris Brown that’s straight up X’s and O’s pr0n. (Smart Football)

Clemson approves an indoor practice facility, but there’s high drama surrounding how it will be paid for. (Shakin The Southland)

A primer on where the blame should go this year for Virginia Tech when things go sideways. (The Key Play)

  • Kip Devereaux

    Oregon vs. LSU (at JerryDome). “Jerry, this is a great private plane, but I can’t coach the Cowboys as long as my heart is at LSU.” “Les, this is a golf cart. We’re just taking a ride to the practice fields. I’m not offering you the job.” “Heh, well buddy, we’ll just agree to disagree.”

    effing hilarious.

  • Kip Devereaux

    Cincinnati at Tennessee. A woman is described in “Rocky Top” as being “half-bear, other half cat,” so if the locals get a little handsy with you, Bearcat fans, that and corn liquor should explain the unwanted affection.


  • Kip Devereaux

    the October 8 games previews are terrific.

  • Trey

    Missouri State at Arkansas. Stadium announcer: “At the end of the first half, it’s Arkansas 31, Missoureeee State 0.”

    Lone Missouri State fan watching on pay-per-view: “It’s MissouRAH, dammit.”

    [phone rings]


    “This is Bobby Petrino. Missoureeeeeeee.”

    [hangs up]

    My fav.

  • Trey

    Jacksonville State at Kentucky. Man, I hope Jacksonville State coach Jack Crowe doesn’t have any male relatives named James.

    And this. Pure genius.

  • knightwhosaysni

    I prefer to pronounce it Misery.

  • arkbadger

    I prefer to pronounce it Misery.


  • arkbadger

    Clemson approves an indoor practice facility, but there’s high drama surrounding how it will be paid for.

    I didn’t read the article, but how the fuck does Clemson not already have an indoor practice facility?

  • Johnny

    I’ll be there tomorrow lefty