Quote of the day

From Barak Obama:

I refuse to be lectured on national security by people who are responsible for the most disastrous set of foreign policy decisions in the recent history of the United States. The other side likes to use 9/11 as a political bludgeon. Well, let’s talk about 9/11…The people who were responsible for murdering 3,000 Americans on 9/11… Osama bin Laden and his top leadership — the people who murdered 3000 Americans — have a safe-haven in northwest Pakistan, where they operate with such freedom of action that they can still put out hate-filled audiotapes to the outside world. That’s the result of the Bush-McCain approach to the war on terrorism.

And the response from the Republicans… (sounds of crickets chirping)… still waiting… still waiting…


The Tiger Effect and Internet DDoS

From Slashdot:

Many US and Canadian ISPs thought they were under a massive denial of service attack yesterday — traffic spiked by hundreds of gigabits across North America. Turns out that the traffic was due to live streaming of the U.S. Open and Tiger Woods nail-biting victory.

I also read that trading was down 15% on Wallstreet, and the theory is that it was because of [[Tiger]]. He is now the omnisportnetmarket controller! 🙂

Woods to have more surgery, miss rest of 2008 season

From Golf News : CBS SportsLine:

Golf just got a whole lot less interesting for the rest of this year.

Woods said Wednesday he will have season-ending knee surgery, revealing he has had a torn ligament in his left knee since last July.

And he suffered a double stress fracture of his left tibia while preparing to return to the PGA Tour last month, which forced him to miss the Memorial and was the source of his pain at Torrey Pines when he won the U.S. Open.

Yikes! I knew he was hurt, but a broken leg, torn meniscus, AND a torn ACL?

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most important of four strong ligaments connecting the bones of the knee joint… The function of the ACL is to provide stability to the knee and minimize stress across the knee joint…

And he STILL beat everyone? How is that even possible? Is he that much better than everyone else? I guess he answered that question last weekend.

Don’t worry though. Having gone through everything that [[Tiger]] is going through right now (many times), I can assure you that he’ll be back in fine form. Hey, if I can be playing golf right now on 2 knees with a total of 9 reconstructions, including 5 ACL reconstructions and a total knee replacement of my left knee at the age of 40 (I’m 42 now), and still walk 18 holes, I’m sure he’ll be able to do so after his third surgery and first ACL reconstruction.

Yo Retief… how stupid do you feel now? I’ve always thought you were a little aloof, and maybe a little arrogant, but now you are my least favorite player.

Your fellow European players think you’re kind of an a-hole too, and I couldn’t agree more.

I am now officially rooting against you from now on (you’re only the second golfer I’ve put on that list).

I Feel His Pain

[[Tiger]] doubles over in pain after a drive on Saturday

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a sporting performance that compares to what [[Tiger]] has done over the last four days of the U.S. Open. People have been comparing it to what Kirk Gibson did in the 1988 World Series. But really, that was one at bat. Let’s see Kirk do that for 72 at bats over a period of 4 days.

I truly can feel his pain. I’ve played golf on a left knee like that, nearly (or sometimes actually) falling down after a shot in pain. Then, with that pain in mind, lining up the next shot trying to get that searing pain out of your mind so that you can actually pull off a reasonable swing at the ball. It’s just not possible, only I guess it is for someone as mentally tough as [[Tiger]].

I winced, my own eyes tearing up from the memory of the pain I know he was feeling. I waited for what I considered to be the inevitable moment when he’d throw in the towel and say “No more… I can’t take it.” But he didn’t. He gutted it out, on the most brutal test of golf he’ll face all year, playing on one leg, and managed to be in a tie for the victory when the smoke finally cleared.

I think Rocco spoke for everyone watching when he asked:

Mr. Woods, Mr. Woods! Right here! Are you COMPLETELY OUT OF YOUR MIND?

Crazy? Perhaps, but certainly driven. To quote Pat Forde of ESPN:

The greatest part of Tiger Woods is the fact that he couldn’t spell surrender if you stuck a dictionary in front of him and opened it to that page. He never gives up.

When all is said and done, if [[Tiger]] is able to pull of this victory, it’ll go down as perhaps the most heroic display of golf ever, rivaling Ben Hogan’s win at Merian (playing on two bad legs crushed in a horrific car accident), and Ken Venturi’s victory at Congressional (where he suffered from heat stroke during the final round but still finished and won).

I’ll be pulling for you [[Tiger]] and wincing in sympathetic pain.