Friday, October 29, 2010

So Much for That

As I was celebrating the continuation of my discing season last week, the one who controls the weather reconsidered. He said, "OMG! WIND! WIND! WIND! I WANT WIND!" And then I lamented. While it still remained a question in my mind, I heard that a state agency recommended that folks stay off the interstate unless necessary. The question was then settled. I figure if it is unsafe to be on the roads, we can delay play. I'm not ready to call the season over, but with temperatures approaching freezing at night, optimism is not the name of the game. Stay tuned, but it finally does feel like opportunity is waning.

Happens every year; never fun.


Tout passe

Friday, October 22, 2010

Badgers? ...We Don't Need No Stinking Badgers!

As previously indicated, we are branching out from out usual focus to include other areas of sport. It just didn't seem fair to arbitrarily limit ourselves to just disc golf when we all have additional interests. We are all Vikings fans; we have at least one Hawkeye fan (me); and we are all now in the same fantasy football league, the Annexation of Puerto Rico. Today, we discuss my beloved Hawkeyes.

As I type this, we are less than half an hour from kickoff. This week, #15 Iowa will be facing #13 Wisconsin. For those in unawares, these two teams do not like each other. We even have the Heartland Trophy to provide legitimacy to our hatred. We have a common boarder. We recruit many of the same players. And we have been playing each other for many years, and fairly closely I might add. The record currently stands at 42-41-2 (advantage Iowa). This game is always a battle of wills, two teams that play the same brand of smash-mouth football.

This year brings added significance. Not only does there exist the typical enmity, but this is also a battle for a share of the top spot in the Big Ten. Wisconsin coming off a huge victory against Ohio State wants to continue its success, and Iowa is looking to make use of its home-field advantages this year. This will also be the last time these two teams play each other for awhile. The new Big Ten alignment somehow has Iowa and Wisconsin in different divisions. And without a protected crossover rivalry, the Heartland Trophy will remain with the victor for at least a couple years. A nominal loss, in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I love to see the Hawkeyes beat up on Wisconsin. But let's be honest, we don't need no stinking Badgers...

Diggs Out...

Behind the Times

Finally! I can add something to the "Good Reasons for Moving to Nebraska" list. The list now has two things on it, and the other one sure isn't the Cornhuskers. As you all are packing your discing season in, my season continues! I suppose this is an attempt to overcome quality with quantity, but I'll take anything I can get at this point.

The problem is that the rigors of a true full-time job and wedding prep have greatly limited my ability to make it out as frequently as I would expect, much less as much as I would like.

But thank you, MRK, for framing a good question for us all: what does our game look like now that the season is coming to a close. This is especially cogent considering this is the first season in which the entirety of the SCDGA have been in different locations. URBWes has his limited course options, but with the openness of the available courses, I'm sure he's been able to focus distance. MidRangeKing still has the plethora of options available to him in the Cities, allowing him to go after his all-around game. As for myself, the poor design of courses here has forced me to develop a richer array of shots and has forced me to be more careful about shot selection.

At least this would be my impression based off initial thoughts. I will be sure to offer a fuller response of my own developments this season, as meager an offering as it may be.

I will also be looking to enrich the blog by expanding its boundaries to include (gasp!) non-disc related posts. I am far too much of a MN Vikings and Iowa Hawkeye fan not to cultivate such burning embers in the blogosphere.

Until then... stay thirsty, my friends.


"And the trees are looking like bones
The afternoon filled with rain and storm
And I'm tangled up in memory's thorns"

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Another Disc Season has come...and is almost gone

As I sit in my apartment at the moment and gaze off to the right out the window I am noticing a few things. One the temperature outside is getting significantly cooler out.  The leaves on most trees have turned and it seems fallen in a considerably shorter amount of time than last fall. School and other life activities have kept me fairly busy these last few weeks.  Finally it seems that another season of disc golf has ended and we have it the overtime period as far as weather is concerned.

For those of us in the Northern Climates (i.e. The Gopher State, Hawkeye Country, and last but certainly not least the CornHusker State) this is the time of the year when you are just thankful there is not snow on the ground.  Cause their could be in the morning.  I would encourage all of us to take a few moments to stop and reflect on the successes and failures we have had on the disc golf course this year.  Have we accomplished any of goals we set out to accomplish at the beginning of the season?  What lies ahead for next season?  What disc's or accessories are on your Wish List for this coming Gift Giving season? 

So take some time. Reflect on this season...enjoy the weather while we got it and we'll see you out on the course.

Mid Range King