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June 11, 2009 - Jim Bartholow
If you haven't driven past the Washington Street Bridge renovation project, I'd recommend a drive by. I drove beneath the bridge Wednesday night on Front Street and it's pretty weird. If you look up, the concrete deck is gone. The only thing you see are those huge blue beams. This is going to be an interesting 60-day period, watching the bridge project progress. I noticed some folks on the walking path stop for some bridge gazing, too. Feel free to join in.

Fore! I had a chance last week to attend the Friday session of The Memorial Tournament in Columbus. Awesome! I hadn't attended a PGA event since I was 13 or 14, when I went to the All-American Golf Classic at Firestone Country Club in Akron thanks to my best friend's brother, who was a political writer for the Beacon Journal and had access to all kinds of perks. Back then I got to see Jack, Gary and Arnie play and was amazed at their skills. They left a lasting impression with me and infected me with the golfing bug. 45 years later I still have the golf bug and it's been re-energized by my trip to see Tiger Woods and those other guys on the PGA tour. Actually, on Friday it didn't look too good for Tiger, who shot a 75 that day. The times we saw him Tiger looked frustrated, like on the par 3 where he ended up 6 feet from the hole and was just livid with himself. A veteran duffer in front of us in the gallery turned to my son and myself with a grin and informed us Tiger was angry because his ball ended up past the pin and he had to putt downhill for a birdie, which he didn't make. But to see the look of determination in Tiger's eyes was incredible. We did get to see a famous Tiger "flop shot" as he chipped from the thick rough off the 18th green to within 2 feet of the pin. He took a full swing and popped the ball nearly straight up in the air, landing it softly on the slick Muirfield green. If you get a chance to attend the Memorial, do it. There are no bad vantage points for fans. It's a real happening and it's not that far from Marietta!

Indians update There are signs of life in the 2009 Tribe. They even spent a day out of last place. But with all the injuries to position players and pitchers making a run to get in the race could be tough.


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