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Great golf to watch, no burgers to eat

A couple of buddies and I spent part of this morning watching golfers compete in the Rosauers Open Invitational golf tournament, which has been held annually at Indian Canyon Golf Course since 1992. We started out at the clubhouse, overlooking the tees at holes No. 1 and 10. And not for the first time I had to note: These guys play a different golf game than I do.

I aspire to play bogey golf. The golfers who play in this tournament aspire to make a birdie every single hole.

The tournament, which runs through Sunday, is easy to follow. Just park in the course's parking lot, walk onto the course and do what we did: Stay at one tee or another, watching the players drive; stay at one green or another, watching them hit approach shots; or follow the threesome of your choice, and cheer them on.

One disappointment: We stopped by the Indian Canyon clubhouse for lunch only to be told they were out of hamburgers. And this is a tourment named for a grocery store chain?

Now that's irony.

A good morning’s walk … with clubs in hand

Nothing like spending a Thursday morning on the golf course, especially when that course is Indian Canyon, and you can get right on, you don't feel pressed and the weather is cool yet sunny. We even got to see a female coyote and two of her pups as we finished the 18th hole.

Anyway, that was how my morning went, which is one of the benefits of living in Spokane (during the summer months, at least). Afterward, my friend Jim took me to one of his secret haunts — which, sorry, but will remain secret no longer. Lindeblad & Mengert Golf is a store that offers great deals (such as the one trumpeted by the sidewalk sandwich board in the above photo) and friendly help.

I even bought a new putter, which was listed for $29 but cost me only $25.

Not that it will help my game any. That coyote could probably play better than I can.

THIS is the Joy of Running

Reposting from The Flying Irish Facebook page:

On Monday Night at 6:30, all running stores around the nation will be holding a run in honor of the victims from the Boston Marathon. In conjunction with The Spokane Distance Project, The Flying Irish, and The Bloomsday Road Runners Club a 2.62mile run will be hosted beginning at the "Joy of Running" Statues in Riverfont Park. This is a run to show solidarity for runners and be a visual image that will show the strength and community of runners, and all are welcome. In addition, later next week Runners for Boston shirts will be available for $20 with 100% of the money going to the Onefundboston.org. Thank you all for making us so proud of our community of runners, your compassion in the wake of this tragedy has been amazing, we look forward to seeing you Monday night at 6:30. Also, we will be extending our shoe drive until then so if you haven't dropped off your shoes yet this is your last chance!

The seasons that were

Yeah, I know, it's a little late to be saying this … but only now is the realization settling in: Gonzaga basketball teams, both men and women, for the 2012-2013 season: R.I.P.

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks

I'm pretty sure this is one of the coolest Spokane summer job opportunities available. 

Victory loves company


Watch the Zags in the FINAL WCC game at 6pm at the Bing. 

It's free.
It's in HD. There is surround sound. 
So, unless you're IN Vegas, I really don't see a better way to watch the game.

The #1 Zags take on #2 St. Mary's at 6. The game airs on ESPN and AM 1510 … But don't sit home alone in front of your little TV (or radio). Grab some fellow Zag fans and head to the Bing. Victory loves company!

That’s a really catchy tune

Some people just can't stop, um, singing Gonzaga's praises.

Even Bing thinks the Zags are No. 1

On Saturday, the statue of Bing Crosby seemed welcome to the sentiment shouting out from the wall behind it.

Squeeeeee to the Zeeeee!

Beautiful. This gorgeous homage to bringing home No. 1 hits the stands tomorrow. Get yours. It's a winner!

Bing plays host to Zags - for free

And I don't mean just Bing Crosby, who grew up in Spokane and attended Gonzaga University for a couple of years before going off to become a show-business sensation. No, I mean the theater, which will be showing the GU-BYU men's basketball game tonight at 8. For free.

Say again, for free.

The theater's doors open at 7. And an array of drinks, including wine and beer, will be on sale. Given the fact that the theater seats nearly 750, plenty of seats should be available whenever you show up, but you might want to get there early. GU handled BYU fairly easily when they two teams played at the McCarthey Center Jan. 24. But fate hasn't been kind to teams ranked No. 2 this season.

Whatever, you heard it here first: Go Zaga!

Yes, you can see the Zags play K-State

If you're excited about this year's Gonzaga University men's basketball team, Tuesday might be your lucky day. New tickets are being made available to the team's Dec. 15 game against Kansas State. Tickets to the so-called Battle in Seattle are available at the KeyArena box office, Ticketmaster.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Click here for more information.

It was a dark and rainy night

We ran anyway. And it was awesome.

The Lantern Tap House started a Tuesday night running club in September. So far I've made it to 3 runs. So far I've loved every one. Tonight was a costume run. I forgot. But my friend Stephanie managed to capture this trick shot. See … I'm a running ninja. Or a mustachioed tree sprite? Maybe a pink-cheeked Wooly Willy.

Whatever. I spent the evening running through the rain and sharing a couple tasty pints with friends .. if there's a costume for contentedness, it would look like me. Only maybe a little less soggy.

The running club will hit the streets around the Perry neighborhood every Tuesday at 6 until at least Thanksgiving. Come play with us?

NFL football? I can take it or leave it …

But NFL Happy Hour specials? I'll take 'em every time!

Get your personal mini keg at Bag O Nails Pub at the corner of Trent and Argonne.

Sao Paulo: a city in which futebol is king

Above: The Museo de Fotebol covers each year of World Cup history.

We citizens of the United States tend not to treasure what we call soccer, which the rest of the world knows as football (or futebol in Poruguese). Yeah, we let our kids play it, and we celebrate when our women win world championships or Olympic gold.

But, really, the rest of the time most of us just complain about it. Not enough scoring, we say. Just a bunch of guys kicking a ball around for no apparent reason, we add.

OK, I don’t agree. Maybe it’s because I’ve spent some time in Italy, where calcio (pronounced “cal-cho”) as they call it is more important than tales of Silvio Berlusconi’s love life. Or, clearly, anything remotely resembling an Italian national budget.

I once sat with my wife Mary Pat in Florence’s stadium and watched the local team come back from a 0-1 deficit to score the go-ahead goal in the final minutes, winning 2-1 over the team from Napoli. And I screamed every bit as loudly as the Florentine fans sitting around us.

So a couple of days ago I walked from our hotel to the Pacaembu Museo do Futebol, the museum that is attached to the $15 million Estadio Pacaembu, Sao Paulo’s municipal football stadium.

General admissions is 6 reales, equivalent to about $3 (though I got half-price senior admission). And I would have paid five times that much. From the moment you are greeted by a bigger-than-life-size video of Pele welcoming you, to the moment you step past the area where children are practicing their goal-kicking skills against a life-size digital goalie, the Museo do Futebol is an engaging experience.

I can’t decide which was my favorite part: the room that celebrated every World Cup match by pairing the game with the world events of the time, the room where a number of football experts describe their favorite goals (with subtitles in most major languages) or the giant room that with 20 or more huge video screens and a sound system U2 would admire gives you the virtual feel of an actual championship game.

My legs are still aching from the several-kilometer trek, up and down the steep Sao Paulo hills. But that was just another benefit that the museum provided.

I imagine Pele’s legs ached even worse after any one of his games.

A wee bit o’ Scotland returns to Spokane

In May of 1976, I spent 10 days taking trains through Scotland. I hit Edinburgh, St. Andrew's, Pitlochry, Inverness, the Isle of Skye and Glasgow before ending up back in Edinburgh. And it was a terrific time.

The closest I've been to Scotland since has been to British Columbia, Canada, where in some spots you can still hear a Scottish brogue. But a bit of Scotland is coming to Spokane, as it does annually, on Saturday, Aug. 4, when the 54th Spokane HIghland Games will take place at the Spokane County Fairgrounds.

Should be fun. Wonder if they'll be serving haggis.