I feel as if I should begin this column with an apology. I havent been doing my job. I havent been following sports all that closely this past week.
The truth of the matter is, Im on vacation in Maui. I havent watched a minute of any televised games. I havent spent hours on the computer looking at sports-related Web sites. I havent made the effort to run to any store to get the latest printed sports material.
By overhearing someones radio on the beach, I did catch the hottest sports news in the islands. Seems like every time there is a sports report, it is about a young Hawaiian golfer named Tadd Fujikawa. From what I was able to hear, the 15-year-old phenom is the youngest ever to compete in the U.S. Open golf tournament. On the way to a luau last night, I turned on the car radio. The first thing I heard was Fujikawa didnt make the cut. After that piece of headline news, I then found out that neither did some other golfer named Tiger Woods.
I have been participating in more sports than usual this week. Ive been swimming every day, either in the ocean or at the pool. I got in a couple of snorkeling trips. (Is snorkeling actually a sport?) I took a 38-mile bike ride yesterday. It wasnt as grueling as that might sound at first. Thirty-seven of the 38 miles were coasting down an inactive volcano. The other mile or so was the killer. Today, my 5-year-old daughter and I have a big game of mini-putt on the schedule. As you can see, Ive been trying to stay busy participating in sports, rather than trying to cover them.
I hope youll accept my (in) sincere apology. Ill get back to the real world and work next week. Right now, its off to see if I can hit a golf ball through a pineapple maze and hopefully win a free game by getting the ball into a sharks mouth.
Doug Halberstadt is a local resident and is track announcer at Rockford Speedway. He can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the June 21-27, 2006, issue