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Saturday, September 26, 2020

The Pandemic Is Shocking and Suprising

 By Gregory Crawford @wchoops

 Into my 8th decade not much surprises me or shocks me anymore. I still think I am highly competitive, definitely compassionate and like most concerned about the future. However this pandemic has like everyone else had a huge impact on my thought process, here is just few examples.

1. Until it happened a pandemic of this magnitude was never, not even once in my thought process.

2. At the same time little did I think it would last this long, with at present no end in sight.

3. I actually am politically savvy, but in my wildest thoughts, I never once thought wearing a mask would become a political issue. Heck in Japan people who are sick have donned a mask for as far back as I can remember.

4. In addition, never did I think golf would again become wildly popular, hoping it stays that way  

5. Last but worst, why has the pandemic caused drivers to be even worse , which never seemed possible . Including it is safe to say, 50 percent anymore don’t even use

their turn signals.

Stay safe and here is to brighter future for all. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Big Question In Sports Has To Be .........

 By Gregory Crawford @wchoops

Fans are limited to attending sporting events, if attending at all, as we all know presently.

The big question has to be when fans can comeback totally, will they?

So in my research today I asked 12 serious sports fans would they attend an event if they were allowed. You guessed it, 6 said they would as soon as they can, 6 said they would for sure be in the wait and see mode.

What would you do, I want to know as always.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sunday Thoughts: Political Change, Sports and Forest Fires

 By Gregory Crawford @wchoops

My thoughts and I always enjoy  your thoughts.

1. No, Bryson DeChambeau will not change the game of golf dramatically. He is a terrific player, much admiration but very few people can change their body like he has done and eat like he does and remain healthy by doing so.

2. Some young people want and are demanding change, here might be a way to start for all of us. 1) President should serve a one 5 year term. 2) Senators and House members should have to retire automatically after 10 years of service ( make Senate term 5 years. 3) No judge on any level should serve past age of 80, period.

3. For years now I am hearing about plans to address forest fires. Yes, I call them forest fires because most of these fires start in forest. Let’s get a plan and follow through. Let’s also let science, not politics dictate the future.

Thanks for reading, now your turn. 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Play It In All 50

 By Gregory Crawford @wchoops 

My old idea I am bringing back because of all new readers we are developing at Craw’s Corner.

If the USGA really wants to and is serious about growing the game of golf, in next 50 years play our national championship in all 50 states. Yes it can be done and how exciting it would be. 

Please feel free to give me a course in your state which should host U.S. Open? Thank you.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Will It Change Voting

 By Gregory Crawford @wchoops

Does anyone really need the day off just to vote? And what percentage of people who get the day off are actually going to vote? Do

college athletes need the day off to vote?

I can remember the days of my parents rushing home to vote after a long day at work. It was an honor them to stand in line at polling places. 

How do you like this. In the last 25 years, the people voting in United States has decreased by 3.7 percent, despite the fact elections have more coverage than ever and millions is spent on urging people to vote.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Are Coaches and Managers Important

 By Gregory Crawford @wchoops

How important is a great coach in sports. Craw’s Corner wants the readers involved. Let us know your thoughts. To ponder. In what sports is coach or manager most important? Can a team win with an average coach or manager? Who was was best player ever, who didn’t wish to be coached. And finally the greatest coach or manager of all time? My choice, Tony LaRussa. Now your turn.

Pictured above one iconic coach, Danny Miles. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

A Radio Broadcast That Works

 By Gregory Crawford @wchoops

If you have never heard them you are missing a big time treat. Monday night football on Westwood One is as good as it gets. It is radio at the highest level led by Kevin Harlan and Kurt Warner.

We all

have memories of listening to sports on radio. It can be soothing and comforting. Listening to Harlan and Warner is also highly entertaining and informative.

So dust off that radio on Monday and give them a try, you will not be sorry.

NOTE: Always looking for writers at Craw’s Corner. Passion always wins out over experience. 

Monday, September 14, 2020

The Owner

 By Gregory Crawford @wchoops

Today the New York Metropolitans have a new owner. His name is Steve Cohen and he paid $2.5 billion to own his team.

I do think about this often in sports. How important is the owner of any team. Who is best owner in sports and why? Who is worst owner and why? 

As Craw’s Corner comes back, we want more interaction here. It will take awhile, but we have brilliant readers and your comments are welcome. 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Spurs vs Blazers, Something to Ponder

 By Gregory Crawford @wchoops

Just how tough is it to win an NBA title?

The San Antonio Spurs have been in the NBA for 47 years and Portland Trail Blazers 50 years. 

The Blazers have won one NBA title and Spurs five. It is safe to say that Portland has a better arena and a much better practice facility than San Antonio.

So why the difference in titles? Have the Spurs been way beyond expectation or have Blazers been woefully inept?

The answer is a great sports argument. Not to change the flow, but just to throw in for the unknown, Portland has never hosted an NBA all star game. I am not sure what that has to do with conversation, but now you know.

Thanks for reading. 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Some Thoughts, Sports to Pandemic

 By Gregory Crawford @wchoops

Craw’s Corner has had more comebacks by far than Richard Nixon, if you don’t understand, Google Richard Nixon.

We are back again with sports and news. Stick with us it will be fun, quick and easy to read. So thoughts for today.

1. I see an NBA final of Miami vs Lakers, which will have many underlying issues.

2. When baseball resumed I thought Cleveland Indians would win the World Series, cause they have best pitching in baseball. Pitching can be the greatest, but Indians can’t manufacture many runs. My prediction could be wrong.

3. The pandemic has lasted longer than I thought. No disputing this, listen to experts and no one else. Too much misinformation out there.

4. Who would have guessed the hottest sport on planet right now is golf. Hard to get a tee time on public courses. 

5. My iconic friend Jon Spoelstra has new book out on Amazon, “Get Your Ideas Approved”. No shock here, it is #1 on many Amazon categories. Get a copy for $2.99 and let me know what you think.

Thanks for reading and always looking for great writers,

Friday, September 11, 2020

Craw’s Corner Making Comeback

 By Gregory Crawford @wchoops

This weekend, we will be back to our roots with Craw’s Corner. Strictly news and sports, please enjoy always.

Gregory Crawford,

Founder and Creator

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Boys of Summer

By Harry Cummins

      On the wings of this week's west wind, the neighborhood boys of summer are gone from the backyard.

     In their place, the water in the swimming pool is now coated with dead leaves and a darkened layer of ash, reminders of our combustible year 2020.

     Just last week I watched the parade of neighborhood kids line up for their turn on the diving board.  Each ready to plunge fearlessly into the clear blue waters.  I stood on the lawn, holding giant flash cards from 1-10, judging each dive with a circumscribed scoring system all my own.

     With so many injustices happening all over the world right now, I think about justice, and judging, a lot these days. I think,too, about diving boards and other higher ground from which we can stand unafraid to face unseen depths.

     Mostly, I think about where God might reveal His big 'flash cards' this summer like no other. 

     Another west wind comes and goes... and Fall, with its urgent sense of risk, is here.