The Masters: Seve Ballesteros becomes youngest champion and first European winner in 1980 | Golf News

first_img– Advertisement – Get Sky Sports Golf for just £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. By then, Masters records were in sight for Ballesteros including the 72-hole total of 271 and Nicklaus’ nine-shot winning margin from 1965.However, his back nine began with a three-putt at the 10th, which was followed by a visit into Rae’s Creek at the short par-three 12th before he found more water at the 13th.His run of four dropped shots inside four holes on the back nine, coupled with American Gibby Gilbert’s sequence of four straight birdies, had reduced his overnight lead to just two shots. Ballesteros regained his composure to birdie the 15th and then play the final three holes bogey-free to finish four shots ahead of Gilbert and Jack Newton, who had also threatened to stage a remarkable comeback around Amen Corner.“I was comfortable – 10 shots is a lot,” Ballesteros said after his victory. “Then I was uncomfortable. I’m in trouble. I was thinking I was about to lose the tournament. I say I must try hard and, finally, I started playing well.”His record as youngest winner at Augusta would later be broken by Tiger Woods when the American won as a 21-year-old in 1997, doing so by a record 12-shot margin. Seve Ballesteros displaced Jack Nicklaus as the youngest Masters winner and the first player from Europe to wear the coveted Green Jacket on April 13, 1980.The Spaniard is remembered as a trailblazer for European golf and his success at Augusta 40 years ago marked the beginning of a prosperous decade for the continent at the iconic venue in the 80s.Ballesteros, who went on to win the Masters again in 1983, preceded further European triumphs by Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle and Sir Nick Faldo.- Advertisement – The reigning Open champion took command of the event with a second-round 69 and after 54 holes he had opened a seven-shot lead over American Ed Fiori.An eagle at the eighth had kick-started his third round, which had begun in unconvincing fashion as he parred just two of his opening seven holes, before a run of three successive birdies from the 13th and another at the 18th helped stretch his lead over the field.Ballesteros, whose unique talent and charisma made him a crowd-favourite, built on his overnight lead as he birdied three of his opening five holes of the final round to hit the turn with a remarkable 10-shot advantage. Ballesteros finished four strokes ahead of runners-up Jack Newton and Gibby Gilbert at Augusta National in 1980 Ballesteros finished four strokes ahead of runners-up Jack Newton and Gibby Gilbert at Augusta National in 1980

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PUMA Deal Latest: AFN Petitions Police,Wants Gusau Probed

first_img The contract for the PUMA deal is neither in the files at the Secretariat of the AFN at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja nor in the custody of the Secretary General who is legally recognised as the custodian of AFN’s documents,records and properties. The AFN attached to the petition a copy of a February 13,2020 letter received from PUMA which revealed some details of the contract and wants a full investigation launched by the Police. The AFN also attached to the petition amongst others report of its investigative committee which turned in a comprehensive report of criminal misappropriation of the federation’s funds by Gusau which led to partial or non-payment of allowances to athletes despite budgetary approval and release of corresponding funds. Read Also:Okon Thrilled With Athletes Performance At AFN All-Comers ‘We specifically request that Ibrahim Gusau be investigated for criminal liability based on evidence from the illegal PUMA deal,’wrote the AFN in the petition. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has dragged its impeached president,Shehu Ibrahim Gusau to the Police for criminal investigation of the deal signed with sportswear manufacturer,PUMA in July 2019. Okagbare  The petition,addressed to the Inspector General of Police and signed by its Secretary General,Prince Adisa Beyioku accused Gusau,president of AFN at the time of signing the deal with PUMA without the knowledge and approval of the board of the federation and especially that of the Secretary General in contravention of article 8.7.2 of the AFN constitution to wit articles 4.4.2,4.4.3 and 4.4.4 of the National Sports Federations Code of Governance 2017 recognised by the AFN constitution. Gusau and Sunday Adeleye,the then Technical Director of the AFN signed the deal on behalf of the federation without the knowledge and signature of the Secretary General who is its Chief Administrative and Chief Accounting Officer (article 4.4.2 of the National Sports Federations Code of Governance 2017) and who must be privy to all decisions of the AFN (article 4.4.4 of the National Sports Federations Code of Governance 2017). The AFN also accused its former president of nominating a private bank account,Dynamic Sporting Solutions owned by Sunday Adeleye to warehouse payments made by PUMA on behalf of the federation,a clear breach of not only the AFN constitution which makes the Secretary General the ‘A’ signatory to the federation’s bank account but also Nigeria’s extant laws. Loading… center_img Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had Left5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Best Movie Cars You Could Own But Probably Can’t Afford6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A Comeback5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’last_img read more

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ATHLETICS: Surprise winners at Uganda National Cross Country Championships in Jinja

first_imgChelangat wins the women junior race in Jinja on Saturday. PHOTO VIA MTNJinja, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  In the absence of fancied Joshua Cheptegei, long distance ace Thomas Ayeko took over the mantle as National Cross Country Men’s Champion in Jinja on Saturday after a photo finish with Phillip Kipyeko.The two dominated the 10km men’s race at the national cross country event in Jinja, with Ayeko declared winner in 28:25.3 after crossing the line at the same time as last year’s runner up Kipyeko who was recorded at 28:25.3 minutes.This year’s national cross country event had new winners in many of the categories. Sarah Chelangat stunned Peruth Chemutai to win the junior women’s 6km race in 19:18.9 while Victor Kiplangat took full advantage of the absence of World Junior champion Jacob Kipagat to win the the junior men’s 8km race in 22.48.8.It was only Mercyline Chelangat who retained her title, wining the senior women’s race in 32.20.7 minutes, edging out Stella Chesang.The Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) will use the event to select the national cross country team to represent Uganda at the 5th edition of the Africa Cross Country Championships due March 17, 2018 in Algeria.Joshua Cheptegei and Kiplimo are still expected to make the Ugandan team going by their performance on the international scene. Just last month, it was a 1-2 finish for Cheptegei and Kiplimo as they dominated one of the most prestigious Cross Country races,  the 36th Cross International de Italica.The National Cross Country and three other National Trials have been lined up by the Uganda Athletics Federation in the course of the remaining two months to assist athletes beat the qualification deadline of March 3, 2018 for the Commonwealth Games.2018 UGANDA NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS IN JINJA National xc top 10 Uganda 2018 from Alberto Stretti****2017 RESULTS AT KOLOLOSenior Men (10km)1 Joshua Cheptegei 29:022 Phillip Kipyeko 29:243 Abdallah Kibet Mande 29:404 Timothy Toroitich 29:425 Stephen Kiprotich 29:466 Stephen Kiisa 29:537 Fred Musobo 29:558 Mande Bushendich 30:049 Peter Kibet 30:1310 Filex Chemonges 30:18Senior Women (10km)1 Mercyline Chelangat 34:412 Rachael Chebet 35:163 Dorcus Ajok 35:464 Doreen Chesang 35:545 Doreen Chemutai 35:566 Annet Chebet 36:167 Juliet Chekwel 36:388 Stella Chesang 36:469 Prim Twikirize 37:0010 Sarah Akiror 37:03U20 Men1 Jacob Kiplimo 23:252 Titus Kwemoi 23:533 Victor Kiplangat 23:544 Elisha Chemutai 24:035 Kevin Kibet 24:04U20 Women1 Peruth Chemutai  0:20:202 Janat Chemusto  0:20:393  Esther Chekwemoi  0:21:08Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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A class apart – season of success for English schoolkids

first_img1 Oct 2019 A class apart – season of success for English schoolkids The curtain has come down on the English Schools’ Golf Association season and the campaign – supported by England Golf – has been hailed a roaring success.With strong backing from England Golf, the ESGA successfully competed in international matches against Scotland and Wales as well as hosting individual Under 16 and Under 19 championships and a team event.A small army of volunteers at county level has enabled young golfers from all across the country to represent their schools at regional and national levels and enjoy the thrill of competition.The numbers of players and the skills on show at all the championships left an indelible impression on anyone fortunate enough to witness the matches and Steve Akrill, secretary of the ESGA, has been impressed with the levels of ability coming through the ranks.“It’s been a great season for both the boys and the girls and the events at regional and national level have shown we have a lot of strength in depth,” admitted Akrill.“In particular we had a lot of younger players emerging and more than holding their own against older players in their age bracket. That’s always great to see.”The season kicked off in July with the 42nd English Schools’ Championship which was held at Sherwood Forest GC in Nottinghamshire.The emergence of younger talent was never more evident than at this event as two 14-year-old competitors scooped the top prizes.Louise Burke from Lytchett Minster School in Dorset emerged triumphant in the girls’ event and Yorkshire’s Josh Berry was the boys’ champ.An additional bonus for the duo, pictured above, was the chance to captain English Schools in the international matches which followed later in the summer.Berry, from Campsmount Academy in Doncaster, has since gone on to represent England in Under 16 Home Internationals and is part of the England Golf Boys’ squad for the 2020 season.The English Schools’ team event was staged at the National Golf Centre HQ at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire with 34 teams from 26 counties taking part.Dyke House Academy from Hartlepool took the trophy back to Durham with their three-man team of Jack Burton, Louis Westmoreland and William Skipp enjoying a three-point victory in the Stableford competition.The under 16’s championship was staged in West Yorkshire at Cleckheaton and District GC.A total of 65 girls and boys took part with Rachel Gourley and Finn Nelson, pictured below, claiming the honours.Rachel’s form has earned her a call-up to the England Golf set up and she will be part of the girls’ team – along with Louise Burke – for a challenge match against Ireland at Hunstanton GC on October 12-13.The two games against Scotland and Wales always brings an edge to proceedings with national pride at stake!The match against Wales was played at Luffenham Heath GC in August and saw England win 11.5 – 6.5.After travelling north to face Scotland on the links at Irvine GC, the match proved to be a real nail-biter.England’s form was excellent and it looked as if they were well on their way to victory before the Scots fought back to win the final three points available and secure a 9-9 draw.Akrill added: “Scotland had five players who were in their national set-up for Home Internationals.“But the team spirit for that match really shone through with the girls finishing their games and heading straight back out onto the course to lend their support to the boys.“When the girls faced Wales they were definitely underdogs. Our average handicap was three compared to Wales’ one, but the girls performed superbly with three wins in the singles helping the combined team to get over the line.“It’s been a really positive year with lots of good golf being played and the enthusiasm of the youngsters shining through.”Three venues for next year’s events have already been decided with the national championship taking place at Gog Magog GC in Cambridgeshire, the under 16 event going to Northamptonshire County GC and the away game against Wales set for the Rolls of Monmouth GC. Tags: English Schools’last_img read more

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WDFW Approves Razor Clam Dig Starting May 6

first_imgFacebook46Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) State shellfish managers have added four days of razor clam digging at Mocrocks to a previously scheduled opening at Long Beach to offer a full week of digging starting May 6.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs at Long Beach and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.The department added dates at Mocrocks after evaluating harvest levels and determining there are still clams available for digging, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches, and low tides:May 6, Friday, 6:51 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Long BeachMay 7, Saturday, 7:39 a.m.; -2.0 feet; Long BeachMay 8, Sunday, 8:26 a.m.; -2.1 feet; Long BeachMay 9, Monday, 9:14 a.m.; -1.9 feet; MocrocksMay 10, Tuesday, 10:03 a.m.; -1.5 feet; MocrocksMay 11, Wednesday, 10:55 a.m.; -0.9 feet; MocrocksMay 12, Thursday, 11:49 a.m.; -0.3 feet; MocrocksAyres recommends that diggers arrive at the beaches an hour or two before low tide for best results. However, digging is not allowed on any beach after noon with the exception of Mocrocks on May 12, when digging will be allowed for an extra hour, until 1 p.m., due to the later low tide, Ayres said.Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://www.fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.WDFW also is proposing three days of digging at Mocrocks and two days at Copalis later in the month. These will be the final days of digging on those two beaches this season, Ayres said. The department will announce whether the digs can proceed, pending the results of marine toxin tests, about a week before the digs are scheduled to start.Below is a list of proposed digs, along with low tides and beaches:May 20, Friday, 6:37 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Mocrocks, CopalisMay 21, Saturday, 7:12 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Mocrocks, CopalisMay 22, Sunday, 7:47 a.m.; -0.8 feet; MocrocksDuring all upcoming digs, state wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks by observing posted vehicle speed limits and avoiding nest sites. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula.The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.” Both species are listed as “endangered” in the state and as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act.last_img read more

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Rock Review: High Energy

first_imgBy Chris Spiewak |Rock music knows no geographical boundaries or language barriers. It was born in English-speaking countries, but it is popular on every continent these days in dozens of dialects. With the proliferation of the Spanish language in this country, there are many traditional Latin music groups, but one must search a bit harder for a good Latin rock band.In this area, Asbury Park’s Xol Azul Band fits the bill perfectly with a mix of mainstream cover songs and their own compositions. Generating a sound that fills every dance floor at every gig, it is not uncommon to see a Rolling Stones fan grooving shoulder to shoulder with a Carlos Santana fan, and a Bob Marley fan right beside them.Founded in 2002, the members of Xol Azul are part-time musicians with day jobs, but they produce impressive shows which might lead one to think they are a full-time band. Lead vocalist and bassist Gidalthi Guillen, known to most people as simply ‘G’, is one of the founding members, along with guitarist Gil Cruz. Interestingly enough, Guillen and Cruz were more influenced by blues and rock artists like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, BB King and Eric Clapton. Guillen likes to describe the band’s sound as a “beautiful mix” of Latin, rock and pop music; there is literally something for everyone at one of their shows. When you combine these types of music, you get a powerful mix of guitar-driven melodies and an infectious rhythmic beat that is impossible to ignore.Xol Azul, from left, Susu Leon, Gidalthi Guillen, Fabian Rojas, Javier Medel and Gil Cruz. Photo by Chris SpiewakWhen asked about the band’s longevity, Guillen responds with one word, “friendship.” The camaraderie onstage is obvious, with Cruz, Guillen and talented and popular keyboardist Fabian Rojas constantly playing off of one another. The crowd also picks up on this energy, which is yet another reason the band is so well-liked. Frequent interaction with people on the dance floor can get a bit crazy sometimes, with the occasional microphone being extended onto the dance floor for a talented crowd member to sing a few bars and grab a selfie with the band. In fact, it is quite difficult to record a clean, unobstructed photo of this band; at a recent show at Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park, the dance floor was nearly full after just a minute into the first song.The two members most responsible for the pulsating rhythm are drummer Susu Leon and percussionist Javier Medel. Leon is a recent addition to Xol Azul and delivers the main beat with perfect timing and flair, working seamlessly with Medel. Javier Medel is a master of all things percussion, standing behind his “kit” which is almost as large as Leon’s. Congas, cowbell, snare drum, guiro, claves, tambourine and chimes are just some of the items in his arsenal. With everything going on in any particular song, these two gentlemen never miss a beat and are wonderful to witness in action.Xol Azul lead guitarist Gil Cruz performs in Asbury Park. Photo by Chris SpiewakOne sign of a good band is the quality of the original material that they have written. In 2007 the band released a CD entitled “Sale el Xol” with 11 great tracks on it. These songs were recorded at Lake House Studios in Asbury Park and the production is professionally done. Ten of the 11 songs are performed in Spanish, but one can get a very good idea of the artistic talents of Guillen and Cruz, although all members contribute to each composition. There is a great range of genres on this CD, with good rockers like “Memoria de Rosa,” “Tu Amante” and “Miedo,” and a bit of Latin country in “Abre Tu Corazon” and “Ay Amor!” “Herido” has a hint of rockabilly, and “Gritos De Libertad” has a definite reggae feel to it. All are written and performed with a Latin feel to them and it is interesting to hear how the band’s various music influences are interwoven into each selection. In 2013 the band recorded a popular Latin pop song written by Joan Sebastian entitled “Estos Celos,” and are currently working on new material for a new cd.The band plays frequently in the central Jersey area, so visit XolAzulBand.com for more info and updates.Chris Spiewak is currently the bassist for Rock/Blues cover band VyntEdge.This article was first published in the Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Animal and Plant Tricks

first_imgThere’s no end of amazing tricks in the living world – adaptations that aid their success.  Finding them is one thing.  Explaining them is another.Electric webs:  There’s electricity in the air around spider webs, Science Now says in “Spider Silk Grabs Electrically Charged Insects in Midair.”  Flying insects pick up static eletricity as they fly (a honeybee can pick up 200 volts).  Spider silks get a charge out of greeting the food service, flexing up to 2 mm at a fast rate of 7 m/s when the prey approaches.  More study is needed, Live Science cautioned, to see if all flying insects, such as the spiders’ preferred diet of flies, pick up static electricity.Jumping fish:  A swamp dweller called the mangrove rivulus has a unique hopping method, Live Science reports.  Unlike the largemouth bass that flexes into a C-shape and jumps but gets nowhere fast, the rivulus does a unique tail flip that sends it on the path to progress (see video clip in the article).  On land, the mostly-hermaphroditic fish can live for up to two months feeding on insects while absorbing oxygen through its skin.Self-cleaning guillemot eggs:  The eggs of the guillemot, a seabird, are covered in small conical pimples that shed water, the BBC News reported.  This helps them avoid the saltwater and detritus in the birds’ crowded colonies.  The roughness of the shell may also give the eggs a better foothold on the rocky cliffs where the females lay their eggs.Bat battery:  Using elastic energy stored in their wing tendons, fruit bats get better mileage, Science Daily reports.  When taking off, this “recycled energy” stored from previous wing flaps gives them an extra boost.  This ability is apparently unique among small mammals.  The article ends with a touch of biomimetics: “This research will likely have relevance for the development of autonomous micro aircrafts and potentially also amphibious search and rescue vehicles.”Jerboa jumps:  Jerboas are little desert rodents that look like a cross between a mouse and a kangaroo (see picture in Science Daily).  The small bipedal jumpers have not been studied much.  Science Daily says that their hops, skips and jumps allow them to compete with four-footed rodents in Old World deserts.  The unpredictability of their trajectories gives the jerboas a way to coexist in the niche occupied by quadrupedal rodents.RNA regulates flowering time:  There’s new insight into how perennial plants know they are old enough to flower, and that the right season has arrived.  An article on Science Daily reports that “Alpine Rock Cress Uses a Ribonucleic Acid to Measure Its Age and Tell When It’s the Right Time to Flower.”  The concentration of a small RNA “works like an hourglass,” the article explains.One can hypothesize about the origins of these adaptations by considering horizontal and vertical axes of information.  The horizontal axis represents variations of existing genetic information.  The vertical axis would require gain or loss of information.  With that in mind, we might suspect that the guillemot egg did not require intelligent design, since it represents accentuation of existing dimples in the eggshell.  The most-dimpled ones survived the salty, steep environment to bring a new generation of birds, whereas others were more susceptible to damage or falling.  The RNA hourglass in flowering plants, though, appears to be a system that required programming from the beginning.  There’s nothing about a particular small RNA molecule that would signal a plant to flower unless other systems exist to measure its concentration and use that metric to signal downstream processes.  Try your skill with each organism to see where on the axes the adaptations might lie, realizing that scientific explanations are not necessarily part of science, especially when speculation exceeds testability.  Avoid just-so stories. (Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Ceres rips Davao; Global triumphs

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next At Rizal Memorial Stadium, Global Cebu scored two late goals to subdue Stallion Laguna, 4-3, and complete the cast in the Finals Series.The result allowed Global to seal at least a fourth place finish at the end of the regular season after increasing their tally to 43 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ceres Negros leaned on a first half hattrick from Spanish striker Fernando Rodriguez to whip Davao Aguilas, 5-1, and climb to second spot in the Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.Captain Patrick Reichelt and Bienve Maranon were also on target for the Busmen who moved within six points off leader Meralco Manila ahead of their 7 p.m. duel on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Trillanes accused of harassment, hiring social media trolls PLAY LIST 01:38Trillanes accused of harassment, hiring social media trolls01:45Big firm products top worst plastic litter list — report03:28Hurricane Dorian lashes South Carolina, Great Abaco Island01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion With sweep beckoning, Baldwin refuses to look past Tigers LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Awful 4th of July-Themed Posts We (Wisely) Decided Not to Write

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: A hot topic of discussion among inbound marketers is how they think of topics to write about. I personally find myself engaged in a life-long topic brainstorm — topic ideas tend to pop up at the bar, on the train, in the shower, even while I sleep. (Indeed, I’ve dreamt of blog posts I should write. This post was one of them.)And once in a blue moon, when all the stars align just right, I’ll also think of topics when I’m actually supposed to. Like, at work. This post you’re reading right now is an example of that.Me and my business blogging buddies Pamela Vaughan and Ginny Soskey were trying to think of what to write for the 4th and 5th of July, and after some spectacularly unsuccessful brainstorming, we finally thought up this very blog post you’re reading right now … a post about all the stupid 4th of July-themed posts we could write, and explaining why we decided not to write them.How meta, right? I hope you find it a nice mix of entertaining and educational — the perfect little content dose for your day off.8 Terrible July 4th Blog Posts We Decided Not to Write (And 2 We Did Write)1) “Ketchup Renderings of Marketing Thought Leaders on Hamburgers””You know what would make this hamburger better? If the ketchup looked like Seth Godin.” We decided not to write this because … well, because it’s a stupid idea. And because none of us are that good at Photoshop.2) “Mustard Renderings of Marketing Thought Leaders on Hot Dogs”The natural follow-up to the hamburger idea. Only worse, because there’s less surface area to draw on.3) “Sprocket Hot Dogs”Or like … sprockdogs? Like, renderings of the HubSpot logo made out of hot dogs?No.This idea is ridiculous, and a little too phallic, at that. Maybe we just abandon the 4th of July idea entirely. This isn’t going well.4) “Totally Ridiculous 4th of July Stock Photography”Finally! A legitimate idea. This was pretty good, because it’s based on experience — we wrote a post about awful stock photography back in November, and it performed extremely well. And since the post is image heavy, not text heavy, it would be a quick write and a quick read, not to mention easy and fun to share in social media. Perfect mix for a holiday weekend. If you read the blog yesterday, you’d know that we did, in fact, write this post! One down, one to go (we still needed a post for today, July 5th)!5) “How to Enjoy Your 4th of July Vacation”We thought about doing this post because it could incorporate practical advice for marketers, so we’d be teaching something while doing a 4th of July newsjack (holidayjack?). However, we wrote a post in the past about how to generate blog leads over the weekend, and it didn’t perform that well. In addition, a lot of the post would focus on what you can automate, and it seemed like a post that’d already been written a million times over. We didn’t want to add to the clutter on the internet, so we decided to pass on this idea. It was just … meh.6) “X Relaxing Things You Can Do Over the Long Weekend That’ll Still Help Your Marketing”Talk about a long workig title. We were thinking of writing a list of productive things you could do — like using social media, reading industry sites — that are low on brain impact, but would still make you feel like you’re working. But then we realized … people really don’t want to be working on a holiday weekend. Not in the slightest. And even if they do, they’re going to be doing real work, not half-arsed stuff like this post would recommend. So, as Jay-Z said, on to the next.7) “Marketing Doppelgangers of Founding Fathers”The problem with this one is we’d have to find marketing folks that actually look like the founding fathers, and I’m pretty sure there aren’t any. And also probably get their permission to publish their photos (the marketing people, not the founding fathers). This is basically the ketchup Photoshop fiasco all over again.8) “The Best 4th of July Fireworks Displays [SlideShare]”There isn’t even a semblance of a marketing tie-in here. If we published this, we’d just be Mashable.9) “How Our Customers Are Enjoying the 4th of July [SlideShare]”It’d be impossible to solicit those photos without making some poor sap work on their long weekend. And we’re not that cruel.10) “Awful 4th of July-Themed Posts We (Wisely) Decided Not to Write”After throwing out 8 terrible topics (actually, there were a few other equally miserable iterations of many of these), we were getting pretty slap happy. I quipped we should just write a list of all the terrible topics we’d just come up with during our brainstorming session. And then we thought … actually … breaking down a topic brainstorm session might be pretty helpful. And this one might have some doses of entertainment, too, because we had some massively stupid ideas.Bingo! That’s our July 5th post! You just read it :)So, now you have an idea of what a topic brainstorm looks like — for us, at least. If you’re having trouble coming up with topics to write about, grab a couple of colleagues, start throwing stuff out there, and iterate on it until you get a gem. Most of the ideas are, quite honestly, quite terrible. That’s alright! It gets the brain working, and you can throw out what doesn’t work for the couple of ideas that are worth a try. To everyone still celebrating 4th of July, happy long weekend! And please share your own ridiculous blog posts you wisely decided not to write in the comments.Image credit: janeyhenning Holiday Marketing Originally published Jul 5, 2013 9:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017last_img read more

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