From the files of: YOU PEOPLE HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS —
> Wimbledon has asked Roger Federer to NOT wear the white Nike shoes he wore in his opening match victory in London. In other words, they’ve cited him in for a uniform violation code. What’s wrong with the shoes, you ask? They’re orange — on the bottom. Yes, you read that right. The shoes, the part you SEE, anyway, are all white, keeping in accordance with Wimbledon’s “all white” dress code. But the bottoms are orange. Wimbledon has told Federer he can’t wear those anymore.
> At a U.S. Junior Amateur golf qualifier in California on Monday, Casey Martin was told by the USGA he wasn’t allowed to ride in a golf cart and was, effectively, removed from the cart in error by an official running the event. Martin, you’ll remember, won his case in the Supreme Court about twelve years ago when he was trying to play on the PGA Tour. He suffers from a debilitating leg condition that makes walking the golf course nearly impossible. The Supreme Court ruled he could ride in a golf cart while playing professional golf, but his career quickly flamed out after a couple of unsuccessful seasons on TOUR. Anyway, on Monday he was removed from his cart by a tournament official at the U.S. Junior Amateur. Did I mention Martin was a spectator? Oh, well, he was. Right — he wasn’t even PLAYING in the event, which is held for young men under the age of 18. Martin is the golf coach at the University of Oregon and was there to scout potential players for his school. And he was riding in a golf cart watching them. There is, it should be noted, a “no spectator carts allowed” rule at all USGA events. That’s what they enforced on Martin. Except he’s Casey Martin — the guy who won a landmark case in the freakin’ Supreme Court because he has a leg condition that restricts his mobility.
Orange trim on the bottom of your shoes is a uniform code violation…somehow.
Spectator carts not allowed…for ANYONE, even if you don’t have two working legs.
People are nuts.
Before you judge Aaron Hernandez of the Patriots “guilty”, period, just remember these two words:
As I hobble around the WNST studios battling a painful foot condition that stems from my on-going battle with Lyme disease, I offer you my annual friendly reminder to be on full alert for ticks during the summer and fall.
If you find one on your body — attached — carefully remove it and put it in a sealed plastic bag so you can potentially give it to a doctor should you start feeling Lyme symptoms.
Deer ticks – MUCH smaller than a wood tick (roughly the size of this asterisk — *) – carry the Lyme bacteria much more than your typical wood tick, but you should take all tick bites seriously.
Do NOT mess around with tick bites.
I’m telling you from experience, you’ll regret it if you don’t take them seriously.
Google “Lyme disease” for symptoms so you have a clear idea of what to look for should you, in fact, remove a wood or deer tick from your body.
If you experience any of those, consult your physician immediately.