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Thursday, March 31, 2011

And So It Begins...

This post will seem like it's really out of left field at first, but I promise there's a reason if you'll just stay with me.

Were any of you Babylon 5 fans? It was a cool sci-fi show, and it had its share of great jokes. For example, did you know that every species in the galaxy apparently has its own version of Swedish meatballs? Or that Daffy Duck is "the Egyptian god of frustration"?

It also had a lot of great quotes. Some were serious, like "The avalanche has started, it's too late for the pebbles to vote" and "The universe is driven by the complex interaction between three ingredients: matter, energy, and enlightened self-interest." Others were funny, like these classics from Lt. Commander Susan Ivanova, "If regret could be harvested, Russia would be the world's fruit-basket" and "I know, I know. It's a Russian thing. When we're about to do something stupid, we like to catalog the full extent of our stupidity for future reference."

But Babylon 5 was probably best known for the number of strong female characters in the show -- characters like Ivanova, whose "God sent me" speech just before one of the climactic battle scenes is considered one of the highlights of the series. (You can find it listed at YouTube as "God Sent Me," but "White Star Fleet vs. Advanced Destroyers" has the speech plus the whole battle sequence.)

I bring all this up because there is one sequence that I can't seem to shake when I think about the LPGA's Kraft-Nabisco Championship starting today. It's a short speech made by Ambassador Delenn of the Minbari.

Brief background: There was a war between the Minbari and Earth. Earth was about to lose until one Captain Sheridan (played by Bruce Boxleitner) defeated a Minbari fleet. I don't remember all the background, but it was a turning point in the war, and Sheridan became revered among the Minbari. (It's a whole warrior culture thing.) Delenn has gone through a metamorphosis, becoming half human/half Minbari to better mediate between both races. In this clip, Earth has turned against the Babylon 5 station where Sheridan is now in charge, and Delenn has just brought some of the Minbari fleet to protect it:

When I think about the KNC, I can't shake that last line: "If you value your lives, be somewhere else."

Last year, both the PGA and the LPGA lost their dominant players for various reasons. On the men's tour, everybody and their brother has stepped up to claim titles; every week we have a different winner.

But it's been different on the women's tour. A few select players have stepped up and taken charge... and they aren't no-names. Other than last week's winner Sandra Gal, virtually every winner over the last year has been Top 15-20 in the Rolex Rankings. (Se Ri Pak, Sun Young Yoo, and Jimin Kang are the only ones I think were outside... and Pak is a Hall of Famer. Hardly a surprise win there, is it?)

I'm not looking for a lot of breakthrough winners this year, and certainly not this week. I've already picked Creamer to win -- she's #10 -- but it's a pretty safe bet that if she doesn't win it'll be another highly-ranked player. The rest of the field may wish they were somewhere else.

Golf Channel has six hours of live coverage today and tomorrow, and another four hours each on Saturday and Sunday. You won't want to be anywhere else!

1 comment:

  1. BIG fan of that Kentucky Nuked Chicken ! :-D

    Should be a fun week of golf - lots of these women are really hungry for this first major of the year.