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Mother Nature Smiles on Emmi Farms Earth Day Half Marathon

BALDWINSVILLE, NY – Mother Nature obviously saved her best and brightest sunshine of this entire April for the Earth Day Half Marathon in Baldwinsville. A bold sunrise of blazing red and gold – sunbeams stretching their arms joyously – melted into a cloudless azure sky, and the rolling Adirondack foothills and meadows were bathed in a light that might...

Ole, Sergio! Garcia Wins Green Jacket, First Major at 2017 Masters

We thought we’d seen this movie before, and we were ready for yet another heart-wrenching ending. If past history were any indication, Sergio Garcia was supposed to lose this Masters in the clutch, not win it. Something horrible always happens to Garcia, he’s played the flawed tragic hero perfectly for close on two decades. Shakespeare would have loved him. He’s such...

Rose in Bloom at the 2017 Masters

It was 1998 when we first met Justin Rose. Back then he was a green and grateful amateur, just 17 years old. But that week in July, he ignited the normally staid English crowd into one joyous celebration after another as he nearly won the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. It was sparkling scene: the salty waves lapping at the feet of the mammoth fescue-covered...

2017 Masters Preview – Remembering Larry Mize and the Greatest Miracle in Masters History

You may find yourself In a beautiful house With a beautiful wife. You may ask yourself “Well, how did I get here?!” —Talking Heads, “Once in a Lifetime” The immortal words of David Byrne, that’s what we all might have asked ourselves in April of 1987, even Larry Mize, as he strode out of Butler Cabin clad a Green Jacket, the newly-minted Masters Champion. He...

Jay’s Plays Masters Preview Part 1 – Tony Dear on the European Tour Players

Last year Tony Dear of GNN came on our show and said he thought Danny Willett could win the Masters. We all pointed at him and laughed. Now Theon Greyjoy is sporting a Green Jacket serving blood puddings at Masters Dinner. So Tony came back on the show for Part 1 of our Masters Preview show. It’s here, so check it out. We’ll post Part 2 aling with our...

Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon and the Rivertown Runners – a Runner’s Rite of Spring

—Special to Slave to the Traffic Light Runner’s Magazine by Jay Flemma SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY – History, literature, nature, and distance running all blend seamlessly to create one of the most challenging, beautiful, and character-rich half marathons in America in fabled, venerable Sleepy Hollow, New York. East coast runners, get ready to add a permanent entry...

Coming up – Sleepy Hollow Half, Masters Coverage Schedule

So here’s the schedule of events from now through the Masters: First up, Slave to the Traffic Light Magazine returns with my race review of this Saturday’s Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon. That’s right, I’m racing the Headless Horseman through the same forest where he (read: Bram Bones) bushwhacked Ichabod Crane. Then comes our Masters preview...

Top Reasons to Love Gil Hanse’s Boston Golf Club – the 21st Century’s Proper Rejoinder to Pine Valley

HINGHAM, MA – “Boston Golf Club?” my friend asked, confused. “That’s not helpful. Which club in Boston do you mean?” “No, that’s the name of it,” I replied. “Boston Golf Club…THE Boston Golf Club. The definitive article, so to speak.” My buddy gave a knowing, “Ahhhh!” and then turned to pack his clubs and shoes. That was all I had to say. He knows the mantra –...

USGA Sectional Qualifying Sites for 2017 U.S. Open

The USGA has released its list of 2017 U.S. Open Sectional qualifying sites. The list is headlined by a foreign course this year – Walton Heath, the great English heathland course designed by Herbert Fowler.Other highlights include Canoe Brook, Woodmont, (of Barack Obama fame), and Jupiter Hills. Woodmont, by the way, is making its 30th consecutive appearance...

Opening Act Illness Means Two Sets of Mike Doughty in Rochester

(PHOTO CREDIT MIKE DOUGHTY) “Please don’t tell anybody tonight’s show was any different from the rest of the tour,” Mike Doughty asked ironically. Sorry, Mike, you were a little late with that, and it probably wouldn’t have worked anyway. After all, he and his full band – his first in many years – were already mid-second set...