This would normally be the place where I would talk a ton of stuff, but I just can’t do it. This would also be the place where I whine and cry about being on the wrong end of a loss, but I can’t do that either. According to the radio voice of the Avalanche, Marc Moser, Friday the 13th was the day that I was supposed to quit golf. As of right now, I’m still planning on playing plenty of golf and I’m a bigger Avalanche fan than I’ve ever been. Those are two very good things.
The date: Friday the 13th of August, 2010.
The place: Green Valley Ranch Golf Course in Denver.
Tee time: 12:58 p.m.
Weather: As good as anyone could ask for.
The Moser Golf Challenge, Part 2, the challenge issued via Moser on Twitter, was on. It was a close match the entire day with no team ever leading by more than two holes. The golf was fun. There were some great shots, and there were some not so great shots. That’s the game of golf sometimes. The teams were well matched and all of us had to grind for any advantage we gained on the opposition. That’s how an even match works.
The big story of the match was that it was an absolute blast. Marc Moser is every bit of who he is on the radio while he calls games and then some. The guy basically lives and dies on every shot that he and his partner hit. I had the extreme pleasure of looking over after a few of my shots during the round to see him bent over like he was about to throw up. Kyle Keefe was great to play with as well. He was the calm one in their pair to say the least. They, together, accomplished something I never, ever thought would happen during a round of golf, they actually helped me become an even bigger Avalanche fan. For those of you that know me pretty well, that’s not an simple task at all. I have to give these guys an absolute ton of credit. Putting themselves “out there” and giving unheard access to regular old Avs fans like myself and my partner was such a cool move by them on many levels. We talked about commercials, specifically the famous John-Michael Liles “Hot Pocket” Altitude spot, what buildings are the best for them to work in, what it’s like to have inside access to the team we all love, and many things in between.
I’ve met many hockey players through the years and I don’t believe I’ve ever been let down by any of them. They have all been kind and pleasurable. It’s all part of that hockey culture that any hockey fan appreciates. Kyle Keefe and Marc Moser were no different. A HUGE thanks to both of them for taking time out of their schedules to play a round of golf with my partner and me.
After the match was completed, the word “rematch” was mentioned more than a few times. I hope we can make that happen sometime soon.