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What we're watching (all times EST): PGA Honda Classic, first round (Golf Channel) at 3. VMI vs. Winthrop (ESPNU) in men's college basketball at 6. Michigan at Illinois (ESPN) and Florida State at Virginia (ESPN2) in men's college basketball at 7. Thunder at Magic (TNT) at 8. NC-Asheville vs. Charleston Southern (ESPNU) in men's college basketball at 8. Georgia at Kentucky (ESPN) and Villanova at Rutgers (ESPN2) in men's college basketball at 9. Heat at Trail Blazers (TNT) at 10:30. Colorado at Oregon (Fox Sports Net) in men's college basketball at 10:30. New Mexico State at Nevada (ESPN2) in men's college basketball at 11.
Tiny Bits of Joy: "This isn't a story about how sports allowed me to form some kind of ethereal bond with my father, helping me to find a way to love him when doing so always seemed impossible. The story does not end with me wistfully holding that old photograph of my father in his little league uniform or taking his old clubs out for one more round of golf as part of some kind of cinematic ritual of forgiveness and appreciation. There is no dramatic turn or reversal here that brings with it the idea that sports can heal old wounds. Sports don't really have that power, no matter how many times we may have been told otherwise by a Monday Night Football broadcast. What sports can do, however, is simplify things. There will always be a game to be played and a victory to be had. It's while the outcome of these games are being decided that we are given the opportunity to extract tiny bits of happiness out of the seemingly mundane. We smile and nod our heads at the sight of a bang-bang double play or a drive that skips perfectly down the center of the fairway. It will always be this way. It is within this realm of simplicity that sports help me make sense of my father. Those golf clubs and that photograph help me understand that he used to be someone else. He used to be just a regular guy, one who grew up playing little league and getting a kick out of a perfectly struck golf ball. He used to enjoy the same things that I do. This is an incredibly simple way to conceive of my father, but that's precisely what comforts me, as it reminds me that his life wasn't always so full of ugliness. I can hold onto this thought and smile just a little." [The Good Men Project]