Tag:Will Brinson
Posted on: August 19, 2011 4:20 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 4:29 pm

VIDEO: Lamely hole-out earns lifetime of vacation

Posted by Will Brinson

GREENSBORO, NC -- Derek Lamely isn't going to the make the cut at the Wyndham Championship. Which means he's going home.

Or, perhaps, on vacation. You see, Lamely holed out the par-three 16th hole on Friday, and that earned him a lifetime of vacations* from Wyndham. No, really -- since taking over as the sponsor in Greensboro, Wyndham's been offering up the 16th as a hole-in-one opportunity to get hooked up on a vaca spot for life.

Watch it below -- just a casual one-hopper on a 199-yard par three over a lot of water. No big deal.

*There's some sort of fine print about this that involves Lamely getting a bunch of "vacation ownership" and a bunch of points to use. It's complex, but the point remains the same: free vacations for life. It's a sweet deal.

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Posted on: August 19, 2011 12:55 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 4:29 pm

Golf, social media and charity meet in Greensboro

Posted by Will Brinson

GREENSBORO, NC -- Of all the sports in America, golf's been a little behind the curve when it comes to social media. That's not because the PGA Tour is stodgy or anything, it's just that "fan interaction" and "using phones on a golf course" are problematic.

Last year, the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro became the first-ever PGA event to allow patrons to use phones on the course, and this year, the Wyndham's taking things a step further by promoting charitable donations and prizes for patrons through social media "check-ins."

Patrons who download the Foursquare and Facebook mobile phone applications and "check-in" to various locations at the Sedgefield Country Club will be given opportunities to win prizes throughout the weekend, which -- I believe -- is a first in PGA history.

They'll also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite charity, with the charity that accrues the most votes by 3 p.m. EST on Sunday receiving a check at the championship presentation.

"This campaign is a way for us to give back to our customers, as well as the community," said Alyson Johnson, vice president of marketing and communications at Wyndham Worldwide.  "This is yet another example of how Wyndham Worldwide brings innovation to the golf course. Last year we introduced the Key to Wyn tent, our onsite hotel lobby, and this year we are excited to bring another social experience."

That social experience can actually provide some pretty solid swag for patrons attending Greensboro's tournament this year -- a check-in to the Bridgestone Performance Park at the Wyndham Championship on Facebook will net you a "Freebie" of some sorts. (As soon as I claim mine, I'll update and let you know.)

And a deal on Foursquare gives anyone who checks into the Wyndham Pro Shop a 10-percent discount on all Wyndham and golf gear in the store.

Perhaps the best deal I've found thus far? A check-in to the Wyndham "Key to Wyn Tent" is letting the first five people to "identify what all four tee markers" are on the course a day at the Wyndham Beach. Confused? Here's a hint:

In case you don't know, the Wyndham Beach looks out on a three-hole stretch near the end of Sedgefield (14th green, par-3 15th and the 16th tee box) and is, literally, a beach.

Well, a fake beach, but it's a beach. And as our friends at the Golf Channel pointed out Thursday, it's where the beautiful people go to hang out. And simply by breaking all normal decorum and firing up your phone on the golf course, you could find yourself there as well.

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Posted on: August 9, 2011 11:49 am

2 Guys & a Podcast: Tebow/religion, NCAA/Twitter

Posted by Will Brinson

Two Guys and a Podcast returns for it's least controversial episode yet, as we talk about everyone's favorite blend of topics: Tim Tebow and religion!

Also, since my man Gregg Doyel already broke down Twitter and the NCAA in written form, we figured we'd chat about that too.

Plus, since our last episode, Carolina fans decided to sue their university, so we wonder aloud about what the heck they're thinking.

All that and much, much more just by hitting play below. Also, Subscribe via iTunes!

Posted on: August 2, 2011 12:29 pm

Two Guys and a Podcast: Moss retires, Butch fired

Posted by Will Brinson

"Two Guys and a Podcast" returns for it's second installment ... but this time we've got artwork, kids! (iTunes subscription coming soon -- you don't have to email us every day about it. Really, you don't.)

In this edition, Gregg Doyel and I talk about Randy Moss' retirement, whether or not he's a better fit for than Plaxico Burress, whether Moss should be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, why Twitter is so awesome, why it took so long for North Carolina to fire Butch Davis, where the university will go from here and who's the "most scummy" among UNC, USC, Ohio State and Tennessee.

All that -- and much, MUCH more -- simply by hitting the play button below -- iTunes availability coming soon! If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:16 am
Edited on: August 2, 2011 11:25 am

Tiger Woods' new shoes at Firestone: Nike FREE

Posted by Will Brinson

Tiger Woods is back on the comeback trail. Again. This run will feature the former No. 1 golfer in the world playing at Firestone's Bridgestone Invitational as well as the PGA Championship in two weeks. (And, if he really needs the FedEx Cup points, a stint in Greensboro at the Wyndham Championship.)

It will also feature a new caddy, Byron Bell. And some new shoes! Tiger's heading back on the trail this time wearing a prototype golf shoe inspired by the FREE technology that Nike recently introduced.

You can see the shoe above and, frankly, it looks different than any golf shoe I've ever seen a professional golfer wear. That's primarily because they don't look as rigid as most golf shoes (though that rigid nature is usually what provides the stability needed for golfers who are standing still while swinging), and almost have a crosstrainer feel to them.

"This will help give Tiger greater stability as he addresses the ball," Tobie Hatfield, a design Director at Nike, said. "The freedom of movement that natural motion technology delivers will also allow more power to be released through the swing rather than through the body – which can happen when
your feet are too static."

Tiger mentioned that he uses the FREE technology -- 'a natural motion technology that is designed to mimic and conform tot he natural motion of the foot,' according to Nike -- in his training shoes and that led to him asking Hatfield to design a golf shoe that would work on the course.

Whether it works -- and whether Tiger is able to storm back onto the PGA Tour's leaderboard remains to be seen. But you can bet that if he does perform to Tiger-like standards in the next few weeks, there'll at least be some folks interested in his new shoes.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:07 pm

Two Guys and a Podcast: NBA talk with Kevin Love

Posted by Will Brinson

We here at the Eye on Sports blog are thrilled to introduce CBSSports.com's newest podcast: "Two Guys and a Podcast," the charming and witty digital baby of Gregg Doyel and yours truly.

In today's inaugural episode, we talk at length with Minnesota Timberwolves big man Kevin Love on a variety of topics. What's he doing during the lockout? Would he like to return to Minny long term? Would Ben Howland make a good next coach for the Timberwolves? How rampant is cheating in college basketball? Can he sing like his uncle? Is "Ready to Die" really the first album he ever loved? And why is he playing volleyball in Times Square with a bunch of Jose Cuervo tequila?

Get the answers to those questions -- and much, MUCH more -- simply by hitting the play button below -- iTunes availability coming soon!

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .
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