The Fringe: Ian Poulter Really, Really Likes Elephants

By Matthew Castonguay
Wednesday July 23rd, 2014 12:20 pm EDT

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Ian Poulter Can’t Get Enough of Elephants 

Ian Poulter and his family spent the day at Woburn Safari Park in England on Tuesday, and Poulter just couldn’t stop taking pictures — of elephants: 

Well, we all know when Ian Poulter gets into something, he just can’t stop. Look at his massive car collection. His love of the Chive. It just seems like whatever it is Poults is into, he’s really into. The slew of elephant photos from Tuesday just serves to defend that claim. It’s no secret that Poulter loves his kids and family, but he was so enthralled with the majesty of the elephants that he has one picture of his kids — and even that is elephant laden. 

Unfortunately, most places on Earth don’t allow people to keep elephants as pets. Sorry, Ian. Your car collection will just have to do for now. 

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Bobby Petrino’s Redemption Runs Through Golf

You remember Bobby Petrino. The head football coach at Louisville who had quite the rough patch between 2007 and 2012 that saw him walk out on the Atlanta Falcons after 14 games, a motorcycle crash and an affair with a former Arkansas volleyball player he hired as the student-athlete development coordinator. Since then, Petrino has been trying to rebuild his career, his relationships and his family. 

One of the biggest steps he’s taken toward redemption has come on the golf course, caddying for his daughter, Katie. 

“I’m not a real good caddie,” Petrino said during ACC media day. “I push the bag and try to listen and only speak if I’m asked a question. There are three things a caddy is supposed to do: show up, keep up, shut up.”

 
Katie Petrino is a pretty good player and her dad has been caddying for her all over, most recently at a U.S. Amateur qualifier in Ohio. His job looping for his daughter is one that Coach Petrino enjoys and is important to rebuilding his relationship with his family. 

“I tried to get out of my comfort zone and talk a lot,” Petrino said. “I think she enjoys me walking around with her, having someone to talk to. It’s hard because golf is a complete individual game, you don’t have teammates and only one person wins. I try to help her relax a little bit.”

For Petrino, the rebuilding will take time for sure, but he’s already making great strides to save his relationship, his marriage and his career — and it all started on the golf course. 


Angela Stanford Knocks Impressive Item Off Bucket List

One of the most stressful parts of being a professional golfer is the travel. That being said, if you’re going to be jet setting around the country for your job, you should probably make the most of it. LPGA star Angela Stanford did just that, making a point to see all 30 MLB stadiums.

After more than 14 years, she finally crossed No. 3o off her list: 

 
About this time last year, Stanford checked in at Marlins Park in Miami with just two parks to go: 

 
Stanford, a Texas native, is a die-hard Texas Rangers fan and spends a lot of time at the Ballpark at Arlington cheering on her team. Her feat, while a popular one to try, isn’t often completed and should be praised. Congratulations, Angela. 


In Case You Missed It

Golfers Return to America and the Comfort of Fast Food

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Now that Rory McIlroy has hoisted the claret jug and captured leg No. 3 of the career grand slam at the Open Championship, players are returning from England. With most players across the pond for at least two weeks, they come back needing to readjust to the time change and fighting jet lag.

They’ve been disconnected for far too long from all the things that make America great. Things like fireworks, Bojangles, liberty, Chick-Fil-A, four-lane highways, Chipotle, drive-thru liquor stores, and double-bacon cheeseburgers — things that aren’t readily available anywhere else in the world. So it’s no wonder they were all craving fast food. Read More

Will Rory McIlroy Win 18 Majors? Padraig Harrington Says Yes

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Jack Nicklaus holds the most coveted record in golf with his 18 major championships. It’s the number every golfer chases and hopes to pass one day, but for almost all of them, it will remain an unattainable dream.

It takes more than just talent. You have to remain healthy for the majority of your career, in addition to staying mentally strong on and off the course. Put simply: You have to be extraordinarily great. Read More


Out Of Bounds

The ending of AMC’s critically acclaimed show “Breaking Bad” was a little big ambiguous. There was plenty of speculation about (spoiler alert!) whether or not Walter White actually died. Perhaps he did, perhaps he didn’t? Maybe he died right there on the floor and maybe he was taken to the hospital and blah blah blah — you can believe what you’d like. I’ve always been of the ilk that White died right there.

In this video, with the help of a weather balloon, White makes his final ascent to the “big meth lab in the sky,” I guess … or maybe it’s just a group of guys who wanted a subject for their awesome GoPro video? Either way, the video is pretty sweet and worth four and a half minutes of your day:

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