The Fringe: SI Jordan Flashback & Walker Recognized by NASA

By Matthew Castonguay
Tuesday August 19th, 2014 10:04 am EDT

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Welcome to The Fringe, Back9Network’s daily feature created to keep you up to date on the best stories happening in golf, social media and pop culture. 

25 Years Ago This Week, Sports Illustrated Looked Like This

It’s often said that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Twenty-five years ago, Sports Illustrated ran a story about Michael Jordan, the basketball legend with a passion for the game of golf. If you don’t remember or, like me, were barely a living, breathing thing, take a look at the SI cover from August 14, 1989: 

Twenty-five years later, the Hall of Fame basketball career has long been over — as has the baseball experiment — and it’s no secret that Jordan is still a golf nut. Avid doesn’t begin to describe the level of his passion. Since retiring from the NBA for the third (and final) time in 2003, Jordan has focused on his golf, playing all over with friends ranging from former athletes and celebrities to presidents to Back9Network’s Ahmad Rashad. 

Strange to think — Jordan is 51 years old. Maybe, just maybe, His Airness could consider getting his golf game into shape enough to make a run at playing on the Champions Tour? Sure, it’s a little far-fetched — but if anyone can do, it’d probably be Jordan. 

Related: Urlacher, Clemens Claim Michael Jordan Invitational

Jimmy Walker Receives Distinguished Honor … From NASA

Jimmy Walker isn’t just a three-time winner on the PGA Tour — he’s also an esteemed astrophotographer. 

Walker’s somewhat peculiar passion has been picked up on by many who are fascinated by the budding PGA Tour star. Walker has catapulted to the top of the American golf crop thanks to his three wins in 2014 and has received plenty of attention for his stellar play on the course. 

Now, he’s getting some attention for his work off it — by NASA: 

Seriously, winning on the PGA Tour is awesome, and having your picture chosen by NASA isn’t as big a deal (I don’t think). But still — you’re a PGA Tour winner who has also found a way to show up on NASA’s radar. That’s a pretty tough feat to pull, but one that Walker has accomplished. 

I guess all that’s left is to win a major and find intelligent life in another galaxy? Shouldn’t be too much to ask. 

Related Link: Jimmy Walker On Alien Life

Cameron Tringale DQ’s Himself From PGA Championship

Saying he was riddled with guilt following uncertainty over a stroke that may or may not have been, Cameron Tringale has disqualified himself from the 2014 PGA Championship

In doing so, Tringale forfeits his 33rd-place finish, more than $50,000 and, considering the magnitude of the event, arguably the best performance of his career as a professional. As it stands now, his best career finish in a major came at the 2012 PGA Championship when he finished 72nd. 

“Realizing that there could be the slightest doubt that the swing over the ball should have been recorded as a stroke,” Tringale said in a statement, “I spoke with the PGA of America and shared with them my conclusion that the stroke should have been recorded.” 


Tringale has had a solid 2014 regardless of the DQ at the PGA Championship and will be in the field this week at The Barclays as the FedExCup playoffs begin. 

Related: Opposite Day: Rickie Fowler and Cameron Tringale Play Lefty

In Case You Missed It

Introducing the Golf Ball Bucket Challenge


A few months ago we introduced our Back9Network fans to the Ice Bucket Challenge – a charity-focused game of dare that has spread through social media outlets like wildfire. As with most viral videos, however, the challenge started to feel a little stale.

Apparently this guy thought so, too. Behold! The Golf Ball Bucket Challenge! Read More

Is This the World’s Fastest Electric Golf Cart?

Shock Therapy Racing anchor

The folks with Shock Therapy Racing boast a mighty fine custom-built golf cart. According to KFVS, it’s the world’s fastest electric golf cart and it broke its own record on Sunday at Dyno Dom’s Raceway during the 4th Annual Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention in Sikeston, Mo.

The cart reportedly covered the 1/8-mile track in 6.63 seconds and reached a top speed of 97.32 mph, according to the National Electric Drag Racing Association. The previous world record was 88 mph in the same amount of time. Read More

Out Of Bounds

Gatorade has teamed up with NFL superstars Peyton Manning (surprise!) and Cam Newton for their new “Sweat It to Get It” campaign and the results are gold. I tried, really I did, to choose just one of the spots that have emerged, but that was impossible. Below are my three favorites, but make sure you check them all out. If you’re looking for an awesome way to spend nine minutes or so of your morning, these spots are it:

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