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Posted on June 13th

No shorts!

Why does the PGA ban golfers from wearing Bermuda shorts to tournaments? Long pants worn during a round of golf in hot weather can be uncomfortable and sometimes ridiculous (John Daly for example). However, most golf clubs allow it.

Robert Proschek

Response from Nicholas Richard:

This question is an integral part of discussions between the PGA, clubs and equipment manufacturers. The answer is that players continue to wear shorts out of commitment, tradition and professionalism. While some clubs or tournaments allow players to wear Bermuda shorts during practice rounds, others, such as Augusta National, which hosts the Masters tournament, require players to wear Bermuda shorts themselves during their warm-up round or when hitting balls on the driving range To wear trousers . Golf is one of the most conservative and rigorous sports in this regard. However, we see a trend towards change. Players can now wear hoodies (Hooded Pullover) and trousers in “jogging” or “sport” style. We are a long way from the days when you had to iron shirts and pants. The next step would be to allow players to wear Bermuda shorts, which would be logical and would delight the vast majority of them.

Who does what on the line?

In football, a distinction is made between guard and blocker positions on the offensive line. It seems to me that they play a similar role. So what is the task difference that explains the two terms?

John Fortin

Response from Miguel Bujold:

They essentially do the same jobs: protect the quarterback and block ground plays. However, because they are at the end of the line, the two blockers (right and left) must generally have superior pass protection as they face defensive players whose primary strength is pressing the quarterback. Especially since one of the two blockers protects the quarterback’s blind spot, depending on whether he is left- or right-handed. Conversely, guards are often a little more adept at blocking ground play, as ball carriers often run down the middle of the line of engagement. They also face off against larger defenders whose primary role is to stop ground play. Another difference is that blockers are larger than guards most of the time. Their long arms help quarterback fighters stay a bit more peripheral, and the guards are directly in front of the quarterback, which can obscure his line of sight. The fact that the guards are therefore slightly smaller is desirable.

Speak first… and then!

Has it ever happened to a professional team holding the first and second picks in an amateur draft? And if so, was it worth it?

Karl Blais

Answer from Simon Drouin:

It has only occurred twice in hockey since the first draft in 1963. Each time it was the Canadian who had that privilege. The reason is simple: until 1969, the Montreal team had the right to select the first two Quebec-born players under a territorial clause with the NHL. However, the CH could not target players who were already “sponsored” by NHL clubs. So in 1968 CH opted for goalkeeper Michel Plasse and center Roger Bélisle, who had little success. Thanks to a trade with the Oakland Seals, the Canadiens also picked the third player in the auction, defenseman Jim Pritchard, who opted for two games in the World Hockey Association with the Chicago Cougars. The following year, general manager Sam Pollock had a luckier hand when he called up Réjean Houle and Marc Tardif for first and second. Houle won five Stanley Cups while Tardif had some great years with the Quebec Nordiques in the World Hockey Association and the NHL. The Boston Bruins followed with two obscure forwards, Don Tannahill and Frank Spring. Future Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke was still available for the Philadelphia Flyers at 17e Rank…

Reactions… from the public!

We have received some comments explaining the offside rule in football. We have kept this clear explanation from Alain Gosselin as an addition to our answer.

Alain Gosselin’s answer:

The offside rule is easier to explain. There must be at least two players from the opposing team between the potential offside player and the goal. Usually one of these two players is the goalkeeper and the other is the last defender, but not always as the goalkeeper can be in a forward position, especially when the offside occurs close to the goal. There are other subtleties, but in practice that’s all.

Also on the subject of one-handed or two-handed backhands in tennis, here is an additional answer from Pauline Lafrenière, trainer and trainer of trainers:

We always use both hands when teaching the little ones, as the opposite hand (left for right-handers) helps support the clubhead to accommodate different heights and ball speeds. The advantage: more stability on impact, especially with high or powerful balls. On the other hand, you need very good footwork to be behind the ball. As the child gets older, the majority will keep the two-handed backhand since they are basic players for the majority. Volleyball players like Edberg, Laver or Federer used to use one hand. The advantage is the variety of shots and the ability to stretch at arm’s length. There are too many hitting styles at the moment. So we teach two-handed with one-handed volley and one-handed drop-shot disguise. You have to be very strong in your upper body to keep a hand on the track. Girls with a one-handed backhand are not seen anymore or very few because of their physique. On the other hand, with the seniors we use more and more one hand because of the footwork. Less travel, less power and more finesse.

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