I Think, Therefore I Am

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Butch Harmon didn’t transform Jimmy Walker’s swing during this marvelous run of victories. More than anything, he transformed Walker’s thinking. He turned him into a badass. “Butch tells Jimmy `You’re a badass!’” says Erin Walker, Jimmy’s wife. “Butch tells him `You’re the man!’ Butch tells him these things all the time. “When you hear from the best coach who’s ever lived that you’re a badass, you have to believe it. I think that’s where this confidence is coming from.” OK, if you know Walker, you know he isn’t a you-know-what, not in the conventional sense. Between the ropes, though, Harmon is getting Walker to believe things about himself he never believed before. His work with Harmon is the largest factor in the 35-year-old Walker suddenly emerging as a force on the PGA Tour. Harmon is a significant reason Walker will tee it up Thursday at the Northern Trust Open with a chance to win for the fourth time in this 2013-14 season. Video: Walker discusses hot start from Riviera Northern Trust Open: Articles, videos and photos That’s what the confidant closest to Walker believes. “What’s different now?” Erin says. “It’s got to be Butch Harmon. He’s the reason. Butch didn’t have to change a lot in Jimmy’s swing. He had a good foundation from his old coach. I think it’s just the confidence Jimmy’s getting from having Butch Harmon want him in his stable of players, from being able to call Butch Harmon whenever he wants, to have Butch Harmon standing on the range with him. That’s really the only difference from Jimmy now and Jimmy three years ago.” Walker says he gets a lot of blunt direction from Harmon. “He sends me motivational texts,” Walker says. “He’s a pretty to-the-point guy. I like that about him. He says it’s all about winning.” Walker was a talented young prospect coming out of Baylor. He won twice on the Nationwide Tour in ’04, winning the tour’s money title and Player of the Year award. He would go on to battle neck and shoulder injuries and fail to reach the promise so many saw in his swing and game. Back in 2012, Walker sought out Harmon, asking for help. That first year, Harmon didn’t have room for Walker in his four-player stable. Harmon told Walker he would work with him at his school in Las Vegas, but he couldn’t work with Walker at tournaments. A little less than a year watching the potential in Walker, Harmon decided to take Walker under his wing as a full-fledged stable member early in the spring of 2013. Given Harmon’s status as the No. 1 teacher in the game, it was a bit surprising to see him take on an aging, winless player. What did Harmon see? “I saw tremendous talent,” Harmon said. “But I wasn’t sure how good he believed he was.” So Harmon went to work on more than Walker’s swing. “Jimmy needed to believe in himself more than anything,” Harmon said. “We worked on his swing, but it was important to get through to him how good he really was.” Harmon got Walker to believing that when he stepped inside the ropes, he could kick some butt. “We’re not drinking any magic potion,” Erin said. “Jimmy’s just confident, and confidence goes a long ways. He feels validated winning. That does amazing things for your golf and confidence.” Harmon mixes a little tough love with that back-slapping encouragement and bravado. With Walker glowing after the 2013 PGA Tour season, Harmon challenged him. Walker had just finished his best year on Tour, finishing a career-best 28th on the money list. That wasn’t good enough for Harmon. “We didn’t win,” Harmon told Walker flatly. “That’s what we want. That’s why we play golf. It’s all about winning.” Walker went out and won his first start of the new 2013-14 season. “You got to know when to kick a guy in the butt, you got to know when to give him a hug,” Harmon said. “You got to know when to give a guy some space, and you got to know when to make him laugh. I treat every player different. Jimmy needed to believe in himself more than anything.” These days, Walker is radiating with belief.last_img

With most spots filled, Bills shore up backup needs in draft

first_img First Published: 26th April, 2020 10:32 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Brandon Beane’s objective upon arriving in Buffalo was to build competition at every position.Three years later, the Bills general manager took a significant step toward realizing his vision.With few trade-able assets, Beane mostly resisted the urge to trade up and down the NFL draft order as he had done the previous two years.And having addressed the team’s most immediate needs in free agency and the acquisition of receiver Stefon Diggs in a trade with Minnesota last month, Beane spent much of the three-day draft shoring up secondary positions.The standing-pat approach paid off in the early rounds.Without the benefit of a first-round pick, which Buffalo traded in the deal for Diggs, Beane targeted backup needs by selecting Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa and Utah running back Zack Moss on Friday.With Buffalo’s final five picks on Saturday, he turned his attention to adding competition at various positions — from drafting a quarterback, Georgia’s Jake Fromm, to adding a place-kicker in Georgia Southern’s Tyler Bass.Beane was able to stay patient in making his selections, knowing the Bills had fewer needs after spending the past two offseasons using Buffalo’s new-found salary-cap space to add veteran free agents.Beane also placed an emphasis on adding veteran players to fill immediate roster needs, because they should be more comfortable learning a playbook as opposed to counting on rookies to develop with the coronavirus pandemic cutting into offseason practice time.Beane acknowledged he wasn’t anticipating selecting a quarterback in the fifth round, but found Fromm difficult to pass up with the No. 167 pick.Fromm, who led Georgia to the College Football Playoff title game in 2018, isn’t expected to challenge Josh Allen for the starting job.And yet he provides Buffalo potential long-term insurance in a backup position with veteran Matt Barkley entering the final year of his contract.And even veteran kicker Stephen Hauschka was sent his latest reminder of his job not being secure with Bass being selected 188th overall. Hauschka struggled last season in missing six of 28 field-goal attempts, including two in a 19-16 loss to Cleveland.ON THE RECEIVING ENDAdding Diggs to a group of receivers that includes John Brown and Cole Beasley didn’t stop the Bills from stocking up on the position in the draft.Central Florida’s Gabriel Davis was selected in the fourth round (128th overall), and Oregon State’s Isaiah Hodgins was chosen with pick No. 207.Buffalo’s depth chart already includes returning backups Andre Roberts, Isaiah McKenzie, Robert Foster and Duke Williams.“Yeah, they’ve got deep guys, but you come to the NFL to compete,” said Davis, who set a single-season school record with 1,241 yards receiving as a junior last year.TRADER BEANEBeane was busy in his previous two drafts in Buffalo. In 2018, he moved up five spots to select quarterback Josh Allen with the No. 7 pick, and then moved up six spots to draft linebacker Tremaine Edmunds at No. 16.Last year, Beane traded up two spots to select tackle Cody Ford in the second round. He also gave up two fourth-round selections to trade back into the third round to select tight end Dawson Knox.Without revealing the details, the closest Beane came to making a trade was in the latter rounds. He said he had just finalized making a deal when the player he was targeting was selected.MOSS MEANS BUSINESSMoss’ physical straight-ahead running style is expected to complement starting running back Devin Singletary’s shiftier approach.Beane cited a statistic in which Moss broke at least one tackle on 38% of his carries, and has a chance to earn a job in short-yardage and goal-line situations.Moss, who set the Utah career record with 38 touchdowns rushing, said he enjoys bowling over defenders.“I like to be physical, trying to have defenses make a lot of business decisions in making tackles against me,” he said.KICKING ITBass became the 12th place kicker drafted by Buffalo since 1970s, and third since the Bills used a seventh-round pick to select John Potter in 2012. The Bills actually chose two kickers — Grant Guthrie in the sixth round and Stefan Schroder, 13th — in 1970.FINAL PICKThe Bills closed the draft by selecting Pitt cornerback Dane Jackson with the 239th pick. COMMENTcenter_img Written By FOLLOW US Last Updated: 26th April, 2020 10:32 IST With Most Spots Filled, Bills Shore Up Backup Needs In Draft Brandon Beane’s objective upon arriving in Buffalo was to build competition at every position. Associated Press Television News last_img read more

Ryan Reynolds, Joel McHale getting into the game show business with ABC

first_imgCopyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Both Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds and Talk Soup veteran and Santa Clarita Diet actor Joel McHale are teaming up with ABC for two new game shows.Reynolds is executive-producing a show called Don’t, “a comedic physical game [that] follows one family of four who must work together throughout five mental and physical challenges with only one rule: Don’t. For example, ‘Don’t Slip,’ ‘Don’t Forget,’ ‘Don’t Laugh,’ ‘Don’t Say It,’ ‘Don’t Scream” and a slew of ‘Don’t’ challenges you didn’t even know existed.”Reynolds noted, “All my life, the word ‘don’t’ has tortured me. From ‘don’t curse’ to ‘don’t play ball in the house’ to ‘don’t eat the crab salad you left in the sun for three days.’ I cannot wait for my personal trauma to become the next great ABC family show.”Meanwhile, McHale is producing and hosting a reboot of the popular ’70s and ’80s show Card Sharks, slated to air this summer on ABC. The original show had contestants answer questions based on surveys, then bet on whether the next card in a deck was higher or lower than the one they could see. “Game winners can win tens of thousands of dollars and in an updated twist – losers will be fed to a pen of adult Tiger Sharks,” McHale snarked in a statement. There’s no air date set yet for Reynolds’ Don’t, which is being produced under his Deadpool-referencing production company Maximum Effort.last_img read more