Big Break NFL Puerto Rico Show 7 Producer Blog

By Big Break ProducerNovember 20, 2013, 3:00 am

Everyone on the Big Break NFL Puerto Rico cast was excited to see Chi Chi Rodriguez on the range and on the course.  But perhaps none were more thankful than Team Brown’s Mallory Blackwelder.

According to Mallory, “if it wasn’t for Chi Chi I might not be here today.”  No, this is not some bizarre Big Break paternity case.  It turns out Chi Chi gave Mallory’s dad his first caddying job in Greensboro, North Carolina back in 1976.

Worth Blackwelder would go on to loop for several players on various tours, eventually meeting Myra Van Hoose during LPGA Q-School.  The couple married in 1981.  Mallory was born in 1987.  Her middle name is Elizabeth, not Chi Chi.  (Go figure.)

Well, there may have been one person who was more thankful for Chi Chi than Mallory: Julien Trudeau, Mallory’s Big Break Ireland cast-mate, who also now happens to be her fiancé.

It’s all one big happy family.

Speaking of happy families, how ‘bout that Team Doleman??

There are things in life that are easily understood, like the recipe for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or the allure of Honey Boo Boo.  And then there are the mysteries in life, like how the deli can fold cheese slices into cellophane sheets in such a way that you can never really free them without mutilating the cheese.  Or the allure of Honey Boo Boo.

So far the greatest mystery in Big Break NFL Puerto Rico is how Team Doleman has managed to go undefeated.  After the infamous “Doleman Double” in last week’s episode, it seems a kinder, gentler blue team showed up this time around.

Still, losing the first Immunity Challenge after sending two players to the final location could break a lesser team, and Shannon Fish was clearly becoming frustrated as the episode wore on.  But she cowgirled up when her number was called, and ultimately helped set the stage for Brian Cooper’s Big Moment, Part II (the first being at Greenbrier, when he took down Ray Beaufils in episode 5).

Now that Team Doleman appears to have put their dysfunction behind them, they could be the most fearsome threesome in this competition.  At least figuratively, they’ve been to hell and back and the bond they’re forming as a result of the shared experience could make them deadly.  Only time will tell.

Speaking of time, did you know that Jerry Rice was clocked at 4.71 seconds in the 40-yard dash prior to the 1985 NFL draft?

After Isaac hit the winning shot in the first Immunity Challenge, Jerry ran the roughly 185 yards it took to reach the group hug in about 25 seconds, or a little over 5 seconds per 40.

With Isaac and Emily possessing the ability to hit the money shot in any given challenge, Team Rice has to be included in any discussion of the series’ most dangerous teams at this point.  Since earning their loss in episode 3, the aggressive, “go big or go home attitude” has been paying off.  And of course, with that X in the Loss column, they have to go big, or they’ll be going home.

Speaking of going home, Team Bulger might never know how close they came to possibly being eliminated from this week’s episode.  In private discussions that were left on the cutting room floor, Team Doleman originally selected the yellow team, only to re-consider on the grounds that Mark Rypien had a better chance than Marc Bulger to reach the green at Location 2.

In the end, their desire to not give Rypien’s team a free pass (and keep them undefeated) outweighed their willingness to create a Doleman-Bulger matchup, and they switched back to Team Rypien.  Of course, it’s impossible to know how a Team Doleman-Team Bulger Sudden Death would have played out.  And Rypien nearly flared his first shot O.B.

Speaking of Team Rypien, they’re of the mind that earning their first loss can have a positive effect on them for the rest of the competition.  Why not?  So far it’s worked for Team Brown and Team Rice.
Okay, that’s enough bad segues for one week.  Read on for a few interesting notes from episode 7:

- Chi Chi’s birth name is Juan Antonio Rodriguez.  A baseball player in his formative years, he ‘borrowed’ his famous nickname from a Puerto Rican beisbol legend, Chi Chi Flores.

- The Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation, Inc. was established in 1979 in Clearwater, Florida to help at-risk youth achieve academic success.  In the last 5 years it has generated approximately $3 million toward its cause and since its founding has served over 25,000 children and families.

- Remember when Brian brought the 64 degree wedge specifically for the flop wall? The results were forgettable, at least until Coop tossed the offending stick into the drink.  Isaac Sanchez brought a special driver to PR in case of a long drive, and he used it at the driving location of the first Immunity Challenge.  It’s got a 47½ inch shaft and 5 degrees of loft.  And it works.  Man, does it work.

- Meghan Hardin and Shannon, the two combatants at Location 1 of the Sudden Death Challenge, were the first and second players eliminated from Big Break Atlantis, respectively.

- James Lepp eliminated Brian from episode 8 of Big Break Greenbrier.  The elimination match consisted of three holes of stroke play and James went 2-under, including a 30-footer for birdie on the second hole.  Brian was even par over the three holes.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

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Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Trump golf properties


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Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

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Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm