I've been doing my damndest to avoid both the Superbowl & the FBR Open. The Superbowl festivities are well distributed across the whole Valley, so other than the downtown Scottsdale area (can you say "ESPN Broadcast Center", boys & girls?) & the uber-trendy Kierland area where the Patriots are staying, I'm managing to avoid the football-mania pretty well.
However, I live on the far side of the TPC, where the golf tournament is being held. So that's the one with the impact on my daily life. I hear they broke the one-day attendance record down there with ~172,000 on Saturday. Well over the previous 150K+ but still not the 200,000 they were thinking might happen. Yeeesh.
And that's at a tournament without Tiger Woods, too. I'll never forget that year when Woods played in Phoenix and aced the 16th hole. The reaction from the crowd was like the end of World War II.
Meanwhile, Tiger just birdied five of his last seven holes in Dubai to cap off a massive final-round comeback win. Yikes.
“How is it that I am a good actor? What I do is I... pretend to be the person I’m portraying. You’re confused. Case in point: in Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson comes to me and says ‘I would like you to be Gandalf the Wizard,’ and I said ‘You are aware that I am not really a wizard?’ and Peter Jackson said ‘I would like you to use your acting skills to portray a wizard for the duration of the show.’ So I said ‘Okay’ and then I said to myself ‘Mmm.. How do I do that?’ And this is what I did: I imagined that I was a wizard, and then I pretended, and acted, in that way on the stage. How did I know what to say? The words were written down for me in a script. How did I know where to stand? People told me where to stand." -- Sir Ian McKellen, Extras
Vera did try to stay away for a while, and did connect with the kicks whenever he could separate himself from Sylvia. Vera also apparently broke his hand in the first round, which was certainly a factor in his loss.