Saturday, September 26, 2009

My Love for Sports Extends Beyond Golf

While golf is certainly my passion, I am a fan of many other sports as well. While you will not see me between the hash marks at a large stadium as you will on the greenway of my favorite courses, I am still an avid follower of football. And, this year my Missouri Tigers are off to a fantastic 4-0 start! We’ve got some big games coming up over the next few weeks that truly will define the way in which our season is going to end up. I am hoping we can pull off a couple of major upsets along the way! Then, on the professional football front, I am watching the St. Louis Rams begin with another disappointing start to the season. Enough said about them.

What about you? Are you someone who dedicates his autumn weekends to football? How do you feel about your team’s chances this year? I always love to learn more about who is reading my blog and my books, so I would love to hear about your football allegiances!

No matter which team we root for every week, I am sure there are times when all of us have yelled at our television screens over a bad call made by a referee. It seems impossible sometimes that an official can miss such an obvious call. Is it possible the oversight was done on purpose? In my third novel, Tuey’s Course, I introduce my readers to a referee who fixes games in return for a share in the gambling profits. Let’s hope this kind of criminal behavior is not too common when our favorite teams are on the field.

If you haven’t read my books yet, I hope you will soon! All three of my novels—Lifetime Loser, Finish Line, and Tuey’s Course—have the fictional Prairie Winds Golf Course as the backdrop. If you like golf and all of the personalities who hang out in the clubhouse, these books are for you!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Bad Golf Course Etiquette

I hope that everyone had a wonderful summer and, like me, found plenty of opportunities to spend time on the golf course. I love using this beautiful weather to experience as many new courses as possible. And, each location brings its own set of unique characters. I encountered my share of memorable people and built some relationships that I hope will last for a long time to come.

I tried to create a sense of the interesting personalities who spend their Saturdays roaming around in a golf cart in my three published novels—Lifetime Loser, Finish Line, and Tuey’s Course. When you read my books, you will discover a womanizing alcoholic, men fighting addictions to food and cigarettes, hurricane survivors, and straightforward good guys. They all come together based on a shared love for the great sport of golf. But, they do not always approach the game or each other with the greatest sense of sportsmanship.

For those of you who are fellow golf fanatics, I am sure you have dealt with some less-than-desirable behavior on the golf course. I would like to share a few of my “don’ts” for those who perhaps still need some help with golf etiquette:

1.Don’t hold up a tee time because you “are absolutely sure” that your buddy will arrive any minute.

2.Don’t drink more than six beers before reaching the ninth hole, especially if you are the one driving the golf cart. It’s dangerous for everyone within a half-mile radius of you and your clubs.

3.Don’t assume that you look good in argyle.

What are some other recommendations, either funny or serious, that you could add to the list?

Please leave a comment and we will create a readers’ list.

I look forward to reading them!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Some Radio Spots for Author James Ross

On Oct. 5 at 7:30 a.m. central I'll be on WYRQ from Little Falls, MN

On Oct. 8 at 8:30 a.m. eastern I'll be on WCCF from Port Charlotte, FL

Tune in if you can.