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Posted 13 June

No shorts!

Why does the PGA prohibit the use of Bermuda shorts for golfers during tournaments? Long pants worn during a round of golf in hot weather can be uncomfortable and sometimes ridiculous (e.g. John Daly). However, most golf clubs allow this.

Robert Proschek

Response from Nicholas Richard:

This question is an integral part of discussions between PGAs, clubs, and equipment manufacturers. The answer is that players continue to wear pants out of obligation, tradition and professionalism. While some clubs or tournaments allow players to wear Bermuda shorts during training rounds, others such as Augusta National, which hosts the Masters Tournament, require players to also wear pants during the warm-up round or when going to hit the balls at the driving range. Golf is one of the most conservative and rigorous sports in this respect. However, we see a trend of change. Players can now wear hoodies (sweatshirt) and “jogging” or “sport” style trousers. We are a long way from the time when you had to wear ironed shirts and trousers. 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 offensive line football, a distinction is made between guard and defender positions. It seems to me that they have a similar role. So what is the difference in activity that explains the two terms?

Johanne Fortin

Response from Miguel Bujold:

Essentially they have the same duties: to protect the quarterback and block on ground games. Being at the ends of the line, the two blockers (right and left) must still generally be superior in protecting the pass as they oppose defensive players whose main strength is to press the quarterback. Especially since one of the two blockers protects the quarterback’s blind spot, depending on whether the latter is a left-handed or right-handed passer-by. Conversely, guards are often a little more adept at blocking on ground games as ball carriers often run along the center of the faceoff line. They are also pitted against larger defensive players whose main job is to stop the game on the ground. Another difference is that blockers are taller than guards the vast majority of the time. Their long arms help keep the quarterback’s fighters a little more peripheral and the guards are directly in front of the quarterback, which can affect his line of sight. The fact that the guards are therefore somewhat smaller is preferable.

Speak first … and then!

Has it ever happened that a pro team holds first and second picks in the amateur draft? And if so, was it worth it?

Carlo Blais

Response from Simon Drouin:

Since the first draft in 1963, it has only happened twice in hockey. Each time, it was the Canadian who had this privilege. The reason is simple: until 1969 the Montreal team had the right to select the top two Quebec-born players under a territorial clause with the NHL. However, the CH could not bet on players already “sponsored” by NHL clubs. Thus, in 1968, the CH chose the goalkeeper Michel Plasse and the center Roger Bélisle, who were not very successful. Thanks to an exchange with the Oakland Seals, the Canadiens have also selected the third player of the auction, defender Jim Pritchard, who has contented himself with two games in the World Hockey Association with the Chicago Cougars. The following year, general manager Sam Pollock had a happier hand when he enlisted Réjean Houle and Marc Tardif first and second. Houle has won five Stanley Cups while Tardif has had some fantastic 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 age 17And rank…

Answers… from the audience!

We have received some comments on the explanation of the offside rule in football. We have kept this clear explanation from Alain Gosselin as a complement to our answer.

Alain Gosselin’s response:

The offside rule can be explained more simply. There must be at least two players of the opposing team between the potentially offside player and the goal. Usually one of these two players is the goalkeeper and the other is the last defender, but not always, because the goalkeeper can be in an advanced position, especially if the offside occurs near the goal. There are other subtleties, but that’s basically it.

Also, on the subject of the backhand with one or two hands in tennis, here is another answer from Pauline Lafrenière, coach and coach of coaches:

When teaching the little ones, we always use both hands, because the opposite hand (left for right-handers) helps support the head of the racquet to adapt to the different heights and speeds of the ball. The advantage: more stability on impact, especially on high or powerful balls. On the other hand, you need great footwork to be behind the ball. As the child gets older, the majority keep the two-handed backhand, as for the most part they are grassroots players. Previously, volleyball players like Edberg, Laver or Federer used one hand. The advantage is the diversity of shots and the ability to stretch at a safe distance. Currently, there are too many batting styles. So we teach two-handed with one-handed volley and one-handed drop shot disguise. You have to be very strong in the upper body to keep one hand on the circuit. You do not see more or very few girls with one-handed backhand due to their physique. Among the elderly, however, due to footwork, one hand is increasingly used. Less travel, less power and more finesse.


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