Picture Perfect

HD technology has so incredibly transformed television viewing that when forced to revert to SD, the event may as well broadcast in black and white.  And sports in HD come to life better than any other broadcast.  And of all the sports, none provide a more dramatic picture than golf.

For me, Augusta National owns the honors for most insanely gorgeous telecast.  The azaleas, crushed marble bunkers, and so completely manicured fairways are breathtaking.  That though was before today.

The last time the U.S. Open arrived at Pebble Beach, the broadcast from NBC did not offer HD.  But now, the Monterrey Peninsula in perfect 1080P leaves me transfixed.  There may or may not have been a minor hint of drool while gazing into the Pacific.  This tramples every other HD broadcast with the ease of Tiger Woods 15 stroke victory here in 2000.

Perfect sunshine dominates the forecast through the weekend leaving NBC to deliver ridiculous vista one after another.  You don’t even need to like golf, and the 16 hours of scheduled coverage will entertain.

But more than a beauty queen, Pebble Beach offers a true test and we have a wide open field (even wider now, as I type Phil Mickelson tumbles to the back of the pack with a round of 75).

Our National Championship is no better served than with a trip to wine country in perfect high definition. Enjoy…

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