William Murray: Humor, Father's Day & Making Memories

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The late, great basketball coach Jim Valvano once said, “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person; he believed in me.”

So incredible that innate need to be believed-in by ones who made us—even by greats like Coach V, who become father figures and universally inspirational to so many. 

Father’s Day is approaching and whether one is celebrating their own dad or being honored for being one, it’s equally as meaningful—yet humbling and in some ways hard to accept.

For many men, that type of adoration can be uncomfortable and foreign. Celebrate the moms. Let them get all the feels. The patriarch is content lurking behind the scenes—often as the workhorse for others and shouldering the heaviest burdens, which is why the premise of being honored on this holiday remains hard to swallow. 

Go make your mother feel like a queen. All I want is for you to do something for her. Don’t make a fuss over me. I’m just fine. Something to that effect. 

All of this to say that as Father’s Day approaches, we encourage those in the William Murray tribe to dig deep and find a way to connect with your dads the weekend, barring distance not being an issue.  Meet him on his terms and turf, while giving up some of your time to let your original hero know just why he’s still your inspiration. 

We used our social platforms this week as a way of encouraging our followers to create a #MurrayMoment with their dads, by way of some classic Bill Murray films. What was once so easy in our youth—taking in Caddyshack with the big guy as it ran on cable back in the day—has somehow become a monumental feat thanks to the pace of adult life. 

“I’d love to, Dad, if I can find the time. You see my new job’s a hassle and the kids have the flu, but it’s sure nice talking to you, Dad. It’s been sure nice talking to you.” 

That moment when a seventies yacht rock ballad becomes reality—Harry Chapin, "Cats In The Cradle" and all that. 

Someone is always, “too busy” as life-responsibility shifts from one generation to the next. Knowing that brings on an urgency to doing something about it. Check any baggage at the door, break the curse and end the mythical Culture of Busyness. 

There’s always time; it’s just a matter of carving some out and chasing future memories, opposed to one’s tail and letting the daily grind steal us from time and experiences with our loved ones. 

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William Murray put out a Top 10 movie list days back—Bill Murray classics that will go down smoothly with a glass of bourbon and weekend hang with Dad. While there’s not a bad one on the full list, our Top 3—in no particular order—based on personal taste and relationships to each film. There are no wrong answers here. 

“What About Bob?” — Ideal as summertime is getting underway; imagery of Lake Winnipesaukee, memories of family vacations and Bill coming off as a zany uncle-type in Bob Wiley. The type of movie that makes one feel insane, but in a good way—no one able to spot the glaring insanity the new guy is displaying, to the point where it drives our protagonist nuts.

Quoteable as they come and the dysfunction between Leo Marvin and his son Siggy is enough to make all our father-son dynamics feel completely normal. 

“Quick Change”
— Bill starring as Grimm; a bank-robbing, crying-on-the-inside type of clown just looking for a big enough score to take care of his lady Phyllis and best-buddy Loomis. Everything that can go wrong en route to Laguardia essentially does and hijinks ensue. A classic, underrated comedy with some quotable lines, a run-in with the mob and a stellar cameo from Tony Shahoub. “Bluftoni” for the win. 

— Overplayed? Sure. That said, it’s Father’s Day and U.S. Open weekend. A great way to kick off the morning—brunch and Bushwood before afternoon coverage of the year’s second major gets underway. If you and your old man are root-for-the-underdog types, it’ll make for a great afternoon rooting Noonan and Webb to victory. If your pops is somewhat Smails-esque, you can take some joy in watching him unravel as the slobs take down the snobs. 

However the day is spent, our advice to you—go make some new memories. So easy for us to get caught up talking about, “the good old days” or way things used to be, that we forget we’re living future “remember when” moments here and now. 

Happy Fathers Day to all the great dads out there who dare to be different, march to their own beat … and encouraged laughter and humor by way of the Murray classics we still quote together today. 

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History Behind William Murray's “This Is The Year”

(Editor's note: This piece originally written September 21st, 2016 when "This Is The Year" was first released on Bill Murray's birthday as a birthday present from William Murray.)

This is the year. It has to be the year, right? The dominance. The thrilling comebacks. The depth. The bullpen. The bats. The camaraderie between these boys of summer.

On top of all that, how about the simple fact that the Murray tribe—by joining forces with theCHIVE to launch William Murray Golf—now has yet another tie to Chicago, as all parties involved possess a true heart for The Windy City.

Staring at all of it through our blue pinstriped glasses, seriously, how can this not be the year?

Building off that sentiment, welcome to an exclusive look at the first William Murray Golf polo. This baseball-inspired golf shirt will be available in limited quantities on Wednesday September 21st; a carefully-chosen date as this design is our birthday gift to Bill—the man, the myth, the Murray.

This lightweight, moisture-wicking white polo features iconic blue pinstripes, a “WM” circle patch on the left sleeve and the WMG logo left chest. Four red buttons up front read, “William Murray Golf", while the left collar green eyelet sports the “Murray Brothers” name. 

We’ve also included our subtle nod to the Murray family tartan; one of the most-unique aspects of our line. The colorful tartan was worked into the interior of the collar, as well as an understated patch on the right sleeve exterior.

Chicago sports are as important to the Murray brothers as golf, humor, music and family—and with the good guys putting together a season for the ages, no better time to roll this out than here and now with a spirited October on the horizon. 

This shirt is also an homage to one of the greatest cities in the world and a loyal community that has embraced theCHIVE since day one. You early adopters and loyalists know who you are—and we certainly haven’t forgotten. “This Is The Year” is for you, as well. Wear it proud, Chi-Town.

As will be the spirit with William Murray Golf—expect a revolving door or irreverent, fashionably-designed one-offs.

Translation; when you see something you like, get on board with the first go-around, because there isn’t going to be a second. WMG has more designs in the queue than we know what to do with—meaning the only way to see more creations is with short-runs of speciality designs such as this.

What started out a surprise gift for Bill, took on a whole new life when this turned into a magical spring and summer run on the North Side. Here’s your chance to get a little sliver of history just before the intensity of late October sets in.

Red, White and Blue, quality golf apparel and America’s Pastime all rolled into one. We give you, “This Is The Year”. 

ATX Pointers For WGC Dell Match Play Participants & Spectators

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The PGA Tour is set to get it done Austin-style this week—in town a second-consecutive year for the WGC Dell Match-Play, getting underway Wednesday at Austin Country Club.

Having spent time on the road at several Tour events the past few years, we’ve relied on the advice of friends and locals to always steer us towards the best a town has to offer. William Murray calls Austin, Texas home and for our friends on and around the Tour—a few suggestions for you while you’re looking for fun in our spirited city.

Austin Country Club is a good dozen miles northwest of the area William Murray calls home, so most of our suggestions will be based in this area. You’re also going to want to take advantage of your courtesy cars as well-known ride-sharing options pulled up there stakes and left a while ago. (It’s a long story, but should you be interested…)

Quick disclaimer; we’re coming off two weeks of SXSW and rolling right into a PGA Tour party week—so bear with us. Working to bounce back before situations escalate at ACC starting on Wednesday.

In no particular order:

— There’s a TopGolf in Austin. We realize there are over three dozen more locations nationwide, but the fact we have one in our backyard deserves mention. If you’re in from out of town to take in some WGC action and have never visited a TopGolf, it’s worth your time. Food and drinks, music and golf—firing at targets, focused on having fun instead of competition—the evening will fly by. Our location is less than ten miles from Austin Country Club.

— For the purist looking for a different experience, but not quite in the mood to commit half a day to playing 18 holes—the Butler Park Pitch and Putt has been an Austin tradition since 1950 and makes for a fun outing. The nine-hole “Butler Park” course features 805 yards of golf (from the longest tees for a par of 27). This par-3 course is near downtown Austin, the Hike and Bike Trail and Lady Bird Lake (all worth checking out, as well.) Not enough vintage spots like this exist in this day and age. Worth checking out for a twilight round if you have the time.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is a must for the movie-buff. The chain began in Austin back in 1997 and part of its charm is old school etiquette—no babies, no talking or texting during the movie, no showing up late. Aware-winning cuisine, exceptional cocktails and the finest craft beers enhance your experience of taking in the latest and greatest films, as well as retro ones that occasionally make a comeback in 35mm.

Check out any one of the handful of local locations. We’re fans of the location on Lamar Street and have done some damage at The Highball next door; especially in the private karaoke rooms. Garage Bar is also a stones throw from the area and is a worthwhile option to get things rolling.

Austin City Limits remains legendary and if you’re around through Sunday evening, Dave Chappelle—fresh off two new Netflix specials—is doing a week-long residency. 

— The bar at the Driskill Hotel is our favorite spot to get an Old Fashioned. Worth posting up and knocking a few back. 

— Texas BBQ is a must and we all have our favorites. Lamberts on 2nd Street never disappoints, while Frankin BBQ on 11th is a favorite of the man, the myth, the Murray. The Salt Lick is cash-only, so plan accordingly, while Rudy’s features a country store with some great rubs and sauces to bring home with you. 

— A few non-BBQ food-related lunch or dinner gems worth mentioning; Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, which lives up to it’s billing—as does Ramen Tatsu-ya. You won’t find a better slow-cooked broth for hundred of miles. If you’re on the go downtown, the walk-up Burger Bar on Congress is a game changer. Get it to go and pop over to the bar at the JW Marriott to knock down with a glass of bourbon at the bar. If you ask nicely, they’ll let you knock down a worthwhile snack with a refreshing cocktail. 

— Regarding nightlife, for any ambitious players with late tee times, or fans skipping the early rounds in favor of a solid night out, sleeping in and a legit breakfast, again, some options. When choosing which direction to go nightlife-wise, you have a few options—West Sixth, Dirty Sixth or Rainey Street your best options.

If you go the West route, we’re big fans of Dogwoods, Green Light Social, Steam Punk, Rustic Tap and Parlor and Yard.

Dirty is a different beast all together. Casino El Camino is worth a fly-by—a monster burger with a decor and vibe that feels like something out of From Dusk Til Dawn, while The Blind Pig pours a stiff one, offers up some live music and had a legit rooftop patio. Buffalo Billiards is also over that way, should you want to get your stick on. Whistler is another spot featuring both character and characters.  

If you take it to Rainey, good options are Bungalow, Container Bar, Luster Pearl, Bar 96, Javelinaor Bangers—and you’re (sort of) right in the heart of food truck country, with countless evening or late-night grub options. 

— Dinner options are endless in Austin, but if looking for something other than beef, beef and more beef, we’re big fans of Uchi or Eberly.

— Lastly, whether you’re looking for hangover breakfast after a dinner-less late night out, or a laid back way to start the day—some great breakfast options are available in ATX. 24 Diner is just what you’d expect (in a good way), while South Congress Cafe, June’s and Hillside Farmacy all deliver the goods. (Perlas also offers a solid weekend brunch.)

Whatever direction you go, cheers to a great week in Austin. 

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