I first would like to express my unbridled enthusiasm for the game of football this year. Tonight as I address the masses, I’m also enjoying the Giants and the Cowboys in the first actual regular season game. (Go Giants) About 90% of the people who grew up in North Carolina or Virginia were forced to be Redskins fans. Either way most of us loathe the Cowboys. The most accurate analogy would be the hatred of the Mets to the Yankees, or the Hatfields to the McCoys…OK, maybe I’m taking it a little to far but I think you’ve got my point. Maybe it’s because I’m in a football town now(Atlanta) that is rabid about their team but I believe that it’s because I have no doubt that my Panthers are a contender. If they don’t do the damage this year then it’ll be the next. Guaranteed. Cam Newton is something very special.
Sorry, I got a little carried away. Now to the big news flash. I don’t know if you’ve heard but Rory, Tiger, Ernie, Louis, Phil…All the greatest players in the world have decided to go on STRIKE! These guys have decided that their pay is not proportional to the athletes in the other big four sports… Basketball, Baseball, Hockey, and Football. They have put their foot down and said ENOUGH! It’s just not fair! Just because we can’t bench press 400 lbs., run a 4.4 forty, hit a 90 mph. fastball 480 ft, slam dunk a basketball, or have a hat trick in hockey, we’re still athletes. The funny thing is that most of the people who say golfers are not athletes aren’t the players from other sports but the fans of the other sports. If you polled the other athletes from basketball, hockey, baseball, and football about 70-80%of them will agree that there’s no doubt golfers are athletes.
Hell, almost all of them tee it up every chance they get. BUT…Golf is different. NEVER will a strike take place in golf because there’s just too much integrity, character, and appreciation for the fact that they get to play the greatest game in the world for a living. I would venture to say that Arnold Palmer would have played golf for nothing…as a matter of fact he and several others did. All golfers, past and present, relish the opportunity to do what they love for a living. And I relish them for it! God, I do love this game!
Fairways and Greens
- On Par: Golf Shoes for on the Course and on the Town (onpar.blogs.nytimes.com)
- God Bless Football Season (worldofathletes.wordpress.com)
- Brazilian golfers think Olympics will grow sport in their country (myrtlebeachonline.com)