Tiger Woods failed to win at the Dubai Desert Classic this weekend. But he did not fail to rasp the hearts of golf purists everywhere. By a flagrant act of spitting on the 12th green, he once again showed his disregard for timeless golf etiquette. There's no spitting in golf, just like there's no crying in baseball. Golf is different from any other sport. Its key framework is built on a foundation of honesty, sportsmanship and etiquette. To disregard any of the aspects is to degrade the great game. Tiger Woods just disgraced golf. It has nothing to do with talent, but everything to do with class. Or lack thereof...
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
There's something missing with this year's edition of Georgia Men's Basketball. It was thought that when Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie opted to remain in school and play in the SEC instead of the NBA that the Dawgs would be championship contenders. This has not proven to be the case. Georgia just isn't playing very well at this point. They definitely are not a team that has improved over the course of the season. They seem to be to be a team seeking an identity. Thompkins is a very good college basketball player, but he is not the dominating player in the paint he should be for his team at this point. He certainly could lay off that tendency to launch three pointers as well. That just doesn't seem to be working for him. For that matter, the entire Georgia team was a paltry 3 for 13 beyond the arc last night in a crucial 65-57 loss to Xavier in Athens. Leslie seems to be a player trying to fit in. He can jump straight out of the gym, and he's a highlight reel waiting to explode. But he seems to get lost during games, especially offensively. It is believed that Georgia is on the "bubble" as far as making the NCAA Tournament field is concerned. They are positioned as having a 50-50 shot at getting in. However, I think they are on the outside looking in, and I don't see that changing.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I remember that after Major League Baseball shut everything down several years ago, they realized they had a helluva lot of work to do to win back baseball fans. Attendance at the parks, as well as general fan interest in the game, was at an all-time low. I believe that was the beginning of players throwing baseballs in to the stands to build up a new rapport with the fan base. They continue to do that each season with regular frivolity. It must have worked, because now most fans have bought back into the game. Also, time is a great healer itself. Now it's pro football's turn to weather the storm of intense labor negotiations. Whose greed will eventually win out, the players or the owners? Who will be willing to sacrifice more for the sake of the fans? For the sake of the game itself? If they choose to lock-out, they better look out. After all, Rawlings baseballs are a lot cheaper than Wilson Duke footballs. May the best team win.