Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I Dislike Golf Enormously
That's a far nicer way of saying I hate golf, right? I'm not going to fight over calling golf a sport, heck if curling can be called a sport than knock'em dead golfers, call your little game a sport if you must. However, I draw the line at referring to a golfer as an athlete; no way, I am not going there.
I recognize the skill necessary to be good at the game of golf. I even am willing to acknowledge that there are golfers who can be referred to as "athletic" (Tiger Woods is a good example). However, one can play that game, and even be quite good at it, and not have an athletic bone in their body (John Daly comes to mind).
When I first moved to Massachusetts, I was amazed at how many golf courses there are, it seems an average of one per town. George Carlin has what I consider a brilliant diatribe about golf where he considers building low income housing on the golf courses as a solution to the homeless problem. I once referred to the game as "billiards for the arrogant."
What baffles me most perhaps about the game of golf is it's consumption of television, including national television, time. Can somebody offer a logical reason (other than to cure insomnia) as to why one would want to watch someone play golf? Of course that leads me to the idea of spectators. What is up with that? Do you travel from hole to hole? Do you stand where the golfer tees off then follow them? Sick I tell you, very very sick.
I realize that some of you may enjoy golf and even be golf enthusiasts. While I realize this post may be offensive, that is not my intent. Perhaps my negative bias simply feeds my ignorance in this case. Never the less, this post does accurately represent how I feel.