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Golfers know that the most “hallowed” grounds in golf are in Augusta Georgia, the site of the Masters Golf Tournament. Every golfer who has ever tucked his little white towel in his back pocket, and unloaded his overpriced set of golf clubs, has dreamed of walking the perfectly manicured 18 holes that the legendary Bobby Jones created in Georgia. To walk in the footsteps of the greats like Nicklaus, Jones, Palmer, Woods and others is “nirvana” to a golfer. Most of us realize we will never experience that thrill, because it’s a members only golf club and it’s all about who you know. Up until this week, it has been a “men only” club.
This week came the announcement that Augusta would admit two women to membership. They didn’t event know they were being considered. That’s the way it works. The board of directors never lets on who they’re considering for membership, so when Condoleeza Rice and Darla Moore were admitted to membership, they were just as surprised as the rest of us.
Surprised? Who cares?
It’s embarrassing that the Augusta National Golf Club has been an exclusive “men only” golf club for this long, but after all, it IS a private club, and they CAN do what they want. I’ve always wondered what some of the wives of these members have thought about their “men only’ little group, but then again, they’re probably just “golf widows” like our wives, and couldn’t care less.
As I’m listening to Dan Patrick comment on the topic, I have to agree. I’m not real proud or excited about what they’ve finally decided to do at Augusta. I think it’s ridiculous they held out this long, with their arrogant, “good old boy” attitude, but when you sponsor the most popular professional golf tournament in the world, and every golfer in the world wants to play your golf course, you can do what you want.
I’m just not that proud of them for doing it.
I’m headed to Putt-Putt.
Just my two cents.
I love big events like the Olympic games. I remember when they would be shown on TV at all times of the day, and they were “live.”
If you wanted to watch something, you had to be awake, or get permission from your parents to stay up late to watch. Now with the magic of technology, and that “darn” internet, we get our sports, (or anything for that matter) when we want it.
Unless you’re NBC.
There were so many restrictions on when and how you could watch the Olympics, it became an Olympic sport just to find the competition you wanted to see. If you didn’t mind watching something that you already knew the outcome, (that darn internet) then it was pretty fascinating. For those of us who have mastered our DVR’s, we got to see a lot of the competition, when WE wanted to see it.
NBC is not my favorite network by any means, but I understand that they have billions of dollars sunk into the rights to these games and have to maximize their advertising opportunities just to hopefully break even. The problem is we’re too spoiled and impatient. The speed of technology (that darn internet) has conditioned us to GET IT NOW, DAMMIT!
I enjoyed seeing sports I don’t usually see or even care about. Archery, Rowing, Trampoline, and Rhythmic Gymnastics along with Dressage were amazing. I was excited for those athletes who have practiced, rehearsed, and trained for years to compete against the best in the world. To be on a world stage is something very few of us ever get to do.
I could spend more time discussing the “shortcomings” of NBC’s Olympic coverage, but if you possess the technology, (that darn internet) then you’ve already heard all of the “whining” and “complaining.”
I wasn’t going to let all of that negativity influence my enjoyment of this event. The pretentious gymnasts, arrogant runners, and massive weightlifters made for a great spectacle to enjoy. I also enjoyed the host country of Great Britain. Having spent some time there, it was cool to see some of the famous landmarks that I had visited as a young boy.
I salute the Olympians and their accomplishments.
I could care less about NBC.
Just my two cents.