It’s been a few weeks since I updated my blog; after returning from the desert a few weeks ago, things have been less than ideal on several levels. I’ll spare you the details, but it’s been the things that nobody should ever have to endure. If you’d have told me on October 25th after getting up and down for a 79 that I wouldn’t touch a club at all in November I’d have thought you were crazy (I guess it’s for the best that the weather has been uncooperative).
So it’s from there that I wanted to pause for a moment and offer up some holiday thanks (since this coming Thursday is Thanksgiving in the US; if you’re curious She Who Is Really In Charge and I will be having a quiet dinner) to some people in the golf world who deserve it.
To the LPGA, thanks for providing a blueprint on how to grow the game and engage fans. It’s a travesty that all four rounds of their Tour Championship this past weekend weren’t being shown live on TV (bump it to USA Network or MSNBC if needed; surely a bunch of USA Network reruns of NCIS and whatever “Prison Lockup” show MSNBC is showing could be bumped to show live golf).
To the USGA and the R&A, thank you for making progress towards simplifying the rules. I still argue that bifurcation is the way forward with the rules (and equipment) but you’re making an effort.
To all of the local maintenance staffs, superintendents, starters and people who work at golf courses, thank you. Profusely. While it’s all good and well to thank the local teaching professionals (and they do great work), if you didn’t have maintenance people doing what they do at zero dark hour things wouldn’t be that much fun for us. They get next to no credit and blamed for pretty much anything and everything. Yes, putting on punched greens isn’t fun but it’s punching them that keeps them in great shape.
To Golf Channel, thanks for ensuring I never go more than a week or so without a rerun of the Golf Movie Trinity (Caddyshack, Tin Cup, Bagger Vance). Can you maybe air the unedited/non-condensed versions after 11pm? Just a request (and while we’re at it, could you possibly acquire the rights to Dead Solid Perfect which remains the greatest golf movie nobody’s ever seen).
To Alan Shipnuck, thanks for writing a terribly-sourced piece of click-bait on the supposed impending dominance of the Americans in the Ryder Cup. A US team that has exactly one win on European soil in 35 years (I distinctly remember reading about how the Americans were going to be dominant with Tiger as their anchor; didn’t quite work out that way) should probably avoid talk of a dynasty just yet. I’m not saying the US doesn’t have what could potentially be a great core of the team, but things happen (Anthony Kim anyone?). Call me old fashioned but i prefer to actually WIN before pounding my chest. And while it’s all good and well to point out what a folly it was to have Tom Watson captain the 2014 side I remember reading dozens of pieces about how he’d be the steady hand on the tiller (didn’t quite work out that way). I also read stories galore about US dominance before the 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2012 matches.
Thanks to the PGA Tour for doing your dead-level best to ensure the DMV doesn’t have a tour stop anytime soon. The level of support the events here get despite every attempt to let them fail is nothing short of amazing. The weather issues this event has dealt with (going back to the old Kemper Open days) look like end-of-days stuff. And yet, people come out in droves to volunteer, buy tickets, attend events, and watch with amazement.
Thanks to our local golf retailers for continuing to fail to stock my size in clothing and footwear and saving me from having to fight traffic in hopes of finding something. When you wonder “why is retail dying?” see me quietly buying stuff online because I literally don’t have any other options. When the inevitable fail happens, a lot of good and decent people will lose their jobs as a result. Please start catering to a wider audience. Or don’t. I can literally update my blog and buy a pair of shoes at the same time while enjoying a couple scotches.
To my friend Real Name Redacted, thanks for putting up with my admitted insanity and more-than-occasional OCD behavior (I could write 500 words about tee colour, towel usage and why #2 balls are bad luck and that’s not even my top 5) as we trek all over the DMV to play golf (I may seem normal, but I’m most decidedly not). It’s been fun seeing you go from curious enthusiast to full-blown addict and putting a unique spin on the Circle of Trust.
To my putters who’ve endured unspeakable insults and threats, thank you for not rising up in the middle of the night to attack me. If having conversations with my putters and giving them rum and cigars is wrong, then maybe I don’t want to be right. Worked for Cerrano in ‘Major League’ so why not, I say.
To all the people who are on Golfchat on Twitter on Tuesday nights, thanks for sharing your insights, opinions, and perspectives. It’s interesting to hear from other people and learn from their experiences on this game we all love. We may not agree on every issue but it from hearing each other, maybe we learn something we didn’t fully understand prior.
Best wishes for an enjoyable Thanksgiving if that’s your thing; otherwise thanks as always for reading.
SONG OF THE DAY
For a lot of reasons, this song always brings me back to a happier place. I’ll pause from my current state of affairs to give thanks, and one small reason is this song which brings a lot of happy memories.