Why players on the PGA Tour call Phil Mickelson "FIGJAM"
According to the February GQ article naming Phil Mickelson one of the most hated guys in sports, the other players on the PGA Tour call him “FIGJAM,” which stands for “F**k I’m great, just ask me.”
Why do they call him FIGJAM? Just go to Phil’s official Web site www.philmickelson.com which contains Phil’s letters to his fans and a description of what a truly warm, caring, cuddly, charitable, big-lug-you-love-to-hug Phil really is.
Excerpt: “What separates Mickelson from his peers is there truly is more to this young man than his smooth swing, silky putting stroke, booming drives off the tee and creativity around the greens. He represents a link to the past, a link to the greats who have made the game what it is today. Jones. Hagen. Sarazen. Nelson. Hogan. Snead. Palmer. Nicklaus. Watson.“
Conclusion: Unlike his peers, Phil is more than just a golfer. He’s larger than life, a symbol, an extension of golf’s lineage, a link to the great players of the past.
Excerpt: “There are many players who have come along since Watson that have displayed tremendous skill and accomplishment on the course, adding their names to the record books. Of these, few, if any, have matched the off-course respect from his peers and business community and personal respect for the game more than Phil Mickelson.“
Conclusion: The key phrases here are “few, if any” and “off-course.” Not only do his fellow PGA Tour players respect him as an opponent, but they respect him even more as a human being.
Excerpt: “Phil Mickelson understands. He has made it his mission to carry on the legacy set forth by the landmark players before him. Times have changed and golf has become more popular than ever. But to Phil, as with every true competitor and champion, winning is the ultimate measuring stick. But winning with class, humility, integrity and a true respect for one’s place in history is what moves one from greatness to legendary.“
Conclusion: Phil isn’t merely one of golf’s greatest players; he’s also one of the most humble. We know that because he respects his own place in history and he won’t be satisfied until he’s a legend.
Excerpt: “Mickelson has grown from the All-American boy into a well-rounded role model and family man. The birth of his daughter, Amanda Brynn, the day after his runner-up finish at the 1999 U.S. Open has brought new perspective to Mickelson’s life. While winning continues to be the priority on the course and a hunger still remains for making his imprint on golf history, being a great father to his three children (Amanda, Sophia and Evan) continues to deliver the most satisfaction.“
Conclusion: Readers, draw your own.
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Please, there is no prevailing "Christian, family values culture" in our country; we're as decadent and liberal as can be. How many more "Gay Pride" parades and condoms on cucumbers in schools is it going to take for you to realize that?
If you like the leftist paradigm and libertine mores that have become the norm, that's your business. But please don't try to tell me that I'm living in a Christian theocracy when liberalism holds sway at every turn. Sheesh!
In case you haven't noticed, we are a country divided. I think you have noticed--liberal vs conservative; red states vs. blue states; Fox News vs all other media...and so on. A familiar refrain that excuses scrutiny for anything is "I wanted to spend time with my family". Phil has marched that to the bank with endorsers like Ford. It's PC!
I'm awake (even at 3:00 AM). Tony, yes, we are a nation divided, but the divide isn't holy rollers vs. liberals. Rather, it's moderately conservative vs. liberals. Do you think that "red" America is a place where piety reigns supreme? Please. They're immersing themselves in the same decadent culture as everyone else.
I truly wish I could say it was otherwise, I really do. But it's not.
FUNNY THING IS I HAVE A (PHD.FROM HARVARD.)
The point Tony made 3 years ago and was refuted by the Under Par was correct. What UP fails to see is the change in our culture where the heart on their sleeve evangelical Christian is no longer marginalized. For example, Jimmy Carter was a bit of an over the top Christian in his day but now that isn't even considered. For example, people can say they believe in creationism without being laughed out of the room.
The problem with these people, like UP, is that while they are more accepted now, it isn't enough, they will only be satisfied when everyone behaves just like them. Look at his response, criticizing everyone that does not fit into his ideal of a good life, i.e. Christian Conservatism. They have the whole thing worked out, because as soon as you criticize that particular behavior, they claim you are criticizing their religion and you are automatically the jerk. Or you can try the use Bible quotes against them and they will say you can't be a "Cut and Paste Evangelist" or that you can't take one line out of the Bible you have to read it all (although miraculously when they are doing it it is fine!)
Yes, that's called witnessing. If your neighbor's house was on fire, you'd try to pull him out, right?
Not all of us pledge our lives to staying as close to the middle as possible.
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