Clemens, McConaughey, Timberlake make a mockery of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
“Say man, you got a joint?”
– Wooderson (McConaughey in Dazed and Confused)
“Er. Not on me man,” answers a 14-15 year old incoming freshman, “Mitch.”
“It’d be a lot cooler if you did,” replies McConaughey in his Southern drawl.
This is the quote I think of every time I see Matthew McConaughey in real life. And while Dazed and Confused conjures up moments of nostalgia (some good and some bad), for the life of me, I cannot understand why the PGA Tour insists on having celebrities in PGA tournaments. Remember, this is the man who was arrested for smoking pot while playing the bongos naked as a jailbird. Can you imagine if the NFL, in some early regular-season games, letting Tom Selleck play quarterback for the Patriots? Should the Los Angeles Lakers let Tom Hanks take the floor as a center? I know, I know, golf is not a team sport and this has been going on in the PGA for decades, but the same theory applies. The NFL and the NBA are not looking for celebrity pick-me-ups. It’s an embarrassment.
The PGA Tour, by having this type of event, is admitting to a lack of entertainment in their events. If their own stars will not participate in the event, they invite Roger Clemens to excite, and get the audience involved. It just doesn’t do it for me. If I want to see Roger Clemens, I’ll watch the Astros next year.
Instead, the PGA Tour should be looking for ways to shorten the never ending tour. This makes each event more meaningful, and ensures that the stars, we want to see, will be there. We need more bang for our buck, so-to-speak.
Bye the way, Roger, please come play for the Mariners.
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A little soft, are we? It's not the same theory. They are partners in the adventure; their assistance neither helps nor hinders (in the end it's a wash) the player. Not looking for celeb pick-me-ups? Are you kidding? Front row of lakers and knicks games--same celebs you see in the pro-ams, many with real-life rap sheets.
Quote # 2 "The PGA tour, by having this type of event, is admitting to a lack of entertainment in their events. If their own stars will not participate in the event, they invite Roger Clemens to excite, and get the audience involved. It just doesn’t do it for me."
If this 'type of event' took place every week, you would be correct. It does not. It generates interest in the early weeks, when other sports tug at the tour's viewer numbers. Golf viewing can be extremely boring, even for the best players. I undestand that it doesn't do it for you. If a celeb sucks, I laugh my arse off; if a celeb is good, I marvel. If a celeb is middling but charismatic (Bill Murray), I laugh and marvel.
Also, isn't the celeb participation a major benefit to the charity the tournament supports?
Thanks for the read though. I sure do enjoy reading whiney golf blogs.
Besides all which, it's fun to watch. And it's an excellent way to raise money for worthwhile causes. Those are all the reasons I need.
Ron Mon, love what you have to say, but the celebs go to watch the entertainment on the court. They are not part of the entertainment.
Janet, I am glad you watched the tournament, but wouldn't you rather have Vijay, Tiger, or Ernie in the mix as well. Even if the celebs are necessary, I would still rather have a strong field of competition with the pros. Also, I do know who won, and I was excited to see Matthew's team win, he's one of my favorite actors. Perhaps I was being a little dramatic.
Greg, sorry if it sounded whiney, but the truth is, I want to see the best of the best competing in every tournament. I feel something needs to be done to ensure this. Fewer tournaments with more importance to them is the only way I see it happening.
LA, couldn't agree with you more about the raising of money for a great cause. I am simply trying to say that this shouldn't be a PGA event because the field is so weak. Glad you enjoyed. To be honest, I enjoyed watching the celebs. I just feels it doesn't help the PGA as a whole.
This was his vision!
And I think it's great that charity minded people like Matthew want to play and help. I give him praise for it.
It also brings in more people to be introduced to the wonderful game of golf.
But, there's only 2 tourneys that have it.
That's a good observation. If he is a 6, I am going to be competing for the PGA championship this coming year.
Is that a reference to Portland? Man we a really missing our coach of last year in Seattle. But I agree about Pro-Am, while it gives Ams an opportunity to play with much better golfers, it takes away from what we want to watch, THE PROS.
That's a good point, I think the PGA would agree with you though. My guess is: The last thing the PGA wants is Michelle Wie or Sorrenstam beating Tiger. It would make the product look weak.
Amen. Thanks for your comment. I just wish they weren't PGA affiliated.
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