Subject: A word about golf<br><br><br>This is intended not to upset fans of tennis, basketball, football or<br>baseball. It is, rather, an attempt to put everything in its proper<br>perspective.<br><br>Ever wonder why golf is growing in popularity and why people who don't<br>even play go to tournaments or watch it on TV? The following truisms may<br>shed some light:<br><br><br><br>Golf is an honorable game, with the overwhelming majority of players being<br>honorable people who don't need referees.<br><br>Golfers don't have some of their players in jail every week.<br><br>Golfers don't kick dirt on, or throw bottles at, other people.<br><br>Professional golfers are paid in direct proportion to how well they play.<br><br>Golfers don't get per diem and two seats on a charter flight when they<br>travel between tournaments.<br><br>Golfers don't hold out for more money, or demand new contracts, because of<br>another player's deal.<br><br>Professional golfers don't demand that the taxpayers pay for the courses<br>on which they play.<br><br>When golfers make a mistake, nobody is there to cover for them or back<br>them.<br><br>The PGA raises more money for charity in 1 year than the NFL does in 2.<br><br>You can watch the best golfers in the world up close, at any tournament,<br>including the majors, all day every day for $25 or $30.<br><br>The cost for even a nosebleed seat at the Super Bowl costs around $300 or<br>more unless you buy it from scalpers in which case it's $1,000+.<br><br>You can bring a picnic lunch to the tournament golf course, watch the best<br>in the world and not spend a small fortune on food and drink. Try that at<br>one of the taxpayer funded baseball or football stadiums. If you bring a<br>soft drink into a ballpark, they'll give you two options -- get rid of it<br>or leave.<br><br>In golf you cannot fail 70% of the time and make $9 million a season, like<br>the best baseball hitters (.300 batting average) do.<br><br>Golf doesn't change its rules to attract fans.<br><br>Golfers have to adapt to an entirely new playing area each week.<br><br>Golfers keep their clothes on while they are being interviewed.<br><br>Golf doesn't have free agency.<br><br>In their prime, Palmer, Norman, and other stars, would shake your hand and<br>say they were happy to meet you. In his prime Jose Canseco wore T-shirts<br>that read "Leave Me Alone."<br><br>You can hear birds chirping on the golf course during a tournament.<br><br> At a golf tournament, (unlike at taxpayer-funded sports stadiums and<br>arenas) you won't hear a steady stream of four letter words and nasty name<br>calling while you're hoping that no one spills beer on you.<br><br>Tiger hits a golf ball over twice as far as Barry Bonds hits a baseball..<br><br>Golf courses don't ruin the neighborhood.<br><br><br>
[red]Bibo, ergo sum[/red]