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  •  Big money sports entertainment is for the birds (2+ / 0-)
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    Hogan was a tough old Texan and one helluva golfer but what he helped create that benefits coddled "superstars" like Mickelson doesn't warm my heart in the least. At the end of the day Hogan and Mickelson hit a ball with a stick better than just about anyone else in the world.  But so what? Who cares what these guys think about taxes, unions, or anything else for that matter?

    PGA, NFL, NBA, NCAA, ESPN you name it.  An overemphasis on sports entertainment represents a lot of what wrong with our culture.  

    Take a step back one Sunday or Saturday afternoon and take note of what's being created to satisfy our collective demand (and it IS what we want or it wouldn't be produced)...phony tales of "heroism" and revolting self-promotional flagwaving, special interest sob stories (Te'o-ing anybody?), a subculture of jacked up freaks performing record breaking stunts to go ever higher ever faster.  All as a platform to sell us a lifestyle that encourages us to consume more and more and more (fill in product here).  

    I like sports a ton, including golf (was single digit handicap and a former caddy once upon a time and know the game and rules well).  But the business of sport has made watching the tournament, match, game...whatever go  from barely tolerable to just plain awful over the last 10 or so years.  It's hard for me to get past the multimillion dollar contracts and endorsement deals doled out to (generally ignorant) children who are then expected to be "role models", the billionaire crybaby business owners always looking to plant a snout in the public tough for a tax break/stadium, and the unquestioning knuckleheaded tribal members rooting for the uniform ("We" did great this week - ugh!) to enjoy the athletes doing what they do best...on the field of play.

    Hopefully the pendulum swings back a bit and the business gets toned down but I'm not counting on it. In the meantime there's always the option of getting some exercise by participating in a sport, going for a long walk, or even reading a book!

    "Those dunes are to the Midwest what the Grand Canyon is to Arizona and the Yosemite is to California." - Carl Sandburg

    by Critical Dune on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 08:08:36 AM PST

    •  What Hogan and others of his generation (1+ / 0-)
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      did was pursue a way to make a living. It is hard for us today to imagine what times were like then. Life was very hard, and people looked for some way to scratch out a living. Golf did not promise riches, but Hogan thought he could make it provide enough money so that he and his wife could keep body and soul together. He never made much money on the tour, but he built a name that enabled him to create a successful club manufacturing company, and his book was an unexpected success.

      So he made something out of nothing but an idea. And he did it with an incredible amount of hard work. He probably worked harder than any golfer in history.

      And don't knock those people who thrill us, who make us sing in our hearts, and who inspire us to do the best that we can do. Those people add much to life. And they should be paid for it. If they thrill millions, what is wrong with them getting a dollar or two from the people who enjoyed those thrills?

      I would gladly pay to see someone like Hogan compete.

      As my father often said, "Man cannot live by bread alone, he must have peanut butter."

      Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

      by hestal on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 08:22:28 AM PST

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      •  I think you misinterpret my comment (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm not knocking Hogan as a golfer, his character, or as a businessperson for that matter.  Though I'm guessing his political views and mine would be probably differ a bit.  I know his history, and the history of golf (including the early PGA) well...pioneers like Hagen, Sarazen, etc (I too am old). But what the multibillion dollar business of golf and other sport, where athletes are now "brands" (including Hogan, now owned by the fashion house Perry Ellis, I think), has become today bears little resemblance to  what hardscrabble athletes like Hogan and others built (to create a profession that could actually support a full time career).  

        Because of revolutionary changes in equipment, rules, training, science, and most important the economics and business of entertainment, most sports today, with the exception of actual play on the baseball diamond, only just "resembles" what the sport used to be.  It is all different now and not for the better in my view, especially the business/entertainment aspects.

        Too much emphasis on $port versus education and meaningful contributions to a better world.  

        "Those dunes are to the Midwest what the Grand Canyon is to Arizona and the Yosemite is to California." - Carl Sandburg

        by Critical Dune on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 09:07:58 AM PST

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