A strange, unfamiliar world of golf coverage where golfers other than a certain golfer actually exist
Phil Mickelson won the Masters today, and guess what? A certain other golfer, who didn’t win the tournament, wasn’t mentioned at all in the AP’s article on the event, except for a passing mention of the fact that Mickelson’s was the lowest winning score in the Masters since that other golfer’s victory there in 2001. Mickelson had 16 below par. Meaning he averaged four below par for four days in a row. I’m impressed.
The return to what once was normal golf coverage, as though to the once-familiar but now forgotten and mysterious world of our childhood, seems to be general. In the well-written piece on the Masters finale at the New York Times, where in the usual course of things no golfer exists except for that other golfer, or at least does not exist in his own right, apart from the all-encompassing focus on that other golfer, that other golfer is not even mentioned until the ninth paragraph. Meaning that the Times’ story about Mickelson’s victory is (gasp) about Mickelson’s victory.
Ben W. writes:
What went unsaid through all the media reporting but duly noted by all my friends was the presence, affection and commitment to his wife by Mickelson. As you say, the whole thing seemed so normal and good.Ben W. writes:
Might I add that Phil Mickelson shows a smiling graciousness in victory that I don’t see in that other golfer. Which brings to mind that I recall as growing up the gentlemanly character of past great athletes when sports were frankly white. There was a sense of greatness in athletic achievement as well as character. That stopped with the entry of blacks into professional sports.Ben continues:
When interviewed by CBS, that other golfer said with no trace of graciousness, “Of course I’m not happy to come in fourth; I enter each tournament to win.” Lee Westwood, who finished in third place said with a grin, “I’m happy to be where I am, it’s been a great tournament and Phil deserved it.”LA replies:
I’ve become aware of Wood’s ugly self-centeredness since his marital troubles exploded in November. Almost every photo of him in the media is the same: wearing that stupid baseball cap pulled down over his face, with this petulant, worried, self-concerned look which says, “Will I win? Will I win?” His attitude conveys no graciousness toward the game, no sportsmanship. It’s just about him. It’s ugly—and our culture has become even ugly as a result of making an icon of this unpleasant personality.April 13
Peter H. writes:
Ben W.’s comment made me think of the way many black athletes dance in end-zones, slam-dunk basketballs, and, yes, pump their fists after making difficult putts. They seem to be interested in taunting and humiliating the opponent rather than engaging him as a respected adversary. There must be some connection between this type of behavior and, say, repeatedly stomping on the head of the person you’re assaulting or dancing gleefully after you’ve just thrown a brick into a complete innocent’s skull as happened to Reginald Denny in 1992. Fundamentally, there seems to be an effort to obliterate, dehumanize, and erase completely your opponent/adversary.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 11, 2010 07:42 PM | Send