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And Another Thing


More golfing silliness

And from today's Move Out Of Your Mom's Basement And Get A Life file ... this.

Altogether now: Are you kidding me? I mean, really?

Seriously, when is golf, which is never shy about promoting its sense of honor and gentlemanly fair play (always managing to sound insufferably superior when it does so) going to actually display those qualities, instead of just talking about them?

Please tell me what is honorable and gentlemanly about officials waiting until Padraig Harrington had signed an incorrect scorecard before informing him that, sorry, old boy, you're disqualified because some no-life clown on his couch at home saw your ball move slightly when you picked up your marker and blew the whistle on you? And that instead of telling said clown to, you know, move out of his mom's basement and get a job, the officials went back and watched the replay in slow motion (the only way anyone could tell if the ball had actually moved or not) and determined that, yes, Harrington had violated the sacred rules of golf?

Really, gentlemen? This is what passes for honorable behavior in your sport?

Sorry. But from where I'm sitting, Michael Vick's dogfighting ring had a better sense of right and wrong than these golf people do.

That's because the honorable, gentlemanly thing to do here would have been to concede that if Harrington didn't see his ball move, and the officials whose job it is to enforce the rules didn't see it move, it didn't move. Going back after the fact and kicking him out of the tournament because some pathetic busybody called officials' attention to it is not gentlemanly behavior. It is, in fact, the very opposite.

Especially when the infraction in question didn't give Harrington an unfair advantage or unfairly disadvantage any of his competitors.

Seriously, people. Get your noses out of the rulebook long enough for a change to behave ... well, honorably.

Ben Smith's blog.