Why The 2014 PGA Championship Doesn’t Matter

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Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)

Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)

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Apparently this weekend’s golf tournament was quite the show. At least that’s the impression that I got from my Twitter feed. As sports writer after radio host after television personality kept going on and on about what a great ending Rory McIlroy’s performance was to the great splendor and pageantry that is the PGA Championship. Even Jim Nantz claimed that a new star was born as McIlroy sunk his winning putt in the early sunset.

But really, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter because golf, in the grand scheme of the sports world, doesn’t matter.

Now before you start writing your hate mail, you should know that I like playing golf as much as the next guy. But nationally, nobody really gives a crap about the sport except people who play golf…i.e. sports writers.

Think about it. Sports writers (and similar folks) love golf because it’s the only sport that many of them are really capable of competing in at a high level. It’s the last pillar of hope. Just like how we all grow up wishing we could play baseball for a living, sportswriters and the like live out their professional career thinking that if they could just lower their handicap, they could make it on the tour.

This attitude isn’t isolated to just sportswriters, because sports writers have an audience. Middle-aged men across the United States read what these guys write and begin conducting business on the golf course, while men in their twenties start thinking that they’re doing something wrong because they haven’t really swung a golf club or watched a golf tournament on TV before…and it all occurs while they’re thinking that one day they could make it.

Follow these guys to the golf course and what do you see? Why it’s the Golf Channel, plastered on every TV in the place, just oozing the message that “if you play golf, you obviously must pay attention to whatever tournament is being played this weekend”. The sickness, originally caused by the over inflation of the sport by sports media, perpetuates itself.

Now, by this point you may be wondering how any of this crap relates to this weekend’s PGA Championship results. Well, simply put, golf has been searching for a new star ever since we all found out just how much Tiger Woods enjoys himself some IHOP. (Apparently, having your super model wife attempt to beat you to death with a five iron takes an awful toll on your mental game.) At any rate, when Woods fell apart and couldn’t putt anymore, the game of golf was in disarray because nobody was there to attract the viewers and boost the ratings quite like Woods did.

As Rory McIlroy (who I think should be nicknamed “Tin Cup” since his name sounds so much like Roy McAvoy) secured a thrilling victory in his fourth major, everyone who remotely pays attention to golf started seeing visions of Tiger Woods and began lifting him up as the next messiah of the sport (picture Monty Python’s The Life of Brian here…and if you don’t understand that reference…seek professional help).

But like I said, this really doesn’t matter because golf doesn’t matter. The rest of the American public who isn’t a sportswriter, radio host, or closeted weekend warriors are too busy watching the NFL, NCAA Football and Basketball, MLB, NBA, and NHL to even begin giving a crap about watching golf.

I’ll give you one better than that. Watching golf is very similar to watching a Cubs game on TV on a Sunday afternoon. You set out to watch the whole thing (or at least I do), maybe making it through the first hour or so, then before you know it you wake up on the couch with a sore neck saying, “What they heck happened?” You don’t actually care about the golf tournament on TV; you’re just letting Jim Nantz sing you a lullaby as you catch up on your sleep before a busy work week.

Like I said, I like golf (playing golf) just as much as the next guy. But can we please stop pretending like we give a crap about watching it on TV? Whoever the PGA’s next big star is, I’m pretty sure that they still won’t shine brightly enough to take America’s attention away from the rest of the sports world.

You Told Me Your Finger Was A Gun! The 'Our Sports Report' Sports Movie Line Contest!

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Ladies and gentlemen, it's high time that we here at 'Our Sports Report' gave away some more free stuff!  Do you agree?  I thought you might.

This week's contest focuses on our favorite lines from sports movies.  There are the obvious inspirational ones such as "If you build it, he will come." or "Go the distance."  But few of us remember the funny ones like "You told me your finger was a gun!"  Well, those obscure, funny sports movie quotes are the ones we want to discuss this week.  There are many great ones out there and I know that you great folks out there won't let us down!

In the comments section of this post, give us some of your favorite funny sports movie lines.  If you feel like going with a very obscure entry, give us a little context to help us know what in the world you're talking about.

Just like our last contest, the best entry receives a $10 Subway gift card!  All entries must be submitted by Friday (July 5) and the winner will be announced on next Sunday's post.

So fire away folks, make us laugh!

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Although there is no longer a stadium, there still sits a baseball field at the corner of Michigan and Trumble in Detroit, MI.  The sights and smells of Old Tiger Stadium have long since vanished from “The Corner”, but there is still baseball being played on the same field where Ty Cobb earned his reputation as the fiercest player in baseball.  Some of my first memories of Major League Baseball happened on this very baseball diamond, and thanks to a few “law abiding” citizens known as the Navin Field Grounds Crew, those memories still have a place to call home.

Since 2010, Tiger Stadium enthusiasts and several Corktown residents have been mowing the grass, picking up trash, weeding the infield, and playing baseball on the same diamond that their heroes played on for nearly a century.  What they’re doing is technically illegal, since the city of Detroit owns the land.  But that fact has not deterred these fine people from their task of preserving baseball history.

You see, most of these people grew up with the Tigers.  Seeing this field die before their eyes is every bit as hard as losing a family member.  And so, for spiritual healing, the Navin Field Grounds Crew meets every Sunday morning with Ernie Harwell’s voice echoing Detroit scripture in their heads.

“For, lo, the winter is past,

The rain is over and gone;

The flowers appear on the earth,

The time of the singing of birds is come;

And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.”

Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Thank you to the Navin Field Grounds Crew for keeping part of my childhood alive.  I only hope that I can join you some Sunday morning and get my hands dirty right along with you.  Until then, keep up the good work, the place looks beautiful.

 

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