There is a new sport out there attempting to compete for our attention. It is called FootGolf because it is a hybrid sport between soccer and golf. The object is to kick a soccer ball on a course and into a hole in the fewest number of kicks. The first shot for a hole comes from a designated area – analogous to a golf tee area – and the player has to navigate the ball around trees, hills, streams and the like to reach the equivalent of the greens. FootGolf has an international footprint; there are a dozen countries with FootGolf associations.
In the US, FootGolf is played on some golf courses where the holes are in the rough and away from the golf greens; obviously, its proponents think that FootGolf is the next big thing.
Before getting overly excited about the emergence of FootGolf as a major player in the US sporting cosmos, consider this comment from Brad Dickson of the Omaha World Herald:
“A new hybrid sport called FootGolf combines soccer and golf. The basic goal is to combine the elements of soccer with the elements of golf to create a TV viewing experience that functions as a cure for insomnia.”
I read a report that Donovan McNabb wants to retire as a Philadelphia Eagle and hopes to sign a one-day ceremonial contract with the team. While McNabb had a fruitful and productive career in Philly, I think it is fair to say that his tenure with the Eagles was not one focused solely on happy times. Let me review the bidding here:
A host on the local sports radio station, Angelo Cataldi, wanted the Eagles to draft Ricky Williams. He “organized” a delegation of fans to go to NYC for the NFL Draft with the specific intention of booing any selection other than Ricky Williams.
The then-Mayor of Philadelphia and future Governor of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell, was on board with this and lent his support to that kind of welcome to the city.
Rush Limbaugh’s mercifully brief tenure on FOX Sports came to an end when he opined that the only reason McNabb was seen as a top-shelf QB was because he was Black. Since the mainstream media desperately wanted a great Black QB, they over-valued everything McNabb did.
Of course, there were those tranquil and idyllic times with Terrell Owens as a teammate…
A local NAACP official in Philly said that the reason McNabb did not run with the ball as much as the official thought he should was because McNabb did not want to be stereotyped as a “Black QB” and so he made himself into a pocket passer to play more like a “White QB”.
Given that brief summary of his time with the Eagles, I have to wonder why he would want to revisit them. There is at least a 50/50 chance that some fans will boo him at the podium as he announces his retirement – if the Eagles allow any fans to be within shouting distance. However, if that is what he wants to do to put a punctuation mark on his NFL career …
Speaking of Donovan McNabb reminds me of Eagles’ QBs and that brings me to Michael Vick who seems to be the guy who will keep the job as the starting QB in Philly despite the change in coaches and offensive systems. For those fans in Philly who continue to harbor some kind of animus toward McNabb – the ones that would boo him at his retirement ceremony if allowed in the audience – they might want to keep this tidbit in mind:
The last time Michael Vick was on a team that won a playoff game was in 2004.
Moving on … A few years ago, Brett Favre became a hugely annoying figure when he played Hamlet and dragged out any decision as to his retirement from the NFL vis ã vis a comeback. Fortunately, we have had none of that for a while – but I am beginning to pick up0 vibrations from a “Brett Favre wannabe” out there with two characteristics whose purpose is only to keep his name in the news:
1. He is sort-of retired and in his happy place, BUT
2. He might really want to come back.
I am talking about Phil Jackson.
Memo to Phil Jackson: Make a decision dammit. More importantly, make the decision privately and then act on your decision. We can deal with either status without any news leaks or intrigues. You are on the verge of becoming a pain-in-the-ass.
After the Toronto Maple Leafs blew a 4-1 lead in the third period against the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs forcing overtime where the Bruins won the game, the Toronto Sun had this great headline:
“The choke’s on us.”
Finally, here is an item from Brad Rock in the Deseret News:
“A few hundred Jacksonville Jaguars fans have petitioned President Barack Obama to ask the team to sign Tim Tebow.
“… if that works, the next step will be to get the President, by executive order, to force Tebow to throw spirals.”
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………