Arnold Palmer puckers up to the USGA
The USGA recently held the groundbreaking on the new Arnold Palmer Center addition to its New Jersey musuem. A nice enough ceremonial honor to be sure. But Palmer went a little overboard with his USGA genuflection.
“I don’t think you can put words to how important it is to me as an individual,” Palmer told USGA.org. “When I was a kid, it was my family and God and the USGA. That was kind of the way I was raised.”
Well, of course. My family, God and the USGA. How can your country or your friends for that matter manage to make this cut?
Apparently, there’s no truth to the rumor that USGA President Fred Riley immediately asked Palmer why he mixed up the order and didn’t put the USGA first.
Look, the USGA runs an interesting enough museum, even if it is in the middle of nowhere (for New Jersey), requiring a special trip to see. (It still should be in New York, Russian Tea Room bungle aside). But come on Palmer. It’s the USGA museum.
You’re not being knighted. No matter what all those people in those sports coats with the snazzy USGA patches tell you.
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This article illustrates that you write purely for shock value.
You serve no useful purpose with your blogs.
You have no professional credibility whatsoever.
He made you feel bad?
In the real world, we all are made to "feel bad" at times by others. I am in sales, and get verbally abused constantly by clients, assistants, etc. It's part of the territory. I am sure there have been times where I have deserved it. But we have to smile, be professional and do the job.
I haven't read anything you have written about Arnold Palmer. So I don't know whether you have handled your situation with AP professionally since that time, and reported on AP based on fact, or instead have looked to find fault in him and "create" stories. I don't know whether Chris Baldwin shares your sentiment of AP. But I can't see much worthwhile in what he wrote. Seemed like more of a "creation" than a newsworthy story.
I wish I was could have seen Mr. Palmer play when he was in his prime. I was able to watch him play in a senior event in Nashville, Tennessee in the mid-nineties. He was total gentleman and the definition of class.
Arnold Palmer is a great American. He has my total respect.
If I let incidents such as this color my coverage, I'd have started a vendetta with about 8-10 professional athletes, who shall go nameless at this time, because of their incredible boorishness, both with myself, other journalists, teammates and the public at large.
Professioanl journalists should be able to discern between subjective feelings and objective coverage. Happens every single day.
I am glad to hear it. *I apologize for my preaching.
The personal attacks, while stimulating some degree of interest, get old after awhile.
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