From the Rose Bowl and Vince Young to the Mercedes and Fred Funk?
Now that Vince Young’s run by USC in one of the most entertaining national championship games ever, it’s time for the real sports showcase to take center stage.
You know, Fred Funk, David Toms and that guy who looks like that guy who cleans your pool in the hotly-anticipated, much-debated Mercedes Championships. Good thing Reggie Bush scampered off the stage and Matt Leinart ballroom danced away before this truly colossal sporting event, huh?
Remember, when PGA Tour commissioner/NASCAR want-to-be Tim Finchem was talking about turning the tour’s season openers into major league baseball opening day-like events. The Tour essentially has the Devil Rays playing the Pirates in this year’s opener.
Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and even the often dazed Retief Goosen all have enough sense to know no one’s going to be watching golf this weekend. It’s easier to remember all the big names skipping the plush trip to Hawaii, than find one that’s playing.
The decision wasn’t much of an IQ test.
It makes you think that the Tour’s top players are more aware of the general sporting culture than their own commish.
Finchem shouldn’t fear though. Mickelson will probably pop up somewhere this weekend. To tell us on how he bet the Longhorns in August, a la the Ravens in 2001.
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Opening day's are crap, except for the ticket-buyers and ten-year old kids with stars in their eyes. The rest of us glance at the paper or the t.v., say "oh, it's opening day," and go on with our lives. Our son rowed in the Head of the Charles regatta last Fall, and nobody in Boston/Cambridge other than crew aficionados gave a rat's bass.
I think that it is a coup for Finchem to get as high-profile a sponsor as Mercedes for his opener. However, with the afore-mentioned dearth of big names, we might wonder how long the Merc will pony up for a typical tourney.
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