Can Golf at Rio get any worse?
In October of 2009, I pictured this month’s Sports Illustrated cover with grandiose visions dancing in my head from remembrances of a February, 1991 cover depicting Michael, Charles and the Mailman with Magic and Bird — the Dream Team.
My imagination, dancing from those remembrances, conjured up a special meeting in New York City with a few instances of chilly suds and a few industry friends. We’d take over a conference space at Sports activities Illustrated and SI-writer extraordinaire Jack McCallum would be holding forth, along with the creative minds of Chris Stone (now the head honcho), longtime basketball scribe and author and previous Vermont Frost Heaves GM Alex Wolff, legendary writers like Gary Smith, Steve Rushin, Leigh Montville and Ian Thomsen along with award-earning photographers Walter Iooss and John McDonough.
From the NBA’s side, we’d toss in Brian McIntyre, Russ Granik and Rick Welts, for old times sake, because they were among the architects of the “original” Dream Team. Kim Bohuny, a scratch golfer out of Furman and a longtime NBA-USA Basketball-Goodwill Game titles executive will be asked to put up both her basketball hat and golfing visor, for which we’d prize her with a bottle or two of Silver Oak.
From the environment of golf, we’d need some imaginative genius no better destination to start than with David Feherity, commentator, talk show host and former pro golfer. He’d be became a member of by Golfing Channel cohort Tommy Roy, the executive maker on the PGA Tour but as well a contributor to the NBA on NBC. Add the fantastic Bob Condron, formerly of the USOC and the location chief for golfing at Rio 2016, along with golf course architect Gil Hanse as the majordomo for the return of the sport of golf to the Games. We’d toss in Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery for some sporting perspective and humor, and top it off with the brilliance of Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus to make sure everything was as copacetic as a Bill “Bojangles” dance marathon.
The issue at hand and nearing deadline would be the proper naming and headline writing of my imaginary (but just recently received) “Double Issue” Olympic Preview of Sports activities Illustrated, once king of Olympic Games coverage. The assembled group would discuss the options.
Fast ahead. In the July 25-August 1st edition, seven United States Olympians graced the cover. It was fine. There were tales on Simone Biles, the new Queen of women’s gymnastics, on Usain Bolt and the “following gen” of track and field sportsmen, on the virtually all decorated Olympian ever before in Michael Phelps. His USA Swimming teammates Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky possessed their S.L. Price moment, proper alongside a Price-penned “back-of-the-book” part on the “Refugee Workforce”, several Olympians competing without the backing of a region to call residence or a flag with which to march in to the Olympic Stadium.
There wasn’t an individual story on GOLF.
With the activity of golf teeing it up for the initially Olympics since 1904, I envisioned a concern filled up with profiles on the best active golfers — the “Dream Teams” of Dormie.
Let’s take a glance at who exactly could’ve graced the “Golfing Plus” SI covers of a lifetime.
Miguel Angel Jimenez
And, that’s merely to name some of the sport’s greatest dynamic golfers.
The SI cover could’ve looked similar to the album cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Golf club Band, although I’m not really a sure we’re able to replace simply four Beatles. We might’ve wanted eight or 10 silky psychedelic meets to accomplish the sport and its own global charm justice. They could’ve all collected around on the Zoysia grass with a few blooms to include some color. Peter Blake and Jann Haworth will be much appreciated by the newfound do the job and a hefty Period, Inc. payday.
Of lessons, the pundits would’ve been contemplating and criticizing an Isiah Thomas-like conspiracy theory snub-fest, fueling enough debate to knock The Donald off the boob tube for a nights or several, and we don’t mean The (Luke) Donald.
Where’s Jim Furyk?
Where’s Colin Montgomery, that good old crank from Scotland, the birthplace of the activity?
Why there are simply no golfers from Canada about the cover?
Tiger’s washed up and can’t play any longer (remember the Larry Bird critics?)
Instead? We give you Golf in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Thud! What a waste materials of a sport.
Just as sure mainly because the IOC reinstated baseball and softball for the 2020 video games in baseball-loving Japan, you can bet your Callaway Wonderful Big Bertha that golf will get the (sand) trap door at the next world congress of sporting corruption. Hospitality and celebration planners for 2024, you can kiss your birdies good-bye.
It could’ve been great. It could’ve carried out for golf what the Dream Staff performed for basketball in 1992.
But, oh no, just a handful of the greatest golfers on the planet wanted to play.
If it were the ’92 basketball players balking, it would’ve been a public relations nightmare for the N.B.A. and, the likes of Ben Simmons, Dirk Nowitzki, Yao Ming and Tony Parker might’ve by no means seen United States soil, never brain NBA stardom, world-wide fame and fortune. But, this summer, golf is being given the benefit for the hesitation and a free of charge ride, PR-wise, as wellbeing threats from the horrible Zika virus and the outdoor aspect of the overall game have swayed open public judgment of the sporting small to state, “Well that’s alright around”
Rightfully, we should explain and present proper credit where it really is as a result of likes of Kaymer, Stenson, Rose, Fowler, and Harrington. High-fives to Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson of the united states, Graham Dalaet and David Hearn of Canada and Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela, merely to name some of the men’s golfers planned to contend. And, the ladies of the LPGA should have much credit rating as their showing is normally strong, but sadly, much less impactful for the entire growth of the activity.
Consider of what could’ve been simply because we all prepared the cover and penned the brand new name.
What would your recommendation have already been for the headline of the Return of Golf to the Olympics concern?
Sadly, we’re able to only develop — “Just what a Shame Game.”