The Players Championship at the Stadium Course at Sawgrass – Tiger Woods’ Swing
Before we get the Absolute Nonsense of Buzz Bissinger a few Coaches Hot Seat members are down in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida for the Players Championship and they got to see Tiger Woods in the practice rounds and on the range for the first time since The Masters and the consensus among the very good golfers in this CHS group is that Woods’ swing looks great especially when he sets-up to the ball correctly and has rhythm in his swing.
With that in mind we got a good laugh this week when Brandel Chamblee of The Golf Channel said Tiger Woods needs to fire his current swing coach, Sean Foley, and go back to his swing coach from a decade ago, Butch Harmon.
Hey, Butch Harmon is a great teacher of the golf swing but at this moment in Tiger Woods golf career which means Tiger is getting Pretty Damn Old (36 years old in fact!) what Tiger needs is a golf swing that will not do even more damage to his already worn-out body and especially his legs and knees and Foley’s approach to the golf swing is about as good as an older golfer that plays a lot of golf can find unless of course you are going to go whole hog and start swinging like Moe Norman!
No, it’s not time to go to Moe Norman’s swing just yet Tiger!
Tiger Woods’ golf swing looks very good to the CHS members and it is time for Woods to start playing the game of golf instead of playing golf swing during PGA Tour tournaments!
The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is one of our favorite golf courses and collectively we have played the Stadium Course probably over a hundred times and it never disappoints except in the hot summer months of humid north Florida which can make just finishing the round and stumbling back into the air conditioned clubhouse quite a challenge.
One thing we have noticed over the years about the Stadium Course which is different than many other golf courses in America is that if f you hit the ball past the pin on many of the holes you will not only take out of play most of the Stadium Course’s designer Pet Dye’s diabolical bunkers and water hazards, but you will also end up with some great looks at birdies and even eagles.
Let’s hope for a great week of golf and some good weather on the First Coast in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida so we can crown a champion on a golf course where the championship is always earned.
The Absolute Nonsense of Buzz Bissinger
Most of us here at Coaches Hot Seat have read Buzz Bissinger’s recent piece in the Wall Street Journal…
….a couple of times in an effort to figure out just what in the Hell Bissinger is trying to say relative to banning the game of College Football but for the life of us we still don’t have a clue why Bissinger or anyone else thinks that “banning” the game of College Football would do anyone any Damn good.
Oh, yes there are the Candy Ass Academics in America today that long for an environment on America’s college campuses similar to what they have at Oxford or Cambridge in England, but to those Candy Ass Academics we can only say….
That is England.
This is AMERICA.
HELL of a BIG Difference Buzz!
Very early on in Buzz Bissinger’s piece Buzz goes terribly wrong and proves that he doesn’t have a Clue to what America’s college campuses in our country really exist for and what they should be doing to prepare the young…and sometimes older…people of America to compete in what is now a global and very Damn competitive economy:
“In more than 20 years I’ve spent studying the issue, I have yet to hear a convincing argument that college football has anything do with what is presumably the primary purpose of higher education: academics.
That’s because college football has no academic purpose. Which is why it needs to be banned. A radical solution, yes. But necessary in today’s times.
Football only provides the thickest layer of distraction in an atmosphere in which colleges and universities these days are all about distraction, nursing an obsession with the social well-being of students as opposed to the obsession that they are there for the vital and single purpose of learning as much as they can to compete in the brutal realities of the global economy.”
Oh, Buzz….America’s colleges and universities are not about young and even older Americans being there…
“for the vital and single purpose of learning as much as they can to compete in the brutal realities of the global economy.”
…but rather OUR colleges and universities should exist to teach their students how to….
Yes, there are the nominal majors and minors that people focus on when they are on a college campus pursuing a college degree and there are hundreds of more specialized graduate and professional degrees that can be markers along the way to a successful working career and life…BUT….most of what is taught at America’s colleges and universities is long forgotten by the time one is working in this competitive world that we all live in and that is why it is paramount, critical and very Damn important that OUR institutions of higher learning impart the most important skill of all…..
HOW TO THINK
…and professors that are teaching on the frontlines should never forget as they are teaching their individual subjects what Socrates said about learning…
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
Amen to that Socrates.
Getting back to the game of College Football and its role on the American college campus we are reminded of what one of our college professors told us many moons ago when he commented on us playing on the school’s sports teams on scholarship:
“You fellows are very Damn lucky because you are getting an experience by playing sports at this school that most students will not enjoy and you should relish your time with your teammates.”
Few would probably argue the point that the student-athletes both on and not on scholarship get a lot out of playing sports while in college where they are challenged to juggle both their work in the classroom and the work on the playing field, but where does that leave the rest of the student body, professors and administrative staff of the university and what exactly do they get from a college football team being on their campus?
Here is where we would have to ask Buzz Bissinger a very simple question:
Buzz, have you ever been on a major college campus in the Fall of the year when the team is getting ready for and playing a game on one of those priceless college football Saturdays that must be experienced to be fully understood?
Hold it a second…Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights went to…
The University of Pennsylvania after attending Phillips Academy which together are a bastion of the Very Damn things that are destroying the American Republic:
Elitist Bastards that have spent most of their lives in either Boston, New York, Washington DC or Philadelphia in Bissinger’s case with lots of other overeducated Ivy League Elitists that collectively wouldn’t know an honest day’s work if it hit them in ass and almost certainly wouldn’t last five seconds on a football field playing the great game of American football.
Yes, college football and intercollegiate athletics has lots of problems that need fixing….
The danger of concussions
The overspending of athletic departments that are losing money and many that are spending way too much money even though they are making a profit
The pervasive influence of boosters on college athletic programs
Some student-athletes that are not really student-athletes
The Bogus and Un-American BCS…which thankfully is almost gone from the American scene
….but the positives of College Football and the huge impact it has on bringing together a college campus to one place each Fall Saturday, to providing a window onto America’s college campus for the 95 plus percent of the American People that are not going to school and most importantly bringing an “edge” and “different way of living life” to OUR colleges and universities that is very different than the academic side of the campus which is often focused on research, teaching and the softer sides of life far outweigh the negatives of the game.
There is something else that College Football adds to the American Republic and that is something that in our opinion scares the Hell out of the Buzz Bissinger’s of the world that have lived a sheltered life far from the frontlines of battle for those that served in the US military and for those very few Americans that played football on the college and professional level and that “something else” is that the game of College Football and all of its inherent violence, struggle, one-on-one battle with the man across from you and just downright determining on each and every play which is the better Man and Team flows directly to the thing that allowed the American Republic to be created in the first place and created brave Americans that were willing to fight in and win the major World Wars of the 20 th century which made AMERICA the dominate force on the Earth during the lifetimes of the people reading this blog.
No, it was not Socrates academy that made Greece a great nation no more than it was the schools of Rome that made Rome into the Roman Empire, but rather what made EVERY Great Nation GREAT was the willingness of its People to stand-up and fight for the Principles of that Nation and just as sure the Sun comes up in the East the game of College and Pro Football in America can trace its lineage straight back to the brave men and women that first stood up 200 plus year ago to declare that…
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Candy Asses do not write or sign their names to things like the Declaration of Independence because everyone in that room in Philadelphia in 1776 knew that such a document would lead to war with England and most certainly Candy Asses in small countries do not start wars with an Empire, but that is what those Americans that founded our country did and 200 plus years later the decedents of the Founders of the American Republic both still fight wars around the world and they play games such as Football which help to define the essential elements of what it is to be an AMERICAN.
As the GREAT Vince Lombardi once said about football…
….of which we could not agree more and that is why it is Very Damn Important that College Football remain on America’s college campuses and play its key role in the life of OUR nation and in the life of our colleges and universities.
We do not want the game of College Football to dominate America’s college campuses and to take over the life of the school, but College Football at America’s larger institutions of higher learning is an important cog in not only helping to drive the overall goals and aspirations of the school forward, but College Football also serves a much deeper purpose which is to speak to that warrior force that is inside of almost all Americans to some extent and which must be spoken to and addressed or the risk is run that it will be channeled into other things that would be negative for the American Republic as a whole.
College Football needs some fixes, the game needs to be cleaned-up a bit and it needs to be in its proper place on the college campus which is to be a positive but not dominate force on the life of America’s colleges and universities, but ban the game of College Football you say?
Please, that would be both Stupid and Foolish and thus it will never happen and Thank God for that.
Now below are a few videos for those Candy Asses in the American Republic that are now rubbing their hands together worrying about the supposed “negative” influence on College Football on America and OUR colleges and universities.