I guess as the author of the question and thread I have some sort of obligation to defend myself and my position. Although, really all I did was pose a golf-related question onto a golf forum.
Oh well, here we go...
First of all, I must say that when I read WWBD's post, the one that Wisguy quoted, answered the questions from and started this whole tangent, I thought that WWBD was agreeing with Wisguy. I took his post to be sarcastic. Maybe I misread it. Anyways, your main issue seems to be with me, as the original poster. I am a little confused as to what the issue truly is. It seems to be either a problem with the wording of the question or a problem with the entire intent of the question. So, I will address those separately.
On the wording of the question, here is your response...
Originally Posted by Wisguy
A far better title would have been an open-ended question "Did you learn anything from watching last week's winner on the PGA tour?" Is there a clear connection with being presumptuous and being in a 12-step program? Certainly not, but some that are completing such programs adopt a holier-than-thou attitude about it. I think there must have been a group therapy session scene in a movie or TV show I once saw that inspired this comment last night, but I can't think of it right now.
Fair enough. I like your question, as well. It is really getting at the same point. I would have no issue if the moderators felt like changing the title to "Did You Learn..."
I would, however, encourage you to look up the definition of an "open-ended question." It is a question that encourages further discussion, or more commonly, a question that can not be answered with a "yes" or "no" response. Simply by the nature of the phrase any question that begins "Did you..." can be be answered with a "yes" or a "no." So while I have no issue with your question, I don't think that you can disregard my question as not being open-ended. I am not looking to have a battle over semantics, however, so this is not a big deal. It leads to the next reason, which must be at the heart of your complaint.
The intent of the thread is not to say that you can not sit down and enjoy watching the golf tournament. It was certainly not to "imply contempt" or come off as "arrogant or full-of-oneself." It was simply meant to be a place that people could share if they did in fact notice something during the tournament that could help them in their own game. For example, let's say we have a golfer who has decided that in order to play better, he must keep his lead arm rigid and straight. He has always heard and read that is important. He struggles with this new move. He comes on to this thread and sees two different people have posted videos of two different professional golfers, competing and winning at the highest level, who do not keep their lead arm rigid and straight. Maybe you or I don't get anything out of watching golf. That's alright. This is just meant to be a thread where people can share if they did.
The last thing i will say will address the "arrogant or full-of-oneself" comments. I would argue that one of the least arrogant or full-of-oneself things someone could do is to observe and learn from others. What ever the profession, a teacher can learn a lot from watching and learning from other great teachers. Same thing for a mechanic or an engineer or anything. Realizing that others are great at something and trying to get better by watching that person in action is the opposite of full-of-oneself, in my opinion. I would be happy to discuss this further if needed, but i would much rather get back on topic.
Any comments on the Tiger analysis by James Ridyard?