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Wisguy last won the day on November 13 2012

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  1. Eric, your juvenile name-calling in lieu of actually addressing the points I made demonstrates clearly that I was correct. My response to your comment was direct, on point, and explained precisely with examples why you were wrong. You responded with the maturity of a 13 year old boy on a video game website with conclusory statements, no more. In fact, your post said little more than the oft-heard playground chant "IKNOWYOUAREBUTWHATAMI? ~~"IKNOWYOUAREBUTWHATAMI?" . Your post, childish personal attacks and all, was a rant. My comments were far from being "absurd" or a "random rant." I was addressing your completely unjustified and quite frankly defamatory accusation that I was a liar. Maybe people call you a liar all the time and you've grown immune to such statements, but I cannot recall the last time a rational person called me a liar and I take great offense at such an unfounded and derogatory accusation. Some newbie member posted about recently playing at St. Andrews and being disappointed and you threw a fit, disagreeing strongly with him, as I knew you would do when I first saw the title to his thread. But no, I'm just making things up and being ignorant. And keep kicking that dead horse about how awful the LPGA players are. Golf Digest came out with their list of best golf pros in the US a few months ago, a list that contained not just a few names but the names of hundreds of golf pros (i.e. not a tremendously selective list). Correct me if I'm wrong, but your name was not on it, was it? Restating contemptuously for the fourteenth time that the LPGA pros don't compare statistically with the male pros isn't going to get you on that list and isn't going to get you your PGA Tour card, is it? Unlike some of the other people on this website (and the last two posts you've exchanged with me show that you're in that camp), I'm honest and mature enough to admit when I'm wrong or someone else has made a better argument. I understand that everyone makes mistakes. It doesn't happen often and hasn't happened much here, but if someone does point out major flaws in my arguments, I'd much rather admit that I was wrong than be thought an idiot for continuing to defend an untenable position. In fact, I'll even concede some degree of error now. I haven't read my post on soccer for many months and forgot what exactly I said, as some moderator (I believe Jamo), locked me out of that thread and at least one or two others in which he found himself unable to respond to points I was making and threw a hissy fit, so I couldn't read it. But I logged off and went back and read that post and I'll concede that I probably should not have said that all soccer fans are less bright than the typical Bears fan (who I said are dumb for blaming their quarterback for playing poorly when he's injured and then blaming him for being gutless when he can no longer play because of those injuries). I probably did have a bad day when I wrote that - I should have criticized only the sport, not its fans, even though I was anticipating arguments (lame ones at that) that I've heard many times before from soccer fans. However, Erik, you couldn't even come up with the one thing that I said that was arguably inappropriate. The French bikini brief comment was funny, clearly was not intended to be a serious or spiteful attack against anyone, and it's rarely, if ever, inappropriate to mock the French. A single, only arguably excessively critical post does not make me a "blatant liar." However, I will defend the rest of my comments in that thread by saying the following: a) unlike many of the other people posting on that thread, I actually explained and very adequately justified my opinions; and b) the title of the post was "Sports Teams You Absolutely Hate" - it wasn't "Sports teams that cause you to have slightly-less-than-super-duper-pleasant, happy-happy feelings." If you don't like people expressing strong opinions, then stay out of threads that clearly state in their titles that they are inviting all posters to make them. I have a relatively low tolerance for fools and foolishness. Make intelligent, fair, and reasonable comments and we won't have any issues. The problem is that when I do explain exactly why the points I am making are correct, I get labeled either a jerk because I am right or else people say I am too verbose (which sometimes is true). If I'm so damn wrong, then make a more intelligent argument. If you can't, then reassess who is correct and who is not. Be mad at yourself for being mistaken, not at me for pointing out that fact. At this point, I don't anticipate that I'll receive any comments in response that deserve my further time or effort. I'm dealing with an ego that cannot admit he is wrong, plus a few follower-types that have to tag on their "ME TOO!!!" comments. I've made my arguments, provided logical reasons and examples to support them, and I think there's no point in paying any further attention to this thread, which clearly was created with spiteful, juvenile motivation (see its title). Contrary to your contention, the significant majority of my posts here have been solid, constructive and worthwhile contributions to discussions on the sport of golf and when I've been able to provide a word of help or assistance to those seeking it, I have tried to help others (if I was such a jerk as you contend, why would I condemn other members for attacking new members who claim to be mere teenagers?). This site has grown tiresome and I think I'll take a bit of a break from the Sand Trap. The several angry types here making posts far more influenced by ego than reason, plus the incessant whining about slow play, have soured me on the sport rather than made me more eager to play it. There is a foot of snow on the ground and I'm going to forget about golf for a few months.
  2. Nonsense. I've pissed off a few people here because I have voiced strong opinions on certain subjects and several people have disliked what I said not because I was unfair, inaccurate, made personal attacks or used profanity (which I refrain from doing), but because they were unable to come up with better, more intelligent responses and their egos were too inflated to admit someone else had a better point. I'm engaging in a discussion for the purpose of discourse, not for the purpose of feeling better about myself by putting others down. That's not being rude. If someone makes a dumb and inaccurate point, am I supposed to pretend that he's right? Are you "rude" if you say "No" when on a 140 yard hole, your playing partner's second putt comes up 5 feet short and he says "That's a par for me, right?" Claiming I'm lying is not just ironically being completely rude, but it's altogether inaccurate - in fact, if one of the two of us is making dishonest statements, it is not me. I was surprised you made such a comment and waited a few days to respond, figuring you were just having a bad day and would come back and edit or delete your comment when you were in a more sensible frame of mind, but I guess that's not going to happen. There are more than a few people on this site who engage in name calling (which I do not do). Why are you getting on my case but you don't bother with people engaging in juvenile conduct that surely must break the site rules? Erik, we both know why. You're still harboring major resentment against me because I made two comments months ago that really set you off and enraged you and you simply cannot let it go. First, I said something to you that produced a reaction in you roughly the same as the reaction you'd cause in a more extreme member of the Taliban if you told him you just wiped your arse on pages torn out his holy book. I said, very accurately, that take away the history and tradition thing, and The Old Course at St. Andrews is a dull, unattractive, and rather poorly maintained course (your obsessive adoration blinded you but there were bare patches on at least one green at last summer's British Open). I have no idea why you are so obsessed with St. Andrews, but other than some soccer hooligans who are looking to cause harm to their rival fans (and even that may be more about being violent than being a passionate fan), I don't think I've ever heard of anyone being as obsessed about any aspect of a sport as you are about St. Andrews. I simply cannot fathom how anyone could be so blindly passionate about a golf course. I question if you'd react that strongly to someone besmirching your wife's virtue. You accuse me of being "rude" about women. I believe the specific comment to which you are referring was a comment I made in The Grill Room forum grousing about women's haircuts and it was the male equivalent of a woman griping about how men never want to stop and ask for directions - hardly egregious. I think your eager participation in a thread objectifying women (the "Beautiful Women" thread - exactly how many hot babe photos did you post in there Erik, a dozen, two dozen, more?), your starting a "Michelle Wie has Man Hands" thread, or your eagerness to disparage women as athletes in practically every LPGA thread in which you've posted in the past half year or more shows you to be a hypocrite for commenting about anyone else being a chauvinist. And that brings me to the second comment I made that pissed you off so badly so many months ago: I said that the contempt you voice for LPGA players is fueled in large part by the fact that you are jealous of and resentful toward golfers who you feel have skills and perhaps a work ethic that are inferior to yours (I have no idea if you are 100% correct or altogether delusional), yet those women get to make their living playing golf on a professional tour and you do not. To that second thought, I'll add the following: even though I'm sure there's more drudgery involved in being a golf pro than may be readily apparent, you're nonetheless earning a living doing your favorite activity/hobby. Most people don't like many, if any, aspects of their jobs and would tell you to open your eyes to the real world and quit whining about not having your every last dream come true. So go ahead, delete this post and ban me from the site. Or surprise me and be man enough to admit that there's more than a little truth to what I've said.
  3. No, not really. I made a rather general statement. Club Ho, in his eagerness to assert what a terrific guy he is by putting someone else down (something I confess I used to do but discontinued around the middle of 9th grade), jumped to conclusions and chose to attribute to me a very narrow, specific interpretation of my words, even though there was no basis for so doing, in order to support his feeble attempts to claim I am an annoying fool.
  4. Again, you're making a snap judgment and you're wrong. I never said I "stood directly behind the golfer." I was standing about 20 feet back from the tee box and slightly to the left of my friend, out of his direct view and in an unobtrusive position, where I usually stand and where my playing partners usually stand when I'm hitting off the tee. I was standing where one should stand, to watch the ball flight of one's playing companions' balls so as to help them find them if they are offline and cannot readily locate it - it's an important part of playing ready golf, to be able to help cut down on time spent looking for lost balls. If you're being honest about the handicap you've posted as part of your profile, you must be a pretty considerable natural talent - you don't seem to know as much about the game of golf as one would expect of the typical single digit handicap player. You also seem to be a pretty angry guy.
  5. Thank you for the positive comment. You are entirely correct that I was trying to balance being helpful with avoiding being intrusive with unsolicited advice, particularly since my friend is a better golfer than I was. Golf is one of the toughest activities to master and I think one generally does need to have a very low handicap and/or be a teaching pro to understand the mechanics of a golf swing well enough to give thorough or more than basic advice . However, there are some elements of the game that are fairly obvious and some faults do not require a complete understanding of the golf swing to correct. In this case, my friend was a) a generally straight hitter who doesn't try to work his irons; b) lining up and aiming to the right and his usual straight shots were going exactly where he aimed - if he had aimed at the pin instead of 10-20 yards right of the pin, he'd have faced a makeable birdie putt instead of a longer chip. Telling someone their aim is off is to golf advice what telling someone they need to reduce the salt in a dish from 3/4tsp to a 1/2tsp or telling them that if the cookies are dark brown on the edges and crumble easily, they need to take them out of the oven a minute or two earlier; one does not need to be a trained professional to render that sort of advice. Club Ho, you strike me as the sort of person who makes irrational snap-judgments about people without any justification.
  6. Try reading one of the books by John Sarno, M.D. He is one of the primary researchers on the connection between physical pain and mental factors (psychosomatic pain). I have no personal experience with his theories, but have heard good things about his books and the reviews on Amazon are extremely positive.
  7. 50 yards. It was my best day ever - I was totally alone on the course on a cloudy weekday morning, I was playing two balls and never got to finish because of a thunderstorm - I had to play speed golf just to complete the 9th hole as the rain was pounding down and at least get to put down a 42 and a 43 on my scorecard for 9 holes. It was years before I played nearly that well again.
  8. Faraway, that's pretty amazing - I thought you were referring to clubs in a more general sense that would include such organizations as gentleman's clubs in London (a vastly different thing than an American "gentleman's club" which is a fancier, more polite term for "nudie bar"). Like I said, I don't think I've ever heard of an all-women golf club in the US - a quick look on Google turned up some women's clubs (i.e. groups or associations) at co-ed courses, but no females-only golf courses. I agree that if a private club wishes to take advantage of any public privileges, such as non-profit organization tax status or eligibility for hosting a sports tournament on the scale of a professional or significant amateur event, its membership should not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, etc....
  9. I think this "well there are plenty/as many/more women's-only clubs of various sorts as there are men's club's" argument doesn't hold a whole lot of water for several reasons. First, most of those women's clubs are probably clubs involving craft-type activities that no man has ever shown any interest in joining. I bet that most craft clubs and a fair number of bridge or other card game or book clubs that have all female memberships would allow a man to join if a member said "My boyfriend/husband loves [this game or our book selections] and wants to join." The membership of most of those clubs is single gender not because of practices of exclusion by females but because of lack of interest by males. Second, a person could very easily want to join a golf club just to be able to play the course; it's not as if there many all-women's golf clubs, if any at all. If there were just as many all-women's golf clubs as men's clubs and they were as nice, then the "what about the women's clubs?" argument would make more sense, but that's not the case in the real world, at least the real world of golf Since even mega-length courses have a variety of shorter tee options for senior and shorter golfers, there's no physical reason why a decent female golfer would be a problem on a golf course and many avid female golfers might look at a particular club's layout and say "That's a gorgeous course, I'd like to play there regularly." If concern is slow play, have a minimum handicap requirement for all members, remind all members about playing expeditiously, and send a ranger or marshal around to bother any group that is getting too chatty, regardless of gender. Third, it's well-known that a lot of business occurs on the course or in the clubhouse of private golf clubs and business opportunities should be available to anyone who has the talent and drive to be in a position to make such a deal, regardless of gender. When's the last time that anyone has heard of two women closing an eight-figure deal at their weekly knitting or canasta club? I think only a dull-witted bigot would argue that it's OK to discriminate on the basis of race. If it's wrong to preclude an individual from potential business opportunities based on the color of skin he had at birth, why is it any less wrong to discriminate against a different individual because she had slightly different anatomy at birth?
  10. Wisguy

    Golf Nightmares?

    This thread got me thinking, and I can't recall ever having a golf dream. I've had dozens of downhill skiing dreams over the past three decades and in every one of them, I've been a much faster, smoother skier than I am in real life; it's frustrating when I get out to a ski hill/mountain and can't replicate on a real slope (at least one steeper than a basic Green trail) what I could still recall from my dreams on what seemed to be Blue and Black trails. Something similar used to happen to me in high school and college when I'd speak French in my dreams - I was fluent in my dreams but never quite made it there in real life. I no longer have those dreams, though, as I've forgotten most of my French through non-use. But it's weird that I've never had a golf dream since I've played about 10 times more golf in the past 20 years than I've skied.
  11. Being homeschooled shouldn't keep a kid from being on the local high school's golf team - I think it's pretty much mandated that public schools open up their extracurriculars to homeschooled kids. Having said that, I agree with SloverUT - practicing all day every day will wear a person out physically and mentally. I would think that the amount of golf you are playing sounds about as much as, if not more than, I'd ever want my kid to play, even if she did have LPGA aspirations. And speaking of the LPGA tour, Lexi Thompson was homeschooled, although she did have a number of older brothers who were also competitive golfers. I don't know if the homeschooled people I've encountered are representative, but the ones I've met are all somewhat lacking in social skills, reminding me a bit of how a single child who never went to preschool might react in kindergarten. They came from ultra-religious type backgrounds and were homeschooled to avoid such "sins" as learning science. These several guys were fairly driven and successful, but I don't think they had a lot of friends.
  12. Wisguy

    Big Break NFL

    Now I'm not a woman regardless of breast size and I've never played one on television. However, I really have to question what sort of lunacy would make any female athlete with aspirations of turning pro get breast implants in general, let alone ones as big as Meghan had installed, particularly in a sport like golf where they can effect balance so much. I've known women who had chests not much heftier than Meghan's who got breast reduction surgery because of how they interfered with their coordination and caused back problems. Spit, what you say is true, which makes the following, taken from Meghan's website, seem a bit silly or at least wishful: I am golf . I am the future of golf. I am competitive . I will never give up on my dream . I belong on the golf course. MS, unfortunately, the only coach I've known like Doleman did not turn out to be an OK coach and good guy in the end, even though he actually looked like and acted like Doleman. He was my high school's head football coach (the old-school kind of coach who called his players "pussies" when he didn't feel they were giving 100% and had several kids pass out during August preseason practices because he wouldn't let them have water breaks since "real men" don't need them, even if it is 90 degrees out). My senior year he volunteered to be our head track coach, too, even though he did not have a milligram of knowledge about the sport or about running in his head. At the first practice, I liked his no-nonsense approach, as there was a group of drama club geeks who decided that "track is easy" who wanted to pad their extracurriculars for college applications who were goofing off and he made everyone do pushups for 10 minutes because of their constant chatting, resulting in all of said drama queens quitting. The distance runners had our own coach and the head coach left us alone until the day before the state championship, when our coach had a family emergency and was gone for the week. As anyone who knows anything about running will agree, the day before an important race is devoted to nothing more than stretching with a light warm-up and cool-down just to stay loose. The bull-headed head coach saw us jogging a few laps, thought we were slacking off, and ordered us to do ten 400's at full effort. On the 8th one or so, I cramped up with the worst charlie horse I've ever had that left me literally lying on the ground screaming in pain - my tendon had clenched up and you could see it twitching on top of my shin bone. I was limping for several days afterwards and it probably added at least 5 seconds to my time the next day. To add insult to injury, the damn coach didn't bother to attend the pre-meet coaches meeting, didn't know that the order of events had been switched with the mile starting an hour earlier than originally scheduled. So after the first event or so finished, I'm about 1/3 of a lap into my warm-up, hadn't even done my real stretching yet, and I hear over the loudspeaker "Final call for the boy's mile." I hardly got to the starting line before the race began. I was seeded 3rd, two days earlier I felt I had a good shot at 2nd (the 1st place guy was way too good to keep up with), gave everything I had and did run a PR, but my legs were so heavy and stiff I could not keep up with the 2nd to 5th place guys who I felt I normally could outkick, and only got 6th place. Tying this back to golf, flash forward a dozen years when I've given up running and taken up golf. One spring, my several golf buddies all got bit by the running bug, stopped playing golf so they could devote all of their spare time to running, they started talking about running constantly (which most competitive runners don't do since it's not an interesting sport), and none of them were even any good at it. That was kind of a bitter pill to swallow.
  13. I clearly counted some chickens before they hatched. What a poor showing. Regardless of the coach, Wisconsin traditionally has at least one bad game a season. Yesterday's home loss was that game. No BCS bowl game for the Badgers. Probably still a New Years bowl, though.
  14. Please see below http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2y8Sx4B2Sk
  15. So let me get this straight, you don't like it when people address your comments in a dismissive fashion. Uhhmmm, OK. You aren't familiar with this thing called "irony," are you? I suppose if my alma mater had been gifted with a national championship via the most imaginary pass interference call in history, I too might get tired of all the "should have" and "that was completely ridiculous!" type comments for many years afterwards. But tell us, what sports discussions do you consider to be more of a proper use of one's energy? Which ones are so vastly more constructive and useful? Can you give us a list of those sports topics that are acceptable and those which are not? I really don't want to run afoul of anything on your list in the future.
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