Ryder Cup Brouhaha?
Hey, It's Only a Game
I'm writing regarding Thomas Boswell's column "The Ryder Cup, a Tarnished Finish" (Sept. 28). I found the article and the writer's opinion really interesting. However, I believe that we need to remind ourselves that the Ryder Cup is a game. All this talk about ethics, morals and history are really silly when you look at what they are being referred to, a mere game. When I played high school sports, I learned early on that you have to deal with heckling and people playing little mind games with you. You're not playing in Buckingham Palace, but in a place where the common fan has access and, like the common fan, people get excited, cocky and act like kids at times. After all, it's only a game.
It's not a pretty thing, but neither is all the pathetic belly-aching. I believe an athlete who can compete in a diverse situation is far better and more accomplished than one who requires sheer and utter silence to make a shot. People need to grow up!
I guess the base of the problem here is that I'm sick of adults acting like little children when it comes to playing a game, regardless of whether it's hockey, football or an overly pompous and aristocratic game of golf. You should apply your high ethics and morals to politics, or better yet, diplomacy.
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