Your parents would make a point to take you to the circus when it came to town. There was the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey troupe that had Gunther Gebel Williams as the lion tamer. They packed arenas all over the planet- and I’m sure most of you saw them. You may still do if you have kids.
If you lived in a smaller town, or if you do these days, there’s that creepy-looking circus that settles down in the middle of some dusty field on the city limits. They had that goofy lay-out and the rigged games where you couldn’t win the big, stuffed animal if you laid your life on the line.
They had the woman with the green skin. They had the bearded lady. They had the dude wandering through the whole gig on ten foot stilts. They had the guy you thought was a girl, or the girl you thought was a guy.
Remember what you called all of them…?
A New Brand of Circus Freak…
She’s tall. She’s talented. She’s a girl who hangs out with the guys- probably too much for her own good. Her handlers and her family are one and the same.
That’s not a good thing.
It hasn’t been the entire time this particular individual has tried to be a success in her field. Her peers question her existence dealing with those who, really, aren’t her peers.
“She was so good a couple of years ago when she finished second a few times. I think she should just keep working on winning. Winning is tough - it takes a different mind-set. I think if she wants to be a golfer she should really concentrate on being on the women’s tour. I just don’t see the interest really on being on the men’s tour.
“I thought she had quit that idea, but obviously not.”
That’s a quote from Helen Alfredsson…
She won the Evian Masters tournament last week. It was her first win on the LPGA tour in five years. Her lack of successes haven’t kept her away from battling her peers week in and week out.
“I really don’t know why Michelle is continuing to do this. I mean, we have a major this week and if you can’t qualify for a major I don’t see any reason why you should play with the men.”
That’s a quote from Annika Sorenstam…
She’s the greatest women’s golfer of all time. She gets a pass with her thoughts.
When Annika was invited to play in the Bank of America Classic in 2003, she was Number One in the world. She decided to see what the challenge would be like to take on the guys. It opened her eyes, by her own admission, to a lot of different things. Texans cheered for her for two days while she was grinding around the course trying to make the cut. And while, no, she didn’t make the cut, she didn’t look like someone staring in to a funhouse mirror either.
It was a one-shot deal. She hasn’t played in Hawaii on a home course. She hasn’t played in Silvis, Illinois. She didn’t play in Japan. She didn’t play in South Korea. She didn’t finish last in a European event. She hasn’t missed the cut in eight PGA events that she could have been entered in.
Annika also hasn’t bailed on a tournament citing an injury, and then go and practice for an extra week to get ready for a major;
“I just feel there's a little bit of lack of respect and class just to kind of leave a tournament like that and come out and practice here.”
She hasn’t bailed on a tournament citing “heat exhaustion” trying to dodge the “Rule of 88.”
She hasn’t gotten advice from her father, allegedly, during a round- which is against the rules.
So, yeah, I’m talking about Michelle Wie and her father, BJ…
I’m tired of all the manipulating by her family to turn her in to some multi-national corporation of one. It reminds me of all the parents that think their kid will be the greatest in whatever sport they’re participating in at the age of 10, and will be a world champion at 13. It burned out too many tennis players ((Jaeger and Capriati come immediately to mind)), and Wie is headed down that road.
I think it would serve her dad right…unless Michelle wants to continue to be this/close to being this/close, then sign a scorecard now and then. And do what you were supposedly supposed to do…
Dominate the women’s game. Take on the likes of Pressel, Creamer, and Ochoa on a weekly basis.
Then, we can see what you’re supposed to really be worth…
If Wie is supposed to be the second coming of the second coming when it comes to women’s golf and the LPGA ((there are those two entities again)), then go out and prove it
Personally, I think Alfredsson was right when she addressed the issue at the Women’s British;
“I think the exhibition time for her is over. I feel kind of sad for her,” she said. “I think she’s a very good person. I feel sad for the guidance that she seems not to have in the right direction.”
I have two words for BJ Wie- “Marv Marinovich.”
Look it up…Play it safe, everyone… I’ll talk to you soon…