All I wanted to do was watch the Virginia Tech game this past Saturday. I had done my research, knew exactly what affiliate in the area was going to provide coverage, had put on my maroon and orange underwear, had a cold beverage prepared, and was ready to cheer on my team. I took a seat in my favorite chair, clicked on the TV, and what did I find? Not my Hokies, not even football. I see freaking golf!
Now I have nothing against the sport of golf. In fact I've enjoyed playing the sport before, and have mad respect for anyone who is good at it. But golf on my TV when it's football season is something I am firmly against. In fact, I think it's about as wasteful as my rich neighbors, who never fail to run their sprinklers in the rain, but that's another topic for another day.
Have you ever noticed golf is always in TV? Pretty much any given weekend of the year you can find some sort of coverage of a random event filled with 85 people you've never heard of and three whose names slightly ring a bell, most likely from a random SportsCenter highlight. Who is watching all this coverage? Why is it always on?
In my whole life, I've known about eight people who have gotten excited about watching golf on TV, and that was in the middle of the summer, on Saturdays, when it was either that or some random Jackie Chan movie on FX. Don't get me wrong, if you dig it, that's cool and I'm happy for you. I'm just pretty sure that the tens of you who that watch it in the fall should not supercede the masses of football fans, especially in October, one of the few precious months when God gives us this sport.
I feel like golf is just hanging out there hoping and praying someone will give in and watch for a few minutes. It's like that awful kid at the gym who stands around shooting on the side goal, just hoping and praying that the guys playing pick up only have nine or someone playing will roll an ankle and they'll will be forced to give him a shot.
You know this kid. He's rocking running shoes, brought his own rubber Final Four ball that he got at Pizza Hut, and doesn't have the ability to make a lay up. But, he is there all the time, just wishing and hoping. And you know if that kid does get in the game, he's going to ruin it. Your buddies are going to slack on playing defense on him and his two handed jump shot, and no doubt he will be wide open for the game winner, make it, and you will have to sit out the next game.
Yeah, this is golf in the TV world. They just put it out there all the time, hoping, by some miracle, all the college football games get shut off and someone chooses to watch golf instead of TBS's weekly airing of Hitch.
Sorry golf, I like you, but I love football season and Will Smith movies.