The Dustbin Lid Man - The problem with Halls of Fame
18 Nov 2010 - 09:46:54
The venerable gentlemen in charge of the World Golf Hall of Fame in Florida are a peculiar bunch.
I know we Brits don't really go in for the self-congratulatory nature of inducting our sports stars into an arbitrary pantheon of excellence, but I understand where American sport is coming from. Time out.
I occasionally watch some rugby-lite in the wee small hours, and the sportscasters mention 'future hall of famers' like it's a tangible thing to attain in a sportsman's career, as opposed to a dusty spot in a museum.
I could go and set up the 'Dustbinlid Man's Museum of Fame', put one exhibit in it, namely me, and then I could call myself a 'Hall of Famer' and it would have about as much meaning.
Anyway, the World Golf Hall of Fame inductee that got me considering the preposterous nature of these institutions was none other than famous golfer...George Bush Snr.
Forgive me if I'm wrong but is he really the most qualified? Apparently he raised the profile of golf by playing frequently during his presidency. There are lots of celebrities who raise the profile of the game by playing a lot, but do we really think the likes of Ant & Dec should be honoured in such a manner?
Apparently of everyone who has ever been associated with the game of golf, he is in the top 130 or so worthy of being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
He would sail into the 'Man with Stupidest Son of All Time' Hall of Fame. But for the love of all that is sacred, don't put him anywhere near the golfing greats.
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