Friday, June 29, 2018

Peter Thomson - Overrated Wanker

He was Overrated

Well,  Peter Thomson, 5 time Open Champion, has died, to the sniffles of the Golf writers. Sorry, I can't join in. One of the most overrated Golfers of all time - Thomson is remembered for winning the British Open 4 times between 1954-1958.  A pretty impressive record until you realize that American Golf Pros avoided the British Open between 1946-1959 and 1st prize was $2,000.  Once Palmer in 1960, and Nicklaus in 1962, started showing up, Thomson only won one more British Open - in 1965.

His record in the USA was terrible.  Two top-ten finishes in US Open, Masters and PGA in 9 tries. And when he played PGA tour he could only win one tournament. The "Texas Open."

And He was a Wanker

So, that takes care of the "overrated" part. What about being a wanker?

Well, that's easy. Y'see, Thomson was full of sour grapes.  He couldn't win in the USA, so he dismissed American golf as "target golf" - only the Links courses were "real tests of skill". And then when he stopped winning - anywhere - he started wanking on about how "What do sports matter in the big scheme of things?" The apex of this came in 1969 when he missed the cut at "The Masters" and told the press that he couldn't concentrate on golf because "What did it matter when the Vietnam War was going on?"  Sportswriters love this kind of gamma nonsense. 

Thomson - The Intellectual & Internationalist 
In the  State of the Game podcast, the sportswriters talk in awe about how Peter Thomson turned down an invitation to play in Masters in order to play in the Indian Open. Because "Peter Thomson knew growing the game in India was more important than the Masters".

LoL!  Thomson would've done NOTHING in Masters, probably would've missed cut. And he was a big nobody in the USA.  On the other hand, in the India Open he was  - the center of attention - "the big man" who won 5 British Opens.

But Thomson was considered an "intellectual" in the Golf World. Which means, he read the London Times & New York Times,  and had all the fashionable  "chattering class" opinions.

His Comments on Hogan and Snead  - Notice the Pattern
Thomson's comments on Hogan and Snead are illustrative of his personality. He had nothing good to say about Hogan. He wrote off "the little wee ice man" as a neanderthal, who had nothing of interest to say. Meanwhile, he had nothing but praise for Sam Snead.  Why?  Well simple, Hogan didn't talk to Thomson in 1953, just like he had nothing to say to most of his golf partners. He was engrossed in the game.  Accordingly, Thomson bad-mouthed him for the rest of his life.  Meanwhile, Snead went out of his way to befriend Thomson during his time on the PGA tour in 1956.  So, Thomson wrote about how "smart" and "wonderful" Sam Snead was.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Why I don't watch "Meet the Press"

Having some downtime, I downloaded the MTP transcript for December 3, 2017 and did a quick word count analysis.  In summary,  the Guests, do 30% of the talking (excluding commercials and video) and Chuck Todd and "The Panel" do 70%!  What a waste of time to watch it. Details as follows:

Chuck Todd No. Words %
Opening Remarks            900
Questions/Guest Intro        1,500
Total Chuck Todd         2,400 34%
Guest Answer
Senator Collins               600
Senator Feinstein             700
Cory Lewandowski             800
Total Guest        2,100 30%
Panel Discussion        2,500 36%
Grand Total        7,000

Friday, September 01, 2017

Eisenhower explains why General Robert E. Lee was a Hero

August 9, 1960

Dear Dr. Scott:

Respecting your August 1 inquiry calling attention to my often expressed admiration for General Robert E. Lee, I would say, first, that we need to understand that at the time of the War between the States the issue of secession had remained unresolved for more than 70 years. Men of probity, character, public standing and unquestioned loyalty, both North and South, had disagreed over this issue as a matter of principle from the day our Constitution was adopted.

General Robert E. Lee was, in my estimation, one of the supremely gifted men produced by our Nation. He believed unswervingly in the Constitutional validity of his cause which until 1865 was still an arguable question in America; he was a poised and inspiring leader, true to the high trust reposed in him by millions of his fellow citizens; he was thoughtful yet demanding of his officers and men, forbearing with captured enemies but ingenious, unrelenting and personally courageous in battle, and never disheartened by a reverse or obstacle. Through all his many trials, he remained selfless almost to a fault and unfailing in his faith in God. Taken altogether, he was noble as a leader and as a man, and unsullied as I read the pages of our history.

From deep conviction, I simply say this: a nation of men of Lee’s calibre would be unconquerable in spirit and soul. Indeed, to the degree that present-day American youth will strive to emulate his rare qualities, including his devotion to this land as revealed in his painstaking efforts to help heal the Nation’s wounds once the bitter struggle was over, we, in our own time of danger in a divided world, will be strengthened and our love of freedom sustained.

Such are the reasons that I proudly display the picture of this great American on my office wall.

Sincerely,

Dwight D. Eisenhower