I believe in the golfer’s soul, the driver, the putter, the gentle slope of a creek running across the fairway, the super-high peg, a hot dog after nine holes, Miller Lite, that the books by Harvey Pennick are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Bobby Jones stands alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing metal drivers and sports psychologists. I believe in the sweet spot, LPGA calendars, playing the ball where it lies rather than using a foot wedge, and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet pre-shot routines that last three days.
Some of my favorite teams, my favorite players on them, and why:
- LIVERPOOL. I have been a fan since I was about six years old. Loved their all red uniforms. Ray Clemence. Sheer class.
- DOLPHINS. I started watching the NFL in the early 80s, when Dan The Man was throwing the ball all over the place. Loved watching him play against Fouts, and later Bledsoe. Marino. God in a jockstrap.
- CUBS. I started getting into baseball when I was living in Chicago. I've always been a fan of the history of sports, and few teams have as much history, good and bad, as the Cubs. Andre Dawson. Held the bat like a feather.
- STARS. I didn't really start to go to NHL games until I moved to Dallas. Love the athmosphere in the ADD. Loui Eriksson. Great skater. My third favorite number 21 of all time, after Salming and Forsberg.
- MAVERICKS. The NBA was my first love among US pro sports. Liked Moses Malone and Kareem, then I lived in Chicago in the 90s with Michael. I've followed the Mavs now since I moved to Dallas. Dirk. That wrong-footed fallaway is butt ugly, but oh so sweet.
- SOONERS. Wasn't really a big college football fan until I moved to Dallas. The Big Ten just isn't all that exciting. My wife's a Sooner. Jason White. Has a worse pair of knees ever accomplished more?