The Sporting Views:
just a game, folks
By Ryan White
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
I stepped to the first tee atRadrickFarms Golf Course last
Sunday having neverplayed arealround ofgolfinmylife.But
nevertheless, there I was, about to embarrass myself in front
of three friends, two of whom had golf experience and one
who was good.
Itook myfirst shot, and sent arching into the sky -a divot.
e shot only went 20 yards, the divot 25; but we laughed
about it and moved on.
As the day progressed, my game improved andI managed
to impress even the real golfer in the group. I think, "I'm
floored," were her exact words.
I was surprised--Iactually shot a130.Iknow it's not great
but I had expected to be laughed off the course.
Irealized, however, somewhere around the 13th hole, that
it didn't really matterhow Iplayed. Icould have shot a330 and
Suldn't have really cared. I was having fun with some
ends; and after all, it was only a game.
It's a simple idea but one that a lot of the world has
forgotten, but one that we all need to remember - it's just a
In 1993 sports was rocked by the deaths of Boston Celtic
Reggie Lewis and Cleveland Indian pitchers Tim Crews and
Steve Olin. They were just three in a tragedy filled year that
brought athletes and their games down to the real world.
They reminded us that there were things more important
han wins and losses.
Unfortunately we seem to have forgotten that, and even
ore unfortunate is the fact that 1994 has been no different.
Earlier this month Colombian defender Andres Escobar
was shot dead in his home city of Medellin. He was killed
>ecause he tried to stop a crossing pass and inadvertently
kicked the ball into his own net in a game against the United
He was killed because he tried to make a play. In a game.
We have also seen teen tennis phenom Jennifer Capriati
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Q: Who received the largest
bonus for playing in last
night's All-Star Game?
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Bo 's pals chip in
Charity tourney a duffer's delight
By Scott Burton
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
There he was, right in front of me,
standing in line for ice cream at the
Millie Schembechler Memorial Golf
Classic on Monday.
legend and perhaps the greatestsingles
hitter in the history of the game, with
the same urge for the wholesome dairy
goodness of a frozen treat as me, a
scrub reporter. How about that?
"Butter pecan,"Rose said to the ice
cream boy, who casually handed over
a dripping cone as if he didn't know
who this intensely tan, gruff individual
What should I say to Rose? Should
I tell him that his Expos years were
underrated? Should Ilet him know that
I think he belongs in the Hall of Fame?
Truly, this is my one chance to say
something witty, intuitive, smart -
something that will make him stop and
ponder the sheer wisdomofmy knowl-
edge of the game.
"Chocolate chip," I said.
Oh well. While I let Rose slip by
without sharing a careful thought or
two, I got my fill of celebrity
schmoozing at the charity tournament,
whose proceeds (more than $250,000
last year) support the Millie
Schembechler Adrenal Cancer Re-
Millie, the wife of Michigan foot-
died of adrenal cancer in August 1992.
There were36celebrity packs(com-
posed of one celebrity and four really
rich people with $5,000to spare)hack-
ing up the course for 18 holes. And this
wasn't no B-list party by the way -
we're talking Sparky Anderson, Wayne
Fontes, Gov. John Engler, Anthony
The only real no-show was colum-
nist Mitch Albolm, rumored absent
due to a less-than-accomplished golf
game. That's too bad, because as the
was fun watching the other celebs duff
10:40: Lions coach Wayne Fontes
taunts Tigers manager Sparky Ander-
son as he tries to line up a delicate ten-
foot putt. Is there some bitter hostility
going on? Have they been brutally de-
bating over who has worse arms,
Fontes' quarterbacks or Anderson's
"Sparky and I are great friends,"
Fontes explained with alaugh. "Iknow
a lot of people out here. Iam the only
Michigan State graduate, and it is just
great to be on the Michigan campus to
try to get a little secret to take back to
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Wayne Fontes expresses discontent at his golf shot.
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