Monday, May 21, 2012

What's in a name?

Does it appear that Jason Dufner chews tobacco or has a serious wad of gum?

Obviously, it doesn't matter, but I'm hoping now that Dufner has climbed the ladder of fan awareness, as well as perhaps his own confidence stairway (to heaven), maybe he will share a bit more about himself. Still, compared to Ben Hogan, Dufner is Steve Martin. Who isn't?

It was said many times that Hogan kept everything close to his vest. Actually, that wasn't true. Hogan didn't even have a vest, and as the tour meanders into his neck of the woods this week, i wonder what The Hawk would make of the current state of the game.

I doubt Hogan would care that his name is not associated with the event this week. But I do. It's simply appalling that Crowne Plaza didn't demand/suggest that one word be added to the name. CROWNE PLAZA HOGAN INVITATIONAL AT COLONIAL.

That's not exactly rocket science. And if those in charge feel the name is too long, drop AT COLONIAL. What's more important? The name of an outdated and far too easy golf club, or the name of the game's most notable ball striker EVER.

This is not a tough choice from a pure golf perspective. Obviously, from a marketing stance, it's different. At least that's what those folks would say. I couldn't agree less. You want to "sell" an event on the PGA Tour? Use the right ammunition. A hotel or a golf course can be found everywhere. But there was only one Ben Hogan. Besides, HP seems to realize how valuable the Nelson legacy is to the event we just witnessed. Is Hogan not on the same level? Of course, he is.

Hogan taught everyone how to practice. Or at least how to try and practice. And he didn't do it with mirrors, or video, or a golf swing guru. Nope, he did it with work. Those of us lucky enough to see a video of Hogan hitting balls at The Masters late in his career were mesmerized. Hogan is unique, and his name should, at the very least, be on the marquee.

Perhaps the best evidence of this absurd state of affairs is that Justin Timberlake has his NAME associated with a Tour event, and Ben Hogan name does not.  eek1

Some will say Bobby Jones does not have his name on The Masters, but isn't that a different issue? Jones built a golf course and created the tournament. Hogan played  (and belonged) at Colonial, and I know some will say that the name Hogan is synonymous with Colonial. I agree that to a certain extent it is .

But not enough – in my opinion.

OCCUPY HOGAN!  biggrin

Sunday, May 20, 2012

This could be the last time (but I doubt it)

The first time I saw The Rolling Stones happened to be on The Mike Douglas Show back in the early 1960s. Douglas had no clue what the band was about, but with the first few seconds of "Not Fade Away,"  I knew I did.

Music changed for me in that moment. It became vastly important, and I'm thrilled to say – despite the fact that I no longer drink alcohol, take drugs, or smoke, and that I'm not a youngster, music remains just as vital, just as necessary. I interviewed Jimmie Dale Gilmore back in my newspaper phase, and he said, that for him, "music was air." I feel the same.

My iPod has tons of artists and bands as my tastes have broadened since I attended high school. But my heart and soul will always first belong to The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, The Who, Led Zeppelin, and, of course, The Stones. My view is that the 15-year period from 1965 to 1980 provided the absolute best commercial offerings in the history of music. For instance, imagine driving a Mustang convertible in 1970 and listening to the new single, "Layla."

These days if I even turn on the radio it's because I'm tuning into a UNC football or basketball game. Now, I drive a Genesis coupe with terrific speakers and an iPod with 10,000 songs. This is similar to riding around in a vehicle the size of an aircraft carrier that's crammed with juke boxes instead of planes. Technology is our salvation as much as it is our curse.

I happened to be browsing online a few moments ago and came across a link to Saturday Night Live, and the video for the show that aired with Mick Jagger as host on May 19. I was surprised at the ease with which Jagger lampooned his various personas, and it was pleasing to see that he's got a sense of humor. Of course, he's been famous for almost 50 years.

So for now, let's skip the age and Jagger jokes. The guy is 68 and still moves on stage like a much, much younger man. He can still sing, too. Jagger performed with Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire, as well as with Jeff Beck,  and it was all good as far as I'm concerned.

Sure, it's only rock and roll, but I've always liked it. Loved it, actually. Yes, I do.

I doubt Mick will be performing regularly on TV, and I suppose it could even have been the last time.

But I doubt it.