Monday, June 27, 2005

Herbert Warren Wind: "In the opinion of many people, of all the great athletes, [Bobby]Jones came the closest to being what we call a great man."

The master of the "fine delicatessen" shots and the man who, after a comment on his honesty and modesty, retorted, "You might as well praise me for not breaking into banks. There is only one way to play this game." Good lord what a gentleman.

The man who greatest exemplified the game for what it truly is was more than remarkable. This is a guy whose life may as well have been biblical. Hence, the Seven Lean Years and his Seven Fat Years. At the age of 6 he swung his first club and by 12 he won his first club tournament at East Lake. By 14, he was playing in the U. S. Open, only to lose to his own inner demons. It would be seven years before he would emerge on the top of his game.

"At a missed shot, his sunny smile could turn more suddenly into a black storm cloud than the Nazis can grab a country."

Reminds me of me.

The man was the first to win the "impregnable quadrilateral" and led for 40 years in the number of majors he won (13). But more importantly, he won with grace, something that is absent from every sport now, even golf. I don't expect you to not get excited, I just don't expect you to pull down your imaginary pants on national TV (Randy Moss). The man was above all, a True Gentleman.
(p. s. being a alumnus of Georgia Tech which was known as the Georgia School of Technology doesn't hurt either)


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