GOTCHA! For those eleventy of you who closely follow the goings on here at TunaGolf, you may know that I am SLIGHLY older than your average hipster here at the center of the golfing blogosphere. . These yungins here like to keep me around, as I am always available to be mocked about being old and out of touch. Little do they know that their lame “get off my lawn” taunts only deepen my resolve to bring serious game to this site, and show that because I’m older, it also means I’m smarter and better (insert smiley little happy face).
One of the favorite claims of the “Who’s Now!” generation is that Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer in the history of evah, much like how everything created since 1995 is automatically better than anything ever seen by man. Even though golf has been played for 1,000 years, we suddenly have decided that the 34 year old phenom with bad hair and huge choppers playing now is the best ever, even if he has roughly 10-15 years left in his career (depending on knee surgeries and infidelity dramas). Because I am a bitter middle aged man, jealous of people completely inadequate when compared to me in (almost) every way, it REALLY bothers me how the athletes and entertainers of today make exponentially more than their counterparts of yesteryear. Somehow, Oscar Robertson earned $22,500 his rookie year in 1960, and retired in 1973 making $200,00. JaMarcus Russell managed to eat his way out of Oakland while at the same time causing mink to become an endangered species, yet earned $34 million in three seasons of epic failure with the Raiders.
Earlier, Spencer and I got into our weekly argument over which generation of players are better (guess who took what side), the name Notah Begay was brought up in conversation. For whatever reason, I decided to look up this inebriated Native American’s career, and, lo and behold, I saw that HE EARNED MORE FUCKING MONEY ON THE PGA TOUR THAN JACK W. FUCKING NICKLAUS!! While it is obvious that inflation, television agreements, and the “Tiger Effect” have led to an astronomical escalation of PGA Tour purses, it has always bothered me that, in every sport, let alone golf, awful to mediocre athletes make so much more money than the greatest athletes from another era. They led the way, dealt with the racism, lack of interest and exposure, etc, and made NOTHING, while these unappreciating, pampered athletes of today come in like they are owed this fortune. (more…)