Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Slavery at the Ryder Cup

"You've got dinners every night - not little dinners, but huge massive dinners. I know as players, that's the last thing they want to do. We want to prepare ourselves. That's part of the whole thing: You're just a slave that week." - Hunter Mahan in regards to the post-shinannigans at the Ryder Cup.

Who knew? Eating giant 5 course elegant dinners amongst a selection of premier corporate sponsors and the best golf professionals in the world is noted as being perpetual torture for Hunter Mahan. This young man, at the ripe age of 26, has learned that the media will chew you up and spit you out. Will Ryder Cup Captain Paul Azinger bring Mahan aboard the the slavery train to Europe as a Captain's pick?

We are all aware that the "entertainment bit" where professionals are obliged to endure a mixture of pro-ams, banquets, conversations and socials with sponsors, volunteers and event committee members is necessary.

Note to Mahan: The fact remains that they are the people that make this "tournament stuff" possible, simple.

Although Hunter was a bit "amateur" in his Ryder Cup comments, he spoke the truth. Athletes don't speak the truth, they just tell the media what they need to hear so that important corporate people can walk around in blazers and smoke cigars. I feel for Hunter, he made an honest mistake. From now on, he should lie to the media and say that the after parties are cool and highly anticipated even though he really doesn't feel that way.