Monday, July 21, 2008

Sports' Most Tragic Figure?

OK, "Tragic" is a strong word. But in a sports sense....and not in a Barbaro, Dale Earnhardt, life and death type tragic, Greg Norman may be sports' most tragic figure. Oh, I get the big picture; Norman finishing 3rd at the Open is an incredible achievement...but....leading going into the final round...again....tied for the lead with 6 holes to play...and finish 6 strokes back! Thankfully, Paddy Harrington fired a 69 to WIN it, not a 73 to slide in, but I truly felt the golf gods owed Norman one here. This was going to be payback for all the grace and class he had shown in so many failures. He hadn't led going into the final day of a major since the Masters...the one where he....blew...a...6 stroke lead on the final day. Yet, for all the drama and fairytale this win would be...it wasn't meant to be. For us, and ABC, this was much better than him shooting 80-80 and getting ready for the Senior British next week, but I wonder how the Shark feels about that? Classy as always, he'll never say...

3 comments:

dannyt36553 said...

Ok Thommy! I somewhat agree with you, but not a whole lot. Many of us would be content to be in The Shark's position right now. Consider 3 things for a moment. He's 53 friggin' years old and showed the young pups a thing or two in horrid weather. Norman is one of the sport's icons and, unlike Hefty Lefty, has been known to win more often than not. And lastly, recently got hitched to Chris Evert who, by the way, is still a classy and hot babe. So don't feel so bad for our boy from Austraila, looks to me that he's doing alright for himself.

Anonymous said...

Comparing a horse to Dale and Norman is Dumb as a redneck. Dale died doing something dumb. Norman well has always been a choke artist. But the horse is BEING forced to do something for silly people who are betting on him.

Typical statement from someone who listens to country music and is down with stupidity.

Jaguars John said...

Good call. What Dale 'The Stache' did is barely a sport. Typical homer, hillbilly radio.