The following is a commentary blog from WBRC Sports Director Rick Karle:
It's not often I put a disclaimer at the beginning of a column, but let's get right to it: When it comes to politics, I'm one of those "right down the middle" kind of guys. I believe that most politicians have some good traits as well as many bad traits. Like doctors, lawyers, and media people, there are good politicians and bad politicians.
Who will I vote for come November? As of today, I agree with the sentiments of a bumper sticker I saw recently as it read, "2016: We're all screwed." So with that, I thought I'd share a crazy story as told by boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya to the Associated Press.
It seems a few years ago that Donald Trump was center stage at Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles. De La Hoya had the honor of playing a round of golf with "The Donald". What ensued was forever etched into the mind of the boxer:
The former boxing champ said that well, Mr Trump, uh, cheated. On one hole says De La Hoya, Trump hit his first ball into the water, his second ball out of bounds, his third ball into the water yet again and his fourth ball into the bushes (I feel his pain). What happened next? Says De La Hoya, "Donald walks right down the middle of the fairway and says, 'Hey look, I found my first ball.'" Imagining seeing that makes me chuckle, as we all know someone who has done that before. You know, your buddy he takes a 6 mulligans a round, or walks into the woods, finds an old golf ball and claims it is his (when in reality his golf ball bounced off some rich dude's roof and landed next to the Audi near the entrance to the swimming pool). The old "hole in the pants pocket" trick also comes in handy when your buddy is looking for a lost ball. "Oh here it is, I almost stepped on it!". Of course, I've only heard about these cheap tricks.
On another hole, De La Hoya claims that Trump hit his ball into some bushes and again went ahead of the other golfers in his cart. When the rest of the golfers arrived at the green they found Trump's ball three feet from the hole. Said Trump (according to De La Hoya), "I'm picking it up, it's a gimme" (now that's a nifty way to stay even par on the front side). Says De La Hoya, "Yes, I caught him. It was unbelievable, but it was his course so it was his rules. Still, it shows something about his character as golf is a gentleman's sport. You don't lie about your score, you don't lie about moving your ball."
Do these Trump shenanigans make the man unfit for office? Look, if every person who overused mulligans and foot wedges were sent away, our country's population would nosedive. And don't you think presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have teed up another ball after hitting a worm burner? Still, they say that the sport of golf truly reveals one's character. As De La Hoya says, "You just don't lie and cheat- it shows you what you're dealing with." I'm sorry to say that in this day and age, what it means is that often times you're dealing with a politician. And regardless of whether Mr. Trump wins or loses come November, we can all agree on one thing: It sure would be nice to see Donald Trump's golf game great again.
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