February 10, 2009

A Real Display of Honesty Pays Off: Remember that guy who DQ'd himself during Q-School last November? Well, guess what? His honesty is paying off and could very well "pay" off as well. (Update from previous thread)

posted by BoKnows to golf at 10:57 PM - 10 comments

Wow. In the week where the A-Rod story hits the press, it's good to be reminded that there is still honesty and truth in professional sports, regardless of how many lies there are.

posted by boredom_08 at 01:24 PM on February 11, 2009

Its getting scary when someone that does the honest thing and calls himself out gets so much press... Are we falling into that kind of society that doing what we older folks as kids were raised to do is a big story... I understand his embarrasement for getting so much attention... Bottom line people, he followed the rules... to some, they still mean something...

I have to say I am happy that he is getting to play some tournaments by doing the right thing... As they say, good things come to those who are honest? LOL....

posted by bruce2ww at 02:59 PM on February 11, 2009

Its getting scary when someone that does the honest thing and calls himself out gets so much press.

Well, since lying is now the norm, JP's honesty does stand out. I say good for him and I hope this type of integrity is contagious.

posted by BoKnows at 03:09 PM on February 11, 2009

It may not be a property of rarity per se as much as a substantial increase in reportage. There are significantly more reporters, and more readers, thus more stories than there were "in the day". Since bad news tends to breed far faster than good news, the ratio of the two is, I aver, bound to increase. It's not that fewer good things happen - fewer get reported by a wider reportage. In other words, the bell curve remains the same, it's just alot bigger - and there are alot more reporters hovering around the "bad" end.

posted by bobfoot at 11:28 PM on February 11, 2009

Well I think scrolling down the front page here certainly shows why the majority hover at the "bad" end.

"good story" - usually less than ten posts, maybe fifteen........ "bad story" - fifty plus posts

We're feeding the beast.

posted by BoKnows at 11:48 PM on February 11, 2009

BoKnows: To some extent. However, in the "bad stories," there's often debate. There's not to much to debate here.

"I think this guy is admirable."

"I think this guy is admirable, but its not that big a deal."

"But he's still admirable."


"What was his name again? You know, honest golf dude?"

"No idea. Hey, so, did you hear about A-Rod?"

"F-you, man."

posted by Joey Michaels at 02:17 AM on February 12, 2009

Nice. But most seem to hold back accolades and spew displeasure. I'd just rather see it the other way around.

posted by BoKnows at 03:21 AM on February 12, 2009

I'd like to see an article about him being an idiot, lambasting him for costing himself a chance of making it through tour school - or an expose claiming that he knew he wasn't going to make it, so he deliberately used an illegal ball then phoned it in on himself to get some good press and some invitations. Not that any of that happened, of course. I'm just in a peculiar mood.

posted by JJ at 10:54 AM on February 12, 2009

That's not a bad evil scheme, JJ -- dishonest honesty.

posted by rcade at 11:40 AM on February 12, 2009

I've been running with it my whole life. One of these days, I'm going to cash it in.

posted by JJ at 12:40 PM on February 12, 2009

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