“Ghetto Golf,” a planned downloadable game featuring a scrappy young guy named Vonte in the Bay Area who has to find and complete tricky holes of golf that are set in the wilds of the city — and in the line of fire of gangsters, cops and enemy golfers.
One of the playable scenes they showed involved the hero Vonte needing to use his exploding golf ball to blow up a car that someone was ghost-riding. The player could sheath Vonte’s machine gun, flick past his spiked golf ball and his rubber golf ball to try his explosive golf ball and aim it with a swing at the car.
This isn’t golf at the Masters. This is golf in the hood.
Normally, I would automatically assume a game like this was cooked up by rich white dudes wanting to exploit the inner city……. but oh no. Ghetto Golf is apparently the child of R&B singer Raphael Saadiq, who has coincidentally made some of my favorite songs. This may look like the “Soul Plane” of video games, and it probably wont outsell Tiger Woods Golf anytime soon….. but yeah I’m still going to give it a shot.
One of the most controversial posts in the short history of this site involved Tiger Woods and his lack of presence in the black community. I held the stance that although Tiger was under no obligation to help anybody, he should take a more hands on approach in less fortunate areas.
Yes, I’m fully aware of the Tiger Woods foundation, but it’s always seemed like something he threw money at, did photo ops, and politely went about his day not giving a damn. There’s a difference lending your name and cash to something, and REALLY getting out there with your hands in the dirt.
Anyways…. ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” did a segment how there are no black golfers on the PGA Tour and if Tiger Woods was under any responsibility to help black golfers make it. They also interviewed two black golfers who are trying to make it, and asked them what they thought of Tiger’s refusal to get involved.
Tiger Woods will always be able to skirt the issue and mention that he gives money to poor people through his foundation, which is far less invasive than taking a young black golfer under his wing and really making a difference in the sport.
So, we all know Tiger doesn’t HAVE to do anything….. but do you think he should?
Everyone’s talking about Charles going to jail lately, but I don’t care about that.
I care about his new show on the Golf channel called The Haney Project. If you’ve never seen Charles swing a golf club….. it’s truly the 9th wonder of the world. Check out the commercial below… I laughed for at least 5 minutes.
To say that the golf world is a little excited about Tiger Woods is coming back would be a huge understatement. The mainstream has pretty much ignored the sports since Tiger has been gone, so there have been little commercials hyping his return.
The golf channel recruited Samuel L. Jackson to recite Ezekiel 25:17 aka “path of the righteous man” aka “the shit Jules said before shooting someone in Pulp Fiction“. The only thing missing from the commercial are a few well placed curse words. Something like… “TIGER WOODS IS COMING BACK TO THE MUTHAFUCKIN PGA TOUR”.
The LPGA is taking a stance by requiring tour members to speak english. Nine of the current top 20 players on the LPGA money list are Korean, and the dominance of the far east is becoming apparent.
“For the past several years, the LPGA has impressed upon its membership the importance of communicating effectively in English. As the game’s dominance shifts to the East, the LPGA has strengthened its stance. Learning English no longer is a tour suggestion; it’s a requirement.
At a mandatory South Korean player meeting Aug. 20 at the Safeway Classic, the tour informed its largest international contingent that beginning in 2009, all players who have been on tour for two years must pass an oral evaluation of their English skills. Failure would result in a suspended membership.”
I’m on the fence with this issue, because on one hand, I understand why the LPGA is enforcing this rule, but on the other hand I sympathize with the Korean players. The LPGA wants to keep the game attractive for American sponsors and viewers, and thats hard to do when they can’t understand any of the participants. However, I bitched and moaned when David Stern and the NBA started enforcing a ridiculous dress code on their players, so I’m all for the freedom and individuality of the golfers.
On a side note, you will never see me type this much about women’s golf again…. I just can’t see it happening.