my post on a thread at the pdga discussion board.
Originally Posted by readysetstab
if your dream job is one where you can have a bad day and go home broke then i think you need some perspective. if we got paid like ball golf you’d have an argument, but some of these guys are fighting for dinner out there. I work and then play tournaments as a fun weekend out of the house right now, so i don’t normally feel what they’re feeling out there, but i can certainly understand it. the ones who are calm and collected probably make solid money outside of disc golf. and they aren’t as fun to watch
Now were getting somewhere.
What is fun to watch??
A bunch of guys pretending to be “country club members” playing an alternative sport
or actually alternative colorful people playing a new sport? ( yes disc golf will still be considered a NEW sport for many years to come).
Take a look at the history of tennis, not until Jimmy Conners and John Mcenore came on the scene with their “Nikko like” attitudes did the sport become popular.
Ball golf tries desperately to bring personality to its sport and without the finger pointing, fist pumping, loud cussing Tiger,, viewers are drastically declining both on TV and at the events.
I’m just saying????
Certain players need to “fire them selves up” in order to get the most out of themselves,,, I wish I had a guy in my office that demanded as much excellence if he didnt ship an order right or didn’t get as much done each day as he should have.
Take away some of the top players passion and I guarantee you they either quit or never win again.
I started traveling and playing disc golf in 1983 and have the very unique opportunity to have a first hand perspective, (from all aspects of a top pro.) on what goes on in a top players life and mind.
Theres hardly a top pro from the last 20 years that I don’t personally know. Most have stayed at my house or I have stayed at theirs and have spent many an hour talking about the past, present and future of Disc golf, in particular pro disc golf and the pro disc golf tour.
I’ll be the first to admit, few players “LIKE” to play with an angry clown type, but the one thing that separates Nikko from other Premadonna pros is you never hear him complain about, the course design, certain holes, the Baskets, the PDGA, other players and even the Td’s,,, while on the course and Rarely even off the course, (hes a pretty focused player who is improving his behavior as he is maturing). the same cannot be said about other top pros.
Fill the entire course with frat boys and other 21 year old kids and Nikko will look like a saint.
Televsion viewers feed off controversy, rivalry’s and the personalities that come with them ( yeah we live in the world of very successful reality TV)
What will be exciting to watch on TV, Barry Schults punching the ground and breaking his hand, Nikko pulling his hair out when he misses a putt, Avery smacking a tree branch after a bad Drive, Feldberg,,,,, well you get the point. These guys have personalties and developing fierce rivalries between the top players will help the sport become viewable.
The players themselves should embrace this as what will help the sport make it big or at leastdraw attention. Suppressing the players personalities and filling the course with 30-40 somethings acting all prim and proper with colored shirts on and very few people will watch.
More than anything I think our sport is in denial about what it is or should be.
Disc golf of course is many different things to many different people, but if you want to see disc golf on TV each week, it has to be entertaining.
lets take a quick silent poll:
If you had a chance to watch either Nikko play Cam Todd ( in his hay day) or Paul Macbeth play Cale Leiviska,, who would you want to watch?
and the better question why?