I was sitting around rehearsal tonight watching a scene in which a husband and a wife are playing a round of golf together. At one point, the husband walks onto the “green” where his wife is waiting for him, sees his ball, and comments, “Christ, what a lousy lie.” Except that tonight he sauntered onstage and said, “Christ, what a lousy lay.” And we all had to breathe into paper sacks for a while.
Lousy lays aside, golf is an eminently sensible sport. Really. I’ve only played about five times in my life, and I never intend to again, but I stand by my statement. Sensible; sensible and utterly right. There’s only one other real sport I can think of that is as sensible and right as golf, and that is of course bowling. I submit to you that bowling and golf are the finest of sports, far and away, based on one thing. On-site booze.
On-site booze for the players! That’s outstanding! Right-thinking and just! Did you just slice a drive off the fairway? Fuck it! Have a beer! Gutter ball the winning frame? Ehhhhh! Finish your manhattan! Alligators mauled your caddy? Wildly drive the little cart around in circles while whooping “I need a bottle of Absolut and a new caddy, stat!” And so forth.
Why haven’t other sports picked up on this important nuance? I cannot think of a sport that would not be improved by fueling up the players, particularly stock-car racing. Everyone wants to see the crashes anyway. This way, there would be nothing but crashes. Everybody wins! Well, except the drivers, but fuck those crackers. This is America! If the populace wants booze-powered human fireballs, then that’s what they’ll get.