Friday, June 11, 2010
Shut Up Ian Poulter
When it comes to golfers I've met and disliked, Ian Poulter is at the top of the list. I never really care when athletes blow off reporters (I actually tend to expect it), but when they go out of their way to be a dick, it's saying something.
So when I saw the quotes Ian said about the upcoming USA-England World Cup match I wasn't surprised. He's a bit of a condescending boob, and the comments came off like that.
Here is what he said on Twitter.
sorry to disagree but you guys havent got a chance against england, its like england vs usa in basketball, sorry but its the truth
Well, no shit Ian. Most Americans realize that the chance we beat you guys in your best sport is very, very slim but it doesn't mean we can't get excited about the prospect of it happening. We have hope in a sport we usually don't have hope in, and for once in a world sporting event, the Americans aren't the favorites. We get to feel like all the other countries feel during the Winter or Summer Olympics; a bit unsure, but feisty.
Also, your soccer-basketball analogy could never work. Look at the list of English "stars" in the NBA. Ben Gordon is the only one anyone reading this has probably ever heard of, and even he was coming off the bench on a team like the Bulls. How bad is basketball in the UK? I studied abroad at a place called the University of Westminster, and I would have played on their university basketball team if not for a class I had when the games were played. Try doing that on a college soccer team over in the States.
So yes, we all understand in the back of our heads that we will probably lose to England, just like most of thought there was a slim shot we'd beat Canada in the Olympic hockey finals, but don't yell at us about rooting for our team and hoping for the best.
It actually makes you look quite American.
(Also, if you haven't had a chance to check out Ian Poulter's swing sequence in the latest Golf Digest, please take a moment and look if you can find the magazine. Even gay horse jockeys are embarrassed by his outfit.)