Tuesday, August 9, 2011

They Will Be Drowning Their Sorrows in the Thames Before It's Over

Surely rock and roll has something to do with all of this youth rebellion?

What phony issue is going to be manufactured to explain away the real reasons why disenfranchised people are resorting to violence? Will it be video games? Harry Potter books? The last Arctic Monkeys album?

When I was growing up, there were riots all over Great Britain. The sight of broken glass, disaffected youth, and policemen running is a motif that runs through a lot of the popular culture of Britain. We'd have these things in the United States, but too many people are on anti-depressants to really get the riots going. Well, that and there's no good music anymore. Everyone is fiddling with an Xbox now. How do you riot to the sounds of an Xbox game unless the point of the riot is to free Xbox games from captivity in an electronics store?

Monday, August 8, 2011

Everyone Knew Steve Williams Was Going to Make an Ass Out of Himself This Past Weekend

This post is a bit indulgent, but oh well. Let the man speak--he's carried golf clubs on his shoulder.

I think there's a bit more to the idea that Steve Williams was fired solely for caddying for someone else--there is a backstory there that would seem to indicate that Tiger Woods has had issues with his past and issues with the people who are supposed to be getting him back on his feet. I think that what is really going on here is that the people who have been telling Tiger Woods what to do in order to get back into shape to play competitive golf have been jettisoned so that Tiger can right the ship himself and not owe anyone anything. Tiger's not going anywhere anymore--except down. And he's not going to change that until he makes peace with himself and figures out how to play golf the way he used to play golf. But even if his mind gets right with it, his body probably won't. It's sad.

Anyone shocked that Williams would go out and savor the moment and take shots at Tiger hasn't been paying attention.