Greg Norman, LIV Golf dropouts still haven’t come up with a good explanation


It remains as simple as you want it to be.

So the simple answer to the questions remains a question: “Would you turn down that kind of money to play golf, or would you just show up to play golf?”

I do not blame those who defected to the Saudi government’s golf tour for unearned and guaranteed riches, who prefer to explain that they do not wish to enter global “political” debates. It’s just professional golf, you know?


But what is so political about an organization of families of 9/11 murder victims—“9/11 Justice”—appearing at the first Saudi golf event in the US, last week in Oregon, to remind former PGA players that families remain convinced that the Saudi government was largely or wholly responsible for the massacre of 3,000 Americans?

Or did 15 Saudis among the 19 attackers (16 Saudis if you count Osama bin Laden) act without organizational, financial, or instructional support while living and plotting in various cities within the US and UK? Were they fully accredited autonomous terrorists?

The group 9/11 Justice is not a political movement, it is an association of those most deeply and irreversibly affected by the attacks, an organization that pursues justice and demands responsibility for a calamity that did not distinguish victims based on their political affiliation. .

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And I’d look to Saudi golf leader Greg Norman for a satisfying explanation until he provides one, if there is one to provide.

So far, he has spoken nothing better than wickedly comical rationalizations, including his dismissal of the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia as “We all make mistakes.”

“Yeah,” say rationalizers and Norman Tour supporters, “well, what about China, the NBA, and LeBron James?” agreed. But if we are not to ignore that, why should we indulge in this?

And being against golf backed by Saudi government money is an independent position; it’s not a pro-PGA stance, as many people, again, try to rationalize and simplify.

There was an additional regional story to the Oregon event from the Saudis, one that Norman, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and the rest should explain.

In 2019, an investigation by The Oregonian newspaper reported that more than two dozen Saudi students studying in the US returned to Saudi Arabia to avoid adjudication of their felony arrests.

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Among the suspects was Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah, a student at Portland Community College. He was charged in the fatal hit-and-run of Fallon Smart, a local 15-year-old.

The suspect disappeared but was later found in Saudi Arabia, where he remained to avoid prosecution.

But as a recent Saudi money golf convert, Pat Perez, put it: “I understand the issues you’re trying to raise, and they’re horrible events, but I’m here to play golf. That’s my deal. I have the opportunity to play golf, and that’s it.”

MLB bats striking out everywhere

I can’t remember that many really bad, fundamentally lost MLB teams. The A’s, Tigers, Royals, Cubs, Reds, Marlins, Mariners, Nationals, Diamondbacks, Pirates and Rockies seemed to have missed every meeting.

The White Sox, expected to be the only AL Central team to finish over .500 (and by a lot), were 35-39 going into Friday’s games.

In the American League East, the Rays were 40-35, but nonetheless a brutal team to behold, having scored the fewest runs, apart from the Royals, Pirates, A’s and A’s. Tigers.

Five clubs had team batting averages below .230: Orioles, D’backs (.215!), Tigers, A’s (.212!) and Pirates. Impossibly bad.

As a team, the Angels struck out more than 28 percent of the time. Mariners third baseman Eugenio Suarez had struck out an MLB leader 107 times, in 286 at-bats, 37 percent! Padres designated hitter Luke Voit had struck out in just over 38 percent of his at-bats.

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Eugenio Suárez leaves the field after striking out.
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Home runs or strikeouts persist. Hits on turns persist. Hit the ball elsewhere to beat the turn? Sure, but the analysis impressions frown. It makes too much sense.

Maybe if Rob Manfred allowed all teams to use a DH… Oh.

Bears linebacker Matt Adams was arrested June 24 in Chicago for alleged illegal possession of a weapon.

Question: Did you need a gun before you enrolled on a full scholarship at the University of Houston, during your time in college, or after you joined the NFL?

And some questions for Roger “Sgt. Schultz” Goodell: Why are so many NFL players getting arrested for weapons? Where do they go and why do they go there that they anticipate shootings?

And why, as this problem becomes worse and more conspicuous, has Goodell, a pimp of the first order, remained silent, as if pretending he doesn’t exist?

Odd, or so it seems, that pitchers stopped throwing Aaron Judge the only pitch he cared about: the low ball that breaks away from home. And that shows us.

Once again, the Yankees are not scheduled to play on July 4. But once again, the Toronto Blue Jays aren’t at home this year, they’re in Oakland.

So, the day before the 4th of July, I paraphrase the words of Patrick Henry when he declared to the King of YES: “Give me John Flaherty or give me death!”