I think it goes something like this: “’tis better to have loved and lost, or to never have loved at all?”
To put a twist on it a bit, is it better to have competed and lost, or never to have competed? That is the question.
You see, I have a running banter with Eric Tu. You’ll remember Eric is the one who works at The College Board and hosts MoreTimeForFun.com. Eric loves golf. Correction. He’s obsessed. And for Eric, Tiger Woods is the quintessential golfer.
Me? I know nothing of golf. Never watch it. Never play it. But one day I saw a piece on 60 Minutes about this guy named John Daly. Daly is the polar opposite of Tiger Woods. He smokes. He drinks. He swears. He’s sponsored by Hooters. He even got fired by his coach. Controversy swirls around him. And occasionally, he even plays well. But, boy, does he draw a crowd. For Eric and the purists, this is just too much; Daly, for them, is the anathema of golf.
What brings this topic to a head, is that Daly is playing in the British Open. And Tiger Woods is not. Daly is dead last:
And naturally the subject of derision and ridicule. But at least he’s playing.
I personally think Tiger Woods came back way too soon from injury to play in the us Open, and ended up exacerbating his knee injury and will have to sit out the rest of 2008, perhaps derailing his career in the process. I don’t want to take anything away from Tiger; he’s obviously one of, if not the, best golfer ever. But I think he might have gotten greedy and came back too soon. He needed to rest and instead tried to come back too soon. Its not like he doesn’t have another 20 or 30 or 40 years left. Were not talking about someone, like Jesse Orosco, in the twilight of his career, making one more last impossible comeback. So, Tiger sits at home, and, like Eric, watches on TV, as Daly self-destructs yet again.
Daly comes in dead last. He doesn’t make the cut. But he doesn’t withdraw. He draws the scorn of the purists. But at least he’s there.
Which is the age old question. If you come in last but at least you compete, isn’t that better than not having competed at all?