Augusta National tops pet-peeve list

Retirement might be on the horizon. Some friends have asked what's the plan? Maybe a daily blog called Grouchy Old Man. This column might be a rehearsal, a list of current pet peeves that just can't be repressed any longer.

Augusta National takes a tentative step away from the 19th century.

Sorry, but some of us here in the real world shake our heads in disgusted amazement over 1.) the Confederate home of golf's precious Masters tournament admitting females to their prissy private club a mere 92 years after passage of the 19th Amendment, itself some 131 years tardy; and 2.) the two women admitted, while type-A super achievers, are hardly progressive role models, especially former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. As national security adviser to President George W. Bush in 2003, Rice did her boss' bidding with her infamous "mushroom cloud" fear mongering as part of the drumbeat in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, resulting in hundreds of thousands of lives subsequently damaged or lost.

Augusta National makes the Boston Red Sox (last major-league team to racially integrate, in 1959, 12 years after Jackie Robinson's historic debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers and three years after his retirement) look like the ACLU.

Instead of headlines proclaiming wondrous social progress over Augusta National's pathetically belated decision, there should have been headlines screaming these three words: IT'S ABOUT TIME. Or these four: TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE.

The fuss over preseason NFL games.

Newspapers and sports talk radio promote and dissect each team's summer workouts and practices and then really shift into overdrive for exhibition games, games (it should go without saying, shouldn't it?) that don't count.

You may have seen this breathless prose or heard these profound words from the sports media: "Peyton Manning made his Denver Broncos' debut," and "Andrew Luck made his NFL debut with the Indianapolis Colts."

Well, here's some breaking news: Peyton Manning will make his debut with the Broncos when he plays a real game with the Broncos; ditto Andrew Luck and the Colts and Robert Griffin III with the Redskins.

Received wisdom, courtesy of baseball commissioner Bud Selig and, once again, the mainstream sports media, informing us that the performance enhancing drug era is over.

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