Thursday, May 5, 2011

Racing, Revolution and the Ron Greens

I have been remiss in not posting the links to two columns I wrote earlier in the week. One was on the renaming of Revolution Park Golf Course for Charlie Sifford, which officially happened Tuesday. Sifford, 88, joked that the greens fees would be going up the following Monday.

The other was on Mucho Macho Man, a Kentucky Derby horse who runs Saturday. Jim Culver, who lives in Hickory and is in the horse business, owns 10 percent of the horse and is in Churchill Downs hoping to catch "lightning in a bottle," as he says. The Derby is Saturday. Mucho Macho Man is 12-1.

I'm at Quail Hollow today, intending to write a column on the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship. It is a testament to our outstanding lead golf writer, Ron Green Jr., that when I was at Revolution doing the story on Sifford this week, I was three times mistaken for Ron. I understand.

The thing is that people always expect Ron to be at anything important that happens in golf around Charlotte, and since I bear a passing resemblance to him, that sort of thing will happen. I'm sure it will happen at Quail Hollow, too.

When they start asking about how my dad is, though, and I know they mean esteemed longtime Observer columnist Ron Green Sr., I tell them he's very well but then I have to break the news to them that I'm really not Ron, I'm Scott.

Their faces almost invariably fall at that moment.


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Anonymous said...

Richardson needs to seriously consider changing the name to the Black Panthers.
Everything in place down to the big black cats at the front of the stadium even though these animals are only found in Africa not America.
The tan panther or mountain lion is in the Carolinas but not the black panther.

In pro sports you have the Red Sox, White Sox, Blue Jays, Red Skins, etc. so whats the big deal?

Why not Carolina Black Panthers?

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