I read an interesting article the other day about a rude fan being ejected from a golf tournament!
Can you imagine if we did that during pool tournaments? I can envision sweet claps of joy and calmness filling the room as they were escorted out. Ahhhh.....
You can read the article yourself here, and it talks about a fan who was verbally shouting out that Justin Thomas' ball should hit the water or go in bunker. Eventually, Justin asked that he be removed. In the article it also quotes Justin and why he chose that action against the fan.
At first I read with delight, imagining being able to kick a rude fan out from a pool tournament, lol. But what struck me MORE from the article was these two paragraphs, comments from the writer (Kevin Kaduk) of the piece:
If you’re one of those people who think this is the latest case of pro golfers being special little snowflakes, it’d be hard to argue with you. Professional athletes in other sports deal with much worse on a regular basis.But if you’re a golfer or a golf fan, you know this isn’t something that’s tolerated on the golf course. Respect for other players is baked into the DNA of the game and going to a tournament usually isn’t about rooting for one player or another but appreciating the competition — and giving the golfers the space and atmosphere to achieve that.
Instead of being excited about this possible option to kick out a fan, lol, I was more disappointed and wishing that pool had the same "DNA of the game" as golf. I find it intriguing that bad behavior isn't really tolerated in golf and respect for the players is held in high favor. But in pool, let's face it, we don't have that.
We have players trying to cheat with breaks, sharking, etc trying to get an edge to win. In other countries, this type of behavior is NOT tolerated at the pool table. But for some reason, here in the US, it's almost norm to play pool in an atmosphere that is the opposite of calm and welcoming.
Is it too late for us to be like golf?
Yes, I'm afraid so. But, hey! Wishful thinking! Maybe the teenagers playing pool today will help our sport become as revered as golf.