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Why Jack Nicklaus will always be
one sportswriter´s hero

Seattle Times, by Don Shelton

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Posted By:tisHimself, 9/12/2013 11:04:47 AM

Charles Barkley was right. Athletes shouldn’t be role models. Many of those who have been blessed with great athletic ability are flawed as human beings. It plays out in headlines on almost a daily basis. But then there is Jack Nicklaus. He is my hero. He was when I was a kid, and he is now. That is saying something, coming from a jaded old sportswriter like myself, who long ago lost any illusion that those I cover are heroic. But Nicklaus, who won a record 18 golf majors, is different. Jack gets it. Rewind to a few years ago.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 9/12/2013 11:20:19 AM     (No. 9517636)

The Golden Bear does it right, as usual.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: kendet1946, 9/12/2013 11:23:58 AM     (No. 9517644)

The best golfer ever in my book. Always classy.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: wilko, 9/12/2013 11:34:53 AM     (No. 9517663)

Maybe role model, but hero is so overused these days.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 9/12/2013 11:59:10 AM     (No. 9517704)

Jack Nicklaus is a blue chip guy. I wondered about his politics until last fall when he made an appearance for Romney. There is nothing not to like.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Newtsche, 9/12/2013 12:34:30 PM     (No. 9517748)

Jack has a lifetime of behavior and accomplishment to honor. Not just what he did but what he didn´t.

The 1971 US Open came down to a playoff between Nicklaus and Lee Trevino. Prior to the round, Trevino tossed a big rubber snake at Jack. With the giant crowd shrieking, all Nicklaus could do was laugh. I doubt that´s how he really felt. An unfunny prank at any time, who needs that kind of an adrenalin rush headed into major championship round of golf? A cheap, cheap shot that probably deserved a beat down with a sand wedge.



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Reply 6 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 9/12/2013 1:13:28 PM     (No. 9517831)

For those who are in a hurry to declare Tiger Woods the greatest golfer ever, it must be remembered that while Jack won 18 major tournaments, he also was the runner up or third in nearly as many as he won. Tiger has won 14 majors, but has finished completely off the leader board in most of the rest. Tiger is a great front runner, but comes up short when he has to pass people on the final round. Also, many of Jack´s contemporaries are golf legends. Can Tiger say the same?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: tnorling, 9/12/2013 1:14:33 PM     (No. 9517834)

He refers to Tiger´s profanity and scowl (skipping Tiger´s adultery) in contrast to Jack´s equanimity and accessabiity yet Tiger gets his endorsements and ridiculous coverage.

It´s demoralizing to think that Woods is looked up to by anyone, especially younger players. They won´t get a chance to learn, from him at least, what gentlemanly, sportsmanlike behavior is.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Kingbubo, 9/12/2013 1:42:10 PM     (No. 9517884)

Different era

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Reply 9 - Posted by: jimmiet, 9/12/2013 2:09:23 PM     (No. 9517916)

18 Majors as a part time player. He made it to his kids football games and was never gone from home more than a couple weeks at a time. More than golf he is a hall of fame DAD!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Jennie C., 9/12/2013 8:36:38 PM     (No. 9518467)

I don´t think there´s a greater gentleman in the sports world. I live in central Ohio, and if you thing OSU football stars are the only ones admired here, well, you´re just wrong.

In this town, "Jack," means just one person.


(that just reminded me of a local radio station´s promos just before the Memorial several years ago. They touted the Memorial and their coverage, of course, and then said ´And yes, as a matter of fact, we do know Jack!´)

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