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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Who is Phil Mickelson?

Phil Mickelson doesn't quite divide golf fans the way teams like the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Yankees or Notre Dame does. Lots of fans love him and pull for him in every tournament. And yet, there are many people out there who claim his smiling, shoot-from-the-hip public persona is "put on".

Stories of his generosity and his marathon autograph signing sessions have become legendary. He gives more time to fans after his rounds than just about any other player, and he gives a ton of money to charities. Still, his giving of his time and money do not impress many skeptics who are confident he's just an actor who really couldn't give a darn about anyone but himself.

I'm not Phil's #1 fan, but I do tend to think he's a good guy. Read this story and decide for yourself.

Can you imagine any other athlete doing what he did for the Doblers?


Anonymous Jack said...

Good for Lefty. John Daly has done some things similar to this. One act of kindness was documented on his Golf Channel program The Daly Show. What it was exactly escapes me now. Hey, its human nature to either like or dislike something or someone and always having/supplying the opposite-position will guarantee you're able to write your column, sell your magazine, or draw viewers to your program.

Its great to see you back in the blogshpere J5, you've been missed.

9:44 AM  
Blogger John Gorman said...

That's true about Daly. He's always doing things for other people, and with his gambling problem and four ex-wives, I'm sure he can hardly afford it.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great story about Phil. I have been a half hearted fan of him, but this type of thing pushes me closer to the full hearted. Keep up the good work of educating the masses or at least those of us that read your blogs!


9:21 PM  

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