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The Answer Man

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Q: What does the word "Consistency" mean?

A: It means the achievement of a level of performance that does not vary greatly in quality over a period of time.

Congratulations to Steve Pellham on winning the Kennett Country Club Golf Championship for 2010!!! This may be the beginning of many such victories for Steve.

A brief conversation with the congenial Pellham revealed that while he was as officer with the club he searched in vain for the plaque that listed all past club champions. Somehow it got lost.

This is too bad, because no matter the many activities of living, or the goals involved, or no matter the playing fields of life, being the best of the best deserves recognition.

If Steve had found that plaque it might have told us just how many Club Golf Championships Matt Shetley has won. We know that he has won seventeen of them.

You have to stop and think about that one for a minute.

Matt Shetley is a busy lawyer. He is highly active in civic affairs, and it is of no small consequence that he is married, and a father. Matt could be described as the typical weekend golfer - made atypical by his golfing skills.

Anyone who has played this frustrating game for any length of time knows that on some days you are close to your best. And then another week passes and you find it difficult - metaphorically speaking - to tie your shoes and chew gum at the same time.

So considering the fact that there are several players in the club who might beat Matt on any given day, it is a study in consistency that he could hold it together enough to win seventeen times. A truly amazing feat.

Matt didn't win this year. In fact he finished fourth behind third place, Donnie Shelton, second place Roger Wheeler, and the champ, Steve Pellham.

Although he describes himself as over the hill, he is still comparatively a young man. He will probably be back next year just as formidable as ever, and poised to win his eighteenth.

Q: What does the word "Contempt" mean?

A: It means that a person or a thing is beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving scorn.

The Mighty Moguls of the sports world are undoubtedly correct when they say that Boise State's football team couldn't win as they do with a major conference schedule.

There is an open contempt promoted by the major conferences themselves.

Why is it then that virtually all the major conference schools manage to put two or three of the Boise State type "patsies" in their own schedules?

Why is it then they sometimes talk up these nothing games as if they have something to fear?

And why is it that in the process of mangling these "cup cakes" they celebrate every touchdown as if it were the second coming of VE Day?

And why is it the after an evisceration of the poor slobs they find something good to say about them?

Boise State will never win a national championship. They probably will never be given the chance. The major conferences needn't fear about that. But sometimes the unknown is a thorn in the sides that needs derision.

And sometimes contempt by its very nature can be contemptuous.

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