You have a choice to make today.
I have the ability, untested so far, to grant you one wish. You may be one of these people (only one) the next time this event occurs. What’s your choice?
• Either winning manager or MVP in the World Series.
• Final 4 winning coach or star player.
• Super Bowl winning coach or MVP.
• Hockey Stanley Cup winning coach or MVP.
• Kentucky Derby winning jockey, or the winning horse. OK, forget the horse.
• NBA scoring champion or championship coach.
• National League or American League home run or batting champion.
• MVP of National Football League
• Heisman Trophy winner
• National or American League MVP
• Daytona 500 Winner
What’s it going to be?
There’s a decision to be made.
Do you want glory and how long do you want it to last?
Do you want wads of cash now, later or both perhaps?
Do you want a feeling of reaching a goal and a deep sense of accomplishment?
Do you want people to admire you?
Do you want to accomplish the goal and then spend a lifetime trying to use the accomplishment to help others?
Do you want to be the center of attention on TV, radio, the Internet and print media such as the cover of Sports Illustrated, USA Today or the ultimate, The Murfreesboro Post?
Would you want to be in a Hall of Fame?
Do you want to visit the White House?
Do you want to leave a legacy like Michael Jordan, Peyton Manning or Sandy Koufax?
What’s it going to be? The clock is ticking.
My choice isn’t here.
I’m going to add one more. I would choose (drum roll please): winning the Masters Golf Tournament.
True, I was never, ever more than a below average golfer. True, Butch Campbell, Bill Ervin, Buddy Pate, Jon Dinkins, Dave Womack, George Hockenberry, the late Dennis Ranier and others tried to help but to no avail.
If par was 72, I was having a good day if I broke 90. I don’t play anymore, but I have walked Augusta National in a practice round and saw many of the greats of the past and present.
What a place! Since this is a one-wish fantasy, I’m a winner.
I submit that a Masters win would give me everything listed above: legacy, cash (prize money and big endorsements), accomplishment, media attention for a four day weekend and far beyond, would all be mine.
My editor, Michelle Willard, would put me on the cover of The Post.
I would get glory, commercials and fees from autograph sessions and speaking engagements.
Naturally, I’d write a book and best of all they would give me a green jacket. I would likely get recognized by the Rutherford County Commission.
Watch for me on TV in Augusta, Ga., this April, I’ve decided to win the tournament this year.
I’ll be the guy who’s No. 1 on the leader board wearing a black shirt and gold pants (for Central) on Thursday and Friday and a white shirt and blue pants (for MTSU) on Saturday and Sunday.
I’m not certain about the hat; I might have to rotate Lascassas, Rockvale and Riverdale hats or others the first three days and then wear a Rutherford County Recreation or Schools hat the final day.