It seems that the disc golf "community" is up in arms about last night's episode of "Happy Endings". I will admit that I didn't see the show, but the gist of the brouhaha is that its producers contacted the PDGA looking for technical advice & some schwag to use on set for an episode that they advertised as "centered around disc golf". Well, apparently the show had only a couple of minutes of disc golf related material, where it showcased a dude throwing a lid into a chick's face (from an orange cone marked teeing area) and referred to the game as "frolf", among other fun-poking gags needling the stereotypes associated with our game.
I don't see what the big deal is. It's a freaking sitcom, for FSM's sake. What did you expect, a detailed analysis of gyroscopic flight physics or a "tips from the pros" segment on the upside-down turbo twist? Think of every sports-related sitcom you've ever seen. Football players are always portrayed as big, stupid, beer-swilling oafs (non-QBs) or gleaming pretty-boy date rapists (QBs); baseball players are always portrayed as chaw-spittin' rednecks; basketball players are always portrayed as homies with hearts of gold, struggling to jump shoot their way out of the hood, but succumbing to the siren's song of the crack pipe. So why be upset about a portrayal as herbal-enhanced, gynophobic über-nerds? The mere fact that disc golfers have a pigeonhole-able identity like football, baseball, or basketball (i.e., "sports") players is proof positive of the growing exposure & appeal of the game, and should be embraced by those who think that the growth & development of the game into a "sport" is a positive thing.
I'm going to try to track down the show online & watch in the next couple of days, but I'm sure that even if I don't get a chuckle out of it (modern-day sitcoms are almost universally unamusing to me), I'm sure it won't make me want to boycott ABC or trash the show online. If I am ever-so-slightly irked, it will be merely for the fact that the airing of the show further publicizes a game which I wish would stay more underground.
Reflect & discuss…
Ryen91 wrote:I am pretty sure I am more intelligent then you think and have allot more knowledge then your post might suggest.
Cheers & chings!