About the only thing of real interest to come out of Turkey this week is a renewed debate over pros wearing shorts. I've always been for it but then when I see grown men in anklets contrasted with players in pants, I'm opposed. (Just look at this photo of Obama and Kasich in pants vs Biden and Boehner in shorts as proof in the Golf Digest slideshow.)
Chris Millard makes the case that it's time to let pros wear shorts:
But the tour, in all its antiquity, still feels that shorts on players would diminish the image of its product (Pssst, Tim. Your biggest star ever was revealed as one of the sleaziest people on the planet. You think knobby knees could hurt your image?). Some of the greatest professional athletes in the world perform in shorts. Imagine Usain Bolt taking on the 200 meters in corduroys. Not cool. Literally. Shorts, even very short ones, served John McEnroe pretty well in the 1970s and 80s. Even the NHL, whose rinks are maintained at between 20 and 22 degrees, requires shorts after a brief and unpopular experiment in 1981 with long pants. In fact, aside from cricket and bowling, I'm hard-pressed to find another sport that's so beholden to pants. Do we really want to model ourselves after the PBA? Again, eew.
Let's settle this once and for all with an instant poll...