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John Smoltz doesn't live up to his own golfing hype

Jul 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

The American Century Celebrity Golf Championship is a — duh — celebrity golf tournament that the good people at NBC happen to broadcast and sponsor and everything. It went down in Lake Tahoe this past weekend and, as usual, a lot of ex-baseball players participated.

The bosses didn’t let me go though, presumably because John Smoltz and Greg Maddux were involved this year and they didn’t want me going all Chris Farley on them (“remember that time you guys won the World Series. That was awesome!”).  Probably good for another reason too, because I’m not sure I would have been able to avoid taunting Smoltz just a wee little bit after it was all over yesterday.

Why? A little birdie tells me that, last week, Smoltz — who is an outstanding golfer — was at 15-1 to win it on the big board at Harrah’s.  Before the tournament started, however, he went off at 1-1. Why? Partially because a lot of people thought he might win it. Partially, however, because he put a whole bunch of money on himself to win it.

Sadly, however, he didn’t. He started off slow on Friday and wasn’t able to come all the way back. Billy Joe Tolliver won it. Smoltz and Tony Romo tied for second.

On the bright side, if Smoltz changes his mind about retiring from baseball, any prospective employer can secure themselves with the knowledge that Smoltz still has the utmost confidence in his own abilities.

  1. Jonny5 - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Tied with Tony Romo? That really sucks because Tony Dumped Jessica Simpson right before her birthday to date some other hotter little hottie. So John, even though he tied you at the little celebrity golf thing. You will never really be tied or even with Tony Romo. The only chance you get to trump that guy and you blow it??? He doesn’t even aspire to be a pro golfer and he’s as good without even trying… Life is too good to Tony. I’m still trying to figure out if I hate him or want to be him…..

  2. Ditto65 - Jul 19, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Utmost confidence in, or full of, himself. A thin line, I reckon.
    Stay Classy, HBT.

  3. Sweepthleg - Jul 19, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Ummmm…. Tony Romo does aspire to be a pro golfer he’s try to qualify for the US Open 2 years in a row and missed some OTAs in the process. So Romo’s game is good and the fact that Smoltzy has won a World Championship puts him above Romo in the sports pecking order.
    Can’t believe Smotlzy doesn’t have a lot of shoulder pain with all the surgeries his pitching arm has been through over the past 15 years.

  4. Jonny5 - Jul 19, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Romo still dumped Jessica S a day before her b-day just to date someone hotter. Smoltzy can’t top that, even in your “sports pecking order”. If bagging hot chicks and releasing them isn’t sport I don’t know what is. I thought Jessica might be a “keeper” but I guess she’s just for fun….. ;>P BTW, that does explain why Romo always wears that dumb hat huh?

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