Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Hollywood Henderson and John Daly Walk Into A Rehab Center ...

Sounds like the start of a joke, doesn't it?

John Daly has a new book coming out next week. It's called "My Life In and Out of the Rough: The Truth Behind All that Bull**** You Think You Know About Me."

But when it comes to Daly, you really don't need BS because the truth is so strange. Or pathetic, as the case may be.

In the book, Daly says that he has lost around $50 million to $60 million gambling during the course of his career.

What does former Dallas Cowboy Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson have to do with this? In the book, the Associated Press article about it relates:

(Daly) recalled former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson telling him at a Tucson, Ariz., rehab center in 1993 that Daly would find something he loves as much as drinking, and that he would have to be careful.

"The people around me ... were hoping, of course, that the 'something' would be practicing golf. No such luck," Daly wrote. "What I found was gambling."

That's how bad it's been for Daly: When Hollywood Henderson is the one making sense, and you reject that good advice and continue the spiral into addiction.

(Actually, Henderson turned his own life around and has been doing good work for a while now - at least according to the most recent news about him I've heard.)

I've never been a Daly fan and don't get the adoration so many fans seem to have for him. He's mostly wasted his talent, except to use it to feed his addictions (and his wives and children). That's why I don't understand why some are campaigning for Daly to make the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Think about it: What's one way for a professional athlete to win back millions of dollars lost at gambling tables? Bet against yourself - or your team - and then make sure you don't win. I don't believe for a minute that Daly has done that, or would ever do that. And because golf isn't a head-to-head competition (except in instances such as the Ryder Cup) but is one player-against-the-field, winning money by betting against oneself would be hard to do. But you get the point: If you're the commissioner of a sport and find out that one of your players has lost upwards of $50 million gambling, you'd have to be, to put it mildly, concerned.

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