Sports in America: Match-up #3

John BucoCorrespondent IJuly 22, 2008

Of the fourteen-sport bracket, four have advanced:  Football and baseball with first-round byes, MMA defeating the Olympics, and most recently, basketball knocking off volleyball.  Now, arguably the biggest match in the first round, pro tennis will take pro golf head on.


This is a match-up that comes with a potentially tough decision.  These two sports boast some of the best athletes in the world.  Tiger Woods is often considered the best athlete in the world, ahead of guys such as Lebron James, LaDainian Tomlinson, Tom Brady, Barry Bonds, and Sidney Crosby.


The PGA/LPGA tours boast many other great athletes such as Ernie Els, David Duval, Vijay Singh, Michelle Wie, and the recently retired Annika Sorenstam.  Golf also has a rich history (Jack Nicklas and Arnold Palmer) and a strong pleasure base among other athletes and celebrities.


Tennis, on the other hand, has a tremendous following all across the world.  Roger Federer, Raphael Nadal, and Andy Roddick lead the charge for the men, while beauties Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova prevail for the women.  Unfortunately, the focus on the women is more on their looks rather than their game.  The history is rich here as well, with Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, and Martina Navratilova.


The bottom line:  It is a tough call, but we are looking at America’s Past-time.  The edge goes to golf.  In most circles, Tiger Woods is considered superior to Roger Federer, which is a big deciding factor.  One also cannot ignore the popularity of the sport among celebrities and athletes; a popularity which tennis does not share.