Dan Jenkins Was Dead Solid Perfect -- And Then Some | Dog Leg News

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Tom Edrington

Tom Edrington spent the first 10 years of his misguided youth as a sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. His career brought him face to face with many of sports greatest stars -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, countless Hall of Fame NFL stars, more PGA Tour players than he can count. In 1980 he was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for writing the best news story that year, his coverage of Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open victory at Baltusrol. Today, 36 years later, golf is still a great part of his life, thanks to competitive playing days and the wonderful people he has met on this fabulous journey.

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    RM

    Well done, Tom. A fitting tribute to someone who was arguably the best sportswriter who ever lived. Really, I think this may damn him with faint praise. It is hard to compare writers across different genres and ages, but I believe Jenkins could have played in any writer’s ballpark or league, period..The words just leapt out of the pages and left you wondering where he came up with the inspiration for a particular turn of phrase.

    My first Jenkins book was The Dogged Victims of Inexorable Fate many years ago.My favorite vignettes were his round with Arnie and Dow Finsterwald, his round with some players from the LPGA, his round with Glen Campbell and other Hollywood guys, the day Arnie became Arnie!, and finally, my all time favorite short story, “The Glory Game at Goat Hills”.

    I often thought that a “Bucket list of things you would love to do but will never happen” would include just sitting on a deck by a golf course on a warm afternoon, drinking some Lone Star long necks from a big ice chest with Dan Jenkins, and being able to just ask him some questions and listen to some of his stories.

    Sorry to ramble on, but you’re obviously a fan too. Like Arnie (on the weekend of Arnie’s tournament), a big loss of a real person who one might never have known personally, but whose words, deeds, whatever, somehow touched you personally. .

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      Tom Edrington

      Dan wasn’t a beer drinker……it was two years after I first met him, everyone was at a favorite watering hole during the ’79 Masters, I was hanging out with some Tampa guys, Dan was close by surrounded by celebrities, athletes and assorted big wigs….he looked over at me and said “Hey Tom, how are you?” The guys with me went totally nuts “Dan Jenkins knows you?????? You’ve made it!!!”……I was as surprised as anyone…..you read Dan’s very first book, Semi-Tough was his second…..Dead-Solid-Perfect the third….

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        RM

        I figure he was scotch or bourbon on the rocks. You had made it!

        I’ve read most of his books; going to revisit a couple…

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          Tom Edrington

          RM: Me too, couldn’t get enough of him back in the day, in his prime…..

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    baxter cepeda

    Tricked me with the headline. It was a book. Clever.
    Great insight.
    But I really do not get why we talk about newspapers like their dead. Papers are dead but these days news writing from all over come in droves to our phones whether we ask for it or not.
    It’s one of the longest transitions ever for anything but newswriting seems to be refinding its place.
    Am I dead wrong ?

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      Tom Edrington

      Baxter, there are basically no golf writers left, even existing papers have done away with them, sadly.

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    baxter cepeda

    I chatted briefly w Ferguson at the Sony. But yea. Golf channel .com imo made a terrible mistake not allowing comments in their website anymore. It’s important these days to allow people to respond on websites and outside of social media; as you do Tom.
    With no comments it seems the site is trying to control the message.

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      Tom Edrington

      Right you are Baxter, DogLegNews is a defender of free speech as long as it doesn’t get laced with profanities!

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