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A Few Words About Branding, And The Ridiculousness Of Being Star-Struck.

I don't want to violate anyone's privacy, so...no names. I recently agreed to cover a local tourney for a disc golf site, and a clinic being put on by a local club featuring a well-known pro. The clinic was okay, but I thought a lecture on biometrics and proper throwing form was lost on this crowd. Most in attendance were there to meet the pro, and maybe glean a trick or two to add to their game. Believe me, it was a lecture. The pro in question showed up late, and then behaved like a rock star who expected his every whim be indulged. Afterward, I approached him and said I wasn't writing another "10 questions for ______" type of article, that i wanted to write something more in depth about the sport. He agreed to a interview on a certain day. He left a day early with no courtesy call to let me know. No big deal, I suppose, unless you part of a sport that is clamoring for more media attention. I'm sure the life of a touring pro leaves precious little time for social media, but then it seems wise (to me, at least) to be accessible to those who have proven their ability to influence it.

The next day, he of course won the local tournament and pocketed roughly 800 dollars. To my knowledge, not a peep from him acknowledging the countless hours of hard work put in by volunteers to make the course ready after a spate of recent storms. Entire trees had to be cut up and moved. Tee boxes needed to be mulched. Stolen baskets had to be replaced. All of this in addition to the work by local vendors (done for free). The pro in question had a chance to shake some hands, engage with his fans, and establish himself as a true professional. Winning 800 bucks off the hard working locals and then blowing town puts you in the "pool shark" category.

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I've only met this guy once. It was two weeks after he won the worlds at his home course. I was playing in an a tier event and started getting bombed by some douche "practicing" the whole group was pissed off. I called him out and without apologizing, he said he had to warm up. There was plenty of space away from the course for that. When he got closer i told him we were playing in the event and he was an asshole. His response was"But I'm Dave Feldberg" My response: "Do it again and I'll break your fingers".
That's funny, when someone calls me an a**hole, I say "But I'm Dave Feldberg" also.
xians421 Thank you , finally someone with the balls to name drop. It's not like he is going to be on here and hunt you down. The past 2 years at the Vibram open "The Diva" has snuck on a pay to play course (Pyramids) under the "But I'm David Feldberg" assumption and has been graciously asked to leave
I don't care if he does hunt me down. In fact I would welcome it. I've been playing and promoting this sport for 40 years.

Looking to set the record straight.  I understand that you may not have gotten the interview you were expecting you would get.  Also understand how that could be disappointing.  However, there are many things in your post that are completely wrong or don't paint the full picture. 

Fortunately I had the pleasure of being at this tournament, and from everyone I spoke with they had an amazing time.  I sure know I did.  Here is my witness to the event.

 

1. The clinic very well may have started late, but it was not due to waiting on the pro in questions -

2. He hung around after the doubles round to give many of the locals tips on putting.

3. He was available during the course of the tournament to give two local news papers an interview.  They were there on Sunday, took photographs, and they were posted in both of the newspapers this week.

4. In the NP article The Pro discussed all the work we had all put into getting these courses ready after the storms we have seen.

5. At the awards, he thanks everyone for the work put into the course.

6. He helped people after the tournament before an after awards.

6. He came to the local disc golf shop after the tournament and was available for a couple hours after the tournament.  Signed discs, gave pointers, and made new relationships.

 

My problem with this article is that you paint a picture for people about a scene you didn't witness.  Not in anyway helping the sport of Disc Golf.  Yes The pro may have had to leave earlier than expected, due to unexpected circumstances.  Yes you may not have received a call.  But, you were not at the tournament making yourself available, or trying to get his time.  After the players meeting early Saturday morning, I didn't see you again.   From the list above you can see that there was plenty of opportunity through out the weekend.  So the "appointment" did not work out, but instead of blasting him on Disc Golf Scene... you could have taken the offer to get him on the phone for an interview since he was unable to connect with you due to a change in schedule.

 

Sad that this article did nothing to further the sport of disc golf or paint an accurate picture of the pro in question.

The missed interview opportunity wasn't an issue, but, yes, the missing phone call was.  Even so, I took great pains to explain that I needed time since I wanted to do something more in depth.  There are other points I could list here, but I have no interest in being petty about it.  I'm am glad that your experience was a positive one, you and the others put in some real work to make it happen.  You are entitled to speak up, and I'm glad you did.

 

I'm not sure why you feel my post didn't "further" the sport, but in the absence of pay, why else do I do it?  I'm all about this sport, but I am intent on making sure it isn't turned into a welfare program for touring pros.  Lastly, i was instructed not to bother the pro in question over the weekend because he had to focus on his play in this tourney, so I respected his wishes.  There is usually two sides (or more) to every story, and I am more than willing to admit that I may be off on my perception of the event.  Anyway, i was proud of the work y'all put in.

I honestly don't see how you are 'about this sport' when the only tournament you've ever played in was a non-sanctioned Ice Bowl at which you dropped out of after the first round not realizing there were 2 rounds...

 

Amanda Duncan said it best, "My problem with this article is that you paint a picture for people about a scene you didn't witness."

Tournament play determines one's commitment to this sport?  If thats true, I had better let my friends know that they are complete poseurs...

Anyway, I'm sorry you are taking this personally.  But it kind of proves my point.

Tournament play does not determine one's commitment to disc golf - AT ALL.  However, if you are looking to get an interview with a touring pro - it might be wise to have an understanding of 'touring pros' and their gruelling schedules.

 

We apologize that you did not get the interview you thought you were 'owed' but you had numerous opportunities to get that interview and you failed to do so.

 

Everyone who was part of and played the tournament had a great time and we wish you could have been there to enjoy it, too!

Well, fair enough.  I have ZERO interest in their grueling schedules.  That will always be a secondary concern of mine.  If it helps to think this is about the missed interview, by all means cling to that perception, but it really isn't.  The interview wasn't for me, it was something I agreed to do for one of the sponsors.  I'm more interested in the guys that made it work, whether it was cutting up trees, mulching tee boxes, printing and distributing  flyers, etc.  I like the stories about the guys and girls that juggle work and kids and still devote time to this sport.  Those guys are my heroes. 

By the way, because i couldn't be there Sunday (I'm one of those guys who juggle kids and elderly parents and two jobs) I did indeed talk to people who participated both days. 

Sorry, guys, I'm just wasn't impressed with this big name player.  I have said repeatedly that I admire and respect all of the effort put forth by the T.D.s and club members.  It was well run and people did indeed have fun.  My post wasn't about that.  It was establishing and maintaining a brand, versus an elitist approach to those that do the grunt work.  

 

 

Ok,  I would first like to start out on the subject of being professional, and professional behavior.  I was @ Cloud 9 volunteering my time, as I like to CONTRIBUTE to the sport and those who make it available to the masses. When, YOU, MACK, came into the store and threw a temper tantrom on this subject to two people who didn't even work there!  Very professional MACK.  I was also one of the group who hauled mulch and had been helping in the improvement of the course.  I don't need your thanks since Dave Feldberg thanked me personally. 

  I went into this with the attitude knowing he has a reputation for above stated, however I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was he very friendly and approachable, but invited me to walk with him during the doubles'. On this walk I got one-on-one coaching, theory, and good times. If you only made yourself available MACK, you would have had more than ample time to conduct many "in depth" interviews.  A good writer gets the story, the story doesn't come to you.

  Besides mispelling in your first statement( which as a writer, you might want to check before you hit enter.) none of your statements were true.  Not once did I cut up a tree or any other incorrect statements you made. I could drop to your level and throw insults, but like you contridicted yourself previously, nothing personal right?

Before you had your "get it off your chest" speech @ the golf store, I was a few moments away from setting up a phone interview between you and Dave, since you did'nt know of his pressing business for which he had to leave early. I too had plans to do something "in depth" with Dave, but he left without a phone call. Yet, you dont see me whining to non-employees of Cloud 9 and bashing the #1 player in the world on this forum. Shame on you MACK FARMER!    

 a REAL writer knows better... Any good you think you may have done, was washed away with negativity in your words. Myself along with everyone I talked to, had an amazing  time. Sucks for you.  Maybe now you'll have more time to talk about tripping squirrels eating frisbees, and allow real writers to contribute to this sport. I hope you have nothing to do with this sport, it does'nt need people like you bashing it's top players.

Have a great day and if ever actually are on the course, which I doubt, heads up buddy!

I guess I'll stick to bashing the pros a little lower on the totem pole.  Idol worship, much?

I don't even know who you are, but someone cut up trees, and I don't remember naming names.  In fact, when i wrote this post, which, (I'm going to type this slowly, so I don't lose you...) was.  not.  about.  the.  missed.  interview. 

You guys have sure circled the wagons.  Thats cool, I stick up for my buds too.

But, seriously, with your sentence structure and punctuation, you really want to diss my writing? 

Let's all just agree to disagree, and stop this useless catfight, it has become boring beyond measure.

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