If you're like me, you've probably been to a couple of charity golf tournaments before. After playing in a few, you start to notice that they all look the same: long-drive contest, closest to the pin, hole-in-one to win a car. It's nice and all, don't get me wrong, but let's be honest ... don't you sometimes wish they made the tournament a little more interesting?
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen apparently read my mind, because his recent charity golf tournament looks like one of the most ridiculous events I've ever seen in my life. As the Arizona Republic reported, Allen hosted his annual Night Ops II tournament, with proceeds going to support the Home for Wounded Warriors organization.
Knowing Allen's crazy personality on the field, it shouldn't come as a surprise that he decided to forego the longest drive for a Slip n' Slide contest down a 280-foot tarp. No, you didn't read that wrong. The round also included the members of the Arizona National Guard taunting players on the tee box in full drill sergeant mode, push-ups for bad tee shots, and a pig roast between the front and back nine.
Not bad, right? Well, things could have gotten a whole lot more interesting if Allen's biggest idea of all had come to fruition: He wanted to include snipers with paintball guns who would take aim at golfers when they got inside a certain yardage.
Can you imagine a golfer stepping up to a 100-yard wedge shot and getting nailed in the clavicle as he was about to hit? I would pay money to see that on video. But unfortunately, the tournament decided there was liability involved with letting snipers carry around paintball guns and pick off unassuming golfers.
Seems like semantics to me. Regardless, Allen's tournament sounds like the coolest charity tournament around. Hopefully next year they find a way to include the paintball snipers in the event.
- Jared Allen