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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning

"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Meet Bill Parcells...

...and watch him play golf?:
As is often the case with a first-time venture, no one is sure quite what to expect this week when the Celebrity Players Tour makes its first visit to the area.

Fifty-six of the tour's golfers, consisting primarily of retired athletes and coaches with a few entertainers sprinkled in, converge on this quaint city beginning today for the inaugural Saratoga National Celebrity Classic.Players such as Jim Brown, Rick Rhoden, Rollie Fingers, Al Del Greco and Clark Gillies will play two days of pro-am competition with various corporate sponsors, then contend for parts of a $225,000 purse over the weekend over a 6,732-yard Saratoga National course.

"When we looked at this event, one of the big selling points to the club and to the community was that it's a real event," said Arthur Bernier, president of Access Sports, which owns and markets the event. "You have a tournament fee, as you do in a professional tournaments. The prize being what it is -- the winner walks away with $20,000 -- it's a fairly serious week for these guys to play."

Make no mistake, it isn't all about the competition.

In fact, the names who likely will be the biggest spectator draws -- Brown, Fingers, Lou Holtz, Bill Parcells, et al -- aren't necessarily those who will be competing for the title come Sunday afternoon.
Well then. The article is right - i'm not sure what to make of this. The Celebrity Players Tour? What is the business model of this outfit?

I think i'd go watch Michael Jordan play golf, but the Tuna, and Al Del Greco, i don't know. This whole event is right in SmAlbany's wheelhouse, though, when you think about it - a celebrity golf event, at our premiere local golf course, and the big draw will be a 60-something out of shape (see photo) NFL coach who led the Giants to two Super Bowls..

Now that i think about it, the business model will work around here. Yup, there will be a big crowd. After all, it is SmAlbany.

And Etkin writes today that Parcells is building a retirement home in saratoga.
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At 1:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, don't forget about Alfonso Ribeiro. :)    

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