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Spring is certainly in the air. The trees are leafing out, the flowers are blooming, the temperatures are warming up and it's time to get outside and remember that the outdoors are your friend. What better way to do that than by hitting the local golf course and playing a relaxing round of eighteen holes? Actually, scratch that. The only time golf is truly relaxing is when you put a golf game on the television, crack a window near the couch for some fresh air, and let the soothing, murmuring chatter of the golf announcers lull you into a fantastic afternoon nap. Actual golf is a mixture of heartbreak, fury, and the rare occasion when complete and utter celebration is warranted. What constitutes a moment where utter celebration is warranted? You could look at Jon Rahm's hole-in-one at the Masters in 2020, when he skipped his ball across the water at Hole 16 before to a hole-in-one. That's "buy a Lotto ticket" levels of luck. Most any player would be elated to not hear their ball hit the pond at all, and many would just be happy they could sink a ball into a hole. Whoever says golf is a relaxing game is lying to you.
But why are the guys behind the Kibbe and Friends Show stuck on golf? That has to do with Adam Sandler.
Rather, it has to do with Sandler's 1996 film Happy Gilmore and Sandler's recent honor of being awarded the 24th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. In their loosest association with a car yet (Sandler's character drives a 1974 Plymouth Duster that has seen better days), the guys revisit the comedy classic that sees Sandler in fine form as an angry failing hockey player turn into a golf savant with a penchant for slamming a dented ball with all the subtlety of a bomb blast four football fields away from where it was tee'd up. There's plenty of one-liners and great jokes, and there's a solid all-star cast that ranges from the intimidating but eloquent seven-foot-two Richard Kiel to Ben Stiller's uncredited role as Hal L., the evil nursing home orderly. But the undeniable co-star of the movie had to be Bob Barker...yes, that Bob Barker. When Ed McMahon (or a member of his management) refused the role of the celebrity golfer, Bob Barker got the pitch and the only caveat that he gave was that he got to win the tournament. Even better, when a stunt double was offered for the fight scene, Barker refused, saying something to the effect of, "Now wait a minute, I know how to fight!"
Oh, and the iconic line from that scene that Sandler says? That's directly from Judd Apatow, who was Sandler's roommate. Nice.
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