The Baltimore Ravens have won 19 consecutive preseason games. Please allow me to tell you about why that matters.

It absolutely, beyond any shadow of a doubt, without even the slightest of a question, does not.

The Baltimore Orioles have lost 18 consecutive regular-season games. Please allow me to tell you about why that matters.

It absolutely, beyond any shadow of a doubt, without even the slightest of a question, does not.

Well, to be fair, one of these streaks is actually somewhat helpful to the respective team. The Orioles’ streak has them closer to clinching the No. 1 pick in the 2022 MLB Draft (and the largest draft pool of any team) then we could have imagined them being three weeks ago. So there’s that.

Alas, I didn’t come here this week to discuss either of these meaningless streaks. I came here because there’s something that actually matters in Baltimore sports before the real football kicks off.

The PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs roll into Baltimore this week, with Round 1 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills set for Thursday, Aug. 26. Please now allow me to break down the field for you and what you should be watching for.

Ummm … so… Tiger Woods isn’t back yet, so not him. And since Drew Forrester didn’t make the cut at the U.S. Senior Open, I’m pretty sure he’s not in the field for this one, either. And … umm … I’m not sure if Phil Mickelson is even on the PGA TOUR anymore, so, yeah, enjoy the tournament!

(Hi there. I’m being purposefully obtuse. I assure you that I know Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are expected to be in the field of the TOUR’s top 70 players. I’m just being a silly goose for the sake of making my next point. Stay tuned for that when the parentheses end.)

Look, I’ve never hidden from the fact that golf isn’t my thing. I’ve tried. I’ve tried and I’ve tried and I’ve tried and I’ve tried. But I’m not good at playing the sport, and I’ve just never enjoyed watching the sport. I enjoyed watching Tiger Woods because he was a cultural phenomenon, but “golf” itself never interested me.

As fatherhood and a busy play-by-play schedule have chipped away at the amount of time I have for just about anything, I’ve basically given up on even watching major championship golf unless there is some sort of incredible storyline and I have absolutely nothing else to do.

I want to pause here for a second because in the Twitter era of human discourse, some of you likely believe that what I’m saying is “I think golf is stupid” or “golf isn’t really even a sport.” I want to be as clear as humanly possible, I absolutely DID NOT say either of those things and I DO NOT feel that way. Some things are my things. Some things aren’t.

I’m very much into tennis and the music of Leon Bridges and the television show “Ted Lasso.” Golf and Justin Bieber and “The Real Housewives of Cheboygan Or Wherever” simply aren’t my things. The game of chess isn’t my thing, either. But I recognize how amazing high-level chess players are. And I assure you, I know damn well how amazing high-level golfers are. It’s just not the thing that piques my interest.

And yet I’m writing this week about golf. Well, I’m writing about a golf event. And I’m writing about how I think you should spend some time this week with a sport that I just simply don’t care about. It’s weird. I get it. But so is the concept of someone with the lowest score being the winner of a sporting event!

Tickets to the BMW Championship aren’t free. Neither is parking and neither are concessions and I don’t know where you’re at economically and I don’t know how safe you’re feeling about being out among people right now with the pandemic still far from over. But with those qualifications in mind, I’m encouraging you that if you CAN get out to the event, you should.

I’m going to be out there with my father and again, I don’t remotely care about golf!

But I care about big events in this area. I care about the city’s reputation being broadened so that folks all over the country continue to know us for things beyond just “The Wire.” I care about how one significant golf tournament, if well supported by the community, could begat other, perhaps even more significant golf tournaments. I care about how the support of a golf tournament could be used as an example as host cities for the 2026 World Cup are chosen. I care about the economic impact of all of these types of events.

A recent WBFF report suggested that the economic impact of this year’s event on the area was an estimated $40 million to $50 million. That number isn’t necessarily equitable. A barber shop owner in Anne Arundel County, for example, might tell you that they saw absolutely zero impact whatsoever from the event. But putting on a good show both on the course, in the region and on television, goes a long way beyond even just the direct impact of the event itself.

You might be an obsessed golf fan already. If so, you probably have tickets already. Considering there hasn’t been a PGA event here since 1962, this is literally a “once in a lifetime” type of thing until it happens again. But I’m encouraging more of you who are like me — casual to almost totally disinterested observers of the sport — to support it anyway. This is a significant opportunity for Baltimore to remind everyone what we’re capable of being as a “big-event” town. It won’t solve all of our problems. But it could potentially benefit us for a long time.

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