I don't care if you don't like sports. I don't care if you especially don't like golf. I don't even care if you don't like adorable animal videos. Watch this. This is one of the stranger AND most endearing video you'll ever see from a professional sporting event -- especially a major international sporting event. In fact, It deserves three videos to give you a better sense of what this is about.
And when I say "one of the stranger AND most endearing," you just has to trusts me on this.
I'm one of those odd folks who actually likes to watch golf on television. So, yesterday, I turned on the Golf Channel to watch some of the coverage of the President's Cup, a big event when a team of top pro golfers from the United States plays a team made up of golfer's from the rest of the world.
As I was watching, there on the screen was the assistant coach of the U.S. team, golfer Davis Love sitting calmly in his golf cart, working...and a squirrel is relaxing on harm!
It turns out that the day before, a squirrel had dropped down nearby him, and Love began to feel the little creature. It took to him, and apparently decided not to leave. And given that the U.S. team didn't lose a match after the squirrel arrived, the team (which includes Tiger Woods) adopted him. Eventually, they named him Sammy. The squirrel took to everyone, but most especially, it fell for Davis Love.
The story gets more fun, but here's the start --
Without giving anything away, as you'll see in the beginning of this next video, when I say that the squirrel fell for Davis Love, I really mean it. This is one infatuated squirrel. But it clearly adores the whole team -- as the rest of this wonderful video shows.
That's because, at this point, gold medal Olympic skier Lindsay Vonn now gets involved. She's currently dating Tiger Woods, and that means he comes into the adventure, as well. Keep in mind, this isn't just during a stroll in the park, but a major golf contest is going on.
Which brings us to the final video. The best I can make of all this, from watching the three videos and doing some reading, is that this seems to be a baby squirrel that got separated from its mother and perhaps adopted Davis Love as its surrogate.
To Davis Love's additional credit, he appears to have taken his in loco parentis status seriously, and checked into what's best to do for the little pal. And that not only means letting the squirrel go, but how to best do it. But even still, it seems like the squirrel wants to stick with him? Hey, who wouldn't like to stick with a nice guy like this?! But it'll be home soon enough.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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