I know you all have been waiting on the edge of your seats for the premier of this year’s tKO V video, available for free with your subscription to Sports Illustrated, along with the football phone and logo blanket for the NFL team of your choice. Unfortunately, we’ve had some issues with mail delivery service (God damn, Pony Express), and Shane’s footage is still in transit to the tKO Film Offices headquartered here in Chicago. I’ve started some of the preliminary editing and storyboard work, and am extremely confident that once the lost footage arrives, it will be well worth the wait. Shane has a far more demanding and stressful job than I do, so I would never try to add any more pressure to his life by constantly bringing up the lost tapes, but hopefully one of you guys won’t be so thoughtful. Also, and not to sound like a broken record here, make sure you sign up and enter your scores (AUSTIN) into Fairwayfiles.com. tKO VI will require up to date handicaps.
In order to hold you over until the video drops, the brain trust (Mike R. and I) have been kicking around some ideas. While the Kentucky trip wasn’t as well received as we hoped, we still think there’s some potential there. It just needed some direction. Our new thought process is to keep the competitive fire lit in Kendallville alive by switching up the format for the Fall Swing. Ryder Cup Style!
The goal is to field two teams and battle to the death. Rich vs Mike R., “The Rematch”. Indy Mark vs Mike C., “The Battle for State Supremacy”. Austin vs Indy Curt, “The Revenge Match”. Austin & Jeremy vs Shane & Marty, “Battle Royale for THE Buckeye”. Danny vs Keith, “Battle for DFL”. The possibilities are endless. Riveting stuff here, don’t act like you’re not intrigued. Teams would be selected based on the spring tKO performances in order to make teams as even as possible and avoid any White James like runaway victories.
We’ll be using a slightly modified Ryder Cup format. Round 1 is best ball, Round 2 is alternate shot, Round 3 is a 2-man scramble, and Round 4 is match play. For rounds 1 through 3, each foursome has two members from each team, battling it out for a point. Round 4, it’s mano y mano for a single point. If you’re confused, don’t worry. All you need to know is that it’s substantially less golf than the grueling spring tKO layout, you pussies. Match ups rest on the shoulders of your fearless team captains, but there will be no hiding out in the 5th flight. Every single point counts. Your team needs you. Don’t let them down.
The ultimate goal for the Fall Swing (name pending) is to move it’s location around every year, so the non-Midwest people catch a break on traveling expenses. And yes, Mike R. and I have a 5 to 7 year plan for this thing, including an ultimate trip toScotlandaround 2019. If we are able to pull it off this year, the idea is to try Kentucky or some other equidistant location for the Midwest guys and our Southern brethren. Don’t worry Ian, the committee has been watching Big Break Indian Wells and a West Coast trip will definitely be included in the venue rotation. Like tKO, we’d need a multiple of four to make this work out logistically, even if it’s just 8. Obviously not everyone is going to be able to make it, but we’d love to get as many of you guys as possible.
Check out the survey below and let us know what you think. We’re still very much in the infancy of this idea, but the more input we get from you guys, the better we can make it for everyone and hopefully work it out so more people will be able to take part. So add your comments, suggestions, potential issues, etc. The date is still very much in the air, but since we’ll be heading to warmer weather down south, we hope to do it in the end of October or early November. This means a whole new golf wardrobe!!!! But we can cross that bridge when we get an idea of who is actually interested.
Thanks for your help.