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Is it wrong to be disappointed in myself for not destroying my 8-year-old at miniature golf?

Last night was miniature golf night for the Kinsey family here in Traverse City, where there’s a 36-hole track around a raging mountain of water that creates some crazy downhill breakers that are tough to read. The way I look at miniature golf is that it’s all about the hole-in-ones. Par doesn’t matter. The kids putting 10 times due to cups on inclines don’t matter. What matters is that first shot off the tee box and whether it goes in.

This morning, I’m thinking about taking my son back to Pirate’s Cove to battle the other 18-hole track because we’re locked in a 1-1 hole-in-one battle. Mine came on a beautiful straight putt that avoided some rolling mounds and went in. His came on a mountainside, barely hit it and let it go rolling hole where you have to run down the s-curve to see what happened to your ball. His shot had way more glory than mine, and it has left my competitive side wanting to destroy him at the Cove one more time until it’s time to head back to Ohio.

That brings me to my question of the day: How do you guys handle your competitive side with your own kids? Do you cut them any slack at, say, eight years old? Am I being ridiculous for wanting to take home the miniature golf championship on this trip? I’m all for him catching more fish than me, swimming for more hours than me, building more sandcastles on the Pure Michigan® beaches, eating more ice cream, getting more naps in the car, etc.

But I draw a line in the sand when it comes to a dad sport like miniature golf. I feel like us dads should own that for as long as possible. It’s our domain. I’m sure there’s a psychologist out there who’ll say this is unhealthy and that dads should let their kids feel the glory of losing their ball on No. 18 to the miniature golf course monster and then be allowed to say ‘I won!’

The way it’s looking, today will be a pedal boat and golf kind of day. Just a dad being a dad day.

• Yes, I’m on a mini-vacation, but that doesn’t mean I’m not seeing all the wild videos being pumped out right now. I’ve been at this job a long, long time, and right now, this country is on a content bender. It’s not just people fighting at sporting events. Just take a look at the Florida content sites on Instagram. Take a look at the Total Frat Moves of the world. It is absolutely nuts out there right now. Take a look below at the woman who took a juice jug off the head in Daytona. At this pace, we’re going to see a July 4th weekend for the ages. Don’t forget the holiday is on a Sunday.

I had someone ask me this weekend if what we’re seeing right now out of the content world is due to pent-up craziness due to COVID or if there’s something else going on. We’ve always had craziness, but the volume right now tells me it’s just the post-VID rush to get craziness out of the system, especially at sporting events. Keep in mind, I used to do posts from Toronto Blue Jays fans at least 1-2 times a week during summer weekend homestands, and that was well before COVID. People will eventually get a drunken day at the park out of their system and settle into life again.

• RIP Ned Beatty. Take a look at his body of work. That guy will never be accused of taking a day off. In 1990 alone, Beatty had seven movie credits. And then, in 1993, he played Daniel Ruettiger, Sr. which means Beatty’s work will live on well into the next several decades as Notre Dame dads pass down the tale of ‘Rudy.’

• Remember, Saturday is the Put-In-Bay Two-Club Invitational that I’ve been talking about for the last eight weeks or so. $35. You just show up to the golf course on the island and have a good time. I handle the rest. We have Screencaps fans already signed up, so this will be a great chance to meet some of you for the first time. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited.

Have a great Monday. I’m off to launch the pedal boat into the lake.

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Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. Anybody want to help me figure out why Randy the Plumber is mad and who he is mad at?

    I may never have seen Babe Ruth play baseball or Jim Brown play football, but I’ve seen Liz Hurley wear a slinky outfit, so I’ve been witness to greatness.

  2. Not sure that lil miss Houston is even old enough to be in Caps, but being the professional Joe is, she was probably vetted with a fake ID ruled out.

    Converting the Zamboni to a mower will likely become legend. Hard to imagine that being topped any time soon.

  3. Dads cannot “let” their kids win in anything! 1-on-1, H-O-R-S-E, ping pong, billiards, racing, Madden, Monopoly, etc. Your children have to learn to lose without throwing a fit and losing it, and you have to teach them the proper way to win. And when he finally beats you, he will be old enough to remember it and cherish that for the rest of his life. We can’t complain about the everyone gets a trophy generation when we’re teaching the same thing in our own homes!

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