By no means am I supporting or promoting this, but what is it about baseball and golf that makes guys gravitate towards tobacco? Last week I wandered around the PGA tourney at Riviera and I was amazed how many guys had big ol’ dips in.
Maybe one reason is both baseball and golf have a lot of open area to spit. I mean, you’re not going to see too many chewing tennis players (the court would get a little slick, right?). I don’t see Shaq or Kobe throwing one in for the same reason. Bicyclists…nope. Lance Armstrong would have the whole side of his face pinstriped, not to mention the guys behind him. Nascar? Ever try spitting out of a car going 250MPH? Messy.
Football – mask. Gymnastics – mat. Ice skating – spins. Skiing – speed. Water polo/swimming/diving – gross. Boxing – swallow it. Sumo wrestling – eat it.
So that leaves baseball, golf, and maybe archery. And maybe speed walking. I guess I answered my own question.