Grapplin Guv Goes For Golf

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The grapplin' governor hardly tiptoed around the tough questions. No, Jesse 'The Body' Ventura prefers the forearm shiver he once used on Hulk Hogan.
 
'Let them have their own rules,' he snapped, when asked about Augusta National. 'They're a private club. Where will it end? I can't walk into a female-only gym. 'Politically correct' has never been in my vocabulary. If Augusta wants an all-male membership, that's up to them. We don't need government sticking its nose into private business.'
 
Does Tiger have an obligation to take a stand on this or any other issue?
 
'None,' said Ventura. 'Tiger Woods is a golfer. He needs to concentrate on winning golf tournaments, not setting social policy in the world. I'm not worried about Tiger's opinion on women at Augusta. I'm more worried about watching Tiger strike the golf ball to give me my entertainment.'

Jesse VenturaVentura figures to have more time for entertainment in six months. That's when his four-year term as Minnesota's major domo expires. He'll not seek re-election.
 
'You've got people making careers out of getting elected,' he explained. 'I don't think that's what our forefathers had in mind.'
 
He wouldn't reveal his future plans, but odds are that he'll be delivering his no-holds-barred brand of talk to a national cable outlet near you. Clearly, he's not lacking for opinion.
 
Asked whether the lovable, front-running Twins would survive baseball commissioner Bud Selig's plan to contract some teams, Ventura connected beautifully with a perfect hit. 'They should contract the Brewers,' he said, referring to the woeful team that Selig owns.
 
The Twins want a new stadium, as do the NFL's Vikings. Ventura put the sleeper hold on that idea. 'Does the PGA come in and tell us they need a publicly funded golf course? No. Why should pro sports be funded by taxpayers? If they want a new stadium, let them build it themselves.'
 
Ventura's a former Navy Seal who spent more than a decade playing a flamboyant villain in the World Wrestling Federation. He'd strut into the squared circle with a do-rag, pink feathered boa, sunglasses and earrings.
 
'I enjoyed being a bad guy because it allowed you a lot more artistic control,' he said on the set of Viewer's Forum. 'In the early days you got paid by how many people you drew. So my job as a wrestler was to get people so angry at me that they'd pay their hard-earned money to see me get beat.'

He still carries residual physical pain, though not enough to keep the wild-swinging left-hander from playing at The TPC at Twin Cities, where he carries a respectable 14 handicap.
'When you get body slammed, you get body slammed,' he emphasized. 'I once wrestled 63 nights in a row. I used to land on concrete floors.'
 
For that reason, he bristles at the suggestion that wrestling is rigged.
 
As for which is the more ruthless business, wrestling or politics, Ventura doesn't hesitate to answer.
 
'Politics, without a doubt,' he barked. 'I'll tell you why. In all my years of professional wrestling I never had a promoter or wrestler or the media go after my children. But in politics, they'll attack your kids. They don't care.'
 
Ventura's 22-year-old son was alleged to have thrown beer bashes in the governor's mansion, and the media pounced like Jimmy 'Superfly' Snooka coming off the top rope.
 
'Last time I checked,' Ventura countered, 'when you're 22 you can drink beer.'
 
Ventura, spurred by what he felt was an environmental injustice, became mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The former radio talk show host then shocked the nation by beating Hubert Humphrey III and St. Paul mayor Norm Coleman, two political veterans, to win the highest seat in the state.
 
Completely unpretentious, he arrived at our set in khaki pants and a well-worn white golf shirt. He sported a Navy Seals hat and worked what was left of a chomped-on stogie. I wanted to talk wrasslin', wondering if he'd ever taken a boot to the belly from the Iron Sheikh. Jesse wanted to talk golf. We compromised.
 
Would he show Phil Mickelson the old Boston crab move so that he might apply it to Tiger?
 
'I'll do that for Phil if he shows me how to hit those great flop shots,' he said with a laugh.
 
'I'm a golf fan now. I'm addicted to it. I'm much more into golf than wrestling. I don't keep up with wrestling anymore.'
 
Ventura was the highlight of the past champion's clinic on Tuesday, sparring with John Daly. When Ventura told the huge crowd that he was headed to a Navy Seal reunion in San Diego to do some parachuting, Daly said that as big as he is he'd break the cord. Ventura shot back, 'We'll send you out in a cargo 'chute.' On it went with the two heavyweights. It was edgy, funny and definitely not your average golf clinic.
 
Of course, The Body's not your average governor, is he?