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    Professional athletes who smoke

    A friend send me this Sports Illustrated photo gallery of athletes who smoke, and the first photo is Ben Hogan hitting a shot with a cigarette in his mouth -- and a few photos later is Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Not surprisingly, there are a lot of golfers in this gallery of smokers... Some of the most surprising (for me at least) are the baseball players smoking in the dugout as late at the 1980s...

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    Googling there seems to be a lot of lists of athletes who smoke stuff that isnt tobacco.
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    One of my favorite photos of all time, is of Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer standing on the tee box, both with a cigarette draped out of their mouths. I honestly didn't know Bear smoked, so you learn something new everyday. As a smoker myself, I think the scrutiny smokers get is completely unwarranted. For some of us, it relaxes us, so I can see the benefit of it on the course, especially when you are under the pressure that Jack, Arnie and Ben were under. I don't think I would recommend that someone run the Boston Marathon with a Pall Mall draped on their lips, but a baseball manager having a smoke in the clubhouse or a golfer puffing on one as he walked the fairways isn't out of the norm. Truth. When I walked as a standard bearer at the BMW Championship, I smoked a cigarette or two on each side, as I walked. And I can't recall which caddy it was and for which player, but he smoked while walked with his player as well. I want to say it was Goosen's caddy, but I could be wrong.

    I will go back to the John Kruk statement, after a woman spotted him puffing on a cigarette after a game. She came up to him and said, "John? Your not supposed to smoke. Your an athlete". To which John said, "Lady, I am not an athlete, I'm a baseball player".

    I would like to quit smoking, but that is a whole new bag of issues for another place.

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    I love it, I was always surprised to find out Dean Smith was a BIG time smoker
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    One of my favorite arguments to hear people have is about a cigarette/nicotine being a Performance Enhancing Drug for Golfers, because it can calm the nerves or steady the hand.

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    There are few things that look cooler than smoking.
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    Ben Crenshaw....saw him recently at the Masters smoking.

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    Say what again mf'er!
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    I love that pic of Arnie and Hogan, they are the epitome of class right there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by War Eagle View Post
    One of my favorite arguments to hear people have is about a cigarette/nicotine being a Performance Enhancing Drug for Golfers, because it can calm the nerves or steady the hand.
    HA! I believe the European Tour did ban smoking, using that same argument that it is a PED. I remember Thomas Bjorn (who smokes) said,
    'I don't think nicotine is performance-enhancing. It's a habit on and off the course. But I suppose I'd have to give up and eat more.'



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    Well back then smoking was advertised as being healthy for you!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffReedMO View Post
    Slow play is also timeless. Nothing better to do, smoke em' if you've got em'.
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    Cool pics, thanks for sharing!
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    How bout vlade divac smoking half a pack a day for most of his career? Always thought that was kinda crazy.

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