There isn't much in the sports world that surprises us anymore.
Arrests? Upsets? Scandals?
Been there, done that.
But professional golfers forming a spoof boy band, making a crazy music video and premiering the whole thing the week of the U.S. Open?
Now, that is a new one.
That, however, is exactly what four PGA Tour golfers have done. They call themselves “The Golf Boys,” and even though it is headed up by the wacky Ben Crane, the group has a distinctly orange flavor. Oklahoma State alums Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler are part of the fun along with Bubba Watson.
“We've got talent,” Mahan deadpanned during an appearance on The Golf Channel the other day.
At least, I think he was deadpanning.
These guys are having fun with the release of their first single, “Oh Oh Oh.” Believe it or not, you can buy it on iTunes.
You can also watch the video on YouTube — Farmers Insurance is donating $1,000 to charity for every 100,000 views — but I suggest you thoroughly prepare yourself for the experience. There are bad dance moves. There are bizarre props. There are slow-mo shots of all the guys riding on a golf cart.
Then, the lyrics start.
I can't possibly quote the whole thing — really, you wouldn't want that — but the highlight is definitely the bit that includes all the guys in the group.
Crane: “You wanna play with the pros now.”
Mahan: “You gotta hit it in the hole now.”
Fowler: “You wanna reach that top, yeah.”
Watson: “You gotta give it all you got.”
But nothing, and I mean nothing, tops the outfits in the video.
Crane is sporting what has become an off-course uniform for him. He has done a couple goofy videos before, including a spoof of his workout routine that got more than 600,000 hits, and he has done them all in a red wetsuit, a black scooter helmet, pink socks and white tennis shoes.
The rest of the guys are equally outrageous.
Watson, a guy known for always buttoning his golf shirt all the way to the top, has on denim overalls. Nothing else. No shirt. No shoes.
Fowler is the guy who dresses craziest on the golf course, but he turns it up a notch for the video. He wears a black leather jacket and pants and a tasseled bandana that looks like something I wore in elementary school in the 80s. Sometimes he's wearing a shirt. Sometimes he's not.
Mahan goes with the Dirk Nowitzki look — if the Mavs superstar were a club kid back in Germany. Mahan has those shaggy, shoulder-length locks and that scruffy blond beard, but he is also wearing a fur vest — no shirt, of course — animal print pants and Ugg-like boots.
“That's my coat,” Mahan joked in that Golf Channel interview. “I wear it on the weekend. Usually, I wear a gold chain with it.”
Ah, I think he was joking.
Pro golfers having fun? Heck, this might be the best evidence yet of how far Tiger Woods' game has sunk.
We're awaiting word from Mike Holder, by the way, about whether Mahan and Fowler have been removed from the OSU record books.
(I stole that line from our man John Rohde, but it was too good to leave in an email.)
The truth is, golf needs to be less buttoned down. It's a fun game. It's an exciting sport. It's the kind of thing where you make friends with whom you'd want to shoot a goofy spoof video.
You so rarely see that side of golf.
What these four guys have done should be lauded by everyone in golf. It should be celebrated. It should be lauded. Most importantly, it should be repeated.
Less golf clapping.
More Golf Boys dancing.
Yes, it's totally silly. Sure, it's completely unexpected. But the sports world could use a surprise or two these days.