The Burk finally stops here

Monday, April 14, 2003

Was it just me or did Martha Burk's protests at the Masters this weekend look like Woodstock? The only thing missing was the bands, because there were definitely plenty of hippies in a mosh pit.

Burk called her 5.1 acre lot located one-half mile from the front gates of Augusta National Golf Club "the pit." It was designated "the safest place" for her to legally picket and protest the private club's all-male membership policy.

The club chairman Hootie Johnson, who has taken the brunt of Burk's ballyhoo, delivered a deliberate message to Burk that the policy would not change. Johnson also insisted that even his own death would not change the members' position. Burk responded with a call for members who disagree with Johnson to take off their jackets.

So far no one has turned in their threads.

But it's time for Burk to turn in her signs.

Her fight has been irritating and annoying, yet respectful. Burk should be applauded for the manner in which she has approached the protests, but it's like Jordan's playing career this week: OVER.

So, thanks to the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the KKK and Burk for attending, and better luck next year. But what will Burk do between now and then? Since, she can't play golf.

What will you do between now and then? It all starts with your week ahead:


  • Notre Dame beat Jackson in the first game of the season. Sikeston beat Notre Dame, Central beat Notre Dame and Jackson, but Sikeston beat Central. Jackson calls out Notre Dame at 4 p.m. to try and avenge the 6-3 loss. If you understood the first part, good job.


  • Chances are the Notre Dame girls won't be dying their hair blonde and Central won't be dying theirs black. They should shave their heads -- that would be cool. The fastest growing rivalry in local sports: Notre Dame at Central, this time over girls soccer at 6:30 p.m.

    The game's current most dominate player (a certain L.A. center) said it best, "Nobody plays forever." Even so, I still want to be like Mike. While Michael Jordan is ending his career in the East, the Timberwolves and Grizzlies will end the regular season in the Midwest. The first 10,000 fans receive a Grizzlies T-shirt because it's Fan Appreciation night.


  • I can lead a horse to water, but I can't make it drink. Eastern Illinois visits Southeast Missouri State for a baseball doubleheader. AND ... Morehead State comes to Cape Girardeau for two against Southeast's softball team. Both starting times are 1 p.m.

    While all the boys and girls are chomping at the bit to run after Easter eggs on Friday, cowboys and girls will have their horses chomping to run around barrels. What's Easter without a good barrel race? Flickerwood Arena hosts the annual Easter Barrel Race at 7:30 p.m.


  • If you don't have enough dyed eggs by now, take a trip to Memphis. It's Tye-Dyed T-shirt night at Auto Zone Park at 6:05 p.m. The Redbirds host the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.


  • The Cardinals will face Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling this weekend and they probably won't be running around the bases too much. But your kids will. All kids will have an opportunity to run around the bases after the game against the Diamondbacks on Easter. Oh by the way, the Cardinals define kids as age 15 and under. 1:10 p.m.

    David Wilson is a sportswriter for the Southeast Missourian. His column "The Week Ahead" appears every Monday.

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