I-AM-SO-PROUD-OMG

i just can’t get over how humiliating this must be for hinata. this is someone who has worked continuously to grow as a player, and yet has to sit and watch as his teammates receive opportunities and invitations to training camps (which kageyama and tsukishima both fully deserved, not trying to sling mud here) while he is left behind. but this is hinata, so of course he can’t accept that without doing everything in his power to try and get these opportunities also. so he sneaks in to the miyagi training camp, knowing that it is probably rude and he’s probably going to get in trouble. and it is and he does. but he had to try

hinata even admits that he doesn’t believe training with the miyagi first-years is more important that training with karasuno (ha), he just wants to be able to observe the best players in the prefecture and be able to see how they play. this leads washijou to tell hinata, a starting-line player for a team going to nationals, that, fine, he can stay, but only as a ball-boy.

and hinata could’ve argued. he could’ve yelled and insisted that he deserved to be on the court just as much as anyone else there (and you know what? he does deserve to be on that court. even johzenji’s coach thought hinata should be invited, and the only reason washijou vetoed that was because of his own ideals/prejudices). but he didn’t because hinata knew exactly what would happen if he protested; he’d be kicked out immediately with no second chances. in fact, i wouldn’t be surprised if washijou was counting on that.

so hinata swallows his pride and steps into that gym full of strong, talented first-years that hinata and his team already defeated, and humbles himself in front of his peers. and it must kill him a little inside to be on the sidelines while everyone else gets to practice volleyball, but he does it anyway, because he will take any opportunity to grow as a volleyball player, no matter how embarrassing it is for him.

idk i guess what i’m getting at here is that if you still think hinata is being stubborn and selfish and rude after this chapter, fight me (ง’̀-‘́)ง

Eddie Redmayne has emerged as one of today’s most extraordinarily talented and acclaimed actors. We are thrilled to welcome him into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, where we know he will deliver a remarkable performance as Newt Scamander, the central character in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’
—  Greg Silverman, WB President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production, announcing that Eddie Redmayne has been officially cast as Newt Scamander 
We know it sounds crazy, but Niall Horan could be the most important man in golf

Many of golf’s big names will be teeing it up at Wentworth next week for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth (although the likes of Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Louis Oosthuizen and Sergio Garcia will not).

Many of the world’s best golfers will battle it out from Thursday to Sunday, in front of a live audience likely to exceed 100,000, with millions more watching on television.

But, strange as it may sound, the most significant name in the field may actually be teeing it up on Wednesday, in the Celebrity Pro-Am.

Niall Horan, the 22-year-old of One Direction fame, will play alongside Justin Rose and Chelsea captain John Terry.

Horan is a hugely passionate golfer, with aspirations far beyond his current 12-handicap. He has caddied for Rory McIlroy during the Par-3 Contest at the Masters, lists McIlroy and Rose amongst his closest friends, and recently launched his own golf talent agency, called Modest Golf Management.

He also nearly brained a spectator during last year’s BMW Championship Pro-am, but we won’t dwell on that…

It’s great to see the golf-mad Irishman wanting to create a business in the game he loves, but it could be that he has an even bigger role to play in the game’s future.

The game of golf is constantly looking for ways to encourage more youngsters to take up a sport dominated at amateur level by the over-50s. There’s regular talk of nine-hole golf, cures for slow play and different formats such as footgolf as possible ways to get younger people into the game. Those are all admirable endeavours, but could Niall Horan do more than all of them put together?

Niall Horan has 25.1 million followers on Twitter. That’s more than Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Bubba Watson and Ian Poulter combined. In fact, you could add together the following of golf’s 20 most popular golfers and you still wouldn’t be able to reach anywhere near as many people as Niall Horan can on his own.

It’s the same story on Facebook, where Niall Horan has over 10 million fans. By way of comparison, Tiger Woods has 3 million and Rory McIlroy has 1.1 million.

So a popstar has lots of fans on social media. Big deal. What’s that got to do with golf?

Well, when Niall Horan tweets something as inane as “Morning!”, it gets retweeted over 100,000 times, reaching millions of people all around the world.

When he recently tweeted about the Irish Open, which he is attending alongside friend and host Rory McIlroy, it received 29,000 retweets and 63,000 likes in under 24 hours.

That is the kind of attention golf simply cannot achieve elsewhere, especially amongst a younger audience.

When Niall Horan plays golf, an enormous number of young people see him doing so. It would be silly to suggest that they are all going to run down to their nearest American Golf and take up the game after being inspired by a Niall Horan Instagram post (15.5 million followers there, by the way), but it’s a numbers game. If 10 million people see Horan playing golf and just one per cent think, ‘actually, maybe golf does look pretty cool, I think I’ll give that a try’, that’s 100,000 new golfers.

Many existing golfers couldn’t care less whether Horan makes a birdie or falls over carrying Rory McIlroy’s bag, but it’s not existing golfers the game needs to attract or that Niall can help entice.

We hope that Niall continues to play and enjoy the game he so clearly loves. If he starts winning majors, golf won’t know what’s hit it…

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