Tiger Woods and Injuries: Listening to golf analysts discuss Tiger Woods diminishes your IQ unless you are among their dim-bulb, Kardashian-loving target demographic. As much as they focus on Woods, isn’t it interesting they avoid making certain foundational statements about Woods:
- He is old.
- He is injury-prone.
- He lies to the media about injuries.
- He is injury-prone due to, almost certainly, PED usage.
- He is fat this year, not bulked-up. If Woods is bulked-up, Kevin Stadler is Arnold Schwarzenegger circa Conan The Barbarian.
- His glory days predate 9/11 and the iPod.
- His popularity has fallen from 93 percent to 16 percent.
- His scandals matter. Pretending they never happened changes nothing.
The media treats every piece of Woods news in a vacuum, and, in fact, actively avoids the obvious foundational truths above. Woods withdraws, for the fourth time in five years — or is it the fifth time in four years — and they trot out “statistics” showing he doesn’t WD (or miss cuts or whatever) so terribly much. Well, if you include all the years of his youth, you can bring the percentage down, then find some other player to whom he compares favorably. They cobble together a bunch of cherry-picked factoids, which they twist and distort, but the reality is that Woods is old now. He WDs a lot now. What he did at age 24 is irrelevant.
And then, every injury, once it heals enough for Woods to play again, never existed. It’s as if he caught a cold and it’s gone now. Hey, everyone, Tiger’s going to win ten this year! Woods makes it around the course without visibly limping, and the media acts like it’s 2000 all over again.
I’m sorry: Woods just isn’t the story he was ten years ago, and the media needs to accept that. The manic-depressive schtick over every round Woods plays — every shot he hits — long ago grew tedious and now just makes the media look ridiculous.
Jason Sobel shows his yellow streak: Jason Sobel cannot ask substantive questions at press conferences because Tiguh mie be hungwee…
“When he wants to, when he’s frustrated by a question or feels like he’s answered it already, or he’s tired or hungry or just plain feels like it, Tiger Woods can stare a hole through a reporter. It is the closest any hack will ever come to competing against him and witnessing that familiar on-course, steely-eyed demeanor which has led to so many theories about his intimidation factor in a non-contact sport.”
Grow a pair, Sobel. Can you imagine Donald Trump being cowed like that? Jason Sobel is no David Walsh, that’s for sure. Try George McFly before Marty time-traveled. Biff’s car needs washing!
Jason Day uses OWGR website: When Jason Day brought up the OWGR website in his press conference, I was hoping he’d mention the Search feature is still not working; they might listen to him.
Golf Channel Puffoonery: Golf Channel must be feeling insecure about their continuing obsession with Tiger Woods. They know he hasn’t won a major in five years, and they know that everyone else knows that. So, they did a little puff piece about how great Woods’ 2013 season was. It was a great season and didn’t need any exaggeration, but GC couldn’t help themselves. Woods scored the “clinching point at the Presidents Cup,” they gleefully told us. As I’ve already written about, Couples placed Woods in a spot where he was statistically likely to get the “clinching” point. As well, the U.S. took a 6-point lead into the final day, so there was no drama at all. The idea of any point being “clinching” is pretty silly. GC’s cheerleading for Woods has reached the point where scoring a meaningless point in a television exhibition match is a bullet item.
Woods and Duval in 1999 remain right about the Ryder Cup: Morning Drive had special early coverage this morning to show live a press conference from Scotland where the European Ryder Cup captain named his co-captains. I applaud GC for covering the event live, but, honestly, who the hell cares? Does such a thing deserve more than a five-second mention during the top of the hour golf headlines? I can’t imagine why I should care at all, truth be told. But then, my attitude toward the Ryder Cup — and I know that many people, including Dan Jenkins and Ben Crenshaw (two guys I idolize), do not share this view — matches that of Tiger Woods and David Duval in 1999, as shown in this ESPN piece.
“It seems like a pretty large corporate outing.” — David Duval.
“It’s an exhibition. It always has been. It’s not meant to be played as a war.” — Tiger Woods.
“Nobody even thought this was a major event 10 years ago. I can only tell you what I think and feel. I have a hard time not answering questions when I’m asked.” – David Duval.
“It’s not greed. It’s the fact we want to help out. We want to donate money to our charities in our local areas. There’s so much money being generated at the Ryder Cup, it’s become a corporate event.” – Tiger Woods.
Then the Golf Powers told them to stop being truthful.