Sunday Morning Reading
Last night, I came across some great sports reporting from the Washington Post. It’s a midway summation of the tournament going on at Congressional, making great points about the nature of golf. When I was young, the majority of sports writing was like this. Nowadays, 99 percent of what is written is distressingly inane and an insult to any thinking person.
The New York Times is out with an interesting piece on Tiger Woods’s new bag sponsor, MusclePharm. It’s written by Karen Crouse, whom you may recall from her article last year at the WGC Match Play concerning the PGA Tour’s lax drug-testing policy. Two interesting bits:
MusclePharm’s ascent has not been without turbulence. The director of marketing, Jeremy DeLuca, pleaded guilty in 2012 to selling misbranded dietary supplements containing synthetic anabolic steroids when he was the president of Bodybuilding.com, an online sports nutrition company. In December, NSF International, a nonprofit organization that tests supplements for the N.F.L. and other professional sports groups, cited MusclePharm for unauthorized use of NSF certification marks.
The subtext is serious, but the question was posed to Woods lightly on Friday: Will the neon green MP on his bag make him a can’t-miss target for random drug testing on the PGA Tour?
He laughed. “I haven’t been tested all year,” said Woods, who lost his world No. 1 ranking last month while sidelined with a back injury that required surgery.
So Tim Finchem doesn’t see fit to drug test Tiger Woods only five months after the revelation reported by Terez Owens that Tiger Woods’s name was on the Biogenesis list! Woods, the guy who had private visits from doping doctor Anthony Galea, does not get tested by the PGA Tour?
No wonder Vijay Singh thinks some players get preferential treatment from Finchem.
Tim Finchem, the biggest sellout in sports — if Finchem ran the NFL, the Dallas franchise would known as the Quicken Loans Cowboys and Green Bay would be the Northern Trust Packers — is also the weakest commissioner in sports.
Let me say this: If Tim Finchem is covering up Tiger Woods’s PED usage, there will be a clawback lawsuit from golf fans. And I’ve heard rumors that corporations have lawyers, too…