I stumbled upon Rick Arnett and Craig Rosengarden’s radio program (which airs in the Dallas-Fort Worth market on Saturday mornings) and was very happily surprised. They must have missed the “Cover Up For Tiger” memo, because they readily discussed the breaking news regarding Tiger Woods, Anthony Galea, Mark Lindsay, and PEDs. They even mentioned how the story has been suppressed by the golf media.
If you want further information about these two golf radio show hosts, here’s a link to a description of the radio show and a link to the promo for Saturday morning’s program. Here’s the part of the promo that drew me in:
“Saturday morning on the Teebox Golf Show… We look at some questions swirling around new reports that Tiger Woods had nearly 50 visits with the controversial Dr. Galea rather than the stated 14. And what that possibly means.”
[Editorial Note: The stated number was actually only 4 (or 5) visits. The 50 refers to the combined visits of both Galea and Lindsay, that number actually being 63.]
Earlier in the week, I had read an article by Rick Arnett (Is There Fire Amidst the Smoke Swirling Around Tiger and Dr. Galea?) at MyAvidGolfer.com, but I was unaware he also hosted a radio show. Here’s a short excerpt from that article:
However, personally–and granted its total conjecture–I wouldn’t be surprised if someday there’s irrefutable proof that Woods did take PEDs. In an era where nearly all stupendous athletic feats are ultimately tied to illegal enhancements, you’d be naive to be shocked on this one. There’s his bulked up frame, his body breaking down and curious off-course behavior and decisions. Also take into account that HGH was not tested by the Tour.
Should make for an interesting press conference next week when Woods addresses the media at Royal Liverpool GC for the British Open.
Okay, let’s get to Saturday. I was fired up for the show and started a stream capture as soon as it began. (One of the websites says there is a podcast archive, but I can’t locate it. If I do, I’ll post a link.) Here’s how they introduced the Woods-Galea topic before taking it up in earnest later in the show:
Rick Arnett: Tiger’s playing next week, it’s the British Open. He won there last time in 2006. But there are a lot of changes since 2006 about Tiger. And there were some reports that came out that, uh, made me scratch my head a little bit.
Craig Rosengarden: Well, I think it’s… it’s… regarding… you should tease it… because I think it’s … it did not make the airwaves anywhere.
Rick: Isn’t that surprising?
Craig: …and I’m scratching my head.
Rick: Yeah. Big discrepancy between what he reported and how many visits he had with a certain doctor and how many were actually…
Craig: Known for PEDs.
Rick: Let’s put it this way: Every other athlete that he treated…
Craig: That’s correct.
Craig: That’s correct.
Rick: …were found with PEDs.
They returned to the topic later in the program, beginning with a few introductory words about Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts’ new book, Blood Sport, and the information in it regarding Woods and Galea. Then:
Rick: The smoking gun is HGH. Because it’s banned everywhere, but I…
Craig: It’s hard to test.
Rick: …but for sure, the pga tour, even though they test for drugs, they do not test for HGH.
Craig: There’s a different test, I believe, I don’t think you can do it out of urine.
Rick: You have do it through blood versus urine.
Craig: They only take urine.
They then discussed diehard fans who will never admit or believe Woods took PEDs no matter what. Discussed how doping athletes such as Lance Armstrong proved to them that the drug-testing system can be beaten. One of the hosts told a story about how he used to cover the Rangers and interview MLB players. Jason Giambi was one of the players, and his physical appearance was very suspicious, and, indeed, just a couple of years later Giambi was implicated in the BALCO steroid scandal. They then discussed Woods’s recklessness off the course and how such recklessness could extend to using PEDs.
Then, Rick said something I hear from nearly every golf person I meet in the real world, but from no one in the golf media — until now:
Rick: You know what else? The Tour ain’t gonna out him. Absolutely they are going to bury everything. They are going to bury everything for Tiger.