Tuesday Thoughts is a regular feature during the golf season, but here’s a special Christmas edition.
General Gripe About Websites: The Internet continues to get worse and worse. What burns me these days is the presentation of links as if they are new articles. Case in point: CBS Golf has a link saying something like, “Woods to Miss Masters.” That would be news if it were current, but it’s from last year. They could just as honestly put “Woods in Car Crash” with a link to a 2009 article. Those guys will do anything to get a damn click. It’s sad.
Speaking of Tiger Woods: Woods has his OWGR points giveaway this week. In just the past four years, it’s been called the Chevron Challenge, the Northwestern Mutual Challenge, and, now, the Hero Challenge. (Hero is apparently a bicycle manufacturer in India.) Why not give it a more honest title? The Tiger Woods Challenge to Find A Sponsor Invitational.
Get Your OWGR Points Here! I’m not saying this Challenge to Find a Sponsor Invitational is a scam or anything, but Tiger Woods made four times more point from last year’s event than he made in all the other events combined. Just sayin’.
Kyle Porter Hearts Tiger Woods: Do any of you read the CBS Golf website? Go scroll through Kyle Porter’s golf pieces. Consistently, 8 of any 10 of them are about Tiger Woods. Golf was once criticized as being a sport for Old White Men. Kyle Porter has turned into a sport for Old Black Man.
Woods and Jeter: Woods wrote a whine about Dan Jenkins on Derek Jeter’s website. Turns out the website is a product of the management company of Woods and Jeter, so they likely have a stake in it. But that’s not my point. The operators describes the website as “a platform to communicate directly with their fans and the world at large” and “a forum to communicate with fans without the filter of the news media. Okay, what the hell is Twitter? And in the case of Woods, all he has to do is call Golf Channel and say he wants to be a Morning Drive guest host for an hour (or day, or week, or month) and they will knock Gary Williams out of his chair so fast he’ll never know what hit him. Then there are the press conferences where all pro athletes speak directly with no filter. The concept for that website is a loser from day one.
By the way, I know I said I was going to post a couple of articles but didn’t. My only excuse is that it’s football season. At any rate, I plan to clear my desk of a couple of those articles here in December. I’m also going to launch a new feature next year in the spirit of the old Huggan-Elling Pond Scrum and SI’s Tour Confidential. So you have that going for you.