Brandel Chamblee Insults True Golf Fans Everywhere

Hurry, Fox.  Hurry, Greg Norman.  Hurry, Joe Buck.

Golf Channel/NBC went into an inevitable session of “Tiger Woods Time” during this afternoon’s telecast of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.  Brandel Chamblee and his partner (Rich Lerner, maybe) turned into Tiger apologists which makes me think there is going to be NO letup on Golf Channel’s All Tiger All The Time format.  I don’t have access to a replay, so this comes from notes I jotted down as I Chamblee spoke.

You heard that right.  Even with Woods playing embarrassingly poorly, the Golf Channel refuses to apologize for distorting the coverage of the game; in fact, it sounded like they actually intend to double down, as Brandel said (remember, I have to paraphrase from my notes) said, The coverage of Woods trying to come back from this will be just as captivating as his past successes.  What bullshit.

Lerner started it off with, We catch a lot of flak for how much coverage we devote to Tiger Woods.

In an obviously rehearsed answer to Lerner’s comment, Brandel told us that Tiger Woods IS bigger than the game of golf.  Yup, Brandel informed us, Tiger Woods is bigger than the game of golf.  Brandel said that should be defined as known outside the sport or something along those lines.  I guess Kim Kardashian is bigger than television because I have never seen her actually do anything, but I know her from showing up constantly in sidebars at websites I visit.

Brandel addressed the fact that golf participation in the U.S. is actually down during the Woods Era.  He said, Yeah, that’s true, but participation is up worldwide and that’s due to Woods.  Uh, right.  Golf wasn’t already growing in those nations, and Jack and Arnie weren’t already building golf courses in damn near every nation on the planet.  It has nothing to do with the appearance of a middle class in traditionally poor nations, no, no, it’s due to Tiger Woods.  Chamblee said so.

Chamblee went on to say there wouldn’t be golf in the Olympics if not for Woods.  Of course, they already had golf in the 1900 and 1904 Olympics.  I’m sure Tiger Woods was somehow responsible for that.  (Of course, golf in the Olympics is tacky, anyway.  Why litter the Olympics with events that detract from the sports whose pinnacle is the Olympics?  Golf is about the majors, tennis the grand slams.  Why should those sports detract from the gymnasts and swimmers and track-and-field participants?)

Brandel’s last point was particularly stupid, although it’s widely repeated.  It’s the claim that Woods brought “athletes” to golf.  If by that, Chamblee means steroids, yeah, well, I’ll grant that.  But, if anything, golfers are less “athletes” now.  Do they spend more time in the gym?  Sure, but so do NASCAR drivers and tennis players.  So do accountants and computer network managers.  Brandel said, Now the players are 6’2″ and look like tight ends.  Huh?  Rory is head-and-shoulders above the whole lot of them, and he’s a wee lad.  I suppose working at Golf Channel, you wouldn’t know that because Rory doesn’t get any airtime when Bigger Than Golf Tiger Woods is around.  (And let’s be honest, Tiger Woods is no athlete.  Hale Irwin was an athlete.)

Chamblee is letting us know that Golf Channel’s response to use saying “Enough with the Tiger Woods nonsense!” is to tell us “It’s what you want!”  Brandel alluded to the galleries following Woods.  Horschel said they had 600 or 700 following them.  Okay, another way to put that: 90 percent of the tournament attendees were NOT following Tiger Woods.  Yeah, Brandel, that makes perfect sense.

Look, most of us golf fans don’t fit your “either you love him or you hate him” bullshit.  What we hate is BAD TELEVISION COVERAGE.  See, I still remember the network switching away from Rory at the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, who was very much in contention, at the par-5 “Snake” where he was near the green in two, to show Tiger Woods putting out meaninglessly on No. 18 about 25 groups ahead of Rory’s.  That’s not hating Tiger Woods.  That’s hating bad coverage.

Rory ended up parring that hole.  We still don’t know why he didn’t get birdie, but we do know that stroke was critical.  He missed the playoff by one.

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33 Responses to Brandel Chamblee Insults True Golf Fans Everywhere

  1. Sports-realist says:

    For a while I actually thought Chamblee was an honest analyst, but now I see him as a ‘sell-out’, or a ‘stooge’…..Remember a few years ago, the ‘Woods camp’, most likely at IMG, was threatening the golfchannel with a ‘boycott’ if they didn’t STOP talking bad about him(or something like that, and it was directed at Chamblee)…Now lately, Chamblee has been talking about Woods, like he’s the Messiah, the Savior of all man kind…Again, yesterday, he actually stated watching Woods when he is playing well is “GLORIOUS”….????? Chamblee must have been called on the carpet by somebody…Chamblee also knows he doesn’t have a job outside of the golf channel, so he’s playing ball….But he’s a terrible golf analyst, and has no business being in the booth…….

  2. Sports-realist says:

    The past is our answer for the present and the future…..Michael Jordan was the biggest star power I’d seen as a kid…..Jordan was the NBA, in essence, for the time he dominated…HOWEVER, once he started to NOT dominate, suddenly he didn’t seem so BIG or IMPORTANT…Instead, he was just another athlete who was getting older……He no longer seemed BIGGER than the game….And ofcourse, the NBA has since moved on….If Eldrick is bigger than the game, then what would he do OUTSIDE of golf?

    • lannyh says:

      If you get Bubba and Rory going toe-to-toe in the final pairing Masters Sunday, it could post big numbers. I would love that. Though I’d rather Rory win by 20 and ratings be very low, ha ha.

      • Anonymous says:

        Could post big numbers if the households of you and Realist were the only ones included.

      • lannyh says:

        I thought the PGA Rory won posted big numbers.

      • lannyh says:

        “This year’s 26.3 million marks the highest number of viewers to watch all-or-part of the Network’s PGA Championship Sunday coverage in five years, since 2009’s 29.0 million when Y.E. Yang won with Tiger Woods finishing second.”

        A ten percent drop from Yang-Woods dual? That’s not much. And that was without Rory getting the “Only Rory Matters” treatment. Hardly the public perception of the ratings situation.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah, because Phil was in the mix.

      • lannyh says:

        Phil? So it wasn’t Tiger? I mean Phil is one of those players no one gives a crap about, right? I thought the whole point was that no one mattered or drew an audience but Woods.

    • Anonymous says:

      No, no one matters outside of Tiger…other than Phil.

    • Anonymous says:

      Last year’s Master was one of the lowest rated and featured Jordan and Bubba. And don’t forget Jordan is from Texas. You really think some lad from N. Ireland is gonna make a bigger splash than a dude from Texas?!

    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe not, but he is in the Hall of Fame.

  3. Sports-realist says:

    See it all comes down to having a nickname….Nicklaus-the Bear…Norman-the Shark, Eldrick-Tiger… Rory just needs a marketable nickname, and the ‘fair weather’ fans will show up in droves…..This will only goes to prove my theory, that people are really, really dumb…

  4. JoseyWales says:

    Chamblee…….” he’s a terrible golf analyst, and has no business being in the booth…….”
    Gotta agree with you there…he’s a lightweight with no talent and no credibility… he emerged from the pile of really bad talent at the Golf Channel…so he’s the best they’ve got which is to say they ain’t got much.

  5. Kyle says:

    It’s fairly safe to say that Tiger *had* a considerable impact on tournament viewership, just not anymore. There seems to be an inverse relationship between Tiger’s actual impact on the game and the amount of coverage that the Golf Channel gives him. So, I’d guess they are beating this story to death because they know it’s Tiger’s unofficial retirement.

    Perhaps he wants out but, due to sponsor agreements and such, wasn’t able to completely shut the door. The compromise was a ‘break’ with the remote possibility to play again. It seems selfish, since it keeps him in the spotlight even longer. But can you imagine how much worse TV coverage would be otherwise? Would we have seen any shots from this week’s tournament?

    • Sports-realist says:

      Woods doesn’t want out, he’s simply sucking…..It’s possibly IMG told him to take a break, since his play is embarrassing them and him with his play…..The golf channel will keep hailing EVERY return, like somehow something changed…Let’s again remember, this guy JUST had 4 months off, so this VACATION is rather a last ditch effort to keep the MYTH alive……He won’t miss the majors, it’s all he cares about now anyway….But his transition into middle age, both by the networks and himself will be kicking and screaming….I REALLY think he will again revert to ped’s or steroids, as a last ditch effort…

      • Kyle says:

        Part of the myth, I believe, is that golfing supremacy is still his top priority (or one at all). It tends to be part of the recycled statements about how his speed is back, he’s healthy, and hitting the ball better than ever.

        If you believe what Haney wrote in his book, then Tiger was ready to walk away in 2007. He was also interviewed during his absence in 2008/2009 and said that his extended layoff made the prospect of quitting the game easier, not harder.

        I suspect he will be ‘back’ in the sense that he will show up for big tournaments occasionally, but not with the preparation or desire to contend. In other words, more of what we’ve already seen (but fewer WDs).

        I don’t think his easing away from the game will hurt his legacy. But I believe we will all look back at this point – maybe even earlier – as the time when he really retired.

  6. Sports-realist says:

    So only watched a little bit of coverage…..So was the golf channel, DURING THE PEBBLE BEACH TOURNAMENT, revisiting the Woods thing? And Chamblee and the other clowns were just talking about him, INSTEAD of showing coverage again? These guys are the biggest pussies in sports…..Again WOods isn’t even there, and they are ‘bla, bla, bla about him????? Talk about unprofessional….These guys should be ashamed…They are pathetic…

    • Sports-realist says:

      Ok I just saw the puke talk about Woods(even though he isn’t there, and other golfers are playing)….SMH…So Chamblee credits Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, and skips Jack Nicklaus, and goes to Woods for growing the game? are they high? Ironically, they may be reading your articles, because this website seems to be one of the few who attacks the golf channel’s SUCKY coverage…….

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s a good thing The Golf Channel is not run by the like of Realist and Lanny ’cause if it was, it’d be off the air.

      • lannyh says:

        They are bound to have read the L.A. Times article, “Time to Break Addiction to Tiger Woods Show,” by Bill Dwyre. He wrote, “The media that seems to know the name of one golfer, and only one, should learn about some new ones. […] Journalism is supposed to go deeper than merely feeding the cattle.”

        That had to sting.

  7. Sports-realist says:

    Anonymous, you probably don’t even know who Jack Nicklaus is…..He’s the guy with the MOST majors…….

  8. Anonymous says:

    The answer to all of the problems posted on this thread is really quite simple. Stop watching the Golf Channel.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Good rebuttal:) It doesn’t, it just solves the frustration. Too bad Arnie doesn’t step in and help revive the network he helped to create.

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