I really enjoyed the tournament yesterday. It was well-contested, full of excitement, and great sportsmen were in the hunt. I kind of had a natural high afterward. I woke up this morning and smiled thinking back on how much fun it had been to watch.
This afternoon, I came across the replay. I watched the last few holes and the playoff. Immediately afterward, Golf Central came on. I decided to watch some of that. I wanted to see if they had anything to add to yesterday’s tournament, and I also wanted to hear about this week’s event, with Rory back in action.
But they focused on… Tiger Woods. They showed highlights several times. Then they talked about him not playing. Then they did some kind of demo about how he needs to chip. It was ridiculous. The guy hasn’t played for a month, isn’t playing this week, may not play for a month, is out with either injury or mental problems or a PED time-out, and they dedicate the majority of the hour to him.
I mean, seriously, what the hell is going on?
Dim-witted apologists will say, Oh, he moves the needle, but that’s because the golf media doesn’t bother to tell the audience about other players. Rory McIlroy is a bigger international player now. The UAE doesn’t even want Woods. They would rather pay appearance fees to up-and-coming players. EA Sports replaced Woods with Rory.
I have to think way, way back, but I remember when I was a kid, and I’d be taken to the houses of older people. I’d be bored out of my head because they didn’t have any toys. They just had “old people stuff.” The houses smelled like burned coffee. That’s what Golf Channel has become. They only have Phil and Tiger, and I want newer stuff. You know, stuff from this decade.
It’s sad and depressing. It’s like the old magazines that couldn’t adapt to the digital age. Watching Golf Channel is like turning on CNN to hear 24/7 discussions about whether George W. Bush or Bill Clinton should run for the House or Senate, and seeing constant highlights of their speeches.
By the way, I’m totally convinced Woods is out on some kind of non-suspension suspension. It’s just too fishy. Basically there is not a damn thing in the “policy” that is actually binding. They can deny a suspension if it’s not an official suspension, but rather a mutual decision not to play or else you will get suspended. (Wink, wink.)
I just re-read Bob Harig’s big “Olsen the Nut Retracted” article, and Geoff Shackelford’s short piece wherein he mocks Olsen, and it looks to me like Harig wrote several inaccurate statements and Shackelford repeated them. The bottom line is that Olsen is being mocked for saying crazy, stupid things that are not at all crazy or stupid. This weird ground cover provided by the media makes me think they are probably unknowingly (or knowingly) being manipulated by the Woods camp.
Do golf writers just not fact check at all? If one golf writer repeats what another one said, he should quote him. If instead he writes it as fact with no attribution, he should make sure it actually is, you know, fact. I think they just sit around reading each other’s tweets all day and repeating them.
For so many guys who focus on Woods to the exclusion of everything else, you’d think there’d be at least ONE who would not be a cheerleader. One who would say, “This PED stuff looks suspicious as hell.”
Oh, about the title. I had a good reason for that title when I started writing. I’ve forgotten it. I suppose I meant if I wrote this anywhere else, it would be deleted. Oh, wait, I think I meant Golf Channel’s coverage is so ridiculously bad, I had to have a place to vent.