Friday Thoughts

Kyle “Big Troll” Porter:  I notice Kyle Porter at CBS is having to resort to more and more extreme trolling these days.  Yesterday he posted a piece entitled “2015 Masters: The 10 best potential winners.”  He lists the first four as Woods, an amateur, Couples, and only after those Rory going for his third major in a row.  The only way Porter could have made that more troll-y is by mentioning Sarah Palin or Benghazi.  I am sure he envisioned a great click-generating foodfight in the comments section.  However, the joke is on him: the article has been up for some sixteen hours and has only generated one comment.  Porter (and his peers) have gone to the well too often; posters are finally bored with playing out their expected roles.  That bodes well for future golf coverage.

Changed My Mind:  ESPN’s new website format sucks.  It arguably sucks less than it did before, but it sucks nonetheless.  I was trying to read an article; the format was so horrid,  I was compelled to grab a ruler, do some measurements, and run a quick calculation.  ESPN now has a banner that consumes 41.67 percent of my computer screen.  Add that to the (necessary) browser menus and tabs and only 1/3 of my screen is left for scrolling through an actual article.  It’s like reading a freaking teleprompter, and the article was 1000 words in length, so it was no quick read.  No thanks, ESPN.

Sobel and Sneds:  I cut-and-pasted the above article into WordPad.  Much better!  In the piece, Jason Sobel (who apparently was at ESPN, left ESPN, then returned to ESPN) wrote:

Call it the Brandt Snedeker conundrum. I don’t mean to pick on Snedeker, but the seven-time PGA Tour winner is the perfect case study: Talented player, smiles a lot, plays quickly, family man, contributor to various charities. All terrific attributes worthy of admiration. So, what’s the problem?

It’s that there is no problem. There are certainly a few wild and crazy Sneds fans out there, but you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who roots against the guy.

Au contraire!  I actively root against Sneds in defense of the Euro Six!

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14 Responses to Friday Thoughts

  1. JoseyWales says:

    Lanny…here’s a link to PGA drug testing facing the crossroads…

    http://golfweek.com/news/2015/apr/02/pga-tour-golf-drug-testing-olymics-2016-rio-peds/

  2. JoseyWales says:

    and I think this comment from the WADA guy speaks volumes concerning golfers:

    “I think we lose sight of the fact that people who are cheating are cheating using all sorts of methods and all sorts of substances to try to get an edge.”

    • lannyh says:

      That was a good article. Sounds like WADA not all that happy with Finchem spouting “WADA WADA” all over the place, but not really following their guidelines. Finchem wants to eat his cake (claim WADA adherence) and have it too (do whatever he wants with no transparency at all).

      • JoseyWales says:

        so many dismiss the PED issue saying “it doesn’t help you play better golf…golfers don’t need drugs…golfers don’t cheat”…they are totally wrong.

      • lannyh says:

        Exactly. I think they want to push that meme so when the PED news hits the fan, they’ll have that nonsense claim to cling to.

  3. DanishDude says:

    Most browsers these days offer a “Reading Mode”; no need to copy-paste into Wordpad.
    Just sayin’

  4. Ken says:

    Got a text 15 minutes ago from the Golf Channel app. Woods is playing. Porter suicide watch on hiatus until next Friday afternoon.

    • lannyh says:

      Thanks for the info! I have been away and had not heard anything. Honestly, I wish he were not playing. He’s just a distraction. Somehow the golf media thinks the rehabilitation of a past his prime players should smother all the news about guys trying to win. Only in golf is the reporting so rotten.

      • Ken says:

        I wasn’t happy to hear it. If he’s in contention, I don’t watch; hopefully that won’t be a problem. I can’t stand the fawning over him and really dislike his profane, boorish, immature, spoiled personality.

      • lannyh says:

        Same here. He also saps the coverage from the deserving players. How the heck can Rory not get the attention when he’s going for three majors in a row? I think Woods is desperate what with Rory taking over EA Sports golf. That’s fine for him, if he wants to play, but it’s just plain wrong for the media to cover him as if he is the story.

  5. Jason says:

    Speaking of Rory not getting attention, have you seen the Masters homepage? No mention of Rory, and it’s a long, scrolling website; http://www.masters.com/en_US/

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