I wrote earlier that I had to turn off Morning Drive because they discussed nothing other than Woods. There was a 5-minute discussion about Tiger smiling. I’m not kidding. So, later, when Live From the Range started, I flipped back to Golf Channel. As I did so I laughed, muttering to myself how long it would take until I heard “Tiger Woods.”
The very first thing I hear — the very first — come out of John Feinstein’s mouth: “It’s always going to be Tiger Woods. If Rory wins the next five majors, there will still be more media attention on Tiger.”
First off, what an insult to Rory. Second, what an insult to the golf media. Third, what an insult to golf fans.
I mean, what exactly is Feinstein saying here? “I don’t care if Rory wins the next five majors, I’m going to f—ing talk about Tiger Woods. Screw all of you!”
Is he saying he is no longer a sports journalists, but a TMZ style “celebrity” chaser?
This is especially depressing to me, because I always considered Feinstein a true sports journalist. So, why exactly would he say this? Is he trying to empower faltering golf journalists who are starting to present Rory-Jordan as THE story in golf? Does Feinstein have some kind of financial incentive to continue to push Woods, and is his comment intended to keep the other journos from jumping ship?
It seems like the Woods coverage is getting sillier and sillier. I wonder if maybe the golf reporters are trying to convince the Tiger Only crowd that Woods is still relevant, and that they should stick around. They’ve always said, No Tiger, No Watch. That’s probably true, and the golf reporters know it. Even the most devoted Woods backers know that Tiger 2000 is gone, and gone for good. They probably have little interest in following a guy who didn’t live up to the projections. They expected to be gloating over Woods having 25 majors by now.
They are not going to stick around to see Woods win fewer events than Jimmy Walker, who is, at this point, a better golfer, a healthier golfer, and a three-years-younger golfer. Rory and Jordan? Fuhgeddaboudit!
I think such comments as Feinstein’s are a plea not to get the Tiger Only crowd to hang around for a few more years, but a plea to get them to watch even another day.