Jesus, Coming Home: Golf Channel indeed posted the video of the Justin Spieth press conference, including, surprisingly, the mocking comment at the end. (It’s at the 22:10 mark). There the golf media is, mocking Jordan Spieth for being a decent guy. Can you imagine if after a Tiger Woods press conference, after Woods says, “… and that’s why we all need to do what we can to help the children…,” someone saying, “Buddha, teaching us how to live our lives.”
In Shane Ryan’s new book, Slaying the Tiger, Ryan repeated refers to Jordan Spieth as “the great white hope.” He also went to pains to point out that Spieth on the course said, at least once, “fuck.” His narrative for Spieth — and this was before Valspar and Augusta this year — was that he was a self-pitying whiner. It wasn’t a hatchet job. Or if it was, it was an indirect passive-aggressive hatchet job. Ryan’s narrative had a distinct “damning with faint praise” vibe. But, like I said, it was pre-Masters and Valspar, and certainly Ryan is free to express his own view regarding Spieth.
What bothers me is when the golf media adheres to one mindset. Regarding Spieth it seems to be a pretense of glowing coverage while subtly and/or secretly mocking him. Great white hope. Jesus, coming home. Goody-two shoes, but I heard him say “fuck.” Ignoring him at the L.A. Open where he finished one shot out of a playoff.
The golf media is starting to have a big problem with optics. They mock Jordan Spieth with “great white hope” and “Jesus, coming home” comments, but we have just left an era of golf reporting where a front-page misogynistic sex scandal was regularly reclassified by the golf media as “an auto accident” or “personal problems.”
The guy who said, “Jesus, coming home,” would not have said that if he didn’t know all his coworkers were going to chuckle. And he won’t say, in reference to Woods, “Buddha, lecturing us on how to properly live,” because he knows he’d be fired.
Good Time Charlie? Golf Channel is showing some good video of Charlie Rymer walking the holes at Chambers Bay, showing the slopes of the greens and what-not. Good stuff. I hope this winds up online. He’s done holes 1-6 so far.
Spirit of Television: Fox Sports 1 is running four half-hour “Spirit of the US Open” specials this afternoon starting at 1:30 pm EDT. They sound pretty decent. One is on the 1930’s, another covers the 1960 tournament.
Morning Drive: Wow, they are really worshipping at the Altar of Tiger Woods this morning. Also, would it be possible for them to show Phil Mickelson playing a practice round without making little “inside” jokes about the fact that they play for money. Here’s the thing. Mickelson, if he played for 10,000 dollars is the equivalent of a guy making 50K playing for 10 dollars. Mickelson could lose 10,000 dollars every week and it still wouldn’t make a dent in the money he makes by inside-trading stocks. It was a cute joke once or twice, but, man, give it a rest.