“All Spieth All The Time”: I turned on Golf Channel this morning and caught the last five minutes of Golf Central. They were doing a segment on Jordan Spieth’s greatest shots. A good, timely topic; a good segment. Morning Drive starts. They open with a little Jordan segment, but it feels kind of forced. They “send it” to Bailey Mosier, who says they are going “All Spieth All The Time.” Then she says that coming up in ten minutes, they will be discussing Tiger Woods. Hmmm.
Tiger The Great: Tonight Golf Channel is running a documentary on Tiger Woods’s 2000 British Open win; it airs at 9:00 pm EDT. There is a reason to watch: this is the second major Woods played using the Rock Ishii distance/accuracy ball the other players did not have. Woods effectively played that tournament from the women’s tees while everyone else used the men’s. He didn’t hit a bunker all week, the transformational Ishii ball giving him an extra 10-12 yard advantage off the tee over other players, allowing him to fly the bunkers. It will be fascinating to witness the oohs and ahhs from the announcers — now that we know the real reason for Woods’s distance.
Damon Hack’s Grand Slam: Damon Hack just announced he was at St Andrews in 200o to witness “Tiger winning the Grand Slam.” The question we must ask is whether Hack, a professional golf journalist, is ignorant of the difference between a “grand slam” and a “career slam,” or if he is lying in order to make Woods’s accomplishments seem more impressive. Words mean things, Damon. A baseball player does hit a grand slam home run if the bases are not loaded. This “single season grand slam” bullshite is as idiotic as saying a “bases-loaded grand slam.” It’s redundant; there is no other kind.
Jordan Spieth is trying to climb the summit of a Grand Slam, and it is shining a very bright light on the deceptive use of the term for the past fifteen years.
Oh, man, the blonde dingbat on Morning Drive just said this: “single season career grand slam.” That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard in my life.