STUNNER: Greensboro News and Record Asks of Woods: “Are the injuries and creeping self-immolation part of something far more sinister?”
Ed Hardin of the Greensboro News and Record writes:
He’s a shell of his former self, and now he has to endure a long public fall as we judge his game, his personal choices and even his success. Was it all real? Are the injuries and creeping self-immolation part of something far more sinister?
I think the story of Tiger Woods is just getting started. This could be an epic downfall, professionally and personally.
Dinosaur Golf Media, Clinging to Tiger Woods, Continues to Spit on Spieth
It’s actually gotten funny. The FiveThirtyEight website — which started the Spieth Grand Slam odds discussion — describes Jordan’s chances as “pretty low” at 100-1. “Pretty low” won’t do for our glorious and talented golf media. In their zest to minimize young Jordan’s history-making year, they tell us those “pretty low” 100-1 odds equate to:
“virtually no chance” (Golf Digest)
“virtually nil” (SB Nation)
“virtually impossible” (Chicago Sun Times)
I don’t know about you, but if, when boarding an airplane, I were told the chances of a crash are 100-1, that doesn’t strike me as “virtually nil.” I wouldn’t board. I’m pretty sure not a single member of the golf media would either.
How long until we see Jordan’s chances described as “mathematically impossible”?
But, don’t lose hope. The Gray Lady comes through with a fantastic article about Spieth and the Slam, “Grand Slam, Rarest of Feats, Is Within Reach“:
In its modern incarnation, no one has ever completed a Grand Slam in golf, and no one has come especially close.
To win the Masters and the U.S. Open at 21 is an eye-opening accomplishment, sure to be celebrated for years on its own. To ask Spieth to go on and win the next two majors is a tall order.
But that does not mean that everyone will not be watching to see if he can do it.
9:00 am: More on the Mediotic “Single Season” Grand Slam
When Tiger Woods won the 2001 Masters, he achieved something no golfer has ever done — hold all four professional major titles at one time. Since it didn’t happen in a calendar year, it wasn’t officially recognized as a single-season Grand Slam.
Note the propaganda:
- Bobby Jones did something far greater: he won the true grand slam. But two of his four wins were not professional tournaments, so PGATour.com sweeps Jones’s reality-based grand slam under the rug.
- Wasn’t officially recognized? You know what else isn’t officially recognized? Saskatchewan as the 51st state. Using the wording PGATour.com did makes it sound like: Not officially, but everyone knows it really is a grand slam — just not officially. Just like everyone knows Saskatchewan is the 51st state, right? Just not officially.
I’m going to look around a little and gather a few examples of media misuse of the term “grand slam,” and maybe find Woods’s statement, too.
5:38: I was looking at the article written about the probablility of Spieth winning the final two majors this year. People seem astounded or comforted or something that they are about 100-1. But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to recognize that two 10-1 events both happening have a 100-1 chance.
I don’t have a problem with the article except for one thing. I think they do a pretty good job, and they attempt to account for everything. However, they make the naive mistake of thinking betting odds are probabilities:
That’s why the betting markets consider McIlroy, and not Spieth, the favorite to win each of the season’s final two majors.
Tiger Woods is 25-1 to win the PGA Championship. Does that represent a 4 percent probability he’ll win, or is it a reflection of bettors wanting to bet on someone “famous” and/or someone they root for?
I read the article quickly, but it seems decent enough, so I’m not bashing it. It’s just that telling us the chances of two 10-1 probabilities happening is 100-1 is first day Probability 101 stuff. Still, I guess it’s light-years ahead of Chamblee analyzing Tiger Woods’s swing.
The golf world is on pins and needles today, waiting to find out if Big Cat will officially enter next week’s Greenbrier. Here’s a photo of Big Cat addressing the media after Chambers Bay, demonstrating the state of his golf game: