2:30 pm Update
- I’m after responding to Van Cynical’s request for mailbag questions. We’ll see later today if he answers.
- For The Win is after putting up an article about Woods saying at his presser that he played with his kids. The accompanying photo shows Woods, his two kids — and Lindsay Vonn. Somebody at For The Win needs to spring for a new camera.
1:00 pm Update Tiger Woods presser is underway. Golf Channel is covering it live. In response to a question about this week vs St. Andrews, Tiger makes a friendly little joke about the difference in weather and no one laughs. He quickly adds, “No, the difference is…” and then gives a real answer.
This is really pitiful. Because of the huge Nike contract, Woods can’t say, “Guys, I’m on the downslope of my career. I may never play well again. I’m older. That’s undeniable fact. Do I think I can still win from time to time? Yes.” Such a comment did not hurt an old Jack or Arnie whose play was only part of their commercial appeal. If Woods’s image had been legit, he’d be laughing about getting old, and saying missing cuts gave him more time to design golf courses. It wasn’t “tragic” when Jack and Arnie faded away.
Woods give a polite, but lukewarm, response to a question about Jordan Spieth. I guess he’s learning it’s not much fun to be asked about other players.
The blonde host (Clinton’s niece or cousin) points out afterward that Woods’s mood was rather depressed. I think the golf media is starting to embrace the storyline of, “The end is here, and he’s depressed.”
After Effect: While reading A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, I came across a sentence which reminded me of a discussion we had here:
Moynihan, seeing the professor bend over the coils, rose in his bench and, clacking noiselessly the fingers of his right hand, began to call with the voice of a slobbering urchin.
—Please teacher! This boy is after saying a bad word, teacher.
Note the usage of “after,” just like in the Shane Lowry quotes we discussed three weeks ago:
Maybe someone can translate these two comments from Shane Lowry. I’m curious about the use of the word “after”:
“Obviously his career’s after suffering now because of it, but it’s not the end of the world. No one’s after dying.”
His career “is after suffering” and no one “is after dying.” What does “after” mean in that context?
Joyce grew up in Dublin and wrote about it his entire life. Lowry grew up about an hour west of Dublin. I can’t recall Rory McIlroy or Graeme McDowell using such a phrase, but they are from Belfast (in the northern part of Ireland). I’m guessing, based on how Joyce presented the usage and the location of Lowry’s upbringing, that the origin comes from the rural parts of central Ireland. That’s just a guess, however, and I still don’t know what “after” means in this context.
Race Race: Two recent articles at CBS Sports show the sports media has joined the general media in using race to attract and incite readers/viewers. The first concerned comments Gary Player made about Tiger Woods’s effect on golf interest by black kids; the second concerned comments made by former NFL player Charles Haley during an inspirational talk to San Francisco 49er rookies.
Why is the sports media now cranking out such articles with regularity? Well, consider that the Haley article drew 2,421 comments and the Player article drew 339. Each of those numbers is about 50 or 100 times the norm for NFL and PGA articles.
Golf Medal in Corporate Outings: I think of Olympic golf as a distraction for the top professionals and nothing more. Adam Scott has said as much: Scott barely interested in Olympic golf ‘exhibition’. It occurs to me the top players in the game will treat the Olympics as a corporate outing: Smile and say the right things in public, realizing the sole purpose is PR.
Calendar Stupidity: This is absolutely my favorite mangling of “Grand Slam.” From Paige McKenzie yesterday on Morning Drive:
“career grand slam in one season”
Reminders: Golf Channel tonight is replaying the 2014 PGA Championship; it’s the one where McIlroy beat Mickelson and Fowler in near darkness. Also, for those interested, Tiger Woods is having a press conference at 1:00 pm today; Golf Channel just announced that, so I presume they will cover it live.