Someone mentioned this morning that Golf Digest had a redesigned website. I just now remembered to check it out, and what do I find, but a propaganda piece for Tiger Woods (or maybe it is just a Troll of Desperation):
TOP DRAW: 7 photos that prove Tigermania is still alive and well
Tiger Woods didn’t win the Wyndham Championship, but his mere presence reminded us he’s still golf’s biggest star — and it’s not even close
They then show some photos with a cheering gallery in the background. Gee, I’m convinced. Although I’m still a little confused: If Woods is so popular, how come his bag sponsor is MusclePharm (and Fuse Science before that)?
Question: If someone looked through photos of Jordan Spieth at this year’s John Deere, would they be able to find some where the galleries behind him were large and cheering?
Now, for comparison purposes, here’s one of Golf Digest’s photos showing why Woods is “golf’s biggest star — and it’s not even close.” Followed by a photo of one of golf’s inferior losers:
Okay, I say this with no reservation whatsoever: I am elated that Tiger Woods is not in the FedEx Cup “playoffs.”
I will enjoy the tournaments vastly more with Woods not in them.
Maybe that sounds odd to you. How could one player out of 125 make any difference? Because the golf media totally distorts coverage when Woods is anywhere around.
Consider the following:
- You are watching a great golf tournament; a weather warning pops up on your screen obscuring a lot of the television screen. You think, well, this is annoying, but it’s important to know about the severe weather headed my way.
- A weather warning pops up; it is for people in your viewing area, but nowhere near you. You think, my gosh, that weather warning graphic is annoying, but I guess they have a responsibility to warn their entire viewing area.
- A weather warning pops up; it is for people three states and 500 miles away. You think, Okay, this weather graphic is really annoying, and I don’t understand why they are showing it during the golf tournament.
- A weather warning pops up; it is for people in Russia. You think, My gosh, but this is annoying. There is no reason in the world for them to be showing this weather warning graphic during the golf tournament. All it does is lower viewer enjoyment.
- You think about this. You conclude those responsible for the broadcast have decided: Screw the golf audience; more people in the general population are interested in severe weather, even when that weather is nowhere near them. The golf viewers will still watch (trying to pick out the golf ball behind the weather warning, with its radar in motion). So let’s turn out golf broadcasts into the Weather Channel.
- The golf media makes up nonsense reasons to explain why weather coverage is necessary during golf coverage. Golf would die if we didn’t obsess over Russian weather. Russian weather is why there is prize money in golf. Look at all the people chatting online about Russian weather!
- Charlie Rymer and Gary Williams tells us over and over that there is more of a buzz when there is a Russian Typhoon. They open Morning Drive with a discussion of where a storm may be brewing during the U.S. Open. They hope it happens because, love bad weather or hate it, it brings in marginal fans. Yeah, no denying, Russian typhoons grow the game of golf. Paige and Hack and Cara all nod in agreement, then hold up over/under cards predicting the strength of a hurricane in the Atlantic.
- People wanting to watch golf will complain. Weather fans will say things like, “The ratings are higher with weather. Weather moves the needle.” They don’t give a damn about golf; they want their weather coverage, don’t give a damn about golf, and, frankly, they kind of get their jollies by forcing the weather on people who want to watch golf.
- Animosity develops between golf fans and weather fans; some go online to CBS Sports and write, “Kyle, your Masters headline says nothing about the tournament. It says, ‘Russian Typhoon Brewing.'” Others respond, “Face it. No one cares about James Hahn and Bo Van Pelt. There is a typhoon brewing in Russia.” And, “If the golf media doesn’t cover the weather, I don’t watch or read.” And, “If you don’t care about Russian weather, you are hateful for not caring about those Russians at risk.” Others chime in that people are voting the wrong way in political elections, and it shows in their views on golf vs. weather. Kyle gets a lot of comments and views.
Somewhere, golf coverage died. It turned into weather coverage. Of course, if you point this out, you are a “hater.”