8:45 pm Final Update: I hardly watched any golf all day. Pretty sad. I guess I saw a fair amount of Dubuisson in the Euro event, but the way they scheduled things today in the U.S, Spieth was +4 before the TV coverage even started.
I guess I was thinking the top-ranked guys went off last. Clearly I didn’t remember. Honestly, though, 125 guys in the “playoffs”? I guess I’ll give the leaderboard a closer look tomorrow, but from what I saw after the morning rounds, I’m for Spencer Levin this week. Maybe tomorrow I’ll repeat my story of why I pull for him. He HAS to win a tourney one day, and this would be one heckuva a time to do it.
What with the first college football game a week away, the last major two weeks behind us, and all the crazy stuff in the news, it’s pretty hard to get enthused about round one of the first tournament of these stupid playoffs. The format is just plain dumb, which doesn’t help. They need to do something. Maybe they should have cuts all four days for these first two at least. Playoffs need to have a sense of immediacy and urgency.
Hurray Day: Finally, the day has arrived. The one day every golf fan circles on his or her calendar: the start of the playoffs!
Circle Tear Jerk: It dawns on me that all these tearjerker segments Morning Drive is running must “improvements” the new producer is making. I’m sorry, but I turn that stuff off. I don’t turn on my TV in the morning to be depressed. And do we really a history of the ice bucket challenge? That fad jumped the shark in about three days — and then lasted another two or three months. We’re not hard-hearted at Lanny H Golf: we contribute to St. Jude Children’s Hospital every year through our Make Me Pay commitment players. But we want golf, not tearjerker segments that belong on the Today Show.
Here are my options each morning:
- Golf Channel
- Bloomberg/CNBC/Fox Business
- CNN/MSNBC/Fox News
- Music or Silence
Things I never watch: Anything with “Today” or “Good Morning” or “Wake Up” in the title. I don’t want touchy-feely, human interest crap; I don’t want cooking crap; I don’t want People magazine crap.
So, Golf Channel, here’s my story: I turn on Golf Channel with the intention of staying there for all live programming, be it from the studio or live tournament coverage. However, you are forcing me to change channels, to one of my backup plans. This morning, when you ran the ice bucket tearjerker segment, I switched to CNN and encountered an amusing live interview between Chris Cuomo and Donald Trump. I’m still there thirty minutes later, having completely forgotten about golf. At the commercial break, I flip to Golf Channel, which is also running commercials, so it’s back to CNN.
I guess what I’m saying is, you really, really need to get rid of the programming that makes people turn off your channel. Bring back a Williams-Kuselias Mike-and-Mike type show. No, wait, make it a Shane Ryan-Erik Kuselias program. Give us MEATY discussion between guys who are not afraid to argue and make controversial statements.