Big Blue Live: Tonight, and for the following two nights, PBS is airing a program which is, apparently, live coverage of Monterey Bay, showing the rejuvenation of marine life in the area. True golf fans will want to watch this because Pebble Beach is on the Monterey Peninsula.
THIS is what Morning Drive should be… Okay, I’m only halfway through this podcast, but it’s exactly what I want from a morning golf program. It’s Chris Solomon (No Laying Up) and Kyle Porter (CBS) talking for an hour. It is everything Golf Channel’s Morning Drive is not. And no commercials. There’s irreverence, humor, and a ton of actual golf talk. There’s even a cool bit about Anirban Lahiri in this one, which I’ll discuss later.
There’s more interesting information in the thirty minutes I’ve heard than I’ve gotten from Golf Channel in the past month. It’s not even close.
I should do a better job of monitoring the podcasts available online. There are several outlets doing these things. Maybe I should put up a link in my sidebar. That way people, when they want golf talk, could flip off Golf Channel and listen to some of the available podcasts.
When it comes to Morning Drive, I often feel like I am banging my head against the wall, but I have only myself to blame when I ignore these podcast options.
I Try: I try to watch Morning Drive.
Today, I woke up wanting to hear about yesterday’s action, about next week’s event, lively, opinionated back-and-forth. I switched to Golf Channel several times, and I heard nothing about Jason Day or any of the others. I saw Charlie Rymer and Paige hitting balls at a simulator explaining something about the golf swing and turned back to CNN. I tried again later and encountered a discussion about whether or not Paige and Charlie like Donald Ross courses or something. I flipped it off. I wouldn’t mind catching Shack, to see if he has anything interesting to offer, but will I even think about it again? Doubtful. Radio and television are filled with football talk about the start of college football this week. The stock markets are in turmoil. Several interesting news stories. And Golf Channel gives me swing tips and course design lessons? You can’t be serious.
Consider the Monday after the first round of the NFL playoffs. Do you turn on ESPN to hear how to grip a football so you can throw a tight spiral? Do you want to hear a discussion of which stadium architect did the best job, which stadium is the prettiest? No, you want to hear about the playoff games just played, and the ones to be played next week.