Friday Semi Live Blog

Worth Reading

We like myth-busters.  Here’s a good (non-golf-related) article from the Atlantic.

1:20 pm Update

I tried to watch the Golf Channel pregame show, but Brandel Chamblee kept making blue-sky mentions of Woods.  You can’t tell me GC employees are lectured that they must mention Woods over and over again.  Also, for some reason, this pregame is 1.5 hours today.  Oh, wonderful…  I’ll try CNN or maybe football (or radio!) sports talk.  I am certainly not going to watch another of Brandel Chamblee’s Tiger Woods circle jerks.

10:15 Update

Jason Day:  You know the drill.  Three holes, three birdies.

10:00 Update

Jason Day:  Make that two holes, two birdies.

9:50 Update

Jason Day:  One hole, one birdie.

9:00 Update

This week’s event is relatively new.  Last week’s Barclays was originally the Westchester Classic, which dates back 50 years, and is played on a rotation of real golf courses.  Next week’s (well, two weeks, actually) BMW was originally the Western Open, which dates back 116 years, and is played on a rotation of real golf courses.  The final event is the Tour Championship, and while it only dates back 30 years, it’s played on the historic East Lake Golf Course which was built 110 years ago.  It is also said to be the course upon which Bobby Jones played his first and last rounds of golf.

But this week’s event…  there is no history.  It began in 2003.  It doesn’t even predate the corporatization of golf; it was never known as the Massachusetts Open or the Boston Invitational.  No, it’s always been the Deutsche Bank Championship.  The course is, fittingly, a TPC McGolf Course.  It was built all the way back in… 2003.

Why not dump the Deutsche Bank and give this “playoff” to, say, the Greater Hartford Open?  Hartford is only 100 miles from Boston.  Yeah, I know.  The answer is “follow the money.”  But is it fair to punish the loyal and historical tournaments to reward newcomers?

If you don’t like that idea, what about this one?  Just dump the Deutsche Bank.  Make the playoffs three events.  The three events with historical significance.


Media Madness: Ladbrokes has Donald Trump at 12-1 to win the presidency.  Ladbrokes has Tiger Woods at 20-1 to win the Masters.  The media tells us “Trump has no chance” and points to polls showing his high unfavorable numbers, but tells us “Tiger’s swing will soon click” and points to T-17 finishes as evidence he’s “getting close.”

Grand Slam of Goof:  What can you say about the PGA’s rush to distance themselves from “Donald Trump the Racist”?  Stray thoughts:

  • If Trump is elected president, will the PGA continue to pull events from his courses because he is such a horrible person?
  • Did they think the political media’s Outrage of the Week was going to stay in the headlines until December?
  • Was this really just a way to permanently cancel the event while deflecting the blame?  Next year, the PGAT can say, “Oh, well, no one really missed it, so we’re not bringing it back.”
  • Did NBC lobby for them to pull the event from the Trump course?  We know there is an incestuous relationship between pro golf and the golf media, so isn’t it plausible that NBC, seeking to build a “story” — either for ratings or to damage Trump — might enlist the PGA?
  • Wasn’t it a little odd that the Grand Slam of Golf so yanked so quickly, but the much more visible Doral was left alone (at least for now)?

Morning Drive Watch:  I have Morning Drive on as it begins.  I will stay until the first superfluous Tiger Woods mention.

Twenty minutes in, and no mention of Woods that I’ve heard.  Had a nice video clip of Spieth saying the OWGR system is fair.  Very logically pointing out that the system could measure a month, a year, four years, but it’s for two years and that is fine.  Why is that concept so difficult for so many people to grasp?

It occurs to me that the “complicated, nonsensical” (it’s neither) OWGR rating system is a safe scapegoat for the golf media.  They unfairly bash the OWGR system, but treat Woods and Mickelson with kid gloves.  Actually they don’t just treat them with kid gloves, they defend them.  Remember all the “Phil is Cleared!” articles when the Clorox case against Mickelson was dropped.  The Dean Foods case remained — and still does — but they pushed the meme that Mickelson was falsely accused and already cleared.

Well, I must credit Morning Drive for avoiding Woods this morning.  I haven’t heard him mentioned.  Oh, they most assuredly will mention him, but at least the focus seems to be on this week’s event.


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50 Responses to Friday Semi Live Blog

  1. JoseyWales says:

    The PGA of America have an agreement with Trump to play the Grand Slam of Golf at his Los Angeles course for the next three years. What now?

    • lannyh says:

      First off, I got the PGA/PGAT mixed up and had to go rapidly modify what I wrote. Thanks for the clarification.

      I guess they’ll just have to pay him. Maybe Trump can use the course that week for his White House West.

      • Bird says:

        PGAT might have that shortened season, we want, if all the unethical sponsors were fired. “You’re fired!”

  2. Sports-realist. says:

    …….There is no doubt that NBC has become nothing more but an AGENDA driven POLITICAL network…..NBC, like others, have become HIPPIE networks, who believe that if we all sing the “Barney and Friends” song together, the world can get along….
    …..NBC attacks those who want to protect America, and attacks Donald Trump on speaking the TRUTH about illegals who commit crimes….If Donald wasn’t a presidential candidate, would Finchem have backed out of the event? Probably not….
    ……Finchem to me is showing to be more and more of a SHADY character….Obviously these ‘commissioners’ have friends in high places, and you just wonder how deep in the $$$$ rigging he is involved….
    …….PC is actually VERY dangerous to the security of this country….It promotes protecting the scum of this society, while trying to suppress the truth….NBC has promoted and is one of the founders of PC………NBC promoting illegals, including dangerous Muslims is beyond bad news reporting, and is more like TREASON against the United States…9/11 wasn’t that long ago, but now we have a president who is promoting building a nuclear reactor in a KNOWN terrorist country…Ofcourse let’s instead focus on Trump talking about illegals—good ole NBC….
    ……Trump may not be a moral standard, but who is these days, especially in politics? Trump might be one of the few people who isn’t afraid to tell the media to shove it up their pc-azz……..

    • lannyh says:

      I think it’s a matter of “party before nation” with most people. Everything their side does is going to be 100 percent right, and whatever the other side does is 100 percent wrong.

      I don’t want anything to do with either “side.” That said, I can’t help but notice Golf Channel often seems to have to abide by the rules for the NBC “side.”

      • Sports-realist. says:

        ……The way golf channel has handled Eldrick has been the most obvious rigged reporting we’ve seen in sports, perhaps EVER……
        ……Attacking Dustin Johnson was fine, and attacking Dan Olsen for speaking the truth was just fine too…….I’m still trying to understand WHY Dan retracted anything, UNLESS $$$$ was involved…….I still remember the golf channel not reporting the Dan Olsen comments UNTIL it was retracted……

      • lannyh says:

        Right! It was no story until it was retracted — then it was “breaking news” that caused Golf Channel to interrupt their regular programming during Morning Drive.

        I think Olsen feared legal action, and he probably also did not want to reveal his sources. Or maybe they told him they would deny it if it went public. But, look, we all know that 1/4 of the Tour pros said they thought Woods juiced in an poll five years ago, and that was before Blood Sports came out (detailing the vast number of visits to Woods from Galea and Lindsay).

        Also, there has been this great focus on “how much he loves his kids.” The same ones he left at home when he hooked up with scum-of-the-earth porn prostitutes.

        You could make a case that that is done for financial reasons, but it’s hard not to think parent company NBC’s worldview isn’t also a factor.

      • Sports-realist. says:

        I definitely think NBC has to be the biggest factor in protecting Eldrick…If we connected the dots, Nike and NBC and ESPN are close allies…..

    • Sports-realist. says:

      Some say, “well its only a golf tournament”, but it’s the principle of the thing, and it’s all about freedom of speech and speaking the truth that is CONSTANTLY being attacked by those FEW who run these networks…..Where is this PC nonsense going? If left unchecked, it will only get worse…..

      • lannyh says:

        Agree. In some regards, being “only a golf tournament” shows how bad things have gotten. If the guys felt pressure to move the event for the “sin” of being played on a Trump course… come on, things have gone (way) too far. They couldn’t just say, “We won’t be renewing the contract when it expires,” and leave it at that? What the hell harm was supposed to result from four guys playing some doofus made-for-TV event there? Don’t we have bigger fish to fry?

    • Bird says:

      While you’re on your roll, give us your stances on the death penalty and abortion.

      • Kris says:

        LOL! Seriously, this is a golf blog. If I wanted to read conspiracy theory driven political rants I’d go infowars.

      • Sports-realist. says:

        Ok bird, tell us why these networks are ENFORCING their stands on FREEDOM OF SPEECH for a golf tournament? Obviously you cannot understand

      • Sports-realist. says:

        This golf tourmament removal is VERY much a golf topic, as Finchem and friends are dictating what people can say now……But people like you don’t understand why freedom of speech is trying to be taken away piece by piece, ALL in the name of PC….

    • Bird says:

      Trump is poster boy for The Ugly American, that’s all.

      • Sports-realist. says:

        Trump over obama anyday….

      • Sports-realist. says:

        you must like illegal immigrants and muslims with nuclear reactors bird……oh and you must like removing golf tournaments due to people saying ILLEGAL immigrants are bad….

      • Sports-realist. says:

        And i don’t put a halo over trump, but I think trump would protect america from illegal immigrants and muslims better than obama…..Heck, anyone could….

    • benchrat says:

      i am finally enjoying some pre-election hyperbole for a change precisely because of the trump effect. generations of pols have painted themselves into a corner by way of honoring (read ‘sucking off’) the highest bidders, and since trump is (supposedly) on his own dime, he is bringing new meaning to the old adage regarding who is actually running the sanitarium. who doesn’t enjoy a good old car crash? and who doesn’t think it was a long time coming?

      • lannyh says:

        I still don’t think Trump is a serious threat to win, but I’m getting a real kick out of his running. I, too, like that he’s not taking any money, but I mostly like how he doesn’t live in fear of the PC police.

  3. Sports-realist. says:

    …….Jason Day is in that special zone we golfers are always hoping to find…The problem is that ‘zone’ starts to get the BRAIN involved eventually…..
    ……Then you are constantly chasing that ‘zone’, for some, they never find it quite like that ever again…..Rather depressing, from a golfer point of view….For now though, it’s ‘see ball-hit ball’ for Jason Day….

  4. JoseyWales says:

    from Morning Drive today on Twitter…
    “Jason Day’s mentorship from Tiger Woods tops today’s headlines: “

  5. Sports-realist. says:

    Yeah big difference between playing better now, as opposed to being the best….No great player should ever say or admit that…..

  6. JoseyWales says:

    Shane Ryan ‏@ShaneRyanHere · 15m15 minutes ago
    I can’t stay quiet on this one anymore. What Jordan Spieth did today in skipping media obligations was despicable:


    • Sports-realist. says:

      What Spieth can say is that Tiger helped MENTOR Jordan’s post-game press stuff after a poor round..

    • lannyh says:

      I’ll take a look at that, and this is in no way intended to excuse Jordan’s behavior, but I want to point out that Shane Ryan kind of went after Jordan Spieth in his book. He seemed to go to great pains to point out Spieth once said “f—!” on the course.

    • lannyh says:

      Shane Ryan was obviously being sarcastic. (And he didn’t really pull off the gag, imo.)

  7. JoseyWales says:

    Golf Channel TV Ratings week of 8/24 Barclays vs week of 8/17 (Wyndham)…

    In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), Golf Channel is down 39 percent (96,000 vs. 158,000) from one week earlier and down 24 percent (96,000 vs. 127,000) from the same week one year ago (August 25-31, 2014).

    In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), Golf Channel is down 18 percent (123,000 vs. 150,000) from one week earlier and up 10 percent (123,000 vs. 112,000) from the same week one year ago (August 25-31, 2014).

    source: Nielsen

    • lannyh says:

      I can’t make heads nor tails out of that. Is there a point?

      • JoseyWales says:

        “Is there a point?”
        Stay away from sharp objects, Lanny.

      • lannyh says:

        I always find it amusing when I try to get someone to state logically what they are trying to say, and they respond with a personal insult. I take that to mean, “You called my bluff, Lanny. I got nothing.”

      • Anonymous says:

        Lanny – it’s when you make these comments that you lose any credibility that you may have had. The point, and I KNOW I don’t have to spell this out for you is that Tiger does still impact ratings – whether you wish it weren’t so or not. His impact is decreasing; just not as fast as you think (wish) it was.

      • lannyh says:

        Holy shit, dude. Do you read anything I write here? I’ve said over and over the only part of the Tiger Woods mythos that is accurate is that he adds TV watchers. But, even there the effect falls well short of the claims. I just repeated a graph of the ratings for Torrey Pines which Woods won many times, and the ratings fell and fell and fell each time — and this predated the scandal.

        I tire of these strawman arguments. They might fly on Golf Channel and Golf Digest because the people posting there are idiots. I studied all the logical fallacies in school; I’ve been aware of them for decades.

        And here’s something to ponder. Bloody auto accidents get “high ratings” if you count all the rubbernecking idiots. It’s similar with Woods and his dwindling career freak show.

        As well, what do I care about ratings? I don’t own Comcast stock. And I don’t plan my leisure activities around which show gets the highest ratings. In fact, you’d be better off using high ratings as a contrary indicator.

        And, lastly, if I had a birdie for every time I’ve been told I lost all my credibility, I’d be ranked ahead of Rory McIlroy by OWGR.

    • Sports-realist. says:

      Josey, what would be your guess on how many more BLACKS tune in to watch Eldrick play as opposed to when he doesn’t play……I’d say the numbers are mostly due to the AA population……

      • JoseyWales says:

        I really don’t know about the AA viewership…but the big bump during Wyndham week is freakish…and the Morning Drive/Golf Central ratings during Barclay’s week are among the lowest of the entire year.

      • lannyh says:

        The “big bump” for the Wyndham, as we’ve discussed ad nauseam, resulted in no small part to falling the week after the incredible PGA Championship which Jason Day won.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry Lanny – what was that you said about responding logically and getting a personal insult back…. apparently you don’t seem to practice what you preach.

  8. DayTime says:

    BREAKING NEWS! Golf Central just announced Jason Day has won the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship!

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