7:00 pm Update: Lanny Needs Your Help
I’m getting really close to canceling my account at CBS. I wrote a comment yesterday that has been deleted, and I have no idea why. I didn’t cut and paste it to a file because it was complimentary of Porter and in agreement with his point, and I saw no need to save it “just in case.” It took me 10 or 15 minutes to write. Frankly, I thought I was doing them a favor by giving them a well-thought-out, high-quality post. I’ll try to reconstruct it, as best I can…
It was a comment to Porter’s recent article about Jordan Spieth’s press conference.
- I commented on Porter’s point that commenters sometimes contribute to the conversation. I know I did this because I quoted Porter, and the quote had a parenthetical word in it. “(sometimes) equally interesting takes” — I quoted that, I’m absolutely certain, because I noticed after I had posted I tacked on a superfluous phrase. I wrote something like: “(sometimes) equally interesting takes” on occasion. I thought afterward I should have left off the “on occasion.”
- I said something in agreement with Spieth along the lines of “there is too much non-information information these days.” It was a reference to J.K. Galbraith’s phrase about “no-business business meetings” in his book about the 1927 stock market crash. Commenter VealChop made a reply (which still shows up as a reply to a deleted comment) mentioning what I wrote. (I’m sure it was meant as an insult, but whatever his point was was lost on me.)
- I started with, “Good article, Kyle,” or similar.
- Oh, I also wrote about how in the old days, people’s “comments” were sent to magazines and newspapers, who then selected the best, and edited them, which caused people to put more effort into writing their “comments.” I said that today’s online commenting was more enjoyable, but there was something to be said for the days of straight sports reporting in newspapers, with Sports Illustrated and George Plimpton books for in-depth coverage.
That’s all I can remember, and I think that covers it. I give myself a pat on the back for being able to reconstruct it as well as I did.
Now, you tell me: Why the hell was that comment deleted? After all, they allow stuff like, “You wish you could give it to Rory up the rear, don’t you, Lanny H FAAAAGGG?” Of course, they also allow “Tigger,” with the idea, I guess, that racism is beneficial for a golf website.
Seriously, folks, what was my “sin”? I don’t even have a guess.
6:30 pm Update
Heckuva day! Here’s hoping Jordan Spieth ended his slump with that ace. Berger/J-Thomas battling for Rookie of the Year?
2:00 pm Rumor Central A little bird just told me there’s a good chance Ole Lanny will be making a second appearance in Van Cynical’s Mailbag next week. Stay tuned.
1:40 pm Update: More of the Same Day -2 after three holes; Spieth +1 after three holes. I feel Spieth would have been SI Sportsman of the Year had he simply skipped the FedEx playoffs. Now, I’m not so sure he’ll get it. He will likely need a win next week.
What the heck happened to him?
The biggest week in golf? The PGA Tour playoff semifinals!