Don’t Cry For Me, Emiliano: The American copycatstream golf media is finally covering Emiliano Grillo. Lanny, you’ll remember, was writing about Grillo at least two years ago, as shown by “Emiliano Grillo and the Most Courageous Round of the Year.”
Last Call for Simmons Grantland Article: Yesterday there was discussion in the comments section about criticism of the golf media. Someone wondered if I was too hard on them. I wondered about that, myself. This quote from the Simmons article perhaps sheds some light on the matter:
Anyone with a public forum should feel a certain responsibility to the greater good, whether you have a blog, a column, a podcast, a radio show or a steady TV gig.
Very relevant, because Simmons is talking about sports journalists covering up PED usage, fearing to even speculate about changes in body mass. Gee, does that remind you of the golf media at all?
Simmons gave a list of six things that put someone on his “Pee In The Cup” list. Do any of these remind you of Tiger Woods? (I added my color-coded labels.)
- POSSIBLE Skip the Olympics (which has much stricter drug testing) in your prime for any dubious reason and you’re on the list.
- YES — 2013 Enjoy your best season in years in your late 30s, four or five years after your last “best season,” and you’re on the list.
- BINGO! If you’re a skinny dude who miraculously managed to add 20 pounds of muscle to your scarecrow frame, you’re on the list.
- I BELIEVE SO If you chopped down the recovery time of a debilitating injury to something that just didn’t seem possible a year ago, you’re on the list.
- BINGO! If you were really good and really ripped at a really young age, and now your body is breaking down much sooner than it should be breaking down, you’re on the list.
- ASK THE GOLF MEDIA CHEERLEADERS If you’re exhibiting a level of superhuman endurance that has little correlation to the endurance of any of your competitors, you’re on the list.
A few other Simmons tidbits:
You don’t trust our [the sports media’s] ability to handle such a loaded subject, nor should you. We’ve ruined your trust too many times.
I believe that Ray Lewis cheated. I believe that to be true based on circumstantial evidence, his age, his overcompetitiveness, the history of that specific injury, and the fact that his “recovery” made my shit detector start vibrating like a chainsaw.
I think most feel exactly the same way about Tiger Woods. This next quote applies big-time to golf. Not only are PEDs off-limits for Tiger Woods, but the golf media is forbidden — or afraid — to utter a single negative word about him. In fact, avoiding criticism isn’t enough. The golf media is still pushing that Gandhi thing:
Cheating in professional sports is an epidemic. Wondering about the reasons behind a dramatically improved performance, or a dramatically fast recovery time, shouldn’t be considered off-limits for media members.