Thursday Night Into Friday Morn — Prez Cup Semi Live Blog (Day Two)

9:45 pm Update

Jordan has really got this American squad fired up!  They are already up 2-1 on these morning matches.  This team has CHEMISTRY!

Better put on a big pot of strong coffee; this is going to be one interesting night!  Very reminiscent of a close political election going deep into the night.

8:36 pm Update: Jordan is on the course!!

Update: 1.5 Hours Until Go Time

Zach-Mickelson handshake > Woods fist-pumping histrionics

Isn’t it great to see golfers shaking hands following good shots as befits the gentlemanly game of golf?  Excepting Jordan’s great play, I find myself most enjoying this great display of classy behavior from those two.  A handshake, a nod, and that’s it.  They are not trying to bring unnecessary attention to themselves, nor show up their opponents.  Big Phil called it “subdued.”  I call it elegant.

Pregame coverage has begun!

A mistake to sit Lahiri.  He’s one of the top two or three International players.  Glad to see Bae going.  Lee might be a decent pairing.  Spieth-DJ have a tough match in Oostie-Grace, but if Jordan wins this one, go ahead and preorder your poster-sized reproduction of the 2015 Sportsman of the Year issue.

Update: Two Hours Until Go Time

Sometimes People Are Nice Department:  LSU doing what they can to help South Carolina with their away home football game.

The Jordan Effect:  Wisconsin waves bye-bye to Adidas, hello to Under Armour.

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  • Michael Bamburger has a nice article about how the Presidents Cup was close to being boycotted by the International team.  I had to laugh at the part about Finchem, Haas, and the Captain’s Agreement.  Typical Finchem.
  • When Golf Channel last night made the switch from Gannon/Nobilo to Hicks/Miller, I felt it was a major downgrade.
  • I like the crowd’s “Foooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre!” reaction after bad tee shots.  Of course, if it ever catches on in America, they’ll do it for every tee shot regardless of where the ball goes, and they will do it nonstop for ten years.
  • More calls for Spieth to be SI’s Sportsman of the Year.  (Surely last night’s big win with DJ cinched it for him.)  MadelastCut at Davidson Cats calls Spieth “most probably now SI’s Sportsman of the Year.”  leatherhelmet at rivals.com makes this convincing case for Spieth as Sportsman of the Year.
  • I came across something kind of funny while researching television ratings for the Presidents Cup.  Remember the Woods/Sergio Battle at Bighorn thing?  Did you remember there being seven of them!  I sure didn’t.  I thought there were two.  Anyway, the ratings for those events takes the wind out of the sails of the “Tiger moves the needle” crowd.  Like everything else having to do with Woods, the narrative is out of touch with the reality.  Interest in Woods was in decline prior to the scandals; the scandals ruined Woods’s life, but they helped the TV nets interested in profiting off of Woods.  Anyway, take a look at these prime time ratings (from Wikipedia) and contrast to the 13.1 Nicklaus and Johnny Miller drew for the 1972 Pebble Beach Pro-Am, a regular season event shown during the day.

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20 Responses to Thursday Night Into Friday Morn — Prez Cup Semi Live Blog (Day Two)

  1. Ken says:

    There’s no reason that the international team can’t be competitive. Geez, it’s the rest of the world outside of Europe vs. the US. They should be able to assemble a great team. Australia and South Africa alone have a heck of a lot of talent.

    Europe (actually GB&I) didn’t threaten to quit the Ryder Cup when the US dominated it. I don’t hear the US threatening a boycott of the Ryder Cup, now having lost 8 of 10. The international side needs to suck it up.

    • lannyh says:

      It doesn’t sound like Bubba would have been the least disappointed had it been canceled. And I bet a lot of the others felt the same. Lahiri winning a major would be far bigger than the Presidents Cup no matter what happens. That said, Jack got it right when he said the focus should be on publicity for the game, fun, etc. It’s a big deal for Korea, and if it were played near me, I’d go myself just to see many of the big-name players I have not had a chance to see play. I think it’s the TV nets that overpay for this stuff that get their panties in a wad.

  2. benchrat says:

    i’m a little surprised by the ratings being so low for woods/daly. john is such an extreme character/caricature, he usually draws, but yeah not so much surprised by the general downtrend itself.

  3. TigerFan says:

    I still, for the life of me, can’t figure out why the SI sportsman award is all of the sudden such a big deal.

    • lannyh says:

      There is no “all of a sudden.” It’s always been a big deal. Like Time’s Person of the Year.

      You might as well say, “When did an Academy Award become such a big deal?”

      • TigerFan says:

        Well, I guess I have a different perspective on what classifies as a big deal.

      • lannyh says:

        I think so, too. Me mentioning it a few times is a “big deal.” Sports Illustrated devoting an entire issue to it ifor the past 50 years is not.

      • TigerFan says:

        Just cause SI does it every year doesn’t make it some huge milestone. Most sports fans could care less about the SI award. But, Jordan is your hero so it’s not surprising you’re drooling over him as a possible winner.

      • lannyh says:

        But me mentioning it makes it a big deal?

      • lannyh says:

        I mean, I’m not saying the Sport Illustrated Sportsman of the Year is anywhere near as big as the Wyndham. Because, gosh, if Tiger Woods had won that, the lead anchor on Golf Channel assured us that would be the Biggest Story of the Year.

        Yeah, SI’s 60 year tradition of Sportsman of the Year can’t compete with the Wyndham.

  4. WiskyFan says:

    You say a lot of dumb stuff but this “thanks to Jordan” from U Wisconsin is the most idiotic yet.

    • lannyh says:

      Uh, don’t you mean Whisky Fan? A sober person would not make a remark such as yours.

      No one had even heard of UA until Jordan signed with them. And when he leaves, they’ll go under.

      • WiskyFan says:

        No one had heard of UA? Do you live under a rock?

        I’ve been wearing UA gear since 10 years ago…pretty sure Jordan wasn’t around as a pro 10 years ago. And, what about all the NBA/NFL folk that are sporting UA gear. I guess Jordan turned them onto UA too.

      • Ken says:

        We often agree Lanny. But you’re wrong about UA. UA was already huge with young athletes and has neen for a while. And not so young athletes. I’ve been wearing their base layer stuff for winter sports for years.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I like your blog Lanny, but honestly, you sure can be out in left field all by yourself haha.

  6. Kris says:

    Am I the only one who can’t stop giggling at the Holmes/Watson pairing?

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