Against my better judgement, I turned on Golf Channel to catch post-Presidents Cup commentary. I didn’t last long. Three comments:
I turned the TV on fifteen minutes before Morning Drive; Golf Channel was replaying a repeat of Golf Central; a panel was discussing — surprise, surprise — Tiger Woods. Brandel Chamblee says something about Woods being involved in the Ryder Cup; he’s not keen on it because Woods didn’t have a great record there, but he did in Match Play elsewhere. In fact, Brandel tells viewers, in other match play Woods had an “almost 90 percent win rate.” What the …? This is typical bullshit from Brandel Chamblee. He says it confidently and matter-of-factly as if he knows what he’s talking about — but he doesn’t. I’ll run the numbers and post them in a separate entry. Suffice it to say, Chamblee is going to look like a fool.
Morning Drive starts. Gary Williams lambastes the possibility of a Presidents Cup tie. He speaks with fire and passion. Or at least faux fire and passion. He sounds like (or tries to sound like) Rush Limbaugh talking about Nancy Pelosi. Total disgust. Of course, the “issue” of a potential Presidents Cup tie doesn’t mean diddly-squat. But here’s the key: No one is going to be offended if you vigorously attack or defend ties in the Presidents Cup. No player is going to feel slighted; no advertiser is going to get his feathers ruffled. Morning Drive is devoted to providing its 117 viewers the most boring show possible. Williams and pals will NEVER passionately argue about anything if a person associated with golf might take offense. Never.
They showed Anirban Lahiri missing a short putt. They used that to segue into a segment where John Cook was going to demonstrate how to never miss four-footers. I instantly turned off Golf Channel. Ten minutes into the show and they are already giving golf playing tips. Do you think Mike and Mike, after showing a video of a snap going over a punter’s head, give tips on how to be a better long snapper?