GOP Debate and Golf
Expect Maria Bartiromo to be no-nonsense tonight. Remember her interview of Tiger Woods? She’s probably the only journalist ever to call Woods’s BS. She interviewed Woods with a complete and clinical calmness. She was never rude — and she never gave an inch.
Notice how she asked him a question which he avoided. She allowed him to fully answer without interruption, then, when he stopped speaking, she re-asked the question. The video is not long and is well worth (re)watching. Woods, for his part, did show some “grace under pressure” when he told Maria he could only try to control his high draw and a high fade. I had not seen this in quite some time; I stand by my contention that this is the one of the few Woods interviews where the interviewer refused to genuflect.
Which bodes well for Maria keeping tonight’s debate on track.
Okay, I finally got around to listening to the Dottie Pepper podcast interview someone sent my way a while back. Was that really just two weeks ago? Seems longer. Seems like I’ve been dragging my feet a month or longer. My thoughts:
- Funny that the opening ad was for FanDuel fantasy gambling.
- The opening audio montage made no sense to me. Something about Tiger Woods making golf cool, but those people don’t think golf is cool any more, but their kids think golf is cool now. Or something. Maybe the actual conversation will add context.
- I’m 10 minutes in, the 25 percent mark, and it’s not knocking my socks off. A little bit interesting to hear that she was looking at operating a florist shop with only a minor amount of golf announcing. I blame the interviewer more than Pepper.
- 12 minutes in, and another FanDuel gambling website ad is running. They’ll match your fist $200 deposit dollar-for-dollar.
- Sounds like Pepper is a “less talk, less comedy” type. Always welcome.
- “Other than a Tiger roar, I imagine, there is nothing like a Mickelson roar?” That was an actual question. I can’t believe I’m wasting my time listening to this…
- This is awful, but I will make it to the end. Only ten more minutes to go.
- Her “cool” comments don’t make any more sense to me in context than they did in the opening montage. The stars of the day make golf “cool” to kids who play and watch golf. Gee, that might explain why kids today like Cam Newton better than Johnny Unitas or Troy Aikman. Because Cam makes football cool. I think I finally understand this deep point: Kids think a sport is cool because of the players playing it now rather than the ones who played it before they were born.