Star Wars and Golf (Certified Tiger Woods-Free Article)

[NOTE: Don’t freak out if your comment goes to “Pending” instead of posting immediately.  I must approve a poster’s comment one time, then the others should go through automatically.  A reader went off the deep end and started posting very vulgar comments when we announced our 2016 Tiger Woods Free policy.  I know, how shocking for a Woods fan to act like that, right?

Please bear with me while we work out any kinks.]

The Star Wars movie franchise and the PGA Tour have run identical courses:

  1. The first three Star Wars movies correlate to Jones/Hogan/Palmer/Nicklaus/Watson and the rest.  A magical time which brought a new love to the American people.  Golden Ages.
  2. The next three Star Wars movies were pushed on the public with great hype, but knowledgeable people quickly saw they were inferior products.  All hype, no substance.  Some weak-minded people bought into the hype and insisted the three were quality movies, but, alas, you can only live in fantasyland for so long.  The second trio of movies is now seen as an overhyped failure, just as is the period of golf between Jack and Rory.
  3. The final three Star Wars movies are just beginning, and every indication is that they will rival the first three movies.  Just as Rory and Jordan and Jason and Rickie will rival the golden era of Hogan/Palmer/Nicklaus.

May the Spieth be with you!

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34 Responses to Star Wars and Golf (Certified Tiger Woods-Free Article)

  1. Lawrence says:

    The period between Jack and Rory was overhyped? So your dislike of Woods colors your view on just how great of a player he was? And you question the credibility of others. Of course what is credible about some guy who doesn’t out his name on stories he posts.

    • lannyh says:

      My dislike of Woods? I’d venture to say I saw Woods play more than most anyone here. He was totally overhyped, though, and if you can’t admit that, well, then you are in the same boat as those who swear the second trio of Star Wars movies were classics.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Lawrence – be careful not to criticize Lanny! he will remove your posts as he has done mine. My last 5 posts have been removed, simply because I don’t drink the Lanny flavored Kool-Aid. This post will probably only last about an hour or so. How so incredibly childish Lanny – can dish it out and can’t seem to take it. What an wonderfully oblivious way to live your life. Ignore those who may have different ideas than you…. Kind of like ignoring what happened in golf from 1997 – 2008 and pretending it didn’t exist. Too bad you can’t delete the history books from that time like you can delete posts… 🙂 I will send you a box of tissues for your tears since you can’t handle any criticism. Delete, delete, delete….

    • lannyh says:

      You call me a “piece of shit cocksucker” and then whine when your comment is marked as spam.

      What did you expect?

      People often disagree with me. Your problem is you started writing mindless drivel with the sole intention of annoying or disrupting. I asked you to stop, you refused, and now somehow it’s MY fault.

      • Anonymous says:

        I’ve disagreed with you many times Lanny – Never called you POSC – check your history.

      • lannyh says:

        I don’t really have a “history.” WordPress could determine who is who, but I don’t care enough to bother. Besides, I think most people like a place they can post with no strings attached.

        I don’t keep up with who is saying what other than the people who self-identify. So I don’t know who “you” are. But I did have one poster who jumped through a lot of hoops to get past the prior filters and spam here. And that person “added to” the website by calling me a “piece of shit cocksucker,” among other things.

        I’m just not interested in hosting a website where the purpose is for other people to have childish foodfights day after day after day after day. 99 percent of the comments here are great. I’ve said before the commenters here provide better information than I do. I’m not going to let one person who wants to play “foodfights” (which you can do at every other golf website in existence) lower the standard.

        I’ve said it before: Everyone is welcome here except tedious bores hellbent on “getting Lanny” and or otherwise disrupt the place all in the pursuit of what passes for fun in their reptilian brains.

        As for you — a “you” I do not have any concept of, and please do not take that as an insult, as I more or less read every comment on its own merits of interest — why don’t you make yourself useful and make another post to see if it posts automatically now that I approved that one (assuming you put something in the e-mail field).

      • lannyh says:

        I will say this: If yours is the post at the top of this thread, well, that post is representative of everything not allowed here. If you think, “here, do you need a tissue?” and whatnot is quality posting, get to golfchannel.com as soon as possible.

  3. Lawrence says:

    I have no idea if the trio of Star Wars movies was overhyped. Perhaps that is so. But to say Woods was overhyped? That’s laughable. He won 14 majors in 11 years! As great as Jordan’s 2015 was — and by the way, I happen to agree that Sports Illustrated’s lack of love for his feat this year is somewhat mind boggling — it was no better than 5 or 6 of Tiger’s. And yet you’ve said it was the best year in the majors since 1953? Jack’s 1972 season was certainly as good. More wins, same number of majors. Tiger’s 2000 obviously was better. Look, this is the stuff of great debate here. We can argue about who is better or who isn’t. But overhyped? The wins, the top 10s, not to mention television ratings — which by the way, you cited in defense of Spieth for his 2015 season — all of it was justified. Now maybe you got tired of it, but that is another argument completely.

    • lannyh says:

      Woods won 14 majors does no preclude his being overhyped. We were told it was “when, not if” he would pass Jack. We were told he would “win 30 before he is done.” That’s massive overhype. Then there’s the claims that “Woods made golfers rich,” when every sport’s money went up in that time period.

      But, look, these are precisely the kind of discussions that we want to end. Woods as a topic is dead and boring. If he comes out about PEDs, we’ll discuss it. If he wins a tournament, we’ll discuss it. I’m bored to death with your history lessons of a golfer who didn’t even come close to Jack’s mark — despite all the hype.

  4. TigerFan says:

    My biggest issue with your logic comes in the form of “All hype, no substance”. This “period” included two golfers that had over 100 combined wins and 19 majors. Seems there is a little substance there. And we can’t forget that during this “period” these two were the biggest stars in the sport. Seems like a little substance there.

    • lannyh says:

      There’s always a star. Faldo was a start, but he didn’t win 18 majors and he didn’t win a PGA event as a teen, or two majors by 21. Let’s just keep things in perspective.

      Have you already forgotten all the Woods hype (which still goes on, quite frankly). He could hit shots no one else could. Golf will die when Tiger retires. (That one is particularly funny.) “Not if, when.” “He’ll win 30 at least.” What an athlete! (An ectomorph whose body broke down playing… golf.) “I am Tiger Woods.” What a role model! What a needle-mover! “Tiger is just 8 shots off the pace going into Sunday. If the winds pick up for the leaders, what does Tiger need to shoot?”

      It’s funny to think back at all the hogwash.

      • TigerFan says:

        Yes, actually I have forgotten it, because it was always a joke to begin with. I’m just looking at what actually happened.

  5. Sports-realist. says:

    ….Star Wars is ANOTHER remake by Abrams, just like he REMADE the Wrath of Khan with Into Darkness……Now to try and connect golf to star wars movies…hmmm…um, well……Golf is moving on, but the media/business partners/nike ect, own everything, so they are not allowing people to move on from the past, at least with their broadcasting/articles/terrible announcers…..
    …..Maybe Star Wars fans are like the golf channel(I have no idea where I’m going with this)….But Star Wars fans are STUCK in the past, but can’t see the present….The prequels sucked, yet avid Star Wars fans defended them, even as outsiders were laughing…This new movie is a remake, yet we will be told how NEW and different it is with Abrams…….Perhaps, the golf channel is STILL defending their ONE golfer(prequels) they care about, even though others have moved on, and are saying enough, we don’t need to see it again…….
    ……As far as Star Wars, it’s a REMAKE, it’s episode 4, with a different hat and coat……Abrams did the same thing with the Star Trek movies which I thought sucked…..You can’t even trust Rotten Tomatoes anymore, as some of those people are paid off to give positive reivews for certain movies…
    …..Now maybe Woods will become the new Sith Lord in episode 9, which then the golf channel cast would all dress up in darth vadar outfits for the next 5 years, or something….

  6. Checker says:

    Just checked in to see what was being discussed. Same ol’, same ol’. Yawn, see ya.

  7. DanishDude says:

    A “Certified Tiger Woods-free” article, all about Tiger Woods…

  8. Josey's Ghost says:

    Where’s Josey Wales? Did you ban him too? Are you scared of the truth?

  9. Lawrence says:

    He “didn’t come close” to Jack makes it like he’s some kind of failure. Forget about all the things you dislike about him. Just keep it to the record. At the time he was doing all this, it seemed inevitable he would get to Jack. Age, injuries, scandal served to derail him. So what? That means, in retrospect, he shouldn’t have gotten the attention he got? The only other player who got to double digit majors other than Jack was Walter Hagen! And he won 5 of his majors playing a tournament (the PGA) that his biggest rival (Jones) couldn’t play. As for making them rich, you think it’s just a coincidence that purses rose at the level they did during his time? Sure they would have gone up but there is no guarantee they would have gone up to the levels they did during that time. Golf was flat. It didn’t have a true superstar. As great as Norman was, he wasn’t a prolific winner. Faldo didn’t play much in the U.S. Now maybe Phil would have filled that void. He won 4 times in ’96, the year Tiger turned pro. Unlike team sports, golf is not into parity. It likes stars. People watched Tiger just to watch him, when he was blowing people out. Or when he was barely making the cut. For some reason that bothers that so-called golf purists. I am thrilled to see the likes of Rory, Jordan, Jason Day, Fowler, Reed and all these young guys emerge. It’s terrific. But don’t rewrite history or try to diminish it

    • Sports-realist. says:

      he took steroids dude…he’s a fraud, liar, and a cheater….that’s the reality of Eldrick Tiger Woods…..Baseball stats showed how much production ped’s can make a difference….

    • lannyh says:

      Okay, do the math!

      It’s not when, it’s if he breaks Jack’s record. MASSIVE FAIL.

      He’ll win thirty before it’s all over. MASSIVE FAIL.

      He’s the role model to end all role models. MASSIVE FAIL.

      1 + 1 + 1 = Overhyped.

  10. Mr Merrick says:

    Woods haul of majors dried up completely when drug testing was introduced. How strange is that?

  11. Kris says:

    That’s a decent analogy. Star Wars movies put me to sleep. Tiger Woods hype does the same thing. I don’t even care enough to get mad about it anymore. Even though I must agree with DanishDude that this article is an example of apophasis.

    As I side note, I can personally attest to the fact that Lanny is fully capable of having civil discussions with people he disagrees with.

    • lannyh says:

      I literally fell asleep at the theater during the first of the second batch of Star Wars movies.

      Thanks for the kind words. I must also admit you sent me to my dictionary.

      Hopefully your next comment will post without requiring me to release it. If so, it should be smooth sailing from here on out.

      • DanishDude says:

        The analogy is a bit far fetched, I think. For at least 10 years everybody (including the honourable owner of this site) bought in to the Tiger Woods narrative, whereas the second Star Wars trilogy, was dismissed immediately. Hindsight, of course, is 20/20.

        A rather more fitting analogy would be “The Emperor’s new clothes” (yes, I am danish).

      • Kris says:

        I had to look that word up myself. I wasn’t aware that concept had a name until today. I fell asleep watching episodes 4 and 1, so I guess I’m just not a Star Wars fan, haha. It stinks you have to screen comments now. Hopefully it’s temporary.

        To DanishDude, I agree that The Emperor’s New Clothes is a better analogy, but in the interest of being topical, I could see where he was going with the Star Wars analogy.

      • lannyh says:

        Supposedly if I approve one for a poster, the others will post automatically, but I had to approve this one, too, which is weird. Maybe it only updates once a day or something? I do not know. Oh, well, there are many options; this one just seemed easiest.

  12. HypeMachine says:

    When I think of your interpretation of over-hyped I can’t help but think of Bo Jackson. Here is a phenom that people were talking about being a HOF’er in two professional sports. Then he got hurt. How over-hyped was that guy?!

  13. Mr Merrick says:

    Given the nationality of the poster Danish Dude, perhaps a better analogy would be Hamlet?

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