jalnichols: Is jalnichols really about to double down on his Euro Seven bashing? Is he going to throw good money after bad? We’ll know soon.
Super Bowl L HGH: Slate can be awful, but they can be good. This is from an interesting piece about Peyton Manning, HGH, and drugs in sports:
It was all such utter balls, but Manning and Salters were only playing the parts assigned to them in the hack dramaturgy of sports-world drug scandals. The script by now is so familiar that much of the subsequent coverage of the HGH insinuations […] amounted to theater criticism. Manning’s guilt or innocence was beside the point; all that mattered was whether he nailed his lines.
That “theater criticism” sentence may be the best I’ve read in my life.
Olympics Golf, How Exciting! Maybe I’m wrong, but I think I just noticed something rather fascinating. Did you see where Rory McIlroy recently said he’d much rather win the Masters this year than an Olympic gold medal? My guess is you did not. I saw it in a CNN story. On a hunch, I googled on “Rory Masters Olympics” using various “+site:” qualifiers for the major golf websites. I came up empty. I guess there are too many ties to NBC/Golf Channel for anyone to utter a disparaging word about NBC’s Olympics. (By the way, Rory finished strong today at Dubai to wind up T-6. Holes 7-9 clobbered him this week, and No. 10 didn’t help his cause either. I’d ask Rory if the changes to the golf course affected him, but no one in the golf media will.) If any reader can prove my theory wrong — that the American golf media is covering up Rory’s statement — by showing me an article with a dateline prior to this piece, he or she will receive a year’s free LannyH Insider subscription to this website.
Also, on the topic of the Olympics, did you notice how Olympics golf coverage in the U.S. died with Woods’s career? Funny how that works, isn’t it…
Pebble Beach Blanket Bingo: Pebble is a great course, and Jordan Spieth is in the field (well, it is the AT&T Pebble Pro-Am, after all), but the thought of three golf courses filled with depressing celebrities (is a corporate CEO really a celebrity?) removes a lot of the luster. If the weather is bad, it’s a torturous week. I’m conflicted. I want it to remain a pro-am; I stand firm on that. But, yet, it’s undeniable the format lessens the event as a pure golf tournament. But, hey, Pebble is in the “rota” for American majors, so the pro-am is bearable. If they ever go away from the pro-am format, I hope it is after I’ve gone to the 19th Hole in the Sky.
Also in the field with Spieth are Jason Day and Ryan Ruffels. Bubba’s there, too; I’m guessing it took another sponsor arm-twisting. Frankly, it’s not a loaded field. If not for Spieth and Day’s (plentiful) OWGR points, it would be quite a weak field. Next week’s L.A. Open is always special. After that comes the Florida swing, which is yet another of those “real start of the golf season” junctures.