[Don’t look now, but Rory is off to a roaring start this morning. -3 thru six, about to play a par-5.]
Friday Morning: This website was created out of frustration with the media control of the golf world. They pushed a lie-riddled narrative out of self-interest, and they clamped down on dissenters. In other words, Tiger Woods’s popularity dropped from 91 percent to 17 percent, and the media proclaimed Woods was “as popular as ever.” They avoided mentioning Dr. Galea and Rock Ishii. And if you left a comment on those forbidden topics at any of the popular golf websites, it would be deleted. Thus, Lanny H Golf came into being.
That media deception was mild compared to what is going on in the case of Donald Trump. However, my familiarity with media manipulation in the world of golf makes it easy to recognize the tricks used against Trump. It’s depressing, though.
Trump himself is well aware what is going on. Check out some of his recent comments:
- “They are so dishonest, these people are so dishonest.” — Trump discussing the media during his March 13 rally in Bloomington, IL
- “All we want is for them to be honest. […] The level of dishonesty of the press is beyond belief. Far greater than you would ever think. […] They do stories that are so bad, that are so wrong, and knowingly wrong, they do it for headlines, they do it for whatever. And they’re all having a hard time, you know, they’re losing money. But a lot of them are losing money because people have given up on them.” — Trump discussing the media during his March 13 rally in Cincinnati, OH.
7:15 pm Update: I watched a little of the action this afternoon and was sorely disappointed. People beat up on CBS the past two years for horrible Saturdays at the L.A. Open, and they deserved it. But NBC/Golf Channel just butchers golf. They make it unwatchable on Thursday and Friday. When CBS has the weekend coverage, Terry Gannon is the anchor on Thursday and Friday, and he’s heads-and-shoulders above anyone this side of the Atlantic.
What set me off today? The nonstop yammering about nothing. The lowlight was when TWO announcers commented on the same putt — between the ball leaving the putter and reaching the hole. And no, it was not massively long. The first: It needs to go up a little hill to a shelf. The second: It’s tracking. Silence is golden, fellas.
It was like that all afternoon (at least while I watched). I also saw the obligatory CEO interview. And one of the stupidest graphics ever. 2,500 balls or so have been hit into the water in the past 15 years or some such. Totally meaningless. If you want to give a stat like that, take five minutes and give us something of interest: At this event, the average water balls per player round is 1.28; the Tour average is 0.49. Or whatever.
Feherty is not the problem. He does his thing, and I’m not a huge fan of it, as it’s worn thin on me. That said, at least he tries to add to the broadcast. He had an aside about kilts and bagpipes and Ireland which was a nice tidbit. No more than ten seconds and we moved on. The other guys just flap their lips in the wind, with no purpose. Trying to watch NBC with this gang is like trying to watch a movie with someone nearby yapping on a cell phone.
Oh, one positive thing, and it’s not minor if my observation is accurate. It seems like they showed a ton of shots, moving quickly from hole to hole. If flowed smoothly, too. A few seconds to get your bearings, then the shot, then the result, then on to the next hole.
One last thing. Jason Day played some nice golf during the time I watched. I really enjoyed watching. Might have something to do with the camera work, I don’t know. In fact, here’s how I’d grade NBC today: Camera work: A+. Announcing: F-.
Last comment… Why was Sam Saunders on more than Rory? I guess I know the answer, and I didn’t intend to be rude or mean by asking, but, truthfully, I wanted to see Rory over Saunders.
Country Lanny’s Morning RFD Report
Let’s start up with a musical act that shows some real potential. If they are sleepy, that can be excused. After all, they got up at 2:00 am to drive here for this morning’s show. Let’s give them a big Country Lanny welcome!
I’ll tell you what. She sings like I write. Alright, we’ll give crop and livestock futures in a minute, but first in the world of golf:
- Well, it’s the week of Arnie’s tournament. Has there been a worse Florida swing in my lifetime? Hurry, Texas! I think it’s Match Play next, then Houston. Or, if you prefer, Dell then Shell. I absolutely hate moving the Match Play from February, but I have always liked the event, so maybe it will liven things up when it starts. Besides, the primary season goes into a month-long slow period now.
- I heard on the radio today that Arnie will not be a ceremonial starter at Augusta this year. Makes me sad.
- By the way, did you see that Donald Trump got 30 percent of the Hispanic vote in Florida yesterday — even though he was running against two Hispanics! I think we might have a Mr. President handing out the trophy at Doral next year! Well, that is if Mr. Genius (Tim Finchem) doesn’t manage to move the event before then. (Is there anyone in the world with a worse track record of betting on the wrong horse?) (Or should I have said “a better track record of betting on the wrong horse”?)
Okay, commodities. Brought to you each and every day by J.T. Branniker’s Tractors and Farm Supplies. Corn up, soybeans down, and let’s see, wheat down. For a full report, click here.
And now, with much sadness, I present for the final time on Country Lanny’s Morning RFD Report, our long-time co-host, Dolly Parton. We’re splitting up due to artistic differences, I guess you could say. But right now, let’s hear a farewell song Dolly wrote for us. Everyone, have a great day! Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for our TGIF show. Take us out, Dolly!