I have to admit it’s getting better, It’s getting better all the time

He’s Back!!!

Mr. Steve Elling just published an article at Bleacher Report where he is now a Featured Columnist — and it is a blockbuster!  I call it a blockbuster because of the info about the scummy guy to whom Finchem is giving Trump’s Doral event, but you could also give it that label for the primary focus: Finchem’s failure to act regarding Phil Mickelson.

Mr. Elling is back.  It’s getting so much better all the time!

[Caution:  BR might have an intolerable comment process.  I posted two comments, and neither showed up for a while, and then only one of them did.  That dog won’t hunt.  They should do it like here: Make one comment that is approved, and then all future comments will automatically post.

One BR regular occasionally posts here.  Maybe he can clarify the process they use.  Elling or not, I can’t recommend a website that screws over commenters.  That’s the reason this place was founded five years ago.

Update!  Both show up now.  It’s still a little clumsy, but I can live with it.  We’ll keep an eye on things.

Update 2:  It’s f—ed up.  Only one of my comments shows now.  This is too frustrating to bother with.  Either BR gets their act together or my enthusiasm for Mr. Elling’s return will last precisely one day.  This might be why I left BR for good a year or two ago.]

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26 Responses to I have to admit it’s getting better, It’s getting better all the time

  1. Jaybird77 says:

    I can’t stand Phil, and what he did, without question, adversely reflects on him as a person and his integrity.

    But, I’m not sure I agree that it adversely reflects on “the integrity of the game of golf”. Other than Phil being a pro golfer, what he did has no connection to the game of golf.

    Now, if his gambling connections somehow related to golf, then that’s obviously different. But, from what we know, their is no golf connection.

    I mean, look at John Daly. HUGE gambler with documented millions of dollars of losses. Nothing happened to him either as his gambling didn’t effect “the integrity of the game of golf”.

    • Ken says:

      Since suspensions and fines are confidential, who knows what punishments Daly has received.

    • lannyh says:

      I think you are missing a critical distinction. Daly (and Barkley and Jordan) bet on casino games. Mickelson bet on sports. Mickelson participates in sports. Participants can affect the outcome of sports contests. Now, go read up on the Black Sox scandal, and you’ll see the problem.

      • Jaybird77 says:

        That’s kind of the point. The Black Sox were betting on (throwing games?) in their own sport, baseball. That’s obviously a huge problem.

        But, you want to tell me Phil is the only golfer who bets on sports like Baseball and Football? C’mon. If it were golf, that’s obviously a problem, but, as far as we know, his gambling had nothing to do with golf.

      • lannyh says:

        Haven’t we already had this conversation? The Black Sox scandal undeniably showed sports could be fixed. So it was important to assure the public this would not be tolerated.

        This is not complicated.

    • Jaybird77 says:

      So, you’re basically saying Phil is the only golfer that bets on sports. Or the only pro athlete that bets on sports. yeah….right.

      Like I said, I can’t stand FIGJAM, but suspending him over this is over the top.

      But again, if someone can prove that his betting somehow effected golf tournaments, then we have an issue.

      • lannyh says:

        What other pro athletes are you saying bet on sports? I guess I’m confused about your certainty. Who do you have in mind?

        We KNOW Mickelson did, from two multi-million dollar losses.

    • Jaybird77 says:

      FIGJAM stands out because he bets massive amounts……but there other golfers that gamble….just on smaller levels.

      • lannyh says:

        Who? You keep saying that, but I don’t know of any other golfer better on sports.

      • Jaybird77 says:

        Law of averages. Out of a tour of a couple hundred, Phil can’t be the only one who bets on sports. We just don’t hear about others partially because no one else bets the dollar amounts that FIGJAM does.

      • lannyh says:

        What are you even talking about now? You make zero sense. No one else has even been accused of gambling on sports.

        Remember: smart people/comments at Lanny H Golf only.

      • Jaybird77 says:

        Like I said, no one else is accused of betting, but I guarantee there are other athletes who gamble. If you don’t think so, you’ve got your head in the sand.

      • lannyh says:

        Total nonsense. How could Finchem suspend someone because some wacko Internet poster — that would be you — can “guarantee”others did the same as Mickelson.

        Do you even realize how asinine your words are? Seriously, take your trolling to GolfChannel.

      • lannyh says:

        Brooke Henderson beats Lydia Ko in a playoff, and you hung up on Mickelson. What’s the matter, nothing about Woods in the news? He didn’t buy a new kind of breakfast cereal or something.

        Dude, it is TIME TO MOVE ON.

  2. Jaybird77 says:

    Re the new Mexico location for the WGC, my problem is really with the guy that owns the host course as much as it is with the location in general. On the one hand, I am glad to see that we will now have 2 of the 4 WGC outside the USA, but, Mexico City? Surely, there was a better alternative. South Africa? Australia? New Zealand? I don’t really have a good answer, but come on, Mexico City?!

    • lannyh says:

      Well said! That crossed my mind, too. I guess Mexico City keeps travel to a minimum for Americans. It also allows Lyin’ Tim to claim part of the motive was to internationalize the WGCs more.

      From a personal standpoint, I would vote for Europe ahead of your South Seas locations. I love me that early morning European golf! (And sleep through that middle-of-the-night Asian/Australian time zone golf.)

  3. Kris says:

    Both your comments are showing up for me. There was a weird frame at the bottom of the page that caused a little bit of an issue, but they’re both there.

    • lannyh says:

      Thanks, Kris. That makes me feel better. I was about to ask someone to check. It’s still flaky for me. Right now I see both, but it also says “9 comments” when I pull up the page, but when I display the comments, it goes to “8 comments” (which matches what I count). And I’ve seen some places where a given comment will only show up to the person who posted it; you THINK others see it, but they don’t. Maybe it’s this old machine; I’ve got another one I can check from. I hope there’s no funny business as I’d like to support Mr. Elling. (Plus I already have a BR login from the “old days,” so there’s no hassle involved.)

      I noticed that frame weirdness at the bottom, too, which further confused me. It seems like the more websites try to squeeze pennies from a turnip, the worse the Internet gets.

  4. Sports-realist. says:

    Hey I have some ‘INSIDER’ information that Phil is going to win tomorrow…get it..insider informat..ah oh well…

    • lannyh says:

      I’m wondering if he’ll post a big score to intentionally lose. Maybe to pay off a gambling debt.

      • Sports-realist. says:

        yeah and golf is that unique type of sport where you could do that, and no one would be the wiser….

      • lannyh says:

        yeah, especially on those man vs man bets in 3rd and 4th rd when neither player is in contention.

        you know, I don’t even know status of today’s event. I saw it was in rain delay and wrote it off. just turned on GC to see if they were doing a late finish and ladies are on. Ko and Brooke Henderson battling it out. Not too shabby!!

      • Jaybird77 says:

        Looks like FIGJAM avoided the intentional high score as he shot 67.

        Side bar, I hate that I’m here defending FIGJAM, because I hate’em, but nonetheless, people are bashing him, in certain instances, without cause.

  5. Ken says:

    I’m sure that other golfers bet on sports. Certainly some do it legally, like with the bets that Mickelson laid on the Ravens to win the ’01 Super Bowl, legally placed in Vegas. I wouldn’t be surprised if other golfers have bookies. I agree with Jay, it’s law of averages, particularly with competitive men who have lots of money and free time. But Mickelson is the one that got caught. Lots of people cheat on taxes. And speed. The ones that get fined or put in jail are the ones that get caught. Phil got caught.

    Finchem should do something. Don’t be surprised if Phil “injures” a wrist an has to take six months off for it to heal.

    • lannyh says:

      Rob a bank and tell the judge, “I guarantee everybody robs banks.”

      Suspend Mickelson for at least a year. I’d ban him permanently and remove him from the Hall of Fame.

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