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1:30 pm Update:
Jordan and Justin on the course; television coverage is underway. (half–hour transition Continue reading
5:10 am: What will this day bring? Will Mister Jordan seize the lead heading into the weekend? Will OWGR #1 shoot another +6? Will Rickie continue to overcome an ugly triple bogey? Will Jordan and Justin be playing together all four rounds? Will Tiger Woods make an announcement? The potential exists for this to be the greatest day in golf history!
Blast From the Past: Three years ago, I wrote this:
Evolution of a Tiger Woods fan, 1997-2014:
1. I am Tiger Woods.
2. He’s going to win 30 majors.
3. All husbands cheat on their wives.
4. He’s going to win 19 majors.
5. He said he didn’t take PEDs, and so what if he did.
6. Television ratings are higher when Woods plays.
I wonder should I update? By the way, there’s new video out of Woods taking a Breathalyzer test.
NBA: I heard this was the most-anticipated finals in a long, long time. I’m no NBA fan (to put it mildly), but I will admit agreement. I’ve heard of at least one player on each team, realize it’s a 2-out-of-3 rematch situation, etc. It’s not Magic-Bird, but it’s pretty darn good. That said, I forgot about the game last night and didn’t watch even one second.
Brilliant Lanny H: Having one of the world’s most brilliant minds comes with its problems. I constantly see nonsense. Nonstop. Every day. Here’s an example from a little Forbe’s apologia about Tiger Woods:
Golfing legend Tiger Woods was found in his car, obviously impaired. But when he cooperated with police and took two Breathalizer tests, he verified his statement that he was not drunk but had been unwittingly impaired by pain killers he was taking for sports injuries.
The problem is that the breathalizer verified he had not been drinking, but it did not verify he “unwittingly” got loaded on drugs, or that he was taking them “for sports injuries.”
Let me tell you, dear readers, I see such shoddy thinking/writing/speech every day. All day long. It’s trying, it truly is.
#AskAlan: This is a good deal, I guess. I’ve said both kind and unkind words about Alan Shipnunk in the past. More unkind than kind, I’d say, but nevertheless, it’s good to see he’s started a Mailbag type feature. In looking through old ones, I found this nice bit, in response to a question about a bar fight between Chamblee and Poulter:
I can see it now, both of them swinging their purses and grasping for handfuls of hair. I’m taking Poults in this slapfest, mostly because Brandel would be so worried about protecting his TV face he’d surely run out the back door in an act of capitulation.
Interesting to see the golf media eating their own.
Hit the Ball, Alice
I’ve lost my patience with the media mindset — shared, or copied, by many Americans — of victimhood. No, I’m not a right wing kook who thinks bigots don’t exist. I’m just tired of the paint-by-numbers simplicity of the inescapable “evil white males” meme being used for an excuse for literally everything. Here’s a Woods DUI-related example from NOLA.com:
If you are a white male born in the United States in the 20th century, you begin with advantages that more than two-thirds of the world never enjoys. You will not face racial or gender discrimination and life will seem much more egalitarian to you than to someone in Sub-Saharan Africa or Bangladesh.
First off, anyone born in the U.S. is going to find the world more egalitarian than most people in Sub-Saharan Africa or Bangladesh, so identifying the person as “white male” is obviously moronic political pandering. But that’s not really my complaint today.
The idea being pushed is that if you are born a white male, you are Donald Trump or Bill Gates or Brad Pitt or Peyton Manning. No white males in the U.S. are born with disabilities, or get them fighting for our country. No white males are short. No white males have crooked teeth. No white males have bad acne. No white males are poor, or come from broken homes. No, if you are a white male, you are rich and look like Brad Pitt. And smart as Einstein. Or rather you think you are. Because we all know — from television — that white males are not truly smart, they just think they are. They are clueless buffoons.
Woods is black, though. Kind of, anyway. So they whine about how tough it is to be black. Well, how about framing it this way?
If you are a black male born in the United States with ungodly golf skills thanks to incredible eye-hand coordination and body control, and have a supportive mother and father helping you reach your full potential, you begin with advantages 99.99999999 percent of the world never enjoys. Including the children of Donald Trump, Bill Gates, and Brad Pitt.
Doesn’t exactly make you feel sorry for Tiger Woods when you think about it that way. Is it not time to dispense with the idea that every problem is the fault of white males? It’s cartoonish — even if politically useful to many. Of course, Woods’s latest ill is kind of a “white” problem, anyway. Last year, after the Washington Post wrote an article about the opioid epidemic (and connected suicide increase) among white rural males, much fun was had about how awful whites were, and how amusing it was to see them kill themselves. Now Woods falls prey to this rural redneck/suburban teens/soccer mom problem — and it’s the fault of… white people.
By the way, if you are an attractive female of any race or creed, you have advantages 95 percent of the world never enjoys. Homecoming queens all across the land are laughing at the idea that they are mistreated.
What happened to self-reliance? To the idea of I-am-as-good-as-anybody individuals plotting their own course in life? If you feel someone has it better than you, you work twice as hard. Are we just all hopeless wards of the state, fated to live as an oppressed member of any non-white-male group the media and pols pigeonhole us into?
Sunrise: In case you missed it, the Memorial is Rory-less. Have not checked the Woods news since last night. I wonder if we’ll hear from Steinie. I’ll turn Morning Drive on at the top of the hour to see how they are handling the video.
They start with the video. Looks like they are washing their hands of Woods. Or maybe just blatantly going after ratings; I guess that’s more likely.
I’m less touchy-feely about the showing of this video this morning. An episode from the past has occurred to me, back when I had not even heard of opioid abuse: I once saw a redneck type in the lobby of an office building I entered acting a bit odd/disoriented with the receptionist and the building manager; I rushed by, but it struck me as slightly out of the ordinary. I went upstairs, got what I needed and left. On my way out, the guy was gone, but there was a discussion in the lobby about him, whether he was sick or what. I asked a question or two, then left. The guy was in the big parking lot somewhere, but I didn’t see him, thinking he had left quite some before. I stopped at a nearby traffic light in a fairly busy traffic area, one of those areas that are part city, part suburb. A kind of confusing, Y-shaped triangle area. As I waited. a pickup truck passed me on my left (everything was two-lane) and went through the red light. It was that guy. He stopped at the next one, but he had just driven blindly through the first one — on the wrong side of the road to boot. Thankfully, no one was coming, so there was no auto accident. It could have been tragic. Totally innocent people could have been killed by a guy, I’m now certain, was loaded on opioids. Humiliation for a drugged driver vs. an innocent person being killed. Humiliation is small potatoes in that comparison.
But it does strike me as weird how Golf Channel defended some pretty twisted behavior by Woods in the past, but now they seem to be washing their hands of him. I guess they no longer see money in him.
MESSAGE FROM LANNY H: Okay, I gotta be honest here. I don’t think those videos should have been released to the public, and I don’t understand why they were. People have done far worse and yet their privacy was shielded. I don’t remember seeing such video of other people, but it’s not like I follow celebrity stuff very much. What about Mel Gibson when he got arrested and made incendiary comments? Did they show videos of him? I know it varies by state, but, seriously, this seems to betray standard decency to release this. What was the purpose? To humiliate him? What’s next? Put him in stocks in a shopping mall food court? Such video should be reserved for a jury if the case goes to trial, and I don’t understand why this was made public.
I don’t think anyone is going to accuse me of being a Tiger Woods apologist, but I am deeply troubled that our society would release these videos for no apparent reason.
They had already released the reports, which were very descriptive. Woods was not making any kind of complaint about his treatment; in fact, he said they treated him fairly. Why was this video release necessary?
I’m not blaming the cops. They were extremely courteous and polite. But I just don’t understand the release of these videos at this time.
Dashcam Vid: TMZ has posted it
[Update: The subsequent videos (where he is out of the car) are very distressing as to Woods’s condition. Really bad shape. Very slurred speech. Wobbly.]
Here’s the link. Pretty lowkey. Cops are professional; Woods is polite. Just shows car as Woods is sitting in it. You don’t see him, just his car. The audio is quite clear, though. His responses are not logical, but you can understand him quite easily. If it weren’t for the inability to converse logically, you wouldn’t necessarily think he was out of it. He’s certainly not belligerent or anything. (Certainly not “arrogant,” as the media first reported (although this is just a small portion of the encounter, admittedly). (Also, he wasn’t stopped for driving erratically, as the media also first reported.) Continue reading
TMZ: FLAT TIRES AND DAMAGE
Tiger Woods’ car was a wreck when cops found him during his DUI arrest — with 2 flat tires, a broken tail light and mangled bumpers … this according to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports.
12:40 pm Update
Rich Lerner was just on MSNBC as a guest. He compared Tiger Woods to Chris Cornell, Prince, and Michael Jackson.
Tiger said it was an unexpected reaction to prescription medications. If that’s what he says, that’s what it was. Why would anyone doubt his word? Certainly Golf Channel has never before doubted anything Woods has said. Continue reading