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  1. Oh no, I read it and quite enjoyed it, since it wasn't the typical fawning sort of piece that was the norm for anything to do with Tiger up to then (aside from Haney's book, which was pretty tame by comparison). It sounds like you may not know that the HBO documentary is based on the Benedict/Keteyan book, and that they are executive producers of it.
  2. Hogan and Woods are really not comparable. Although both had childhood traumas that caused them to be the way they were as adults. Ben did not typically try to promote himself as a good guy while being a SOB the way Woods did in his prime years, and did not live a personal life totally at odds with his public image. As for the fans, what can I say? The Tiger worshipers are a special breed of fanatic. Which rhymes with lunatic (well not really, but you get the point).
  3. This gets to something I was thinking about reading the thread. I'm old, in my mid-60s. But the F-bomb was always the Word That Shall Not Be Said in terms of polite normal discourse. It was indeed a bombshell. Now it seems it is the F-word that *can* be said without much consequence. But in thinking about the other F-word that got JT into trouble, and the N-word, the R-word, and whatever other epithets that are now deemed offensive and can no longer be said, something occurred to me. I was born in the 1950s, grew up in the '60s and '70s. I never say those other words. Like, never ever, and nev
  4. We're never going to agree on this. Looking at Tiger from an overall perspective, he needed redemption on many levels. Even when he was performing at his peak, while all his fellow tour pros were in awe of his game, many did not like him simply because of his behavior both on and off the course. That killer instinct Earl instilled in him made him treat people poorly and behave in an obnoxious manner. It was totally opposite to the image his handlers and golf media cultivated. That now seems to have been tempered, thankfully. As for the concept that his personal life off
  5. Justin is not good but the sad thing is that he is still better than people like Azinger and IBF. And don't get me started on Paige MacKenzie. One of the big mysteries for me is who thought that putting Jaime Diaz on the anchor desk for Golf Central was a good idea? I think he is a fine writer, but he has almost zero skills delivering a script. It is a golf news show. You need pros to deliver it.
  6. A great opportunity for Ashworth to make a comeback with their oversized 100% cotton jersey knit shirts made famous by Fred Couples in the '90s. It's all about retro after all.
  7. I would disagree. He hit rock bottom in 2017 with the DUI thanks to his use of tranquilizers and sleep aids, so it had to be all uphill from there. In 2018 he found a way to get around the golf course again and won a silly season event near the end of the year, which caused much cheering from his worshippers, but most recognized it for what it was. It wasn't until he won the Masters in April 2019 that the new Tiger was embraced widely as a changed person and that's when the redemption chatter really took life. I don't buy all of that and suspect a lot of it was carefully crafted by Steiny &
  8. That seems to be happening more and more in sports media in general. ESPN has been guilty of it for years and now that has started to spread. I'm in Canada, and our ESPN equivalent is TSN (ESPN is a minority owner) and even they have started to do the same thing. When the 7PM Sportscentre comes on and the host starts delivering political news and commentary you know its time to switch off or change the channel. Why sports channels think they are qualified to offer such commentary or that it is what their viewers tune in to hear is a complete mystery.
  9. The folks at NLU just dropped a podcast with the producers of the documentary. Worth a listen: https://t.co/Tu35wGF0Rr?amp=1
  10. I made the point up thread about how the studios are completely devoid of golf-related items so you are on-target with that. However you are way off the mark in saying the studios are "in the same compound as ESPN". ESPN is located in Bristol, outside of Hartford. NBC Sports are in Stamford, outside of NYC, about 70 miles apart.
  11. This pretty much sums it up. From the time of his pro debut until 2009 you saw nothing about him other than how great he was on the course, because the off-course side was carefully shielded from view except for the parts that could polish his image. His team of handlers and those who depended on that image (Nike et al) made sure of that. Only once that charade all fell apart did we begin to see the full picture of the man, warts and all. It is interesting to me that even at that, it took nearly 10 years for the image to change as he tried to repair the body that he damaged and the ravages of
  12. I wonder what made him so uncaring and cheap when dealing with other people. Was that Earl's upbringing as well?
  13. I cannot imagine the 8AM 4th rerun of the second round of last weeks tournament is bringing huge ratings. They need content.
  14. Jordan's company produced The Last Dance. Its main intent was to present the image he wanted to present. It was not an expose of his own behavior and was instead designed to assign blame to the Bulls organization and in particular Jerry Krause, whom he hated. A documentary similar to this on on Jordan and his bad behavior would be very interesting.
  15. I don't understand why you are calling this a work of fiction. I guess you're a Tiger worshipper. The videos and interviews show how Earl planted the seeds that made his son into the rather vile person he became, despite being incredible at playing the game. The two things are not mutually exclusive. Once the Steinberg facade started to crack he fell to earth, hard. He may or may not be a better person now. With Tiger you can never tell what is fact and what is fiction crafted by his handlers.
  16. It's not them praising themselves though. It is their contribution to the Church of Tiger, allowing the worshippers to bow down to their hero.
  17. Rahm is this generation's Craig Stadler when it comes to clothes. I remember McCord commenting once on a CBS broadcast when they showed Stadler: : "There's Craig Stadler... with the nice tailored pants" he mocked as they showed Stadler wearing a pair of slacks that looked about 2 sizes too small. Broke me up. Rahm has the same problem in that department, they never seem to fit him correctly. Generally he has always looked like an unmade bed out there. Maybe he has unusual anatomy or something and needs custom-made slacks.
  18. Another review of the two-parter here: https://awfulannouncing.com/golf/hbo-tiger-needs-two-parts-tiger-woods-complex-story-great-but-sad-figure.html
  19. That was in response to a post whose quote I must have bungled saying they played the Nike Distance ball in the '90s. Nike marketed its first ball in '99, though of course they were all Bridgestone Precepts in those years under a different name. I don't think Nike ever manufactured any golf balls themselves.
  20. What made you reach that conclusion? The author of the linked article references specific scenes and segments. How did they do that if it wasn't screened?
  21. They had her on a remote during Golf Central on Wednesday.
  22. Tiger worshippers do not like anything that casts their hero in a less than stellar light.
  23. Doesn't GC air it every day? Usually right after Tiger's 2000 US Open?
  24. The only thing I liked about the Adams segment was the backdrop in the studio/room he was using with the fireplace mantle behind him, because it was the only set with even a tiny bit of golf-related memorabilia on it, even if it was just a persimmon head and a golf ball. Have yet to see anything else this week suggesting the sets are involved with golf, being entirely generic and bland. That was one thing the old Orlando studios did really well as they had some great items of memorabilia as set dressing. I wonder what happened to all that stuff.
  25. If you ever grappled with a sexual discrimination case you'd know that it isn't the same as workplace politics. Example: a woman gets promoted quickly through the ranks because her boss thought she was a superstar (she wasn't). The boys start grumbling that she must be sleeping her way to the top (she isn't). It becomes water cooler talk throughout the office. The management is aware of it and does nothing. In fact some of the managers laugh at the far-fetched stories when they hear them. People throughout the company start to believe the stories when they hear them through the grapevine and c
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