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(Awful Announcing)   To get casual fans back into habit of watching golf instead of taking a nap, ESPN to air 100-percent Tiger Woods feed on ESPN3 during British Open   (awfulannouncing.com) divider line 42
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2014-07-16 04:54:56 AM
Nothing could have hurt ESPN coverage more than Woods losing his mojo
 
2014-07-16 06:17:08 AM
Good luck with that. I'd rather watch bowling or soccer.
 
2014-07-16 07:32:55 AM
And this is different from ESPN's regular golf coverage how exactly?
 
2014-07-16 07:42:19 AM
Awesome, none of that cutting to other golfers doing stuff when the first golfer stops doing stuff? That'll bring in the crowds.
 
2014-07-16 08:00:00 AM

LucklessWonder: And this is different from ESPN's any network's regular golf coverage how exactly?


FTFY
 
2014-07-16 08:05:06 AM
Most people don't give a crap about golf if it doesn't involve this guy. That's pretty sad.
 
2014-07-16 08:05:24 AM
I find Jordan Spieth more interesting to watch anyhow.

Adios Tigger.
 
2014-07-16 08:29:52 AM

SmackLT: Nothing could have hurt ESPN coverage more than Woods losing his mojo


No one to blame but Eldrick himself.  He had it all and threw it all away for some truck stop skank. He's a moron and a weak, false idol.  Never gonna catch Jack.
 
2014-07-16 08:41:18 AM

fatalvenom: I find Jordan Spieth more interesting to watch anyhow.

Adios Tigger.


And Rory
 
2014-07-16 09:00:17 AM
Golf is the ultimate hangover sport to watch on TV.  The announcers whisper.  The camera pans slowly.  You can fall asleep at any time and when you wake up you don't even notice what you missed.
 
2014-07-16 09:00:48 AM

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Most people don't give a crap about golf if it doesn't involve this guy. That's pretty sad.


aren't ratings way down this year anyways? both the masters and US open were snoozefests - skill of the winners aside
 
2014-07-16 09:14:11 AM
If they followed him around 24hrs a day it might get my attention.
 
2014-07-16 09:33:35 AM

AdamK: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Most people don't give a crap about golf if it doesn't involve this guy. That's pretty sad.

aren't ratings way down this year anyways? both the masters and US open were snoozefests - skill of the winners aside


The Masters is usually great to watch if only for the beauty of the course and giggling at the silly and pompous names they have for each hole. The US Open this year should have been interesting as nothing could stay on the greens, but it was such a blow-out even that couldn't make it interesting.
 
2014-07-16 09:48:37 AM
I'm looking forward to the Open this weekend.

The single best tournament I've ever watched didn't even include Tiger (he missed the cut), the 2009 Open Championship.
 
2014-07-16 10:16:06 AM
i watch golf to take a nap.

/ so, the only real losers are the companies who shelled out the big bucks for advertising.
 
2014-07-16 10:31:33 AM

Mateorocks: AdamK: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Most people don't give a crap about golf if it doesn't involve this guy. That's pretty sad.

aren't ratings way down this year anyways? both the masters and US open were snoozefests - skill of the winners aside

The Masters is usually great to watch if only for the beauty of the course and giggling at the silly and pompous names they have for each hole. The US Open this year should have been interesting as nothing could stay on the greens, but it was such a blow-out even that couldn't make it interesting.


Quite a few golf courses have those pompous names for holes.
 
2014-07-16 10:47:49 AM

pute kisses like a man: i watch golf to take a nap.

/ so, the only real losers are the companies who shelled out the big bucks for advertising.


Your typical golf advertiser is trying to reach a very specific demographic - people who play golf regularly and can afford luxury cars.  Those people are watching.

That's why golf has been on network TV every weekend for decades, even before Tiger Woods came along.
 
2014-07-16 10:51:18 AM
So blank screens on Saturday and Sunday?
 
2014-07-16 10:51:43 AM
I remember Dish doing something like this about 5 years ago. They dedicated 6 channels to covering a golf tournament and you could switch between them. One channel had the announcer, and the other channels had whatever the course sounds were around that camera.

They dedicated one camera to the leader, another to a high profile golfer like Woods/Mickelson, and another couple were dedicated to specific holes. Was really cool to watch.

Heck, I remember them doing a season of college football games this way. Wish they would bring it back....
 
2014-07-16 11:11:44 AM
He's the Derek Jeter of golf
 
2014-07-16 11:32:10 AM

kidgenius: They dedicated one camera to the leader, another to a high profile golfer like Woods/Mickelson, and another couple were dedicated to specific holes. Was really cool to watch.


The Masters does this every year on their web broadcast. Amen Corner, a couple of featured groups, and one other hole... maybe 16? Anyway, it's a really good way to get a feel for the actual pace of the tournament. TV's great with the constant cuts between players, but there's something to be said for just relaxing and watching some dudes play golf.

Especially early in the morning on Thursday and Friday, because that's when you can see the guys who aren't going to make the cut throw up a double bogey on a par 5, and think "hey, I could do that."
 
2014-07-16 11:47:50 AM

Yanks_RSJ: pute kisses like a man: i watch golf to take a nap.

/ so, the only real losers are the companies who shelled out the big bucks for advertising.

Your typical golf advertiser is trying to reach a very specific demographic - people who play golf regularly and can afford luxury cars.  Those people are watching.

That's why golf has been on network TV every weekend for decades, even before Tiger Woods came along.


i'm aware.  you know the market by the advertising.  investment companies, luxury cars, golf equipment.

i like this experiment: compare NFL to NCAA football advertising.

NFL: beer, trucks, crap food.

NCAA: mutual funds, investment companies, healthcare
 
2014-07-16 12:25:36 PM
I've loved watching golf since Eldrick was a baby, because of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. I go to the local tournament at Riviera in Pacific Palisades every year and I've traveled for US Open's. I haven't watched live so much as a second of the NBA in three years, don't care about college football at all, would have to be paid a large sum of money to watch effin' NASCAR and I love watching cricket online.

Not all sports fans are the same.

PluckYew: So blank screens on Saturday and Sunday?

This.
 
2014-07-16 12:28:11 PM
Yet another reason to stop letting viewers call in and report rules violations...or even for on-site rules officials to watch that type of programming.  Inane.
 
2014-07-16 01:09:24 PM

Mateorocks: AdamK: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Most people don't give a crap about golf if it doesn't involve this guy. That's pretty sad.

aren't ratings way down this year anyways? both the masters and US open were snoozefests - skill of the winners aside

The Masters is usually great to watch if only for the beauty of the course and giggling at the silly and pompous names they have for each hole. The US Open this year should have been interesting as nothing could stay on the greens, but it was such a blow-out even that couldn't make it interesting.


It seems like the ladies have had the more exciting majors this year. Lexi Thompson getting a major at 19, Michelle Wie finally breaking through, and "who the hell is Mo Martin?" nearly jarring one for a double-eagle to win last week.
 
2014-07-16 03:23:49 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: SmackLT: Nothing could have hurt ESPN coverage more than Woods losing his mojo

No one to blame but Eldrick himself.  He had it all and threw it all away for some truck stop skank. He's a moron and a weak, false idol.  Never gonna catch Jack.


if you liked this saga, just wait until "Tiger was on steroids" flares up again
 
rka
2014-07-16 03:29:16 PM

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Most people don't give a crap about golf if it doesn't involve this guy. That's pretty sad.


I play a ton of golf. 54-72 holes a week. I love golf.

PGA Tour Golf is boring without Tiger or Phil in contention. That's just science.

Somebody else has to make a run at records before I'll care about the pros again. There is nobody worth following once Phil yips himself out of contention or Tiger breaks down with an injury. Another random guy winning his first major like it's been since 2008...yawn.

AdamK: aren't ratings way down this year anyways? both the masters and US open were snoozefests - skill of the winners aside


The ratings are always down when Tiger doesn't play. Have been for years.One of the last stops at Pebble Beach (2011 or 2012) had 40% decrease in ratings from the year before just because of Tiger deciding not to play.
 
rka
2014-07-16 03:35:32 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: SmackLT: Nothing could have hurt ESPN coverage more than Woods losing his mojo

No one to blame but Eldrick himself.  He had it all and threw it all away for some truck stop skank. He's a moron and a weak, false idol.  Never gonna catch Jack.


No one to blame except every other player on Tour, none of which have done anything to establish themselves as a serious rival to Tiger or to even raise eyebrows at someone else chasing Jack's record.

Where's the next assault on the record? From whom? Rory? Hahahah. Mr. 68-78. Whatever. Adam Scott? He's way past the time to start the assault. Too old. Speith? Actually have to win something other than the John Deere to START the chase. Martin Kymer wandered the woods for 2 years trying to find a swing again.

Tiger's fault? How about the rest of the field? Where's the challenger?

There's Tiger...there's Phil in a distant 2nd and then nobody.
 
2014-07-16 04:12:41 PM

rka: Tiger's fault? How about the rest of the field? Where's the challenger?


It's kind of like the mid 1980s and early 1990s all over again. The 70s had Jack, Lee, Watson (although he won 3 80's Opens), Seve starting up... Arnie was still around, even if he wasn't winning anymore. But from about 1985 until 1997, there wasn't That Guy.

Kinda Faldo, but not really. He was good, but he was never getting 18. Same with dudes like Langer and Payne.

There's just not the next guy up yet. Doldrums happen. And I don't buy the argument that the fields are too deep, either. Yeah, somebody like Bubba Watson or Webb Simpson can get hot at the right time and play solid, but I'd much rather face anybody on Tour today than a hungry Raymond Floyd in his prime.
 
2014-07-16 05:37:32 PM

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Most people don't give a crap about golf if it doesn't involve this guy. That's pretty sad common.


Seriously though, what would provoke someone to watch that sport. It almost puts me to sleep playing it.
 
2014-07-16 08:17:25 PM
So it's basically like the World Cup, where they let you watch what's on ESPN for free. That's cool.
 
2014-07-16 08:50:41 PM

rka: Tiger's fault? How about the rest of the field? Where's the challenger?


Tiger is no longer the best in the world.  The pack is much better than it was when he burst onto the scene.
 
2014-07-16 09:26:21 PM

mjbok: rka: Tiger's fault? How about the rest of the field? Where's the challenger?

Tiger is no longer the best in the world.  The pack is much better than it was when he burst onto the scene.


The pack is better than it was when tiger started. And it's ten times better than when Jack was in his heyday.

But in fairness it's not just golf. It ain't like the nfl, nba, nhl, and mlb have as many dynasties as they used to either. Every now and then you get a back to back champ but that's as far as it goes.

I'm ok. Train wreck of infidelity aside we aren't going to see his like again. I go back and look at some of his records when he was killing it... The dude did impossible shiat and made it look easy. We shouldn't be surprised no one matches that run - it's kind of unmatchable.
 
2014-07-16 10:13:58 PM

JohnBigBootay: And it's ten times better than when Jack was in his heyday.


Back in Jack's heydey the equipment was 10x worse, too.

JohnBigBootay: We shouldn't be surprised no one matches that run - it's kind of unmatchable.


It was incredible, and for that period of time no one could touch him.  However I think there will be another Tiger someday.  Tiger was the first of the awesome golfers that started playing really young.  Like 1st grade young.  At that time, no one else did that.  Now lots of kids are doing that.  There will be someone that betters Tiger eventually, probably within 20 years.
 
2014-07-16 11:53:39 PM

mjbok: JohnBigBootay: And it's ten times better than when Jack was in his heyday.

Back in Jack's heydey the equipment was 10x worse, too.

JohnBigBootay: We shouldn't be surprised no one matches that run - it's kind of unmatchable.

It was incredible, and for that period of time no one could touch him.  However I think there will be another Tiger someday.  Tiger was the first of the awesome golfers that started playing really young.  Like 1st grade young.  At that time, no one else did that.  Now lots of kids are doing that.  There will be someone that betters Tiger eventually, probably within 20 years.


Of course there have been equipment advances. But that's not really a factor - their peers all used similar equipment.

The relative strength of field is a complete no brainer between the two. It hardly beats mentioning that in Jack's day he was only dealing with a sprinkling of int'l talent setting up camp full-time his your. Nowadays it's newsworthy when an int'l superstar doesn't decide to become a pga tour member.

Don't think we'll ever see the kind of separation tiger had from pack again. Wasn't there a period where his world ranking he was further from #2 than #2 was from # 150 and he maintained the spread for a couple years?
 
rka
2014-07-17 01:27:56 AM

mjbok: rka: Tiger's fault? How about the rest of the field? Where's the challenger?

Tiger is no longer the best in the world.  The pack is much better than it was when he burst onto the scene.


A healthy Tiger showed he was still the best start to finish golfer in the world in 2013.

And the point is no one is even close to following in his footsteps as a serious challenger to Jack's major record. No one. And people know it.

They don't want to see a revolving door of one and done major winners who can't sniff the jock of Tiger in his prime.

Parity may be good in most team sports but it sucks in golf. Especially parity that doesn't come close to a player that is approaching 40. It's been almost 20 years since Tiger joined the tour and 6 since he last won a major and no one is even in consideration as the "next Tiger". Even talking about it is laughable.
 
2014-07-17 03:57:55 AM
rka:

Parity may be good in most team sports but it sucks in golf. Especially parity that doesn't come close to a player that is approaching 40. It's been almost 20 years since Tiger joined the tour and 6 since he last won a major and no one is even in consideration as the "next Tiger". Even talking about it is laughable.

After Nicklaus's heyday had passed everyone was talking about the "next Nicklaus", but the next Nicklaus didn't come along straightaway (we had to wait until Tiger). And that's the way it should be. Records are meant to be broken, but something like the most major titles shouldn't be one that is broken easily. It's special precisely because it is such a tough goal.
 
2014-07-17 08:36:10 AM

rka: A healthy Tiger showed he was still the best start to finish golfer in the world in 2013.


Which is irrelevant given that he isn't healthy.  He is not the best golfer in the world today.
 
rka
2014-07-17 11:00:55 AM

No Catchy Nickname: rka:

Parity may be good in most team sports but it sucks in golf. Especially parity that doesn't come close to a player that is approaching 40. It's been almost 20 years since Tiger joined the tour and 6 since he last won a major and no one is even in consideration as the "next Tiger". Even talking about it is laughable.

After Nicklaus's heyday had passed everyone was talking about the "next Nicklaus", but the next Nicklaus didn't come along straightaway (we had to wait until Tiger). And that's the way it should be. Records are meant to be broken, but something like the most major titles shouldn't be one that is broken easily. It's special precisely because it is such a tough goal.


There's no one you'd even put in the conversation out of pity.

After Nicklaus you had Watson or Norman or Player or Seve. At least there was something to debate there while we waited.

Now? No one. That's why pro golf is boring.
 
2014-07-17 11:08:24 AM

mjbok: rka: A healthy Tiger showed he was still the best start to finish golfer in the world in 2013.

Which is irrelevant given that he isn't healthy.  He is not the best golfer in the world today.


It's early yet but he looked healthy enough to post a pretty nice round today.
 
2014-07-17 11:57:42 AM

JohnBigBootay: mjbok: rka: A healthy Tiger showed he was still the best start to finish golfer in the world in 2013.

Which is irrelevant given that he isn't healthy.  He is not the best golfer in the world today.

It's early yet but he looked healthy enough to post a pretty nice round today.


Took a couple of big swings out of the rough and really went after that bunker shot on 18.  There's nothing physically wrong with him.
 
2014-07-17 12:28:41 PM

Yanks_RSJ: JohnBigBootay: mjbok: rka: A healthy Tiger showed he was still the best start to finish golfer in the world in 2013.

Which is irrelevant given that he isn't healthy.  He is not the best golfer in the world today.

It's early yet but he looked healthy enough to post a pretty nice round today.

Took a couple of big swings out of the rough and really went after that bunker shot on 18.  There's nothing physically wrong with him.


Which is completely insane. I had a similar surgery and I don't think I could take the garbage out for six months. He might not be the best golfer in the world anymore but he still ain't human.
 
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