Whenever we have a long show (run time on this sucker clears 62 minutes) I always seem to come up with a shorter write up. It’s no disrespect to our guest, Chris Chase of Yahoo’s Fourth Place Medal, but more to the point that there’s so much we discussed, I can’t remember everything when I try and do a recap. So, I’ll do my best.
First, Nick and I discuss the Tiger Woods news that he’ll be conducting a (NOT IN ANY WAY) media conference on Friday morning, with three wire services, TV camera and select friends in sports media world. Nick, like most people, thinks this is cowardly and typical of what Tiger Woods would do. If he were a changed person, he’d open it up to all media, or at the very least, allow those privileged enough to get a Golden Ticket the ability to ask questions. Basically, the media is window dressing for what could have been a recorded message thrown up on his website for the world to embed.
But I think there’s more to it. Tiger Woods can do whatever he wants. This is isn’t a Mark McGwire situation, where Tiger cheated the game of golf. Tiger cheated on his wife, and only has to apologize to her, and his sponsors. Sure, it’s good PR to apologize to his fans, but he doesn’t owe anything to the golf media, or the general interest gawking public who seem to care about this story. He could, in fact, keep quiet and freeze out any reporter who dared to ask about his personal life. He could come back to golf and never discuss it again.
But he’s not. He’s talking on Friday. And it’s on his terms, like it should be. This is good PR, folks. He’s controlling the situation. That’s what you want to do in any situation. Now, Nick takes those media folk who are planning to show up to task for bending over and taking it from Tiger. Wait, that’s a terrible analogy. Personally, if I were invited, I’d be there in a second. Sure Tiger says he’s not taking questions, but that doesn’t mean his agent won’t give additional information to those in attendance. And it doesn’t mean that Tim Finchem or another PGA or USGA official won’t take care of those reporters by giving them one-on-one reaction. There will be more news coming out of this even than just Tiger Woods’ statement.
And as for that…who cares what he has to say? As Nick points out, unless he decides to announce he’s leaving his wife and he plans to be a philanderer out in the open and those who don’t like it can go up a tree, whatever he says will be inconsequential. Except, of course, if he announces he’s taking the entire year off from golf. Which nobody expects.
So, am I the only one who thinks Tiger is handling this right?
Chris Chase comes in to talk about the Olympics thus far. So you know, we taped this just after Lindsey Vonn won the Women’s Downhill Gold Medal. Actually, we taped it while there were still racers on the course, but all the major news outlets already called the victory for Vonn. How must those last few racers feel? They are Olympians, after all. There’s NO chance they could have the run of their lives? Why not wait the extra 20 minutes to call it?
And, yes, why did we have to go online to watch it on some foreign feed? It’s ridiculous that NBC can’t figure this out yet. So ridiculous, in fact, that we discuss if there’s something else the rest of us aren’t thinking of. Obviously the value of a primetime viewer — in actual revenue — is higher than an afternoon viewer on CNBC, but will putting the event on live preclude ANYONE from tuning in to the primetime coverage as well to see the other, Live, events? There has to be something we’re missing.
Onto actual sports, we discuss the sheer dominance of Vonn’s run and talk about the pressure she, Shaun White and Shani Davis must feel when they are expected to win Gold Medals.
Nick comes back in to follow up on that point and discuss how all three were able to beat the field, and the pressure, to take home Gold yesterday. We talk a lot about White’s insane run – after he already had won the Gold — and how cool and likable the guy seems to be. Nick and I talked yesterday, and Chris and I discuss today’s show, if we have to root for athletes because they are American. White seems like the guy who everyone can root for — no matter what country you’re from.
There is a great contest going on over at Punk on Deck. Brian is collecting all the food-related tweets from beat writers during Spring Training and giving any of us who RT them points based on their food specificity and tweet percentage. Most points at the end of Spring Training wings, er wins, a prize.
Nick and I also talk about the NBA trade deadline, and if we’d rather be Washington with a fire sale of Philly with, so far, no movement.
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