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CBS Masters art of following Woods
NY Post ^ | April 10, 2011 | Phil Mushnick

Posted on 04/11/2011 5:42:15 AM PDT by ejdrapes

CBS Masters art of following Woods

Updated: 6:07 AM, April 11, 2011

The unsurprising twist about the weekend's Masters coverage on CBS is that Saturday's was no different from Sunday's. When Tiger Woods was behind by five, Saturday, or tied at the top, yesterday, it was still mostly all Woods, mostly all the time.

What TV now does best is beat things to death. Doesn't matter who or what it is -- Charlie Sheen or Charles Barkley -- TV is going to squeeze it dry.

The Masters used to be televised by CBS as one of golf's majors, as special. Follow the leaders, show a few shots from old and recent champs, but no one's bigger than the Masters or the

Until Tiger Woods.

And Saturday, the Masters became just another tournament in which Tiger Woods, plus some other guys, played. The same pathetic formula.

It didn't matter that Woods's once-incomparable game has been on the fade.

It didn't matter that Woods was five strokes off the lead.

It didn't matter that eight players were ahead of him.

It didn't matter that Woods in the last two years has been self-scandalized, proven to be the opposite of the wife and kids family-first guy, nothing close to the greatest-human-ever image that TV carved for him -- and still held tightly to.

It didn't matter that he's a never-could-hide-it and still-can't brat on the golf course.

And it didn't matter that this was the Masters.

The most live video, Saturday, was devoted to Woods. The most taped video was devoted to Woods. The most talk was devoted to Woods.

It became so silly -- rather, it stayed so silly -- that when co-leader Jason Day appeared in a taped interview, it was to hear him talking about Woods!

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I'm sure Jim Nance and the suits at CBS were in tears not being able to show Phil Mickelson putting the green jacket on Tiger Woods.

I saw both Tiger and Rory McIlroy's interviews after their rounds. That 21 year old kid has more class in his pinky finger than Tiger does in his whole body. I'm sure all he wanted to do was crawl in a hole and die. Yet he gave very thoughtful, mature answers. Tiger, being interviewed by Bill Macatee was totally rude as if it was torture for him to be answering questions from Macatee. He may be the greatest golfer to ever play the game. Too bad he has to be such a jerk.

1 posted on 04/11/2011 5:42:15 AM PDT by ejdrapes
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To: ejdrapes

I’m SO GLAD TW did not win!
I cannot even stand to look at him without thinking about the events of last year and his “apology.”


2 posted on 04/11/2011 5:45:33 AM PDT by a real Sheila (MAYBE there is a certificate, but WHY can't we see it? What is O hiding? Hmmmm?)
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To: ejdrapes

Sunday Tiger was in contention and the only American in position to win so I understand the coverage. However, Tiger’s interview showed just what a jerk he’s become.


3 posted on 04/11/2011 5:46:45 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: ejdrapes
Tiger is a self-centered A-hole who pouts when adversity comes his way. Rory appears to be a class act. Why people wet themselves over Tiger is beyond me.
4 posted on 04/11/2011 5:46:45 AM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: ejdrapes

Thanks for finding this article. This is exactly the way I felt watching the Masters over the weekend. Up until the Masters, NBC has been doing the golf tournaments this season. NBC had no problem treating Tiger as he deserves - he isn’t playing well, hasn’t played well for over a year and won’t be featured until he is. Instead, we had the opportunity to get to know the passle of young guns who are coming up in golf.

Tiger seems to have learned nothing over the past year and a half. He still uses filthy language on the course, is brusque with his caddy and behaves very petulantly in other ways. Anyone else would know to be on a charm offensive - Woods is just offensive.


5 posted on 04/11/2011 5:49:13 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: ejdrapes

The top 3 were gracious, humble young guys. Tiger is a jerk and is a poor, although accurate representation of a lot of Americans.


6 posted on 04/11/2011 5:52:16 AM PDT by albie
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To: saganite
"Sunday Tiger was in contention and the only American in position to win so I understand the coverage."

That dog won't hunt....

EVERY Golf Tournament that he's a participant in is sickeningly focused on "The Great Black Hope"; you miss coverage of the Leaders, the new Pro's who are in contention, and see replays of his PAST successes.....they show replays of the exciting stuff that is going on, while focusing on his "Blackness".

I no longer watch golf if he's playing....it's too over-the-top 24/7 Black promotional opportunity, NOT golf.

7 posted on 04/11/2011 5:52:26 AM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: chickadee

I was at the gym this morning, TV’s all over the place on ESPN. They were showing more Tiger ‘highlights’ than anything else.

The winner birdied the last 4 holes to win the Masters and all ESPN wanted to talk about was Tiger Woods. It was sickening to watch ...


8 posted on 04/11/2011 5:53:17 AM PDT by Free America52 (The White guys are getting pissed off. We beat Hitler Hirohito and Krushchev. Obama will be easy.)
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To: ejdrapes
"That 21 year old kid has more class in his pinky finger than Tiger does in his whole body."

I thought the EXACT same thing when I watched it live. Every other player they interviewed that day showed grace, humility and appreciation, except for Tiger. Luke Donald, Adam Scott and that the other young Aussie all knew that they were so close, but probably weren't going to win and they still managed a smile - again, except for Tiger.

He's an entitled, narcissistic douche-bag.

9 posted on 04/11/2011 5:53:49 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: ejdrapes

cBS


10 posted on 04/11/2011 5:54:04 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: ejdrapes
Serves CBS right. They deserved the back of the hand they got from Tiger after their fawning adulation. Their hero was exposed as the sullen cad he is.

They probably had to junk the "TIGER IS BACK!" video they had in the can for when he won.

11 posted on 04/11/2011 5:56:55 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Buy Gold and Guns Now!)
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To: KSCITYBOY
Tiger is a self-centered A-hole who pouts when adversity comes his way. Rory appears to be a class act. Why people wet themselves over Tiger is beyond me.

My sentiment exactly.

12 posted on 04/11/2011 5:58:16 AM PDT by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: Doogle

CBS can’t stomach that their golfing idol has seen better days.


13 posted on 04/11/2011 5:58:48 AM PDT by Galtoid ( .)
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To: ejdrapes

ABC/ESPN does the same thing with its Indy Car coverage, which they try to turn into a de facto Danica Patrick reality show.

The gulf created between her hype and her abilities is comical, and has made me a big Simona de Silvestro fan.


15 posted on 04/11/2011 6:00:04 AM PDT by doyle
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To: saganite

>>>>Tiger’s interview showed just what a jerk he’s become.

Become? He’s always been that way - the sports journalists (is that an oxymoron?) kept it hidden, much like other “journalists” do with politicians.


16 posted on 04/11/2011 6:00:43 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Free America52

I have a possibly controversial comment about the winner, Charl Schwartzel, - I think he is directly responsible for Rory McIlroy’s meltdown. Schwartzel is a very slow player and repeatedly threw McIlroy and Angel Cabrera off their rhythm with his slow pace. Had McIlroy been paired with a more serene golfer than Cabrera, or one with a slower pace, it might not have mattered. But Cabrera was clearly annoyed by forced waiting due to Schwartzel’s slowness.


17 posted on 04/11/2011 6:02:27 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: ejdrapes
Agreed.

Jack is still the greatest - and always will be - for more reasons than just the total number of majors won. Talk about a class act.

18 posted on 04/11/2011 6:04:46 AM PDT by liberty_lvr (Drill Gaia like a 3 AM prom date)
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To: MindBender26

ping


20 posted on 04/11/2011 6:06:32 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: chickadee
I don't think your comment is controversial, and may be completely accurate.

It's part of the game, though. Young Rory will have to learn to cope with this as I expect he will find himself in the position of leader on Sunday more often than not in the future!

21 posted on 04/11/2011 6:08:04 AM PDT by liberty_lvr (Drill Gaia like a 3 AM prom date)
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To: a real Sheila
WØØDS, like ØBozo, was made by the media.

AND, like many, I mute or change the channel when the media buttheads stick their heads up his arse.

Again, like ØBozo, I have a bumper sticker that says; 'anybody but tiger!'

22 posted on 04/11/2011 6:09:39 AM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: liberty_lvr

You know, I don’t play golf, never have, but somehow I got hooked on watching it on TV. The human drama is amazing.


23 posted on 04/11/2011 6:10:00 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: Keith in Iowa

I’ll never forget, after winning the 1997 Masters by 12 strokes, Tiger making the proclamation that he did it inspite of not having his ‘A Game’. He has always been a self absorbed a$$hole.


24 posted on 04/11/2011 6:10:09 AM PDT by tatown (Obama is a turd)
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To: chickadee
For me there is no one worse than Jim Nance at the Masters. I'm sure he's a great guy, but listening to his soft voice, as if he's standing right over a guy when they're putting (even though he's in a TV tower) drives me nuts.
25 posted on 04/11/2011 6:11:37 AM PDT by ejdrapes (Run Michele Run! Birthers need not apply.)
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To: liberty_lvr
"...I expect he will find himself in the position of leader on Sunday more often than not in the future!

AND probably more often then Tiger will.

26 posted on 04/11/2011 6:12:15 AM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: ejdrapes
Wow! You guys are really bad. I suppose I can understand why some do not like Tiger, but if you think CBS shouldn't follow a guy who started seven strokes behind and managed to tie for the lead at the turn, you just don't understand.

I admit to still liking Tiger, and hoping he plays well. I really didn't notice anything ungracious in what he said, but maybe that's just the schvatza lover in me coming out?

ML/NJ

27 posted on 04/11/2011 6:16:20 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: chickadee

You’ll appreciate it even more if you try to play it sometime and see what a maddeningly difficult game it is.


28 posted on 04/11/2011 6:16:20 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: BigAl22

When Tiger made the turn,I said to my friend.I can hear the media breaking out their knee pads!


29 posted on 04/11/2011 6:22:04 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: ejdrapes

Tiger Woods. The Charlie Sheen of golf. Without the “Winning”.


30 posted on 04/11/2011 6:22:10 AM PDT by crosshairs (Say what you want about the South, but you never hear of anyone retiring and moving north.)
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To: ejdrapes

This is one of my favorite snide comments:

Those that can, do. Those that can’t anymore end up speaking in hushed tones on the Golf Channel.


31 posted on 04/11/2011 6:25:13 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: ml/nj
"but if you think CBS shouldn't follow a guy who started seven strokes behind and managed to tie for the lead at the turn, you just don't understand."

That's true, but for me, it's all about balance, or the lack thereof. Adam Scott posted two weekend 67s, and yet you barely saw the guy until he got to the 16th green. The same could probably be said for the eventual winner. By any measure, Scott and Schwartzel flew under the radar almost the entire weekend, even then they were in contention for a much longer period of time than Tiger.

All things considered, Schwartzel's last round was one of the best last rounds to win the Masters in years, maybe decades. Just off the top of my head, the only person who comes close is Nick Faldo in '96.

32 posted on 04/11/2011 6:29:57 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: ejdrapes

Ol’ Earl Woods and Dr. Frankenstein had something in common.


33 posted on 04/11/2011 6:30:23 AM PDT by crosshairs (Say what you want about the South, but you never hear of anyone retiring and moving north.)
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To: Free America52
Woods provides the ratings that the networks crave, simple as that. Tiger does get scrutinized, I bet Skip Bayless on ESPN will criticize his back 9 play...
34 posted on 04/11/2011 6:30:51 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: ejdrapes
For me there is no one worse than Jim Nance at the Masters.

Be thankful it's not Brent Musberger.

35 posted on 04/11/2011 6:31:11 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: KSCITYBOY
Tiger is a self-centered A-hole who pouts when adversity comes his way. ... Why people wet themselves over Tiger is beyond me.

I think it's the same reason some people get a tingle up their leg over Obama.

36 posted on 04/11/2011 6:31:40 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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To: HIDEK6
For me there is no one worse than Jim Nance at the Masters.

Be thankful it's not Brent Musberger.


Or Bill Raftery.

The putt has a chance,,,,It's in the hole and its going to STAY THERE!
37 posted on 04/11/2011 6:35:01 AM PDT by crosshairs (Say what you want about the South, but you never hear of anyone retiring and moving north.)
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To: harpu

“WØØDS, like ØBozo, was made by the media.”

I can’t agree with this comment. While I thoroughly detest Woods and his boorish behavior (obvious F-Bomb after almost every bad shot for example), it is inaccurate to say he was made by the media. At one time, Woods was by far the dominant player in golf and was performing at a level almost inconceivable. Obama on the other hand never accomplished a thing before being annointed by the elites and the media to the most important job in the world.


38 posted on 04/11/2011 6:36:31 AM PDT by KyCats
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To: chickadee
Rory badly pulled a couple of short putts early on. I think he was unnerved before the day began.

I do like your observation. Getting behind a slow poke could have made it very hard to get back on track.

39 posted on 04/11/2011 6:37:44 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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To: BigAl22
Amen.

Similar to the black-focused commercial ads you see today, where they portray the "typical American family" as black; disregarding the reality of 75% out-of-wedlock/fatherless births....and criminal and drug use statistics.

40 posted on 04/11/2011 6:38:35 AM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: ejdrapes

Somebody finally put in print what I’ve been noticing for years.


41 posted on 04/11/2011 6:41:18 AM PDT by Retired Chemist
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To: ejdrapes

The sports media is the same towards Tiger as the regular media are towards Barry. They’d line up to suck his, um, putter.


42 posted on 04/11/2011 6:41:48 AM PDT by 762X51
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To: KyCats

Right on the money


43 posted on 04/11/2011 6:42:00 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Cincinatus

Maddeningly difficult? Not when I can take home a mental image of a beautiful shot that made the whole morning worth while, (along with the catching up with buddies and beers). If only I could do something about the other 119 strokes...


44 posted on 04/11/2011 6:45:41 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: chickadee
I think he is directly responsible for Rory McIlroy’s meltdown

That could be, but if it is true, McIlroy and Cabrera have themselves to blame for letting it get to them. I see nothing wrong with it if it was a tactic because Schwartzel was never warned for slow play.

45 posted on 04/11/2011 6:47:32 AM PDT by frithguild (The Democrat Party Brand - Big Government protecting Entrenched Interests from Competition)
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To: ejdrapes

I just looked at cbssports.com. Guess whose mug is on the front page? That’s right. TW. The story is about how his Sunday run is legendary.’Scuse me while I BAAAARRRF. I feel better now.


46 posted on 04/11/2011 6:49:05 AM PDT by logitech
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To: liberty_lvr
Jack is still the greatest - and always will be - for more reasons than just the total number of majors won.

The coverage when Jack played is no different that the coverage when Tiger plays. Billy Casper could be leading, but you would see far more of Jack, even if he was 4 shots back.

47 posted on 04/11/2011 6:53:56 AM PDT by frithguild (The Democrat Party Brand - Big Government protecting Entrenched Interests from Competition)
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To: chickadee
Its an amazing sport mentally....the only sport where adrenalin and desire hurts you at crunch time....

Unfortunately....I relearn this lesson regularly when I have a good round going....

(my best rounds have been when I'm just trying not to embarrass myself and get thru them.....Grrrrr....)

48 posted on 04/11/2011 6:53:59 AM PDT by M-cubed
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To: ejdrapes

Getting some new/young blood winning major championships is good for golf. Tiger had his time, he will not dominate the tour as he once did. There still may be a final chapter written by him winning a major here or there, but no one fears the tiger anymore.


49 posted on 04/11/2011 7:04:17 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: ejdrapes

“Tiger” like BO, two jerks who conned the media and the public. The media just can’t stand to let go.


50 posted on 04/11/2011 7:12:02 AM PDT by Malesherbes (Sauve qui peut)
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