Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day…

So anyone that’s still concerned with Tiger’s return to the PGA can kiss IB18s collective ass from here to Pebble Beach.

It’s your turn today, Mike Lopresti of Gannett News Service.

“Tick, tick, tick,” Lopresti writes. “The sport has been a table without a centerpiece.”

Considering Woods’ larger than life persona, even as he recuperates from knee surgery, it’s safe to say that golf’s biggest centerpiece is blocking the middle of the table, hindering our vision of other golfers who sit right across from us.

Lopresti also writes, “You can imagine football without a Manning, basketball without a Kobe. Not golf, circa 2009, without a Woods.”

Sorry, Mike. The editors at IB18 can imagine plenty of other good golf stories, perhaps not worth the hype that you place upon Woods return (as if anyone knows when that will be). Some examples:

Charley Hoffman’s season has been very impressive, with 3 cuts made in as many starts. His two top-10s and a top-25 have been good enough to put him 6th on the money list (he finished 110th last season).

49 year-old Kenny Perry, ever a “money” golfer, picked up right where he left off last year with a victory at the FBR Open.

And there's a youth movement with guys like Rory McIlroy and Ryo Ishikawa, 19 and 17 years old respectively, who have both won their first professional events at a younger age than Tiger. They'll be playing at the Masters this season for the first time in their young careers

Tiger may make the trip to Augusta, but will be bring his sticks?

So, Mike Lopresti, aside from kissing our ass, feel free to keep your nose well up Tiger’s keester too, even when he doesn’t play. For you represent the fair-weather golf fan who can’t bring themselves to admit that golfers with fresh knee ligaments and without a recent birth of a child can make for good stories too.

But with your head so far up Tiger’s ass, it’s no wonder you can’t see.

1 Comentário:

Vince Spence said...

Goods, my brotha...

When I was a kid, there was ONE baseball player - Mickey Mantle, and if you disagreed, we fought. People are supposed to kiss your posterior if they feel Tiger saved the tour and made about 500 mediocre tour players very wealthy men? Oh, by the way, I was eight when I would fight someone in Mickey's honor. I forget what occupied my mind when I was nine.

Colin Montgomery, the #2 career money winner on the European Tour never even won once on our tour. Can we at least allow our newest 'youth movement' to at least win ONE tournament before we have a teenage coronation?

Does anybody know who is the #1 career leading money leader of the European Tour with winnings that qualify as official on that tour?

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