Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
Unbelievable...(well, not really)
2008-06-16 09:28
by Alex Belth
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There are any number of things that look better on HD TV--nature shows, cooking shows, golf. I don't play golf but it looks so inviting, all that green, on HD. Last night, after a long day with my family, I was lying on the couch watching the last moments of U.S. Open.

"Are you watching, golf?" says my wife?

"No, I'm watching Tiger."

I'm like a lot of people. Woods gets me to sit and watch. I'm nervous all over again just thinking about that last shot he sunk. The guy is so great it's almost unfathomable. Imagine being Rocco and having to sleep on that? Tiger is one shot ahead after two holes so far today.

2008-06-16 09:38:18
1.   cult of basebaal
rocco just missed a hole in one on the 3rd by about 2 inches and tiger bogied, after 3, rocco -1, tiger +1

will today be the day for the new cinderella man???

tons of golf left

2008-06-16 09:42:20
2.   Alex Belth
I'm nervous just hearing that news...And to be honest, I don't know why. It's great if Tiger wins, and it's also great if Rocco pulls it out. The process is excrutiating.
2008-06-16 09:51:53
3.   dianagramr
ESPN.COM is providing live video simulcast. Nice way to spend the workday.
2008-06-16 10:01:56
4.   cult of basebaal
it's weird, i don't have anything against tiger, but there probably isn't another athlete i root against more vociferously

mostly, i'd just like a well played match today, where his opponent didn't hand it tiger by playing with both hands wrapped around his throat

we'll see about rocco far he's made 2 great shots ... and about 5 crappy ones, not a promising start

2008-06-16 10:10:44
5.   kylepetterson
I don't remember who said it, but I was listening to the radio a couple years back and they were talking about Tiger and the comment was made that everyone is looking in the NBA for the next Jordan, (Is it Kobe? Is LeBron the next Jordan?) when all the while the next Michael Jordan has been playing pro golf for years. At first I thought that it was an odd statement, but the more I watch the guy, the more I agree. He doesn't just play better than anyone out there, when he is on his game, it's like he's the one who made the whole thing up. And it's not just on the course, he's changed the way we look at golf as well. Think back 15 years and try to imagine a high school kid watching golf or wearing clothes from a golfer.
2008-06-16 10:12:49
6.   Schteeve
Tiger Woods is impossible to root against in my opinion. His mastery of golf is shocking.
2008-06-16 10:18:24
7.   Josh Wilker
I don't know much about golf but here's my two cents as I root for the fallible old guy to beat the relentless dominator: Tiger's obviously a phenomenal player, but it seems to me that the guy he's chasing, Nicklaus, had tougher rivals. Who today is as consistently excellent as Palmer, Player, and Watson? You could argue that Woods has no rivals because he's just that much better than everyone (which he clearly is), but there's no one consistently finishing second to him, suggesting that he's more a Joe Louis pummeling tomato cans than an Ali beating Liston, Frazier, and Foreman, for whatever that's worth.
2008-06-16 10:26:39
8.   Knuckles
7 I'm no golf expert so I couldn't compare Tiger's foes versus those of Nicklaus, but it seems to me that one thing that Tiger has done is increase the level of competition in golf, at least from an athletic standpoint. I remember when it dawned on people that to beat Woods, you'd not only have to be technically perfect, but you also had to go long off the tee to even stay in his neighborhood. Guys like Duval and Sergio would come back one season looking more like athletes and less like, well, golfers. Maybe it was happening anyway, with all the money involved, but it seems like Tiger's getting jacked has helped transform golf from a game to more of a sport.
2008-06-16 10:51:15
9.   cult of basebaal
7 pretty much my thoughts exactly. tiger's great, but i don't see that from his competitors, especially when it comes to their mental approach to the game.

i mean, who's his biggest challenger? hefty? how many times has he blown his chances? it certainly isn't sergio and his 0 major wins and notorious late tournament fades.

these guys are beat between the ears before they step out on the course and though much of it is his mastery, i'd argue the majority is their weakness.

jack had real rivals, i'd say tiger has a rotating cast of guys who are content to come in second.

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