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A day with Tiger

Posted: August 27, 2013 by shawnfury in Uncategorized
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I saw the first 67 shots Tiger Woods hit in the final round of The Barclays on Sunday in Jersey City, but I only saw the end result of his 68th. When Woods struck a lengthy putt for birdie that would have put him in a playoff with Steve Williams — with Adam Scott along for the ride — I stood near the 18th green with a million or so fellow fans. I couldn’t actually see Tiger. Instead, as I stood about 25 deep, I found a small opening through various heads, shoulders and baseball caps that provided a perfect view of the cup but nothing else. On tip-toes I waited for Tiger to strike the putt, waiting for the crowd to tell me when the ball was on its way. When the roars started I jumped up and down several times because everyone in front of me did the same thing, all of us looking something like the Cameron Crazies at the start of a game against North Carolina.

It was a long putt so it took a long time for the ball to reach the cup. I saw it about two inches before it stopped about two inches from the hole. And that was the end of Tiger’s tournament. And it was the end of my first time seeing him play in person. I think I had a more enjoyable Sunday.


Before this goes any further I should say I remain convinced Tiger Woods will one day tie and then break Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major titles. Armchair psychologists are welcome to diagnose me based on these possible delusions, though your arguments against that belief will not sway me. How could they — as the only person still left on that bandwagon (does Tiger even think it anymore?) I’ve already heard them all. I will simply say Tiger is still on Jack’s pace. Nicklaus won his 15th at the British Open when he was 38 years old. At next year’s British Tiger will be 38. If he doesn’t win that? Then I search for more rationalizations.

Still…I can see why some might remain doubtful about Tiger’s chances. But no matter your feelings about the ultimate pursuit in his career — and no matter if you let out a cheer when he hits a great drive or applaud when he pushes a 5-foot par putt — Hank Haney’s 2012 book The Big Miss provides something for everyone.


This week’s links take you around the world. Probably.

* Zach Lowe on the winners and losers this NBA offseason. He was not impressed with the Lakers.

* Via David Grann’s Twitter, incredible photos of “a single tiny house shot at different times of the year.”

* Forget the NBA Dunk Contest and enjoy the theatrics at the Venice Basketball League dunk contest.

* Brittany Griner on adjusting to the WNBA. 

* Usain Bolt on why he can be trusted when it comes to doping.

* Wait, Alex Rodriguez is a slumlord too? This guy.

* I’m not on Gmail. Yahoo! baby. But friends who are have hated the new tabs on Gmail. Of course, Slate — being Slate — says the tabs are the best thing ever.

* Michael Bamberger on how Tiger Woods’ major drought can be traced to his lack of aggressiveness. In another Tiger piece, Jason Sobel on the difference between Phil Mickelson and Tiger and how their personalities lead to different results when they’re trailing in a major. Here’s my issue with Sobel’s piece: Even with this swashbuckling attitude that makes it easier for him to rally than Tiger’s oh-so serious play-it-safe persona, Phil didn’t rally after 54 holes at a major until he was…39 years old. The 2010 Masters. It did nothing for him in coming back until he was two years older than Tiger is now. So is it really a better way to attack? Damn it, Tiger, win a major.

* Jay Caspian King on Reddit and the spreading of a smear during the Boston bombings.

* Slideshow! The 25 best action movies since Die Hard.

* Turns out a former New York Jets receiver and aspiring writer wound up living in Sioux Falls and working at a grocery store after his playing days. The New York Times has the story.

* CNN believes that the HBO show The Newsroom – much mocked and much watched – matters because it expresses idealism that could be important to the future of journalism. That doesn’t mean we have to like Maggie Jordan, right?

I thought I’d be writing about Tiger Woods failing to win the British Open and how it absolutely doesn’t mean he’s going to go majorless for the rest of his career and that I’m still willing to place money on the belief he’ll tie or break Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major championships.

But I figure I’ll break that one out after the PGA Championship when he finishes seventh, four shots out of the lead.

Instead a look at how ESPN, NBC and CBS cover golf, from someone who’s not a TV critic and doesn’t know exactly how to operate a DVR but makes up for it with insightful golf expertise drawn from years of hitting wayward tee shots, when they’re not simply skidding on the ground 40 yards in front of me.


I know, I know. You wait all week for our weekly links section on Friday. And now you’re reading this but it’s Thursday, right? Yes. So how can we buck tradition like this? How do we throw our entire production schedule into turmoil? How do we get the interns to work a different day? Well, tonight’s Game 7 of the NBA Finals and we’ll be doing a podcast at the end of it and that will go up Friday so you’re getting links a day early. What a treat.

* Obviously shocking news with the death of James Gandolfini. Here’s Matt Zoller Seitz in New York Magazine with a great tribute to Gandolfini the man. Alan Sepinwall on The Sopranos. Melinda Newman on meeting her hero. And some links from the past. Here’s Part 1 of Gandolfini on Inside the Actor’s Studio, with other parts on YouTube. Vanity Fair’s oral history of The Sopranos. Also in New York Magazine, it’s Gandolini, in his own words. GQ reran it’s great 2004 piece by Chris Heath on Gandolfini.

* My first boss, Doug Wolter, who returned to his old position as sports editor of the Daily Globe in Worthington, writes about the end of his fastpitch career and how tough it is letting go.

*’s Gregg Doyel says it’s all the Spurs’ fault for the Game 6 debacle.

* A recap of those Miami fans who left early. Just remember these people when LeBron’s yelling into the mic tonight after winning the title that the Heat have the best fans in the world. They’ll probably be gone by then anyway.

* Tommy Craggs writes about Howie Schwab — you know him from being stumped — who was let go by ESPN in a cost-cutting move.

* Sad tale. Writer Michael Hastings — whose Rolling Stone story ended the career of General Stanley McChrystal — was killed in a car accident in California.

*  Another sad story. Best-selling author Vince Flynn died. Flynn, a St. Thomas grad, had been battling prostate cancer.

* Charlie Pierce on Tiger Woods.

* Full trailer for the Anchorman sequel. 

* The New Yorker’s Sasha Frer-Jones on Kanye West’s new album.

* Bad news for Terry. How caffeine can cramp creativity. Wait, that’s bad news for me too.

* Experts figure out how much destruction was done to Metropolis in the new Man of Steel. 

* Speaking of the man in the cape, here’s a look at some of the actors who were nearly cast as Superman. Dustin Hoffman?

* Dave Chappelle may be prepping for a return to comedy. If so … Game, Blouses.

* In other Heat-fans-are-lame news, the good people at Jimmy Kimmel Live pulled a gag on some of them by pretending the team had a player named Mu Shu Pork. Awesome.

* Shameless self-promotion alert: San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis was in Sioux Falls this week. He was more engaging than the average athlete endorser. TV displayed considerably less charisma in an outtakes bit for a local sports talk show.

By the time you read this, Fury should be back in Inwood, completing a roughly 87-hour trip from Minnesota. He might as well have walked. God bless the airline industry.

The silver lining: He had plenty of time to find good links for this week’s edition of The Tapes:

Big weekend upcoming in TV, er, the Web or whatever the return of Arrested Development via Netflix is considered. The New York Times says this is the right time and platform for the cult hit to return.
Meanwhile, the show’s creator claims there is a correct way to watch the show, which will release an entire season worth of episodes all at once.

Headline: NASA is funding a 3D food printer, and it’ll start with pizza. Um, what? I’ll take two slices of space sausage, please.

The English Premier League season came to an end this week. That also marked the end of ESPN’s contract to air games. So no more Sir Ian Dark or Steve McManaman (aka Macca) on the Worldwide Leader. But they gave us a going away present in the form of these outtakes.


From Janesville, Minnesota. Yes, still in Janesville. After 8 hours at the airport and an incident with security over my wife’s purse and waiting for a plane from New York that never arrived — which we were then going to hop on and fly back to NYC — our flight back to the Apple was canceled, a call was placed to Ma and Pa Fury and we were again picked up at the airport and brought back to southern Minnesota for two more days. All in all quite a day.

Some more links before I collapse into bed.

* This Tiger Woods-Sergio Garcia feud only gets weirder as the commissioner of the European Tour makes his own stupid statement.

* Shake Shack is becoming something of a chain even though the owner doesn’t want it to be a chain and people wonder if it could affect what everyone loves about the place. Shake Shack makes one of my two favorite burgers in all of New York City so I’m all for other people in this fine country having the chance to consume it (but still, give me Dairy Queen shakes).

* Speaking of burgers, Restaurant’s Extreme Burger Challenge Moved Down to Regular Menu.

* Teenagers hate Facebook. But they’re staying on it. I’m still not on Facebook.


Welcome to this week’s links. It was about 80 degrees earlier in the week in New York City. Terry, the rest of Sioux Falls, my family in Minnesota and other poor souls in the Midwest did not have quite that same weather. So as you dig out or melt out, here are this week’s stories:

* Charlie Pierce’s 1997 profile of Tiger Woods is one of the most famous magazine stories ever written. On Grantland, Pierce provides a “director’s cut” of the story, which includes the fact he wrote the story in 2.5 hours.

* A shrink analyzes Don Draper.

* Bitcoins are a Ponzi scheme. What are bitcoins? I don’t really know but a co-worker told me about them awhile back and now they’re all over the news. Go buy some. Or whatever you do with them. Or don’t.

* A Minneapolis man went to great lengths in an elaborate hoax on Joel Osteen, trying to make it look like the preacher man had given up on his faith.

* From The Onion: Stripper thinks customer flirting with her.

* A high school football coach who got run over by a motorized cart at a Cowboys game is suing.

* There seems to be a growing segment of American soccer fans who watch the international game, but turn up their nose at the domestic league. Alexi Lalas and and Rog Bennett (of Men in Blazers fame) combined on a piece designed at changing that.

* TV is developing a man crush on Jalen Rose for entertaining and enlightening bits like this. More on that soon.

* Finally, the pod of the week is the last installment of the CBS Eye on College Basketball podcast for this season. These guys – Matt Norlander, Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman – absolutely killed it with their coverage during the NCAA tournament in terms of scoops and analysis. If there’s one area that an outlet consistently tops ESPN in terms of quality, this is it. They’re also really funny, too. Have a listen.

Technical difficulties at headquarters prevented a new post so we had the crack research staff dig through the archives room. I caught a few minutes of the USA-Mexico soccer battle Tuesday so this piece from November 2011 felt relevant.

Where were you when Tiger Woods clinched the President’s Cup for the United States with a great bunker shot? I hope you watched it live on the Golf Channel and didn’t wait for the Sunday replay on NBC. That’s what true Americans did.

I actually pulled for the U.S. to defeat the hated International squad, my love of this great country rising every time the camera zoomed in on the smarmy Greg Norman, captain of the opposing squad.


Tiger Woods won his 75th PGA tourney this week and depending on where you fall on the Tiger Spectrum, it meant he’s back and will win two majors this year and break Jack Nicklaus’ record or that he’s never going to win a major again because look at the way he stumbled over the final nine holes. Lots of demons, explain the naysayers.

Who knows if it means anything about Woods’s chances of winning a major this year or five more over the next 10 years. At worst he’s the second-best player of all-time and the second-best player in the world today. He’s not what he was in 2000, but in 2001 he was no longer the player he was in 2000. Each time he tees it up, I hope he wins and I hope he passes the Bear and not just because I’d have to pay off some bets if he never gets to 19. I like watching greatness, even when it comes with all types of complications.


This edition of our links of the weeks comes to you exclusively from the Midwest as Fury is visiting his folks in ‘Sota. Feels good, too:

* You know how Ray Lewis is prepping to play in a second Super Bowl and has become a leader of men? Well, a couple dudes are still dead stemming from an incident that he was involved with 13 years ago. Here’s a story about the families of the victims.

* News of a pretty significant medical breakthrough came out this week from UCLA. Turns out living ex-NFL players are showing signs of proteins related to brain damage. While this isn’t shocking, it’s another step toward, if not the end of football, then some sort of fairly radical overhaul.

* The podcast of the week is back with one that I’ll likely never try again despite enjoying the first episode. Jeff Garlin of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame has started a new pod called “By the Way.” His first guest: Larry David. Yes, good ol’ L.D. Basically, the two prove over 90 minutes that most of what they discuss off stage is a lot like what they play out on stage. And that’s why I enjoyed it.

* Tiger Woods changes his golf swing about every five years and it always confuses people. Here’s a nice story by Scott Eden that digs into the “madness” that leads someone with a perfect swing to decide it’s not so perfect and needs to change.

* A dude was hassled on a flight because he was wearing a shirt bearing Inigo Montoya’s famous saying. You know Inigo. Princess Bride. You killed my father. Prepare to die. Fellow passengers found it inconceivable that he would wear such a shirt.

* J.J. Abrams will reportedly direct the next Star Wars movie.