Posterizing > Putting?

I love SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays.  Frequently, I am doing something else in the evening and when I realize that it is around the time for the Top 10 Plays, I frantically turn the channel to whatever ESPN station is playing SportsCenter just to watch it.

I also love Best of the Best plays, where there is a vote between the day’s number 1 play vs. the current play that is named the Best of the Best.  I especially enjoy the plays that stay on the Best of the Best for weeks because I really can keep watching them over and over and over again (literally).

Like the Jerome Simpson flip….

Or Mark Sanchez’s infamous butt fumble on the Worst of the Worst… (sorry Mark, I had to do it).

Okay, okay.  It is really easy to get carried away.

So, a couple of days ago Paula Creamer, a women’s professional golfer, made a 75-foot putt  to WIN a tournament.  Not only was it 75 feet, but it also involved quite the slope.  I am currently in a beginning golf class and know all too well how easy she made this look.  I know you want to watch it, so here it is…

For obvious reasons, this was the number one play of the day and it beat the previous Best of the Best to take the title.  Yet yesterday, after one day with the Best of the Best title, it was beat by a baseball perfect game, which was also impressive.

I love baseball highlights, but I was surprised that Creamer’s putt only received about 1/3 of the votes for the Best of the Best.  Really both plays were great, but I would have expected the voting to be a little closer.  While the perfect game deserved to be honored, Creamer had made a 75-foot putt to win a tournament, which is incredible.

This probably sounds like a rant. I suppose it is a little bit of one. It just made me realize how much people like basketball, football and baseball. Nothing is wrong with that, and I feel the same way.  It is clear though, that if this putt cannot last on the Best of the Best then no women’s golf highlight is going to be able to compete.

It’s pretty apparent that the professional sports that are most covered in the nation media, especially on a short highlight/talk show, are usually men’s basketball, football and baseball. This highlight’s one day reign as the Best of the Best helped me understand why in a new way. Clearly, it is what the majority of people want to watch.

I just think Creamer’s putt should have lasted for several days, or at least until Blake Griffin did something this again…



Winning and Hover Crafts

Golf’s not always on my radar, but golf topics sure have been lately.  Tiger is back and hover crafts are in the less distant future. Since Augusta is around the corner, I thought I would give a Golf themed post a shot (or maybe that should be a drive or better yet a putt).

The first topic is Tiger Woods.  Tiger has been on his game.  He has proved that “winning takes care of everything” in his latest Nike ad…well kind of.  A lot has been written about this ad, including if it is even ethical, but winning has helped Tiger regain the number 1 ranking, cover of Sports Illustrated, and his Nike sponsorships.

Also, Tiger announced his own relationship on his Facebook page before the paparazzi, or just about anyone else, could figure it out.  I think Tiger would rather be the one to break news about his relationships rather than seeing them in the tabloids.

I believe that winning has taken care of a lot for Tiger.  He is in the news again for his golfing ability… and of course some reactions to the previously mentioned ad and new relationship.

America likes a comeback story, and Tiger has a lot to come back from. He is still such a polarizing person that vague advertisements that the mention of Tiger Woods, “winning” and “everything” will be controversial.  Maybe this is what Nike wanted though?

I will be interested to see how Tiger does in Augusta.

Next golf topic: Bubba Watson.  It is fitting because he won Augusta in an exciting fashion last year.

While he is looking to defend his title, he has also been showing some style. I have always thought driving a golf cart was fun.  I can’t even imagine how great it would be to drive this around a course.

Until next time,