Golf Announcers and the True Meaning of Comebacks

by Gary Sterling

Yesterday I watched, like millions of others, as Tiger Woods tapped in that final putt and let out a roar for the ages, hugged his family, and yes, it brought a tear to my eye. However, now I’m going to rant my ass off about televised golf and a few other things.

Why in the Sam hell do Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo whisper? I understand that golf is a gentleman’s game and that you’re not supposed to talk during someone’s backswing. But Jesus Christ, Jim, you aren’t standing anywhere close to the golfers! Stop with the damned whispering! This is a sporting event, not a freaking ASMR event. And don’t tell me about the respect factor. If he’s respecting the game, he would NEVER speak during someone’s backswing or while they are putting. Speak up, Jim! It’s a sporting event and we like it when you show a little effort and emotion!

People are calling Tiger’s victory the greatest comeback in sports history. Really? Are you kidding me?!? I’m sorry, has Tiger Woods not been golfing for the past decade? I know his back is/was screwed up and he is/was playing in pain, but he didn’t ‘Willis Reed’ his ass onto the golf course this weekend. He’s been playing for over a decade! If the comeback wasn’t going to be complete until he won another major, we’re changing the rules of what a comeback really is. I mean hell, Michael Jordan’s comeback is still ongoing, as is every boxer’s that has ever thrown a punch.

Tiger Woods’ victory was special. It was awesome. It was inspiring. It was a come from behind victory, his first ever in a major. It was not a comeback unless we have all been in cryostasis  for the past 11 years.

In closing, enjoy the day; enjoy the victory. Just talk and announce in a normal voice. Like LL said, “Don’t call it a comeback, he’s been here for years”.

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