Renowned BBC commentator balanced competition and TV work
If reader Bob Geismar has a problem with Davis Love III being both a golfer and a commentator, he should take heart from Peter Alliss' career (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 30).
Alliss did both from the age of 30, and half of his tournament wins came during that time. In 1969, he played his final Ryder Cup singles in the morning, wasn't chosen for the afternoon games and commentated for the BBC as Jack Nicklaus conceded the final putt to Tony Jacklin to halve the match.
Morning Read’s Dan O'Neill tells of a baseball game lasting less than two hours (“Our national pastimes have little to do with fast times,” Oct. 30). Alliss and Bernard Hunt played as the first pair out on the last day of the Daks Tournament in England in 1954, which Alliss won. They took 4 hours and 10 minutes. Sounds fairly standard, but Alliss scored 70 and 67 in that time as they played 36 holes. They took time to play their strokes but walked briskly. Sounds like a good plan. So, "if you can't walk fast, go out last.”
Love and Alliss had similar careers, each with about 20 wins on his principal tour and 5-6 top-10s in the British Open. I would vote for players of their caliber as ideal commentators every time, as they know what it takes to be very good, but maybe not the very best.
I don’t believe for a second that his age had anything to do with it (“How old is too old to talk about golf on TV?” Oct. 27). Though McCord was amusing at first (I was not offended by his references to “bikini wax” and “body bags” at Augusta National), his initial popularity led him eventually to become a caricature of himself. You can’t force funny, and that is what he has been trying to do for the past several years.
The problem with Peter Kostis is that many people do not watch golf on TV to see an analysis of a tour player’s swing, because that does nothing for their own. We have neither the flexibility, strength nor time for practice to benefit from emulating those swings.
It would be much better for the telecast to focus on the competition itself and human-interest stories regarding the players. There have to be hundreds of backroom stories that viewers would find entertaining and which would generate greater interest in the players. Then, golf on TV might be more for me than a way to get into my weekend afternoon nap.
El Paso, Texas
‘On the money’ regarding Woods
Talk about being on the money. John Hawkins dotted all of the i’s and crossed all of the t’s (“You’re dreaming if you think Woods will catch Nicklaus,” Oct. 29).
Winning one more major is a possibility for Tiger Woods, but that would be the last hurrah.
Earl E. Ingram
Just watch as Woods proves naysayers wrong again
Tiger Woods is going to make John Hawkins eat those words, just as Woods did when all those big-name broadcasters and reporters did when they said he would never win again, or even play again (“You’re dreaming if you think Woods will catch Nicklaus,” Oct. 29).
I don’t have to say more. Just watch.
Olive Branch, Miss.
Sanity amid Woods hype
Thank you, John Hawkins, for some sanity on Tiger Woods’ winning 19 majors (“You’re dreaming if you think Woods will catch Nicklaus,” Oct. 29).
Gary Van Sickle acts like a star-struck teenager, as do most other golf writers and broadcasters (“Could Woods win 19 majors? You betcha,” Oct. 28). Please stop. Write about the win and then stop. Don’t predict. Don’t prognosticate. Don’t “what if?”
I can’t believe that Van Sickle believes what he writes. Maybe he does. Sad if he does.
With Woods, it’s never over
At this point, the argument about Tiger Woods is over. So, then what does he do? He wins a major. The guy is unbelievable. We won't see one like him again for a long time (“You’re dreaming if you think Woods will catch Nicklaus,” Oct. 29).
Every win is like watching a great athlete fade into the sunset. Injuries and Father Time are the key, but if this sucker wins another major, that will be very interesting.
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