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‘This old coot’ won’t ante up for golf wagering

New Jersey reader concedes that he might be ‘sensitive old boomer,’ but he thinks golf’s move toward wagering is a bad bet

Am I a sensitive old boomer who doesn’t want kids to walk on my lawn when I say that the wagering industry has overstepped its boundaries?

The abundance of commercials touting the ease in which anyone can and should win has me reaching for the remote. Was I dreaming the other day when I thought I heard several of the golf commentators/announcers mention the odds of someone winning after a shot was not skillfully executed? It may have included a reference to a certain platform in which to wager. A partner or sponsor of the broadcast?

I remember reading about this, but it being seen and heard in the moment startled me.

Is this one more distraction that this old coot has to endure to enjoy watching my favorite players on the PGA Tour?

Ken Chojnacki
Delran, N.J.

A wedge issue with Mickelson
I’m not sure whether Dan O’Neill was being funny, genuine or just pulling our legs, but Phil Mickelson might consider doing what the all-time greats have done in golf (“More TV networks should line up to land Phil Mickelson,” Feb. 26). Maybe Mickelson should lend his name to the tournaments that made him famous – or vice versa. There are a few, such as the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, that could use his help.

On the other hand, staying on the senior circuit for a while won’t hurt either in the fan-attraction department, and he would dominate there for years. He could shorten his driver to keep it in the fairway, and wedge those guys to death. 

But speaking of wedges, wouldn’t it be a great way to give back to the game: produce a series of short-game videos, making it possible for everyone to get his insight and genius on the topic?

My point is, he would be funny, articulate and interesting as a broadcaster, too, but then he would be everywhere, and people would be clamoring to get rid of him.

Peter Croppo
Bayfield, Ontario

Let’s call Woods what he is: 3-time loser behind the wheel
I have heard plenty of wild speculation for the reasons that Tiger Woods ended up in a field upside down, but the recent email offered by the Porsche saleswoman (I can only assume that was her occupation) was the most bizarre (“From the Morning Read inbox,” March 4).

It all boils down to this: This is the third time that Woods has had an automobile incident, and while we are all glad that he was not killed and should recover, it doesn’t excuse the fact that he could have hurt or killed someone else on three separate occasions. Nobody on the TV networks has the guts to point that out. They are too busy with their usual lovefest.

That being said, Tiger, get well soon.

Frank Blauch
Lebanon, Pa.

Reader’s theory on Woods’ crash makes no sense
Reader Rene Leoni makes quite a few assertions in her letter (“From the Morning Read inbox,” March 4).

Somehow, she knows that Tiger Woods didn't fall asleep at the wheel. She knows that Woods was rushing to an appointment. Leoni also must have evidence that Woods wasn't using his cellphone and maybe was distracted as he approached that curve.

Nope. None of those explanations is possible, according to Leoni. It had to be Woods’ “top-heavy” Genesis GV80.

Who are the “they” who concede that the Genesis GV80 couldn't handle the road? If only Woods had been driving a Porsche, he could have taken that turn at more than 100 mph and not suffered an accident, huh?

If anything, the safety features of the Genesis GV80 kept the world from mourning the loss of one Eldrick “Tiger” Woods.  

James A. Smith
Norfolk, Va.

Tiger Woods delivers one-of-a-kind star quality
“I don't care if they love him or hate him, just as long as they watch.”

That was not the president of a network sports division talking about Tiger Woods. That was the late Roone Arledge, talking about the late Howard Cosell during the heyday of ABC’s “Monday Night Football.” The same, though, can be said about Woods. Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy have the firepower but not the star power.

Except for the NFL, where fans root for logos as players come and go, most pro sports rise or fall depending on the star quality that the sport offers. Again, way back, former NBA commissioners Larry O'Brien and David Stern had Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and then Michael Jordan to thank for turning a floundering league into one with worldwide popularity.

Commissioners can tinker with the tours, but they can't manufacture star quality (“Tiger Woods’ injury opens fresh wound on pro tours,” March 3)

Michael Zebrick   
Martinsville, N.J. 

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