I can’t take credit for the following press release, as Geoff Shackelford somehow picked it up.[photopress:tadd_1.jpg,full,alignright]
Ever wonder why the Golf Channel was moved to digital cable in Canada? Because no one watched it. There was simply nothing worth watching. I didn’t even watch it and I write about golf for a living. I didn’t want to see Mark O’Meara talk about the Medicus 2000 anymore. I didn’t want that guy to tell me the “truth” about golf. I didn’t care about the Golf Channel because it was full of informercials and propaganda for pro golf. It was not — and is not now — very critical or insightful. It was a whorefest for any company that could shill any sort of swing fix. The best thing in the last three years on the Golf Channel is old repeats of Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf and early morning European Tour broadcasts. And those to things have combined audience of six.
Anyway, the Golf Channel now has PGA Tour coverage, so maybe there’s a reason to tune in again (I did for parts of the Mercedes and Sony). But here’s what the Golf Channel plays when they aren’t showing informercials with over-the-hill pro golfers or their instructors:
Golf Channel sent out a “newsflash” on this important note:
GOLF CHANNEL to Highlight Fujikawas Return to High School on Tuesdays Golf Central
The GOLF CHANNEL will follow Tadd Fujikawa as he returns to classes on Tuesday at Moanalua High School in Honolulu, two days removed from finishing in a tie for 20th at the Sony Open in Hawaii and becoming the youngest golfer in 50 years to make a cut on the PGA TOUR. The segment will air on Golf Central on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.
The GOLF CHANNELs Mark Rolfing will be on-hand to document the 16-year-old sophomores return to high school and the reception from his fellow classmates. On Wednesday’s Golf Central, Fujikawa’s first bowel movement will be discussed in an up close and personal sit-down interview with Rolfing.
That last line is Geoff’s, just to see if you were still reading. I liked Tadd. The kid is as small as Prince, and hits the ball a long way. But come on — what is Mark (I’m a complete sychophant) Rolfing going to actually say? Of course the kids at the school know their exceptionally short classmate is a pretty good golfer, and those that don’t will wonder why he’s being followed around with TV cameras or perhaps think Tadd is auditioning for the Gary Coleman biopic. This is the sort of propaganda Michelle Wie usually gets from Rolfing — but since she can’t hit the ball straight anymore, we get Tadd.
I can see it now:
“Megan, Rolfing here, I think Tadd is going down the hall, and yes, that’s right, he’s entering the lavatory. Well, you know it has been a stress-filled week, so maybe he’s going to relieve some of that pressure….”