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Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 10:23 PM

Phony Stuff in Butler Cabin

The Masters is all about tradition. However, not all traditions are good. One of these traditions that I can do without is the made-for-TV green jacket ceremony in Butler Cabin. After sitting through a couple of these shams, I have concluded that it's one of the most ridiculous ceremonies in sports.

It was bad enough seeing Phil Mickelson purposely flaunt that carefully manufactured wholesome family image in front of the cameras on the walk to Butler Cabin. GQ nailed it on the head when they named Mickelson to the Ten Most Hated Atheletes List and wrote, "Mickelson has aggressively pursued a family-man image that is crucial to his success as an endorser." I, for one, have not nor ever will, be fooled by the .

Unfortunately, the phoniness only worsened as the festivities rolled into Butler Cabin. As we all know, Hootie and the Men of the Masters are wacko control freaks. When they try to deceive the viewers into thinking that the tightly-controlled green jacket ceremony in Butler Cabin is a casual and spontaneous affair, the result is just laughable. This year, the ceremony started the same way as it always does. Hootie introduces Jim Nantz and then reads off the teleprompter:
In a few minutes we'll be joined by our 2006 champion, Phil Mickelson. And with him will be last year's champion Tiger Woods who will present him with his green jacket. And Jim, I believe that they're coming in now.
Right on cue, Phil and Tiger stroll into the picture. Can you say "contrived"?

The rest of the ceremony was as artificial as Splenda. Even Tiger feigns joy as he slips the XXXL green jacket onto Phil's naturally padded shoulders. The only thing missing was a live performance by Milli Vanilli. As JD Salinger wrote in The Catcher in the Rye, "People always think something's all true." As Holden Caulfield would have done, I turned off my TV in disgust.

P.S. My buddy Tony K. of Hooked On Golf has started golf's version of MySpace. Called The Golf Space, it's a networking site only for golfers. Users have their own profiles, pics, blogs, connections, business associates etc. Be sure to check it out.


Blogger mediaguru @ HookedOnGolfBlog.com said...

You know the other thing I don't get is why there are TWO green jacket ceremonies? There's one in Butler Cabin and then outside...

And does that painting of Bobby Jones looking over them in BC look eeeeerrie to you like it does me?  


Blogger Eric said...

I would prefer if they simply did away with the presentation in the cabin and just made the presentation on the 18th green only.

And I agree, everything that goes on in the cabin is carefully manipulated.

That said, it doesn't bother me enough to complain about it. It is what it is, and since it is a tradition we'll just have to watch it and live on. Its not a big deal.

I'd also like to say that I don't mind Augusta's efforts to come off like the Disney World of golf. Sometimes I do think they go a bit far (for instance, keeping the commentators on edge), but The Masters is such a slice of Americana that I think it would be a mistake to try to deviate from the wholesome image.

As for Phil... I don't think its fair to single him out as a "phony". I don't think the fans see the REAL Tiger either. In an effort to prevent saying anything that could offend anyone, his interviews are so often brief and dry. His intensity is more apparent, but his true personality is hidden.  


Anonymous Harley Quinn said...

Yeah, and how are you different than Phil in that while he censors his thoughts and reactions, to the betterment of his game, you censor the comments made to your blog, to the detriment of free speech? Not that you both don't have that right, but should you be criticized for it? I, for one, am glad the Joker beat Batman.  


Blogger Golf Grouch said...

I moderate comments to filter out Spam. Phil just eats it.  


Blogger mediaguru @ HookedOnGolfBlog.com said...

"I moderate comments to filter out Spam. Phil just eats it."

What a GREAT quote!  


Blogger Eric said...

Grouchy runs a popular blog, and moderation is essential. I know this because my blog is lousy, and yet I would get 15 or more spam messages consistently until I took measures to prevent them.

I couldn't imagine how much spam this blog would get if it weren't moderated. I definately agree with Grouch on this topic.

As for the PGA Tour... I think very few golfers allow their real personality to be seen, because they do not want to risk losing their lucrative endorsement contracts. Yes, there are a few of them out there. Vijay Singh didn't care who he offended when he refused to play with Annika at the Colonial. But that was more of an exception than a rule.

As far as Phil is concerned (and I won't deny that I'm a fan of not only Phil, but the entire big 5, and most of the top 10), I am not completely sure that his smile is fake. I almost think that he seems somewhat aloof. Tiger is constantly aware of the present situation. The now. Phil's smile makes it seem as if his mind wanders when bad things happen to better times. Of course, I could be full of crap.  


Anonymous PJ said...

It looks a lot like you buddy Tony used Joomla and maybe Community Builder to make his site and erased all front page credit to them.  


Blogger mediaguru @ HookedOnGolfBlog.com said...

CB doesn't "require" a credit be listed. In fact there is a "preference setting" which allows you to take it off.

I've donated $$$ to both projects and promoted the hell out of both of them.  


Blogger mediaguru @ HookedOnGolfBlog.com said...

Ok I just looked deeper into it:

From the Joomla site:
"The copyright must remain in the source code - this means the Joomla PHP and XML source code.
This is not the HTML source code delivered to the web browser. Nothing regarding Joomla must appear anywhere in the HTML delivered to the web browser.

Not in the HTML code.
Not visible on the page."

All appropriate copyrights and credits are intact in the source code as they require.



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