Rivalry is defined as “competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field.” It would seem Golf Channel (and other media) are guilty of trying to manufacture a rivalry which does not exist.
Slow news day I guess… Still this beats hot tour wives and girlfriends. At least it is about golf.
Let’s look at the wins for McIlory vs Fowler and see how much of a rivalry there really is at this point.
Rory McIlory has nine PGA Tour victories and seven international victories. Included in those are four major championships (one U.S. Open, two PGA Championships, one Open Championship). Current world raking: 1st.
Rickie Fowler has one PGA Tour win (2012 Wells Fargo) and one international win. No majors. Current world ranking: 11th.
The numbers speak for themselves. There is no rivalry. Not even a “budding” one. Until Fowler actually wins, this discussion is wasted brain cells.
The golf magazines are going nuts right now, digging in their archives of brilliant Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky photos. You see, DJ won this past weekend and that’s all the excuse the struggling golf magazines need to post link bait, also known as T&A.
Many Hooked On Golf Blog patrons know I’m an aspiring photographer and I think it would be totally bichin if I got a job working for Golf.com or Golf Digest or some golf media outlet. So below I’m submitting a few photos from my portfolio. Since I know they love to post any kind of Paulia photo, even with random animals and stuff like that, I found some of my best material.
Let me know when I start the new photo job okay?
DJ and Paulina Gretzky and a giant pig humping a barrel
Paulina Gretzky and DJ and a dumpster
DJ and Paulina and some old junk appliances
Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky and a pile of tires
DJ and Paulina and a greasy transmission
So what do you think? These would fit right in with Golf.com and Golf Digest’s Paulia photos…
Yesterday I predicted that Golf.com would use Dustin Johnson’s victory at Doral this past weekend as an excuse to post Paulina Gretzky photos. Like clockwork the photo galleries are popping up. Golf journalism at its best!
For my next unbelievable feat, the oracle will predict the sun rising in the east.
Now I’m positive that Golf.com has lost its mind. This was in my Facebook “stream” today. What the *&*%*^* does this photo have to do with anything?
Paulina Gretzky and Dustin Johnson and an elephant? WTF?!?!?!?
I can see the production meeting at Golf.com unfolding:
Editor: “People, Dustin Johnson won this weekend. We need Paulina Gretzky photos!”
Intern: “How about the elephant one?”
File this under the “never saw that coming” category…
I’m shocked (that this didn’t happen sooner). Back9Network, also referred to by me as “Trash9Network,” has suspended operations due to a “temporary shortfall in capital.”
In English, they blew through the millions in VC money and it’s all gone.
With quality content like this it is hard to believe this “network” didn’t survive…
I’ve been very critical of this “media” entity and quite honestly I think it is better for golf that it goes away.
For more read NBC’s story here: http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Back9Network-Suspends-Operations-293664681.html
And Ryan Ballangee’s story here: http://thegolfnewsnet.com/golfnewsnetteam/2015/02/23/back9network-suspends-operations-indefinitely-9864/
Hats off to the editor of Bunkers Paradise. After the HOG article yesterday showing several instances of plagiarism, and a backlash by other golf writers on Twitter, an apology for stealing other golf sites’ content has been issued. It is a step in the right direction for them and as hard as it must have been to admit, they did the right thing.
The offending writer has been let go and the copied content has been removed. The first excuse I predicted yesterday was the “I didn’t know the writer was stealing content” one. That’s in this quote below:
Today it was brought to my attention that another industry writer we hired for our news section was also plagiarizing work. I was under the impression and agreement that he would be producing original content, and as soon as I found out, the writer was let go. Whether they did not know the rules or not it is ultimately my responsibility that they do and I apologize for that.
Still, Ken Lee owned up to it as owner/editor and a tip of the hat goes to him for doing that.
This quote is a key in the apology:
Moving forward I can guarantee that this will never happen again.
I hope so Ken. As I told you on Google plus, duplicate content does not help your site. It hurts it, especially when the original content is from a much larger and more reputable site in Google’s eyes.
The key is quality original content.