Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mid-week musings

- After three months of silence and ensuring speculation and media frenzy, Tiger Woods announced that he will finally speak to the media on Friday. The plan is for Woods to speak to a small group of media at 11:00 a.m. ET--the press conference will take place at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, FL, the headquarters for the PGA Tour. Is it coincidence that Woods' first appearance since Thanksgiving is on the same weekend as the Accenture Match Play tournament in Arizona? Maybe, but I doubt it--the cynic in me thinks that this is a way for Woods to fire back at the first sponsor which dropped him after news of his infidelity. When asked about the overlap, Woods' agent said "It's a matter of timing." You bet it is! Let's take bets now on the focus and visibility of Woods' appearance versus the television audience for Accenture's tournament.

- "Deep Throat" is 85 today. Hal Holbrook, who played the famous character of "Deep Throat" in All the President's Men, the story of the Washington Post's coverage of the Watergate scandal, has a birthday today.

- Do you realize that the biggest game this season in Big 12 basketball will not be on national TV? The March 3 Kansas-Kansas State game, pitting the current #1 team in the land versus the current #7, will be shown on the Big 12 Network. Oh joy--we'll get to hear Dave "Wow" Armstrong doing play-by-play.

- Sarah Palin attended last Sunday's Daytona 500. Palin attended the drivers' meeting, which is a place where any celebs and captains of industry in attendance are introduced to drivers before a race. Palin's appearance apparently caused quite the photo-taking scene at the end of the meeting--reportedly more of a frenzy than that caused by other famous folks who have been with the drivers before a race.

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