by Jeff Skinner
It’s difficult to remember a day when we didn’t have The Golf Channel. I think I have had it on since it debuted in 1995. I am not very discerning when it comes to golf on television I’ll pretty much watch anything including the infomercials that air in the early afternoon. Golf Central, The Golf Fix and the boys on The Grey Goose 19th Hole are great and I haven’t missed a season of The Big Break yet.
The big brass at The Golf Channel know what they are doing. They want to raise their ratings and their main demographic is middle aged men so they get a few attractive, young women to mix in among all those old, male pros and commentators. I mean I like Frank Nobilo, Charlie Rymer and Michael Breed but Win McMurray, Stephanie Sparks and Lauren Thompson are a bit easier on the eyes. Now The Golf Channel has added Holly Sonders to their latest show, The Morning Drive, which will try to get some viewers to stick around in the morning after Golf Central.
I didn’t think there was much that could get me to reach for the clicker to switch off The Golf Channel but the programming wizards have managed to find it: Rush Limbaugh. Next week starts a new season of The Haney Project and Hank will try and work his swing magic on Limbaugh. I won’t be watching.
Can the execs at The Golf Channel think this is going to be entertaining? You have to be kidding me. I know that the typical golf pro may be slightly conservative and Presidents Bush (41 & 43) have more friends on tour than Obama can ever hope to have, but Rush Limbaugh? The mere fact that such a self-important, pompous ass has a platform to spew his propaganda from is sickening enough but now he has infected my Golf Channel. Is nothing sacred in this country! If I wanted to watch an overweight hacker play I’d record my rounds. If I wanted to listen to an overpaid, pretentious, right wing bigot that thinks he knows it all I would tune in to Limbaugh. Not going to happen.
Previously Hank Haney spent hours working on the worst swing in golf, Charles Barkley and tried to get funny man Ray Romano to break 80. Getting to see Haney in action was reason enough to watch and Barkley was a riot. Romano took things a little serious but at least it was entertaining. There were so many other attractive possibilities. Halle Berry or Teri Hatcher would have been great choices. Samuel l Jackson or Joe Pesci are avid golfers that could have used some help. Heck, I would rather watch Haney teach Jack Lemon’s corpse a flop shot than watch Limbaugh puff on his cigar. I see no reason to even try and watch this. I know I won’t be able to get through it. I’ll use that time to read my New York Times. Take that Rush.