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February 18, 2011

Jim Gray 'removed' from Golf Channel coverage after confrontation: Three things that you can always bank on; death, taxes, and Jim Gray getting into it with some athlete or coach.

posted by BornIcon to golf at 03:22 PM - 12 comments

Douche: a. device used to introduce a stream of water into the body for medical or hygienic reasons b. he who stoops to the provocation of retirees, caddies, lunch ladies or other people whom society generally accepts for who they are. c. Jim Gray.

posted by mayerkyl at 05:49 PM on February 18

Good Lord I hate that man.

posted by yerfatma at 05:55 PM on February 18

Cool. Now we can watch the Golf Channel coverage in peace. Thanks for the self-inflicted pre-emptive strike, Gray.

posted by THX-1138 at 06:58 PM on February 18

It's not Gray's fault that Johnson's caddy couldn't get his player to the tee on time. Bobby Brown told Johnson his tee time was 40 minutes later than it was. The debacle likely cost Johnson a chance to win the tournament. Starting a fight with Gray was a nice distraction from the real story, which is that a caddy completely blew it.

posted by rcade at 07:14 AM on February 19

It's not Gray's fault that Johnson's caddy couldn't get his player to the tee on time.

No, it's not Gray's fault, but other accounts point to the fact Brown was angry about Gray speaking to Johnson about the issue during Thursday's round. Gray bringing this up while a player is competing, if that's the case, is inappropriate.

Regardless, somewhere along the line Gray has developed a over-inflated opinion about himself and his importance in the world of sports. He needs to be reminded he's a dweebie little reporter, period. He's completely unnecessary, and I'm glad The Golf Channel moved to pull the plug on him in this instance. Hopefully it's the first step to pulling the plug on him for good.

posted by dyams at 08:47 AM on February 19

He needs to be reminded he's a dweebie little reporter, period. He's completely unnecessary ...

Good luck getting the news without dweebie little reporters. I guess you think the leagues and athletes will just tell you what's going on.

posted by rcade at 07:51 AM on February 20

Good luck getting the news without dweebie little reporters. I guess you think the leagues and athletes will just tell you what's going on.

My point is about Jim Gray, not every "dweebie little reporter" currently on the planet. I went back and checked, rcade, and that is what the linked story is about, isn't it? I doubt if Gray disappeared the entire reporter profession would disappear with him.

Gray seems to walk the golf course like he's a bad-ass, talking shit to Corey Pavin, getting into heated exchanges with caddies. I'm fine with reporters actually reporting. When they start getting the impression they are the story, there's a problem.

posted by dyams at 09:34 AM on February 20

I thought your comment was more broad.

Reporters get into heated exchanges with the subjects they cover all the time. We just don't see most of it. Gray wasn't making himself the story. At most he asked his question at the wrong time and place.

posted by rcade at 11:22 AM on February 20

Reporters get into heated exchanges with the subjects they cover all the time. We just don't see most of it.

So, since we don't see it, how do you know that it happens "all the time"? I'd think it would be rare (and stupid) to get into a pissing match with someone who you depend on for a story, but maybe I'm wrong about that.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:23 PM on February 20

So, since we don't see it, how do you know that it happens "all the time"?

Because I was a newspaper reporter for 10 years and I married one. Gathering news puts you in conflict with people you write about all the time, and things can get heated behind the scenes.

Sometimes they're mad because they screwed up and don't want to see that in the paper. Sometimes they're mad because you screwed up in your reporting.

posted by rcade at 09:59 AM on February 21

Sure, there's a conflict, and sure, things can get heated...but "all the time", really? It seems like things would pretty quickly break down to the point where you could never get a story.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 12:32 PM on February 21

If you're doing your job right, you are pissing somebody off all of the time. I'd rather have more Jim Gray incidents than the alternative, which is a sports media that bends over backwards to cultivate sources. (Ironically, Gray's a nice example of that trend too, since he emceed LeBron's "Decision" debacle.)

posted by rcade at 01:35 PM on February 21

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