July 23, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 2 comments

I wasn't able to watch the final round of the British Open yesterday, so I checked for live posts from journalists during the morning.

As the hottest names kept doing notable things to jam the top of the leaderboard, the hyperventilating became palpable.

Then Molinari won, and the coverage quickly tanked into radio silence. By mid afternoon, there was no mention at all of the tournament on the front pages of the NYT, Wash. Post, and several other online news publications. I guess the poor guy ruined everyone's Sunday.

posted by beaverboard at 02:50 PM on July 23

To be fair, he didn't do anything really exciting, and that's pretty much how he won the tournament. No bogeys in the final two rounds, and 16 holes at par in the final round is simple, boring, and effective play.

I don't blame the media for getting excited early on, as there were a lot of potential story lines to play up:

"Tiger roars back!"

"Spieth goes back-to-back!"

"Rory returns!"

"England's Rose in bloom!"

"Steady Eddie sets the standard!"

posted by grum@work at 03:36 PM on July 23

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