Risking a lifetime ban of my own, here's a fearless read on the banishment of Gary McCord from the Masters: Hey, guys, in the words of Ken Venturi on those Golf Pride commercials, "Get a grip."
If you've spent all week in the 19th hole, be informed that McCord, by far the most entertaining golf commentator on television, has been pulled from future Masters telecasts on CBS because his humor doesn't sit well with stuffy Augusta "gentlemen" in stupid green jackets.McCord had the audacity to say on this year's shows that the greens were so fast, they might've been groomed with bikini wax. And, if that was bad enough, he reported that some of the terrain looked "suspiciously like body bags."
Of course, McCord sometimes goes overboard in his irreverent delivery of information. But, in a golf world overrun by unemotional slugs like Davis Love III, McCord is as welcome as a first-tee mulligan.
Bo knows, so, too, does Mary Carillo. Despite what John McEnroe says, Carillo has hit more winners in the booth than Big Mouth Mac has in his USA Network broadcasting career.
So here's Carillo's take on two-time U.S. Open winner Pete Sampras.
"He Is the number one player in the world by a long shot and there aren't a bunch of strong players chasing," says the CBS tennis analyst. "He wants to be known as the greatest and in order to do that, he's competing against legends rather than players. In the future, I expect that he will not only become a better player but that he will rewrite the record books."
Tony Trabert, the top analyst at CBS and one of a handful of Americans to capture three Grand Slam tourneys in one year, isn't quite as free with his praise of Sampras.
"He's on his way, but it's a little premature to compare him to any of history's extra special players just yet," Trabert remarks. "There have been players who have had outstanding years and not won again - which to not to say he won't. The French will always be his Achilles heel because the slow surface negates his serve and tests his patience."