CALLING OUT THE MEDIA

Patrick Creighton: Treatment of Masters champ Patrick Reed latest example of why fans don’t like media

Patrick Reed should have been able to enjoy the moment. Jamie Squire/Getty Images

As Texas native Patrick Reed fought to hold on to win the Masters Sunday, something strange was building up online.  A groundswell of support for Patrick Reed was forming – support for him to lose.

I have nothing against appreciating the Sunday charges of Rickie Fowler (-5) and Jordan Spieth (-8) to get them in the mix for title contention, but the rooting against Reed, who entered Sunday -14 and on top the leaderboard was rather strange.

At this point is when the dirtiness started coming out.  Media was going to leak all of Reed’s dirty laundry on the day of his greatest career achievement.

With his win at the Masters, many members of the media could not allow the man known as Captain America for his incredible record in international play enjoy his day.  They could not sit by and idly watch as CBS’ broadcast team heaped praise upon the 27 year old Spring. There had to be mud throwing.

As a media member, I am certainly not above throwing mud.  I just try to throw mud only when it’s deserved.

Some media members decided to go all in on their disdain of Reed, a guy who has been voted among the least liked golfers but for reasons that are quite puzzling, because it seems he would have a lot in common with many well liked golfers.

Reed is confident, maybe arrogant.  He believes he’s one of the best golfers in the world.  Apparently this rubs some the wrong way. I don’t see how a professional athlete cannot think this way.  Thinking you’re inferior to your competitors just gets you beat before you even start.

That wasn’t enough though.  The digging up of the rift between him and his family is downright intrusive. Reed and his wife are estranged from Reed’s parents and siblings.  Many chastised CBS for not bringing this up during the broadcast. Why should they?

The bottom line is no one in the media knows all the facts here. Actually they hardly know any.  Reed and his wife keep their private family matters to themselves. Reed’s mother believes that telling Patrick he was too young to marry his wife is the cause of the rift.  Her statement about that is the only info anyone has, hardly enough information to be broadcasting about, and what does any of it have to do with his play on the golf course?  

Demanding that the broadcast team air his family’s dirty laundry, especially with virtually no information, on the day he wins the Masters is just pure douchery on the part of the media.  It’s exactly why so many fans don’t like the media. It reeks of trying to be a muck stirrer for no other reason than that muck sells.

Should we hold everyone else to that same standard?  If we asked the golf broadcast team to air Tiger Woods’ dirty laundry on every broadcast, they would never have time to talk about anything else all day.  

I know I don’t want to hear about the Aaron Rodgers family dispute every time the Packers play.  That isn’t why we watch sports.

Many fans think the media goes out of their way to be negative to anyone who isn’t considered a “chosen one.”  The way so many treated Patrick Reed from Sunday to Wednesday underscores this sentiment.

Golf fans and media are funny like that. They don’t like Patrick Reed because he’s brash, he drops f bombs, he’s estranged from his parents, yet they love Tiger Woods, who’s brash, drops f bombs, and destroyed his family.  Tiger even takes it a few steps further with his prescription drug abuse, being notoriously cheap (Tiger doesn’t tip) and being the sports world’s most famous serial cheater (although Cavs center Tristan Thompson apparently wants to make a run at this).  

So Reed is hated yet Tiger is loved for having similar traits?  Except that Reed isn’t cheating on his wife or abusing drugs?

Reed may not be a perfect guy, but that is one of the things that I like about him.  He isn’t fake. He is just who he is. If sometimes he’s a jerk, well sometimes I’m a jerk, so I’m good with that.  He drops some f bombs, so do I, so do you. So what? I like that he’s a real guy, and I root for him because of that.

Yes, I’m a member of the media calling out my own.  Not every story in sports has to attack someone.

Go wear that green jacket all over town, Mr. Reed.  Enjoy your victory.

Patrick Creighton is the host of “Straight Heat” heard Monday-Friday 9p-12a CT on SB Nation Radio & SportsMap 94.1 FM Houston.  He also hosts “Nate & Creight” Sundays 12-5p CT on SB Nation Radio & SportsMap 94.1 FM. Follow him on Twitter: @pcreighton1


 

HARRIS COUNTY-HOUSTON SPORTS AUTHORITY INSIDER

United States Bowling Congress Open coming to Houston in 2022

Bowling will roll into Houston in 2022. Getty Images

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One of the world's largest participation sports events in the world is headed to Houston.

Approximately 50,000 bowlers will converge on the Bayou City for the 2022 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. The 119th edition of the event will be played at a new mixed-use, state-of-the-art sports facitily that is being developed in North Houston.

Bowling is just the latest in a line of sports that have chosen Houston as a destination for a big event. The five-month run of events is expected to drive an economic impact between $75 million and $100 million.

"What an amazing opportunity for Houston and Harris County,'' said Chris Massey, Harris County – Houston Sports Authority Director of Events. "When you combine ingredients like a world-class sports town, an amazing new venue, and a top-notch event such as the USBC Open Championships, you really can't help but get excited.''

The city will also host the 2020 Men's Basketball Regional, the 2020 U.S. Women's Open, the 2021 World Transplant Games, 2023 Men's Final Four, 2024 College Football Playoff. In addition, the city was named to host one of eight XFL teams and is positioned to possibly become one of the 10 U.S. cities that will host 2026 World Cup games.

The 2020 Open Championships marks the first time bowlers will bring their marquee event to Houston. Since its inception in 1901, the event has been held all across the United States and 2020 will be the tournament's fifth trip to Texas, joining Fort Worth (1957), Corpus Christi (1992, 2006) and El Paso (2015) as hosts.

"We're excited to bring the Open Championships to a new host city in Houston, which has proven itself to be among the nation's elite and top-tier sports destinations," USBC President Karl Kielich said. "The opportunity to be the first major event in a new sports complex demonstrates the success and strength of the USBC Open Championships."

Participants will compete in three average-based divisions and the event will include enough lanes for the Open Championships, the Bowlers Journal Championships presented by USBC and team practice sessions.

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