Actions Louder Than Words

By Mercer BaggsMarch 7, 2008, 5:00 pm
Im a wuss. This I freely admit, at least in relation to my affection for animals. The other day I saw a commercial for, I believe, a dog food company. Im not sure because my vision was impaired at the end. In the ad, a caged dog in a shelter perks up when someone walks in. The person stands there, and you just see the mans lower half and the full body of the eager dog. The man then walks away and the dog slumps.
 
Its the saddest damn thing Ive seen on TV since Cop Rock.
 
Its emotions like these that get stirred up like an Obama rally when I hear a story such as the one involving Tripp Isenhour.
 
I dont know Ishenhour. Never met the man. Never talked to him. Only know him by face and by name.
 
But there was a lot of anger when I read the Associated Press story about Ishenhour being criminally charged for killing a red-shouldered hawk during a golf video shoot.
 
The bird is a migratory protected avian, which is why Ishenhour is facing the possibility of 14 months in prison and $1,500 in fines. The status of the bird, however, matters little. Whether he killed an endangered species or a household parakeet, the act is deplorable.
 
Isenhour has issued an apology for the incident, saying that he was mortified and extremely upset after the murder. He taped a segment for Friday nights Sprint Post-Game in which he reiterated those remarks and tried to explain his side.
 
He called it a one-in-a-million shot, said it was an unfortunate accident.
 
If it was me hitting the hawk it would have been a one-in-a-million shot, because Im a double-digit handicapper and not a person who makes a living off being accurate with a golf club. If it was me it would be an unfortunate accident, because I wouldnt have been aiming at an animal in the first place.
 
Perhaps Im jaded because of all the lies Ive heard athletes mutter over the years in their defense; or perhaps its the fact that Isenhour reportedly got annoyed (he denies this) with the hawks screeching from some 300 yards away, jumped in a golf cart to get closer and took a series of shots at it; or maybe its because, after having failed in his first few attempts, he reportedly said Ill get him now after the bird came within 75 yards; or maybe its because a former full-time PGA TOUR player fired off more shots at close range before killing an animal whose only sin was abiding by its nature. Whatever the reason ' for all those reasons ' Im not buying the version Isenhours selling.
 
Maybe Isenhour does feel genuine sorrow for what he did. Maybe hes like Opie in the The Andy Griffith Show episode where he kills a mama bird with his new slingshot. Except Opie did it on accident. He was randomly firing rocks into a tree. He then felt such guilt that he took care of her three babies (which he named Winkin, Blinkin and Nod) until they were able to fly on their own.
 
Isenhour claims his incident to be an accident as well. He told Kraig Kann on the 'Post-Game' show that he wasn't aiming for the bird but for the tree -- that he simply wanted to frighten it and scare it away so that they could tape their segment in silence. He said that after the bird fell he called the Audubon Society to see what could be done and wanted to take it to a veterinarian. He was told that if the bird wasn't breathing all he could do was bury it. A crew member reportedly did.
 
There are a lot of 'reportedly's in this column. That's because none what transpired was captured on tape. Only Isenhour and the video crew know exactly what happened and the measure of intent.
 
All we can do is listen to all sides and draw our own conclusions.
 
Isenhour says he feels regret and remorse. If thats true, I hope it's not a byproduct of the actions consequences, but because of the action itself.
 
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    Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

    Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

    Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

    As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

    "That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

    Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

    Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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    Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

    If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

    Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

    But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

    Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

    Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

    Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

    Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

    Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

    Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

    Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

    Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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    Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

    Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

    “It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

    Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

    “What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

    Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

    “When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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    Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

    SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

    Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

    Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

    Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.