(Editor's note: This is part of a series in which GolfChannel.com staff reveal their favorite or personal moments of 2014.)
If you haven't seen the Grill Room, feel free in the new year to join the rest of the masses who already have and who enjoy it weekly.
And to those loyal fans out there who feverishly refreshed their browsers every Wednesday evening (here's looking at you, mom), waiting for the newest episode to be posted, thank you for having impeccable taste in Internet video.
My favorite moment of 2014 was more of a collection of moments surrounding the launch and development of the Grill Room show that Golf Channel's digital team debuted in May.
Creating a show every week was hard work. It was a grind. Most weeks looked like this:
Tuesday, 11 a.m.: Ideas meeting.
Tuesday, 12 p.m.: Leave ideas meeting with no idea what the show’s going to be about.
Tuesday, 12:01 p.m. until 6 p.m.: Confer with colleague Jason Crook on what to write and how to make the show funny.
Wednesday, 1:30 a.m.: Have a show written, but don’t totally love every segment. Decide to go to sleep, hoping genius strikes in the morning.
Wednesday, 6 a.m.: Mediocrity strikes. Change a few lines. Send script to producers and bosses for approval.
Wednesday, sometime after 6 a.m. and before 1 p.m.: One or two new stories break, or someone tweets something noteworthy. Script rewrite to include new items.
Wednesday, 1 p.m.: Film. Hope for the best.
Every now and then, we were onto something. Other times, we did the best we could with what we had to work with. My writing cohort and confidant Jason Crook and I sometimes felt like we were writing for “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” or that we were clever enough that we could. Maybe, years down the road when we are at "The Tonight Show," we will look back at these moments and say, “That’s where it all started.” If Jimmy Fallon rings, I will take that call.
The first time I met Sara Brown, she was in the Golf Channel makeup room, in town to audition for School of Golf - which she now hosts and does a wonderful job. I walked in to get my hair and makeup done for that week's Grill Room episode. Our conversation went something like this:
"Hi, I'm Sara."
"Yeah, Sara No H Brown. Hi, nice to meet you. I'm Bailey."
"I just LOVE the Grill Room. My husband and I watch it all the time. We think it's so funny."
The rest of the conversation is pretty much a blur. I instantly loved her and we are now great friends. Wonder why ...
Sara appeared in a Grill Room episode where we pretended like she was taking over the Grill Room show, timed during the week when Tiger Woods publicly responded to the fake Dan Jenkins article he wrote for Golf Digest by saying that it was “not true, not funny.” This became my response to Sara's takeover.
In that same episode, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee appeared to read mean tweets (Yes, I know, we stole it from Jimmy Kimmel. But imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. And we have a low budget and sometimes scarce attendance for ideas meetings.) The next day, Morning Drive co-host Paige Mackenzie said she watched the episode and thought the mean tweets were hilarious. She then said she wanted to come on and read some mean tweets, and that she thought every on-air talent at Golf Channel should. Now that it's in print, you have to do it, Paige. So, too, must everyone else.
The Grill Room started out as a "social show," yet no one really knew what that meant. Six people showed up to our first ideas meeting. As time went on and the show evolved, there were sometimes as many as 10 people showing up to help brainstorm and to share their ideas. (Also, there were some times when there was scarce attendance - see above.) This really meant a lot to me, because it shows that a) people care about me enough to want to help support the show and make it as great as possible or b) they had an idea for a skit where we could throw something at Correspondent Crook or make him wear a blonde wig (both of these things happened). Likely, the latter of the two. Either way, a sincere and huge thank you to everyone whose job it wasn't to help put together that show, yet who showed up to the meetings with ideas, and who helped make those ideas a reality.
Here's to a fantastic 2015 in the Grill Room. Cheers!