Michael Bamberger got agent Mark Steinberg on the phone and the infamous sidekick to Tiger Woods actually spoke to the golf.com/SI columnist.
They even got around to talking about something other than Tiger.
But now here he was on the phone, answering some of my questions with disciplined economy, politely passing on others. When I asked him what he learned from Mark McCormack, he quoted the IMG founder: ""Rather own than rent."" In other words, sign clients for life. I asked him what he thought of Billy Payne's welcome-back sermon when Woods played in the 2010 Masters, following the golfer's brief leave of absence after running over that hydrant. He passed. I asked Steinberg how his relationship with Woods has changed over the years, in good times and in bad. He said, "We are unwavering in our commitment to each other." A cynic would be tempted to tell you to follow the money on that one, but there's surely more to it than that.