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Rory And Tiger Bonded During Nike Commercial Shoot?

Robert Lusetich pegs Rory McIlroy's imminent Nike deal at $200 million.

Even better, he says McIlroy has already filmed a commercial with buddy Tiger Woods cooing over a red driver.

The personable young Northern Irishman appears in the ad alongside the man who helped recruit him to Nike, Tiger Woods.

The two banter while hitting the company’s new red driver and marvel at how far they’re hitting the ball.

I wonder if there will be another spot where they talk about how far Tiger's hitting his short irons? Oh wait, they already filmed that one!

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A snarky Shackleford post to end the week. Couldn't have planned it out better. Thanks Geoff!!
11.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Urann
Good for Rory, I'd certainly sign for that much!
11.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStord
By all accounts Rory looks to have a classic case of Tiger Slurperism, no? How long until he is properly tarred and feathered?
11.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
I don't like it. Soon enough?
11.2.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Wouldn't it be interesting if we were to have a "parallel universe" set up where Rory went with Nike and one where Rory went with any other make (Taylor Made, Callaway, etc.) and then see the comments from the pundits. My guess is that there would be a lot more criticism with Rory's going with Nike (i.e. affiliation with Tiger Woods) than Rory's going with another brand.
11.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenterminhvunguyen
I don't know, DTF. Maybe when he starts treating people with complete distain, gives fans the stiff-arm and creates a false image for profit. That should be enough to do it, don't you think?
11.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Oh D. Mac, for those that seriously and serially dislike (or ha, ha...) Tiger, simply consorting with him, or expressing any sort of admiration of, or friendship with, him, is way more than enough to order up a full blown tarring and feathering. Lots of new descriptive terms in Rory's immediate know, things like slurper, sycophant, apologist, etc.... Kid must be stupid, I mean only a real dummy would become chummy with Tiger - right?
11.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF

Don't read too much into my earlier comment; my dislike was for the fist pump and the over the top facial expression in the photo.... an over the top move for any golfer IMO- well maybe not if you just scored 200 mil.
11.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Well, it would be more entertaining if there was a not so veiled dislike for each other and they went at it hammer & tongs on the golf course ;-) Not to be I'm afraid. Like Arnie & Jack, one is on the way up while the other has his best years behind him. We'll see if Rory has what it takes to lean all the the shots and use them in different conditions.

I'm more in the camp of those that feel sad Tiger squandered a huge opportunity to be so much more for golf. And I'm not referring to the gravy train part of it.

Hope you and yours in NY are making the best the situation after Sandy.
11.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Friends close and enemies closer.
11.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
Maybe I don't play enough, but I rarely see any type of Nike equipment or shoes on the golf courses I play (I play on both munis and private courses here in socal). Even in the woods, which I unfortunately frequent too often, Nike balls are few and far between.
11.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterManku
Personally I like 'em both just fine so no prob's for me, will be fun to watch the fallout!

D. mac, thanks for your thoughts. No problems in my household other than lack of power, but that was back on when we woke up this morning! Will say that on the west side below 34th street damage was WAY worse than I expected and we took the least of it. East side hammered, Staten Island way worse, Jersey hammered ++. Gonna take them a long time to work through this one.

Chelsea Piers range is toast, but the scaffolding that held up the netting is surprisingly intact. That's the least of anyone's concerns.

Hearing the Bethpage courses lost about 600 trees, too bad it wasn't 6000! They prob won't open for a week to ten days.

Always been a supporter of Bloomberg but his decision to go on with the marathon was moronic, fortunately he backed off on that.

Thanks again.
11.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Maximus Bloombergus knows which way the wind blows.
11.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Nike golf gear doesn't turn my head. Maybe because I'm a vindictive bastard. Had a pair of Nike running shoes in the early 80s that ripped apart in less than a month. Retailer and Nike weren't interested in assisting, so I dropped them both. All my Adidas shoes since have been fantastic.
11.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAverage Golfer
DTF; Living and growig up along the coast between Houston and Corpus Christ, I have been through hurricanes since Carla when I was 11 years old.

If the wind don't get ya, the water sure can. We certainly wish all the best for everyone on the NE coast, and a safe and fast recovery, though, fast is next to impossible.

Be safe.
11.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Reversing on the marathon was appalling. He should have stuck with his initial poor decision and suffered the bad p.r. Instead, he wastes the time, money and goodwill of all those people that showed up because he said the race was on. Typical jerkoff politician.

I'm not a Nike fan, but all the comments on this blog about how no one plays their golf clubs have got to stop. Nike sells an image and a lifestyle and they are one of the best on the planet at doing so. How many pairs on racing spikes did Michael Johnson sell? How many pairs of cycling pants did Lance sell? Those athletes were at the pinnacle of their sports and Nike paid them a kings ransom to wear the swoosh.

Now they are paying oodles of money to an athlete that will become one of the most recognizable names in sport. If he pushes more balls and clubs great, but he will sell their image that Nike is for winners and everyone else playing to be the first loser. Also, no one cares that Nike clubs aren't used by anyone at the local goat ranch you play each week.
11.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFifth Column
Fifth Column

''Also, no one cares that Nike clubs aren't used by anyone at the local goat ranch you play each week.''

Welcome abored (sic)..... no one cares about your bizarre reason to not diss Nike. Have a good weekend.
11.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

It isn't bizarre to not diss Nike, unless there is some unwritten rule that says all comments about Nike Or Nike Golf must be negative. What is illogical is that numerous posters on this blog criticize this deal because they never see Nike golf clubs at their local club or never see juniors use them or whomever else.

As far as boredom, I am surprised that you didn't manage to work into your response some comment along the lines of "... I just rooted for players," and not the sides to show everyone that you aren't an ugly American. You've posted that about twenty times.
11.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFifth Column
OK, everyone simmer down.

Tell you what, up on 17th street there are a couple good thrift shops and I picked up a Nike Slingshot 20* hybrid with a fake Diamana graphite shaft in it, price, $5. That little f'r is money. My buddies were so blown away I went back and picked up an identical one with a steel shaft, for another $5, and gave it to one of them. He's a 2 and wouldn't think of leaving home without the beauty. These things are like a 2005 or 2006 model but again, they are money. I found 2 more on eBay in varying lofts/shafts and had to pay about $80-90 for each. Think about that, a 6 year old hybrid with a "made for" shaft in can't give away most clubs like that. Find yourself one and try it.... Having said all that, don't own any of their other club offerings. I do however often walk 18 in their Gore-Tex lined Pegasus running shoe!
11.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
OK, I got it, DTF is Switzerland.

WTF are you 5th Column? Blog police? Don't like the disses, go somewhere else, or rebutt. No need to bully behind a shield of anonymity.
11.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAverage Golfer
The original Pegasus running shoe was the best ever. But that was a long time ago...

I saw a set of Nike irons in a bag on a cart this afternoon, forged something or other. Might have been a first for me. Anyway, to steal a line from another place and time, "Image is everything." Now, if we could just do something about those Ducks uniforms. No teevee, what are they wearing against the condoms tonight? Jeebus. 62-45 with a minute left. Nothing like a defensive struggle at the top.
11.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
@Average Golfer - DTF, or Del the Funk, is one of the most persistent Tiger slurpers ever. Everything he says has to be viewed through this lens.

Rory will only be tarred and feathered if he begins to butt kiss Woods in the style of John Cook or Charles Howell III or Notah Begay III - "Tiger's totally puring it" "Tiger's sooooooo close" "Tiger's never been happier" - if that ever happens, then you know that Tiger has found a new puppet to do his bidding. However, I think that it extremely unlikely.

What is interesting is that DTF doesn't seem to be the Rory-hater he once was. Betting on Rory to win a major used to bring howls of laughter from DTF until the PGA shut him up I guess.
11.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHole in Three
My very own stalker has obtained a new IP address...good onya mate!

That ORE-USC was a wild game huh KLG? Kept looking like USC was gonna blow by but Ducks offense was in overdrive from the get-go. The TCU ending was also a barnburner and Bama-LSU beat the band! Tom O'Brien needs to be fired...
11.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Average Golfer,

Criticism of the Nike deal with Rory based on anecdotal evidence that no one plays Nike clubs is ridiculous. I made that point twice. Furthermore, I never said I "... [d]on't like disses." Your pal digsouth said it was bizarre not to diss Nike. It isn't. Regardless of Nike's corporate shortcomings, this deal isn't one of them. Reading is fundamental.
11.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFifth Column
Well, you know what they say about opinions...

" but all the comments on this blog about how no one plays their golf clubs have got to stop" Your words Mr. Knight. And no it doesn't have to stop.

My original comment was only based on your level of vitriol on what is typically just a golf forum. Repeat after me, "It's just opinions, not personal".
11.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAverage Golfer
Hey Fifth Column, do you know how much revenue the golf division at Nike generates?
11.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
@DTF f'r....I like that. And God only know I like $5 clubs.

@Fifth C. While ''Reading is fundamental'', accurately quoting someone only make it real and not BS. I never said dissing Nike was bizarre--I said YOUR ( picture italics, not caps) reason was bizarre. And it is.

And gee, I didn't know you were a fan and a (poor) mind reader -citing 20 posts and interpreting why I posted such. Anyway , have a great Sunday.

@all I have had several pairs of Nike golf shoes, wit separation on bottom, to absolutely awesome (original TW with extra loop hole on top-- extra pair 10.5---anyone?)
11.4.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Fifth Column, nevermind. I'm sure everyone's heard enough of that line of questioning from me.

digger, look around on ebay, amazing new-old-stock stuff pops up all the time. I routinely see un-used Ping L8 carry bags from 35 years ago!
11.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
I watched for a while, but since I've been out to pasture on injured reserve for some time.....

Next year I'll be playing again.

Those shoes are awesome, with the extra support from lacing up an extra bit. The insides are jacked on my one pair, but the rest is like new--I have never had a shoe rebuilt as these need--- i guess I should look in to it.....and check ebay again!
11.4.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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