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Tuesday
Jun192012

"Jungle Bird" Apologizes, Explains How He Crashed The 18th Hole Ceremony By Fitting In With The Media 

Jeanne Moos scores the hard-hitting exclusive with the "Jungle Bird" who reveals that no charges will be filed by San Francisco Police. They watched his U.S. Open trophy presentation act in the station and deemed it not worthy of further prosecution.

This is mildly disturbing:

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If you read the "comments" in the SF Chronicle, it is amazing how many people are either sympathetic to this guy or even hostile to Mike Davis and company for even being disturbed by it. Webb came in for a lot of scorn for his comments about going to jail. I'm from Maryland, I guess that is a San Fran mentality.
06.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Unless he's mentally ill, he deserves to feel some criminal process, it seems to me, but I am only a judge and I don't live in the Land Beyond Reason, so maybe I'm disqualified on both counts. If he has issues, well, leave the poor bird alone.
06.19.2012 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
I'm shocked that golf courses and large bridges aren't banned in SF. Then again, lifetime NYer.
06.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAverage Golfer
I think the guy's a loon, but please explain to me what charges you would press and what sort of "criminal process" he should go through. Last I checked it wasn't against the law to be a rude idiot. Ever been to Walmart?
06.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt
Okay I can see people thinking Mike over or under reacted, but how can anyone criticize Webb? He has a fantastic reaction. Funny, with just a touch of an edge and so quick under the circumstances, then went right on about his job of enjoying the moment. That impressed me as much as his golf over the weekend.
06.19.2012 | Registered CommenterGeoff
What a scumbag. He probably has not accomplished much in his life, so he must ruin others' spotlighted moments to send his "message". His plight has absolutely nothing to do with the US Open.

"I apologize to Mr.Simpson if I took any of his special moments away, but obviously the message I'm trying to get across is to try to get people to stop deforestation..."

What a grade-A ass. I'm sure they could have found something to charge him with, ie Trespassing (no armband to be in area). People like this are the worst. No respect for anyone else. I hope someone interrupts his father's funeral with an equally disrespectful display.
06.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmbarrassed
Matt, I wondered the same.

And Geoff, I agree 100%. The guys back at Quail Hollow will revel in that one for a long long time!!
06.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Gotta be a black eye to security at the Open. What if this guy decided to make his point with a razor blade?
06.19.2012 | Unregistered Commenterwdc
The Foo Foo Birds says, ''Ka-rap, Ka-rap''.

No harm , no fowl (sic)...Davis and Simpson both had great reactions/comments, and Costas looked big eyed, like he was gonna fire up the grill and have him some bird.
06.19.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Now if he had been imitating that lizard call in Vietnam . . .
06.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLudell Hogwaller
Who Cares?
Everyone let it go, especially the overbearing morons calling for some criminal process for making bird noises during a stuffy, pathetic, staged trophy presentation ceremony. Simpson should see it as some kind of sign from his God, that the guy was there to make bird noises, apparently everything else is from and by God, so why not this?

Can you imagine being charged for walking in front of a camera making bird noises?
06.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
It is as true as it is disappointing to suggest that the USGA needs to beef up security.

What a shame. For anybody who has seen a USGA trophy presentation live, it has heretofore been a wonderful, casual-yet-historic affair, usually in fading, gentle, evening light. Always at the end of many days' of intense play. Every one I've been to, I imagine Jim Standish handing trophies to Ben Hogan; Hogan rubbing the trophy on Snead's sportcoat; Sandy Tatum presenting one to Hale Irwin, and Bobby Jones standing behind a table with four trophies on it. You can get close in those presentations. Close like in amateur match-play.

And thanks to this jackass, that has to change. He's the on-steroids/online version of the guys yelling "GET IN THE HOLE" on par-5 tee shots. It is vandalism, of my experience. I don't think that I am going out on too much of a limb by saying that it is the vandalism of the experience of thousands or millions of people.

Terry was right. There oughta be a law.
06.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChuck
@Press Agent - well said
06.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIanB
@ Press Agent, Matt, - ask Monica Seles how "harmless" it is for random, unauthorized fans to come onto the field of play - and that includes trophy presentations, press conferences, etc. What would have happened 30 yrs ago is that guy would have been taken out back and beat to a pulp. Instead he gets publicity, gets interviewed and puffed up by the sympathetic media and residents of SF. Guess what, next event they will hire 20 security guards for the tourney, and who pays for that ?
06.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
If the USGA had hired SF native Epic Beard Man for security, this would have never happened.
06.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
I would have bought G-Mac a swimming pool full of Guinness if he would have walked up to the "MASHED POTATOES!!!" dude and punched him in his pie hole on national TV.


"Analyze this Johnny."


-Willie
06.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterWillie Loman
Living in the Bay Area I am more surprised that Davis wasn't arrested for assault of poor Birdman.
06.19.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
I have determined this man should be given the key to the city and sanctuary in the great city of San Francisco.

Even though my husband Paul belongs to the San Francisco Golf Club (birdmans behaivior would not be allowed there) I find it perfectly OK for anyone to exercise their right to free expression or bird calls in front of national TV, except when Obama is talking.

Sincerely,

Your former speaker

Obama - Biden 2012
06.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Pelosi
Chuck, thank you for your comment. Post of the year, in my book.
06.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterF. X. Flinn
I believe the San Fran police prefer to be called la Gendarmes
06.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn C
I second jjshaka that indeed mike davis should have been arrested for rude behaviour/public violence in front of children/bird lovers.

is it generally accepted in the us to act towards funny looking people like mr davis?
06.20.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjungle bird fan
Embarrassed you are a fucking tit
06.20.2012 | Unregistered Commenterme
I urge all decent golf fans to support any company or group that "de-forests".
In addition, let's all shoot a bird in this idiot's honor.
06.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrent
me, WTF does that even mean? You too must be English, and patting yourself on the back for defending one of your countrymen who was so brave to spontaneously vocalize his cause. This guy's a loser of the highest degree, and he's getting way more exposure now. Perhaps the USGA, PGA, and R&A should hire "Birdman" to make calls at all future events! That way if Westwood gets his first major at the Open, he won't feel jilted that no one took away any of his special moments.
06.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmbarrassed
I say that there should be security present at all future tournament award ceremonies, who will not only be armed with stun-guns, they will actually use them on dopes like this.

What's really disappointing is that the media would encourage this type of total idiot by interviewing him in the first place.
06.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrent
Tree's? Nobody that didn't see the above video has any clue that was your intent you Berk.
06.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt A
I hope no one explains to the Birdman about Oakmont's tree removal program. He will be on the next bus to Pittsburgh.
06.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynn S.
I totally plan on letting this go. Leaves me more time to disparage the belief systems of others.
06.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSeán O'Nuallain
Go! Jungle Bird Man. Brent, make sure you're standing under the karge tree you cut down. you ass hat
06.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterClacio
@ Brian S.

He didn't attack anyone. See the difference??? If you want to say the guy should not have been allowed where the press were because the press are so much more trusted than some random birdman - and put the blame on security - fine. However you can't compare a guy walking into a camera shot and making a bird call with someone who attacks and tries to kill someone, that is a specious argument. At any given moment, anywhere in the world, someone COULD walk down the sidewalk and attack anyone else, that does not mean we assume everyone everywhere in the world is going to do that and therefore put guards on each person. The fact is the guy didn't do anything illegal or even wrong. He did something that was rude. If you want to start charging people criminally for doing rude things, if that is the direction you want to take the country, good luck to you.
06.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
I think the guy was hilarious. i laugh so hard that i cried.. come on people get a sense of humor... especially the little bald head guy who hauled him out of the camera view....
06.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterOPINIONATED
I agree with above comment. I couldn't stop laughing. Thumps up to Junglebird. This was the best moment of the of the otherwise stuffy tournament.
06.21.2012 | Unregistered Commenternotahacker

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