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Good & Bad News: Bill Simmons Edits Grantland Golf Columns

Former SNL star Norm Macdonald will be writing some golf stuff for Grantland, the all-things-Bill Simmons website offering a fresh take on sports and pop culture. However, golf has not been a strong suit for Grantland. Macdonald essentially revealed via Twitter that it's not an area of expertise for Simmons when he had to correct the editor on some golf basics.

Mike Walker did a splendid job following the Macdonald tweets to editor Simmons explaining the difference between the U.S. Open and The Open along with the more tolerable British Open vs. The Open editing gaffe.

Oh and Macdonald is pretty engaging too. Anyone who finds the FedExCup moribund deserves a follow on Twitter and a PGA Tour media badge, right Ty?

So that was the season, except for the embarrassing annual spectacle of the Fedex Cup, a ridiculous playoff system that no one understands, only it somehow awards $10 million to the winner (who more often than not has no clue he’s won). Before his timely death, Ed McMahon used to present the oversize check. But the golden year of golf breathed life into even this moribund thing. Rory won the two playoff events going into the Tour Championship, making the final event of the year slightly less unwatchable.

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That's Simmons. I like his work, but he sometimes shows these sexist and/or nationalist streaks that make him hard to love. He was so uncomfortable when he interviewed Nick Watney for his podcast that he had to revert to his default chauvinism - when Watney stated that The Open were among his three favourite (or most important) events, Simmons appeared to be shell-shocked. Simmons then decreed that the correct order of best events for any B.S. golfer to win were 1st Masters, 2nd US Open & 3rd "Ryder's Cup or something". (This quote might not be completely accurate, but you get the idea!)
01.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfreshfrankie
The greatest athlete who ever lived!? C'mon, how long should the list be ahead of Tiger? To be kind lets start in 1936.
01.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
I will start by saying that the greatest athlete who ever lived was Babe Zaharias
01.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStiggy
Grantland has some of the best writers in the biz & we get norm McDonald, sigh, grumble
01.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterElf
Norm McDonald on golf????????????????????????????
01.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenterchicago pt
I'm laughing already, Looking forward to what Norm has to say. I'm pretty sure it will be a heck of lot more interesting that 98% of THE golf channel.
01.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNospin
Scottish name. Mocks the Fed Ex Cup. Hates the long putter. Calls it The Open. Is this John Huggan's new alias?
01.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEric
Used to read Grantland, but actual writing about sports seemed to be low on their priority list.
Have since found Sportsonearth and it's become a must check daily sight.
Mike Tanier on the NFL is excellent, Joe Pos does what he does on baseball. Gwen Knapp I've found is a good read on pretty well any subject.
01.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad
McDonald's latest gig has been to commentate on 'High Stakes Poker' where he took over for Gabe Kaplan. Now if Gabe was going to start writing about golf, we'd have something, Norm will come up short I'm sure, the same way he came up short on the poker show.

Gabe Kaplan on High Stakes Poker: "Now we see Phil Helmuth looking like an ostrich that's ready to mate"

01.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
I followed Norm on twitter last year. He knows golf. His final round predictions in the majors were often strong, and he pretty much predicted the RC comeback match for match - it was uncanny.

Based on his tweets, I would suggest giving him a chance. I would also guess that it may be more about golf betting than golf - Simmons loves that stuff and I think Norm does as well.
01.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
Seems tough to believe that in my late 20s I am the one that needs to remind the author and certain commenters here that the major across the pond was known as the British Open growing up watching golf. If members of the media choose to go along with the marketers and drop the British from the open to protect their press passes then so be it, can't blame them. But referring to anyone that chooses not to go along with the aloof attitude of those that frequently refer to our tournament in the states as " the other open" as nationalistic is just plain silly.
01.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel
I have to say, I certainly hope Norm knows golf, because he certainly does not know funny.

The guy was canned from doing the news on SNL....and IMO needed to be canned from SNL- he's just not funny.

So let's go Norm. Do golf proud. Be serious about it and may you do well. I hope so- I am all for jobs.
01.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Guess Norms Safe Auto deal must be up.

Agree with you Digs.. Just don't find him funny.
01.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
This is all biased, of course, but...
- Not funny: George Lopez on a golf course. Dennis Miller. Rick Reilly. Geico commercials. "The Elk". Whenever Jim Nantz is laughing.

- Funny: Norm McDonald - his intentional bombing at the Bob Saget roast was among the greatest comedic moments of the past 25 years.
01.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfreshfrankie
I agree with those that don't find Macdonald funny. It always seems that he is his own biggest fan.
01.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterArthur Nelson
Turd Ferguson
01.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Z
Norm got fired from SNL for making too many OJ jokes - the head of NBC at the time was a huge Orenthal friend/denier.

He isn't great at sketch comedy, although his Burt Reynolds was pretty good,

So is this Larry King:
01.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
I never thought Norm McDonald was funny just like I never thought Dennis Miller was/is funny. I think some of these SNL people got the "funny stamp of approval" just for being on SNL.
01.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
What Bobby D. said.

Dennis Miller spends hours putting ''snappy comebacks'' together, and waits for the moment he can rattle off a bunch of multisyllabic (sp) words , that are a sentence because a verb is included. He is taxing on TV---in another room..

Many wonderful talents have come thru SNL, but many one hit wonders have as well.

The saddest thing is when some of these people, who are good scetch comics-get a movie deal-- and what is funny for 6 minutes, is not funny at all for 90.
01.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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