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Thursday
Feb072013

Annual AT&T National Pro-Am Viewer Discretion Alert

Some people live for seeing A-listers like Kenny G and Andy Garcia or top (cranky) coaches like Jim Harbaugh, or Bill Belichick, QB's like Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo, or maybe elite flamethrowers like Matt Cain and Justin Verlander.

For me, the AT&T National Pro-Am is always a chance to imbibe some liquid upon seeing shots, plugs, paybacks or other totally predictable moments. This year my support will be in the form of Dayquil to help get through the annual awkwardness that is watching famous people play golf while stepping way close to the hole in mud-filled Softspikes.

I plan to take a swig of my beloved cold and flu remedy for the traditions unlike any other: Jim Nantz referring to a CEO as "Mr." because anyone with a C-level pass is just that much more important, CBS director Lance Barrow showing his favorite Monterey restaurant or the CEO that he mysteriously can't seem to get enough, and most of all, any time Chris Berman comes on the screen.

Brendan Moehler previews the celebrities to look for and is there any question who will be the most watched team?

Speaking of hot girlfriends, Dustin Johnson is playing alongside his new squeeze's father, also known as "The Great One." Wayne's daughter, Paulina Gretzky, is a fashion model and Instagram star, and has been posting a lot of photos of her and Dustin's off-the-course escapades. Dustin won at Pebble in '09 and '10, but didn't have the distraction of playing with his girlfriend's father.

Golf Channel airtimes for the first two rounds are as follows:

Thursday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-9:30 p.m. / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)

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I rate this tournament alongside the Dunhill Links in Scotland - awful TV! If I want to watch hackers I will go to my local muni. Get rid of the amateurs and it would be a great spectacle on one of the most beautiful courses outside the UK.
02.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephen W
Back in the day, didn't CBS show a lot less of the celebrities? I don't remember the force feeding of celebs and awkward interviews on the 17th tee. Maybe Jack Lemmond was just more likeable.
as beautiful as Pebble is, this has become unwatchable television!
02.7.2013 | Unregistered Commentergary
Hey, how 'bout some love for Gary Mule Deer!

Nice pic of ol' Jet Ski there.....easy on the back fella!
02.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Chris Berman = Roy Acuff

In the right place at the right time with no talent

Chris Berman as a golfer is one notch above Charles Barkley
02.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLuke
What's the over/under date on a DJ/Paulina sex tape surfacing? I say July
02.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJW
No respect for the origins of this tournament, apparently, isn't limited to the pre-madonna players.

It's the most unique format in golf and everyone involved is proud to be part of it.

Maybe this year there will be caddie races to? yipee.
02.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Clayman
Well, it is a long drop from James Garner and Clint Eastwood to Ray Romano and Kevin James...Life goes on.
02.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Wayne must have showed DJ the size of the shotgun he keeps out back.
02.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
Why does Pebble get the same assemblage of B-celebrities? I've had enough Bill Murray, George Lopez, Kevin James, and Andy Garcia to last a lifetime. This tourney needs some new blood!
02.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterG-Man
Ah so that's where Wayne's daughter developed her love of big shotguns.
"This tourney needs some new blood! "

Get rid of these has-beens...I want J-Lo, Cee-Lo, Li-Lo, Ice-T, Snoop Dog, Kim K...or I'm not watching!
02.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
<< Wayne's daughter, Paulina Gretzky, is a fashion model and Instagram star, and has been posting a lot of photos of her and Dustin's off-the-course escapades. >>

Today's sign of the apocalypse: That "Instagram star" would one day actually be listed as a job title.

Jim Nantz' reverence for a few run-of-the-mill CEO's must result from instructions issued by CBS honchos that echo Richard Gere's line in "Pretty Woman." i.e.-- "We need more sucking up. Lots more sucking up.

ATT Pro-Am: Unwatchable Thursday through Saturday. See you Sunday. (Sorry I have to miss B-lister Huey Lewis. Again.)
02.7.2013 | Unregistered Commenterbenseattle
This is the one to watch with the sound off and the computer on for information...the ''star power' is SAD, and CBS' shitty plugs of shitty show is pathetic.

At least Romano has no show anymore, so less of him, I hope, and Bill Murrey should give it up- he has groundhogged his golf air time to death.

Bobby D is sitting on the edge of his recliner waiting for J-Lo.
02.7.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
G-Man: Why aren't more 'A' listers entered you ask? It's b/c golf simply isn't THAT cool. It's actually a rotten crappy game that leaves most normal folks mumbling to themselves afterwards. No self respecting/successful celeb would ever think of destroying their mojo over a white pellet that doesn't listen no matter what one does.

Hmmm...someone mentioned a DJ sex tape appearing this summer...I'll bet it may happen...on a jet ski and this time DJ injures his back during a "line change" so-to-speak (jet skis can be slippery y'know!!).

As for the actual tourney. It has GOT to be better in person than the CBS anesthetic-stye TV programming. Seriously, after last week's action in the desert, this week's TV coverage for 3of4 days is like watching Gordon Lightfoot in concert after just seeing Rush blow the roof off the place.

Geoff, you're going to need something a heckuva lot stronger to go with the cough medicine. Have fun melding with a sofa this weekend!
02.7.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Those of you griping about minor-league celebrities are trying to deprive me of my once-a-year exposure to C-lister Huey Lewis.

<< Wayne's daughter, Paulina Gretzky, is a fashion model and Instagram star, and has been posting a lot of photos of her and Dustin's off-the-course escapades.>>

Sign of the apocalypse: the idea that "Instagram star" is now officially a Job Title.

ATT Pro-Am: Thursday through Saturday is the year's most to-be-avoided television. Catch you Sunday.
02.7.2013 | Unregistered Commenterbenseattle
Kenny G an A-lister? Ha.
02.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJR
As was observed earlier in the thread, surely ranks with Dunhill as the two worst (televised) tournaments of the year by country miles; even the iconic locations cannot bring a smidgin of interest to them. Vowed not to watch, but succumbed for about 3 minutes - I've no idea what those 3 minutes were about, didn't recognise anybody, even the pro golfers. Switched off again. Apart from Bill Murray, whose routine is now very tired, I haven't even heard of any of the "celebrities" I saw promoted as "performing".

What a waste of time and money.
02.7.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfourputter
If you really want something unique, get rid of celebs and have a combined event with PGA, Champion Tour and LPGA competing. Use different sets of tees for each group and you'd really have something. But, this is just a painful watch, at least until Bill Murray twirls someone into a bunker...
02.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHilltop
LOL.... Instagram Star.... Theres a title to aspire to. How long before she has a "reality" show?
02.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
Hey Jr., is that the same Kenny G who loves to tell anyone who will listen that he's a scratch but probably struggles to break 80? At least Romo puts his game on the line by showing up year after year for US Open qualifiers and shoots decent scores. Some of these other "low" handicap celebs couldn't break 90 if they had to put a score up on the scoreboard for all to see.
02.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPUFF
gee, the snarkmeter here got cranked up to 11 today.

In any event, as Pebble broadcasts go, today's was alright. No mid-round interviews with ceo's or celebrities, a tolerable amount of bill murray, some random vijay commentary, lots of scenery but no whales, and a fair amount of golf considering the number of commercials budgeted. l know saturday's broadcast will probably revert to past form when the "marquee" names are on Pebble.

And it was also nice to see Chris Berman's cameo begin and end with him leaving two in a bunker. he is the one personality i can do without ever seeing or hearing from again.
02.7.2013 | Unregistered Commenterpenneraj
<< And it was also nice to see Chris Berman's cameo begin and end with him leaving two in a bunker. he is the one personality i can do without ever seeing or hearing from again. >>

Nice try, dunderhead. You erroneously presume that Chris Berman HAS a "personality." :-)
02.7.2013 | Unregistered Commenterbenseattle
Kenny G is a 2 handicap from the Red Tees on a 4,500-yard course with a pencil eraser.
02.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLuke
The team of DJ and Gretzky was -9 after yesterday's round. DJ shot +3 on his own ball. Let's just say it's not a good financial desision to play at-handicap golf with The Great (Sandbagging) One!
02.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterShort Knocker
Geoff, I know you like to post golfer meltdowns. Given that Jim Harbaugh is currently leading the pro am and will be followed by the cameras, you may get some classic Harbaugh tantrum footage tomorrow.
02.8.2013 | Unregistered Commentercardinal
Geoff, thanks again for deleting my comment. http://wp.me/32cTD
02.8.2013 | Unregistered Commenter@shutfacegolf

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