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Comment from: Matt [Visitor] Email
I'm not sure what credentials you need to be be a blogger for travelgolf.com but as an avid hockey fan and university graduate I can say that hockey is far more entertaining and exciting sport than 50 guys walking around hitting balls into the woods. Granted golf is a great sport, but if I need a sunday afternoon nap, the Masters is up there with Nyquill.
2008-06-03 @ 18:23
Comment from: Jay [Visitor] Email
Why don't you stick to what you know, golf and other sports that require no guts.
2008-06-03 @ 19:34
Comment from: James [Visitor] Email
Haha, probably one of the biggest jokes I've ever read. Snooze-a-thon? so I guess speed, skill, and toughness is no match for the amazing talent golf takes, right? Think about this...what do hockey players do in the off-season? Oh that's right, they play golf. 'Nuff said.
2008-06-03 @ 19:49
Comment from: Eric [Visitor] Email
Chris, Chris, Chris. It is one thing to make fun of hockey, but its another thing to assume that the average hockey fans IQ is quite low. First of all where is the stats that proves your argument. Secondly, the ratings for last night game was the most viewed out of any shows last night in the 18-49 years old demographic. The most important demographic for advertisers. I think, the only reason golf does better in TV ratings is the fact that most of the audience are above 50 and overweight, smokers. Who has nothing better to do than doing nothing, just like golf. At least the 18-49 year old demo are outside being active to fight obesity. Anyways, I could rant and rant but you probably won't even read the comments, since you are lazy. Golf and is a lazy game. ZZZZZZZ
2008-06-03 @ 20:45
Comment from: Brendan [Visitor] Email
U R A F A G
hockey is SO much better than golf and i bet if u put any major golf fan in front of u and they r probably the most boring and un human people on the planet.

I would rather watch the pain olympics or two girls one cup rather than a golf game

wow ur stupid
2008-06-03 @ 21:42
Comment from: Jim [Visitor] Email
I'm pretty sure that this piece is drawing more attention than anything you have ever penned (or typed in this case). Needless to say I'm wasting my time retorting to this.

You sound like a shrill little man, beaten by bullies of some sort for most of your life. Hence the reason you attack anything with the hint of Alph-male involved.

Your defense of Tiger Woods is laughable at best. He said what he said, so why sugar coat.

Good luck with the golf bloging, I'm sure it's paying the bills by the looks of this place. Enjoy your 15 seconds.
2008-06-03 @ 23:19
Comment from: Kevin [Visitor] Email
If this was a legitimate website, you would be fired for making such remarks. But luckily for you, it isn't, so you can keep your minimum wage salary. So enjoy the hits you get on your site over the next few days because it will never happen again. Oh, and save up and get some hair transplants.
2008-06-03 @ 23:24
Comment from: Ernie Mainlymoose [Visitor]
Chris, when you grow up in Canada you have a choice. You can learn to play Hockey, or you can do what all the other frightened, lazy, bald-headed fat geeks do. You can play golf and curling. Your Man Card has just been revoked.
2008-06-03 @ 23:24
Comment from: Garrett [Visitor] Email
I've been golfing and playing hockey for 18 years. I consider myself to be a pretty good golfer and an even better hockey player. Realistically, golf just isn't very fun to watch on TV. Just how it is. Actually, I've heard many people comment on how it;s difficult to watch both on TV.....but for VERY different reasons. Hockey's a very fast sport. It's hard to follow the puck especially when you're watching it on TV. On the other side of the spectrum, golf is hard to watch on TV because of how slow the sport itself progresses and how soft the announcers voices are.

Admittedly, I watch the Masters on TV because I LOVE the course and would give anything to play there some day, but that's about it. Also, if given the choice, I'll take my Synergy and Vapor skates and head to the rink anyday of the week over my golf clubs. Golfers who haven't played hockey (I'm assuming Mr. Woods hasn't) just can't even fathom how much more demanding hockey is and the rush you get when playing it. While I recognize that Woods is in phenomenal shape, he will never experience how hard it is to go through an 82 game season in the league we call the NHL.

I respect woods and everything he has accomplished.. He's going to go down as an all-time great, but he's way off base here. He should go to an NHL game before he throws out unsupported statements like "I don't think anyone watches hockey anymore." Or Mr Woods could simply look at the ratings for last night's game.

Quite simply, this is one of the worst written articles I've ever seen. Just glancing at Mr Baldwin, it's easy to see he wouldnt last 5 minutes in a hockey game. Nice try sir.
2008-06-03 @ 23:45
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Baldwin, you're an elitist, a pompous elitist whose never worked for anything in your life. You don't understand the complexities of hockey and apparently "macho-man" Tiger Woods doesn't either. It's too bad really. Stick to golf; enjoy watching aging men hit balls with metal and leave hockey out of you psuedo-articles.
2008-06-04 @ 01:29
Comment from: Gordie Howe [Visitor] Email
I wonder how long it would take Chris Chelios to clear Tiger from in front of the net.
2008-06-04 @ 02:59
Comment from: Ben [Visitor] Email
Dear Chris,

Have you ever played hockey? If the answer is yes, then I am going to go ahead and assume that your bell was rung one too many times and thus caused you to write this pathetic excuse for an article. If the answer is no, which it most likely is, then I am going to attribute your lack of respect for the world's most difficult game to the fact that you are closed minded and, as others called you, elitist. First off, golf, like tennis (where tiger supports his boy roger) are strictly individual sports. Sure, individual sports take hard work, but to work as a team is something entirely different in and of itself. In individual sports, there are no egos to suppress and it is not necessary to create any sort of chemistry outside of individual and MAYBE his coach/caddy. Even at that, the individual can easily just fire his coach/caddy whenever it pleases him. Second, where does one like yourself come off talking about HOCKEY as BORING? This is a game that takes all of the athleticism necessary to play every other sport (hand eye coordination, speed, size, toughness, agility) and PUTS IT ON ICE, where an entirely different skill set is needed. I play D2 hockey in college (fairly high level) and I am a 4 handicap. I love both sports, but to be honest, golf should not be mentioned in the same athletic sentence as hockey.
2008-06-04 @ 03:07
Comment from: nick [Visitor] Email
Golf is what real athletes play in their off time as well as 60 year old retirees since the "sport" doesn't require any true athletisism!!!
2008-06-04 @ 04:40
Comment from: Kevin Martin [Visitor] Email
Hey Chris, I'll bet the movie "40 year old virgin" made a lot of sense to you! You probably have a 24 handicap and still live with your Mommy! I am about as big a Tiger Woods fan that there can be, the guy has transcended the sport and he already is the best player to ever pick up a club but for the first time I can honestly say I was very dissapointed with his comments about hockey. They were shortminded and did not sound like they came from somebody who happens to be really good freinds with "The Great One", Wayne Gretzky. He should have known that this was going to piss some people off. As for you Mr Baldwin, you remind me of another Baldwin, Daniel Baldwin, the fat out of shape drug addicted pig with no life!! I just wish we could lace them up together because I would make you my B**ch!!
2008-06-04 @ 06:15
Comment from: john [Visitor]
what a douche. did a hockey player give you a wedgie back in high school?
2008-06-04 @ 07:25
Comment from: Bob [Visitor] Email
One question about golf, cant these wimps carry their own clubs around?
2008-06-04 @ 07:53
Comment from: mike [Visitor] Email
I wouldn’t expect someone of your obviously inferior intelligence to understand a complicated game like hockey. It has far too many rules for your feeble little mind to grasp. It is also clearly way to fast paced for you and your elderly pals to watch. You are too accustomed to watching feminine men walk around on well-manicured lawns searching for a little ball, while someone else caries their clubs for them. Wow, now that does sound like an exciting afternoon at the retirement home. I guess I can also understand that your flabby, hideously misshapen, overweight body is far too weak and awkward to play a physically demanding game, like hockey. That’s okay, go back to your bigoted country club, sip your little brandy, and tell all the flabby old men in the sauna how “manly” you are. Perhaps old Arnie Palmer will buy your story. If you ever feel like you are man enough to lace up the skates and step on to the ice, you have my email address. I’d love to educate you on the game of hockey. Alas, I fear that this will never happen. My guess is that after riding around in a golf cart for so long, you are too uncoordinated, and your sparrow legs too weak to attempt such a feat. Perhaps instead of commenting on things you don’t understand, you should just keep quiet so your ignorance does not show.
2008-06-04 @ 08:45
Comment from: Pavlov [Visitor] Email
Chris,

If you get to the Detroit area to cover the PGA tournament at Oakland Hills this year, be sure to look up a club member there named Steve Yzerman and let him know your thoughts on hockey fans.

Regards,

Pavlov
2008-06-04 @ 08:52
Comment from: John [Visitor]
Thanks for that Chris! I'm removing travelgolf from my bookmarks. No need to read garbage like this!
2008-06-04 @ 09:30
Comment from: Vladifan [Visitor] Email
Dear Chrissie:

I have all my teeth. I have a college degree, plus graduate work. I know how to spell desoxyribonucleicacid, otherwise known as DNA. Of which you are obviously lacking some chromosomes.

I have no idea what Tiger said about hockey, but he's entitled to express his thoughts any way he wants to, especially if asked. I sincerely and fervently doubt that he's watched enough of it to know what the hell's he's talking about, though.

But you, sir, are an over-simplifying, self-serving, shallow, provincial cretin if you think watching golf on TV takes more brain cells than watching hockey.

This may come as a shock to you, but then again you'll never bother to check it out anyway...but hockey is no longer the knock-down drag-out sport it used to be. More and more, it's a game of finesse, power and grace, puck possession and positioning.

But you probably couldn't follow the puck anyway, because you would of course, make the choice to listen to golf announcers drone on about the wind conditions, back swing problems, and the height of the grass.

You and your verbal posturing are nothing but laughable.
2008-06-04 @ 09:45
Comment from: Derek [Visitor] Email
You follow golf and are ripping on hockey? Doesn't make any sense to me. Golf is the worst sport to watch unless it's Sunday and Tiger Woods is in the lead or just a little behind. Speaking of Tiger Woods, doesn't the little baby cry every time someone takes a picture of him?
2008-06-04 @ 10:36
Comment from: Derek [Visitor] Email
You follow golf and are ripping on hockey? Doesn't make any sense to me. Golf is the worst sport to watch unless it's Sunday and Tiger Woods is in the lead or just a little behind. Speaking of Tiger Woods, doesn't the little baby cry every time someone takes a picture of him?
2008-06-04 @ 10:38
Comment from: J Cohen [Visitor] Email
You want to talk about being "dumber than a box of rocks"? GOTTEN is not a word.
2008-06-04 @ 11:31
Comment from: Jake [Visitor]
Golf is NOT a sport. Its a past-time. As evidence, its not even in the OLYMPICS. Even archery is in the Olympics. Come on. Golf is great way to kill a few hours on a Sunday. But don't tell me it takes a great deal of athleticism. Patience and skill maybe. But you don't need to be in shape. There is no professional women's or seniors tour for hockey for good reason.
2008-06-04 @ 11:46
Comment from: GOLF = GERIATRICS [Visitor] Email
Golf - I did not realize anyone under 90 watched it or even cared. I haven't checked golf's rating numbers - but the ratings for the last hockey game sure seemed to be good. In fact, growing up in a wealthy neighborhood where golf was popular I can make this observation - GOLF is what you do when you are ready to die and have given up on life. Now that I live in Manhattan - anyone with an education will confirm this. It sounds like our buddy Chris Baldwin has already given up on life - as he has dedicated his to writing about golf on some half ass website. Enjoy your 15 seconds of fame, as the only reason you have it, is so we can point out how stupid you are.

PS - One of my clients is the president of the hair club for men - do you want me to put him in touch with you? (I AM SAYING YOU ARE BALD)

PPS - Please don't ever confuse yourself into thinking Golf is a sport - it is a geriatric game - always was - always will be.
2008-06-04 @ 11:47
Comment from: Nate [Visitor] Email
You really are an ignorant person Chris.
2008-06-04 @ 11:55
Comment from: Eric [Visitor]
Mr Baldwin,

You are a pompous idiot who knows nothing about hockey or the people who enjoy the game- So what if hockey fans dont appreciate Tiger's comments? It doesnt show a lack of IQ, in fact, it shows that fans love their sport. Enjoy the attention Mr. Baldy.
You desperately need it. A word of advice, from a golf fan, try to write something a tad more meaningful, you might get more fulfillment out of your pathetic excuse for a job.


2008-06-04 @ 11:57
Comment from: Chris Rally [Visitor] Email
Mr. Baldwin,

You are an idiot.

Love,
Chris @ The Resting Bird
2008-06-04 @ 12:14
Comment from: Dom [Visitor] Email
I second the Resting Bird's motion. You are indeed... and idiot.


Your Untruly,

Dom from My Too Sense
2008-06-04 @ 12:23
Comment from: Dom [Visitor] Email
Sorry about those typos by the way... not very "elitist" of me.
2008-06-04 @ 12:25
Comment from: Chris Rally [Visitor] Email
I was gonna let it slide... Mr. Baldwin, because frankly you're a dumb ass... However I just wanted to show you that I don't feel I am above you... because obviously I am not.

I wrote this tidbit on my blog, about an idiot who writes from travelgolf.com ... Oh wait, that's you.

http://www.therestingbird.org/?p=24

You rock man. You are awesome. Keep telling yourself that.
2008-06-04 @ 13:04
Comment from: Bianca [Visitor] Email
You're an idiot. You know it takes more
skill and athletic ability to play hockey than it does to whack a ball with a stick. Not to mention the mental and physical ability to play three 20 minute period followed by two and half over time periods, like game 5 on Saturday night. I'd love to see you on the ice paisan, looking for your putter.
2008-06-04 @ 13:37
Comment from: Keith [Visitor] Email
Hockey is wayyyyyyy more fun to watch than golf. There's a reason I've never attended a PGA or an LPGA event (which includes the annual Travelers event in Cromwell, CT, which is 2 towns over from me): I would be bored to death, and I simply don't want to waste my money watching that garbage. As for Tiger Woods, he's a guy who needs a golf club....in the mouth, to whack those horse-looking teeth of his down his throat.
2008-06-04 @ 15:02
Comment from: Phan [Visitor] Email
Can you really compare TV ratings between the sports when one (golf) has every player playing at the exact same time once per week? There is no division of viewership the way there is in a city-based sport. I can't provide ratings for a Kings-Flames game living on the east coast.

As for the IQ thing, that's just a lame attempt to rile people up. You succeeded there.

Keep on blogging about a "sport" that real athletes play when they're bored.
2008-06-04 @ 15:31
Comment from: Tyler [Visitor] Email
I would like to challenge you, Chris Baldwin to an IQ test. Your choice as to the location and time of the test. I'm a hockey fan, so I'm not sure if my feeble mind can handle a task as arduous as that.
2008-06-04 @ 15:42
Comment from: Tim [Visitor] Email
So basically... We defend our sport... and you defend your sport.. However we did it with common courtesy. You did it by belittling hockey fans all over the USA.

So you've proven one thing Mr. BALDwin.. you are a douchebag.
2008-06-04 @ 15:56
Comment from: William [Visitor]
Hey Baldin, Frist off, Grow some more hair. Judging by your article, you sound like you re in the 60-70 range. A hockey fan with a lower IQ than you is a rare breed my balding isecure friend. You re a lost cause bud. Good luck.
2008-06-04 @ 16:35
Comment from: William [Visitor]
Hey Baldin,

Frist off, Grow some more hair.
Judging by your article, you sound like you re in the 60-70 range. A hockey fan with a lower IQ than you is a rare breed my balding isecure friend. You re a lost cause bud. Good luck.



2008-06-04 @ 16:36
Comment from: John [Visitor]
A wise man once said, 'It is better to remain silent and to be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.' These are words you should consider and take to heart. I am not going to insult you, because it takes far more than an insecure golf blogger to rile me up. Rest assured, however, that if you want to compare IQs, I'd be more than happy to do so. Fair warning, however; there's a 99.95% chance that I win.
2008-06-04 @ 17:18
Comment from: James [Visitor] Email
Funny, in fact Hockey fans are one of the most educated fan bases in North America. I know we actually put down the coloring books and went to school!!!

Obviously research is not a pre-req in golf reporting. Rating are much higher then you indicated showing you lack of investigative reporting (1.0)? I could go on about golf's problems or your's as a writer but hey I am far too stupid right?

You seem to have no respect for one of the oldest leagues North America and you "assumption" make you look like a hack.

But you should have no worries, no one watches/reads about golf anymore.
2008-06-04 @ 17:35
Comment from: Michael Barrett [Visitor] Email
You obviously crave attention so calling you names or debating you would only feed your immature, latent-homosexual fire.
2008-06-04 @ 17:36
Comment from: Swenny [Visitor] Email
You sir, are an idiot =D

Every person reading this blog is now dumber for having read it
2008-06-04 @ 17:41
Comment from: Emily [Visitor] Email
Snooze-a-thon? HAHA! You call 60 minutes of scoring, hitting, sprinting, and much more a snooze-a-thon? Jeez, I can't imagine what golf would be considered. 4-6 hours of walking, lining up shots, and swinging clubs at a metered pace. Oh boy. You're just like a little high school diva, getting your pleasure from bashing other people. Just leave, honestly.
2008-06-04 @ 17:50
Comment from: Jazz [Visitor] Email
It's funny that hockey players can play golf really well, I wonder how a Golfer would do on the ice?

I hope you make a trip north of the border and say that. You moron.
2008-06-04 @ 17:56
Comment from: Toxicone [Visitor] Email
I prefer hockey to golf. I also prefer men to women.
2008-06-04 @ 18:22
Comment from: Jay [Visitor] Email
Haha... a snooze-a-thon? Are you kidding me? You obviously have never watched a game of hockey in your life. It's funny how ironic that is coming from a golfer! The world's most BORING sport to watch on television.

The average joe only watches golf because of Tiger, that's it! When there is nothing else to do on a Sunday afternoon why not watch a bit of golf... no.... Tiger. He is the only top player in the world that is actually fit, what does that say about your sport.

To see a top flight athelete take a shot at a sport while they are in the biggest moment in a decade shows no class. I'll admit the popularity of hockey is at a low in the USA but this is the dream matchup in the Finals. The NHL is looking at this to spark interest and it has done that. Tiger can think whatever he wants but to take a swipe at hockey in a pivitol moment is ridiculous.

And who are you to call hockey fans dumb? That's basically taking a shot at Canadians in general... IDIOT!!!

2008-06-04 @ 18:27
Comment from: Jim [Visitor] Email
Funny that us Alpha-male hockey dregs know how to spell......or at least use spell check....

F.Y.I. "Poltically" should be spelled "Politically"
2008-06-04 @ 19:26
Comment from: Edmund Shack [Visitor]
Christopher: Golf is a 4 letter word for a longer word called activity. Chris...... These following items are all activities which take absolutely no athletic prowess to partake in: Billiards Golf Cooking Darts Curling Spelling Bees Bocce Ball Tiddly-Winks Marbles Top Spinning Teeter-Totter Catching on yet?
2008-06-04 @ 19:54
Comment from: Patrick [Visitor]
Golf is the perfect Sunday afternoon sport.......to put on in the background when I need a nap.

Shhh......be quiet.....the vaunted "athlete" Tiger needs to concentrate....please.
2008-06-04 @ 21:38
Comment from: Adam [Visitor] Email
As an avid golfer and passionate fan of BOTH sports, I can assure you that hockey fans (when judged as a group, which is always pathetically terrible journalistic form to begin with) are not dim-witted. Especially not when compared to the average fanbase of other sports in this country.

And, as a pair of golf fans, let's not kid ourselves. Were it not for the very man that uttered these words the PGA would barely be outdrawing hockey audiences, and only for majors. If you are too dim-witted to follow why don't you take a gander at television ratings for any tournament where Tiger falls from contention. I can tell you without watching the tournament and by looking at the ratings alone when Tiger played and how well he did, you will see decent ratings to start, but the very second Tiger is not going to win the ratings plummet to near-abysmal levels.

So thanks for reminding us all that in the world of new media it requires neither journalistic prowess nor the slightest understanding of tact or professionalism to get your putrid works published.
2008-06-04 @ 22:23
Comment from: Theresa [Visitor] Email
There is only ONE Tiger, and it's not Woods. Hockey fans know him as Tiger WILLIAMS.

2008-06-05 @ 08:17
Comment from: Mort [Visitor] Email
Just remember what the ultimate insult one hockey player can give another during the Stanley Cup playoffs: "Get your golf clubs out!"
2008-06-05 @ 09:25
Comment from: Derek [Visitor] Email
We are talking about a game invented by
men is skirts.

nuff said
2008-06-05 @ 10:24
Comment from: mike [Visitor] Email
Well, I'm waiting. Are you going to contact me about my offer or not? You have my email address. I would like to teach you about hockey. We will tie the skates on and get on the ice. Then the lesson will begin. I will go slowly so your feeble, underdeveloped mind can keep (or at least try). Are you afraid? Do you think your life-partner will be disappointed when he finds out how much of an out of shape little sissy you really are? Or are you afraid to find out that I'm not only more athletic than you, but that I am far more intelligent, have a higher IQ, and obviously much better looking than you? I already know that I am superior to you physically and intellectually, and now it is obvious that you know that too but are too ashamed to face the harsh reality of it all. You must not have anything going in your life for you to lash out like that. I guess I can understand. You were always picked on in school, never kissed a girl, always struggled with your studies, and were a laughing stock in gym class. I really do feel sorry for you. I can’t imagine going through life as an ignorant, unpopular, clumsy, geeky little dolt with no future, or slightest glimpse of happiness - you poor, bitter, little simpleton. I sincerely hope you take me up on my offer, I will consider it charity work.
2008-06-05 @ 11:06
Comment from: BMN [Visitor] Email
First of all, judging the hockey fanbase by this sadly over-macho crop of posters would be like judging all golf fans by the stuffy old 50-something suits that sit on their arses in clubhouses every week: a broad generalization and very unfair.

Second of all, to the posters who made comments completely living up to the stereotype, congratulations on your inability to grasp basic arguments. Calling someone a sissy is not advanced argumentation, no matter what the schoolyard taught you.

Third, Mr. Baldwin, you are WAY offbase about hockey. I was never very athletic and given that I have a body that would make Hal Sparks look like Andre the Giant, there was never really much hope for me to ever play, although I do play the odd game of road hockey with friends.

What makes golf great is its accessibility, it shouldn't be knocked for this. But at the same time, it's worth noting (as many posters here already have) that golf is a "sport" that other athletes play when their seasons end. Why is this?

Well, quite frankly, it's because golf isn't physically demanding enough to require an offseason. And that's coming from someone who enjoys playing it and even watching it from time-to-time. Golf is about precision more than it is athleticism. That doesn't make it bad (like a lot of neo-macho posters here are trying to make it out to be) but it definitely makes it more "game" than "sport," especially when compared to hockey.

If you want to talk low IQ, Mr. Baldwin, let's return to you. I hate to be the bearer of bad news for you. Coming from someone who's watched both sports, hockey DOES possess complexity, far more than golf does. It's a team game that encompasses a variety of physical qualities-- balance, toughness, size, speed, dexterity-- while also incorporating a variety x's and o's-- special teams, linematching and different philosophical approaches ranging from wide-open hockey to the trap. Not to argue golf isn't complex-- in fact, it possesses a great many subtleties in its own right-- but you sound like a sad man who doesn't want to admit that sports he dislikes could somehow be more athletic or complex than the one he loves. Sad indeed.

Oh, and by the way, if you measure "loser sport" by acceptance, then labelling the most popular sport in the world (soccer) one reeks of either ignorance or bullheaded "only the sports that Americans find popular counts" thinking. I don't watch soccer much either, but I'd be the last to call it a loser sport when millions upon millions upon millions upon millions more watch that over either golf or hockey.
2008-06-05 @ 13:19
Comment from: alex myers [Visitor] Email
Tiger is an idiot, a self centered jerk. So he can put a little white ball in a hole, does that mean we have to listen to what he has to say???

Please.....You need to be athletic to play hockey, I would not expect a golfer to like or understand hockey.

2008-06-05 @ 15:20
Comment from: rbpalmer [Visitor] Email
Comment from: J Cohen [Visitor]
You want to talk about being "dumber than a box of rocks"? GOTTEN is not a word.
2008-06-04 @ 11:31

Uh, actually, J, it is. It is a past participle of "get." E.G., "Baldwin had gotten rid of most of his hair, and brain cells, by beating himself over the head with a nine iron."
2008-06-05 @ 16:51
Comment from: Let's Go Caps [Visitor]
Hockey Rules! Golf drools.
2008-06-05 @ 17:24
Comment from: Lorne [Visitor] Email
"Put your average hockey fan in front of a test pattern and he’d get a kick out of that too."

Journalists don't write things like that. You must be a blogger. Anyway, since I'm an engineer (not the train kind) and a hockey fan, I think my IQ is fine where its at.

Usually when a comment by a "journalist" denigrates a group of persons based on a common background that calls for an apology of some sort. This not being journalism though and being just another blog, it has a lower standard. It is such low quality though and probably best ignored.

At least there is the disclaimer:
"Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management."

Management should get a classier writer.
2008-06-05 @ 17:29
Comment from: chesapeake [Visitor] Email
Well, I hate to actually respond to this run-of-the-mill article and actually encourage you. It's sad how far Hockey as a sport has fallen when it has to defend itself from the insults of.... golf.

I take some offense to your rather prolonged bashing of hockey fans as uneducated. I grew up playing, watching and loving hockey. You want to compare educations? I have a BS and MS from Johns Hopkins, and am currently a medical student. You want to throw down and compare SAT scores or IQ tests or some other mundane 'intelligence' tests? Or do you just want to talk about the intellectual difficulty of 'trying to get a ball in a hole in under three hits.'
Oh, and I used to write articles for newspapers in San Francisco, none of which resorted to bashing to draw attention. Cool.

Back to studying for my finals, which im sure my hockey-loving uneducated self will fail.
2008-06-05 @ 17:54
Comment from: why are you such a jerk? [Visitor]
blah, blah, blah, blah.

what a waste of digital space.

I'd rather watch Alex Ovechkin take a nap, than watch golf.

2008-06-05 @ 19:01
Comment from: OrderedChaos [Visitor] Email
Lorne wrote:
"Put your average hockey fan in front of a test pattern and he’d get a kick out of that too."
Journalists don't write things like that. You must be a blogger.
----
Actually Lorne, even halfway decent bloggers don't write that sort of blindly generalizing insult. But I suppose nobody accused Baldwin of being halfway decent.

Baldie's man-crush on Tiger is so apparent it's a bit awkward to read his post. Regardless, yes, the question was a non sequitur that threw Woods off for a second, though it's a pretty common question asked of other athletes during championships/playoffs (e.g., Final Four).

Woods' comment, while stupid and going for the cheap laugh (something, one would think, is below the Great and Powerful Woods), wasn't a big deal but was pretty stupid. Perhaps Woods was too enthralled by a test pattern one one of the cameras for his brain to function properly. That sure seems the case with Baldwin.
2008-06-05 @ 19:36
Comment from: Puckdawg69 [Visitor] Email
Chris,
What a "great" article by a butthead who plays
golf -- the most boring game in the world next
to baseball. As you "putter patter" around
the golf course, why don't you take your irons
and shove them up where the sun don't shine?
As a matter of fact, don't take just the irons,
take your (Tiger) woods as well. Maybe he can
sink your hole in one!
2008-06-05 @ 20:04
Comment from: Kris Mobayeni [Visitor] Email
Unbelievable.

Your ignorance is outstanding, and yet you preach a sermon on how hockey fans have supposedly low IQs.

I find myself staring at this screen, struggling to find a way to express how truly disgusted I am after reading this pitifully embarrassing excuse for a sports article. I mean, I can understand this headline coming from either a 12 year old or a dim-witted internet trolling blog commenter. However, you are a hired "journalist" (I apologize to all genuine sports writers for using that term so loosely). The fact that you use such an absurd generalization as the premise of your article is an insult to your profession.

This also speaks volumes about TravelGolf.com. Is there not someone who proofreads articles for, say, purpose, insight, or coherence? Are they that desperate for writers?

Regardless, you should be ashamed and abashed. Good luck in the future with your desperate attempts for attention.

2008-06-05 @ 20:36
Comment from: Michael [Visitor]
I am fan of both golf and hockey. I grew up playing hockey, watching hockey and eventually ended up officiating and coaching hockey. I became found of golf when I was in my early thirties. I find golf to be extremely fun to play and a great way to relax on a warm Sunday afternoon, but it isn't exactly mentally or physically demanding. I cannot however watch the game on TV (it’s a game, not a sport). There really is nothing entertaining about watching someone else play golf. That is like watching someone else play a board game. Many of my hockey fan friends also play golf, as do most professional hockey players. You obviously do not know any hockey fans. Most of the hockey fans I know are successful professionals with good educations and real jobs (not internet bloggers). Both of my children are also hockey fans and made Superior Honor Roll all through school while being in the advanced program. My daughter was so bright as child that she actually took her SATs in 7th grade. Don’t believe me? I can prove it, and I’ll bet her score was higher than yours. Of course, she received a very generous academic scholarshipto a good college. My son is well on his way to following in her footsteps, and guess what? He’s a hockey player too! As a fan of both games, I find your comments to be insulting, unprofessional, and sophomoric. It is impossible for me to believe that you even graduated from college. A real journalist, sports writer, blogger, or anyone who has ever taken a writing class knows that you don't set out to intentionally insult a large portion of your readers. The way you throw out totally inaccurate facts is completely deplorable. As far as Tiger Woods’ comments go, who really cares what he thinks? Someone asking him his opinion on anything other than golf is like people who become Scientologists because Tom Cruise told them to. If you wish to someday have a career as a real professional writer, I suggest you take some classes and learn about truthful, ethical journalism instead of writing trashy articles designed merely to alienate your audience and create some sort of shock response. I guess you have succeeded in your goal, this is the most attention your unheard of blog has ever received!
2008-06-05 @ 21:59
Comment from: detzi [Visitor] Email
Why not just stick to writing about golf, hoss? What's up with all the hate and hostility with hockey? Play in your sandbox and don't try to touch something you know nothing about beyond what Tiger tells you. You should be canned.
2008-06-05 @ 22:06
Comment from: gill [Visitor] Email
good for tiger. i am from canada, i watched in disgust as the same people that asked tiger this question once asked mike wier if he knew any hockey player minutes after his colapse at the canadian open. ever since that day when some idiot wanted to boost hockey ratings by telling mike weir he dosent matter in his home country, i hoped hockey would get thiers, Thank you tiger. im not joking when i say people here are crying over the comment. wine canada
2008-06-05 @ 22:55
Comment from: Vic [Visitor]
What a dumb idiotic moron you are. So you think Tiger dissing other sports is justified. Hockey may have low ratings but for someone who plays golf, which is possibly the worst sports to watch on TV, commenting on hockey is in itself an insult. I dont know much about Tiger's riff on soccer, but if its true, he is just as classless and idiotic as you are. Soccer is the world's most followed sports. You want to talk about ratings?. How about the world cup final in 2006 in Germany. More than ONE billion people watched it. Want to compare that with your stupid boring moronic Masters?. I cant believe that you actually get paid to write such drivel and nonsense. If you are considered a journalist, then am indeed an astronaut. Get a life, you pathetic loser of a writer.
2008-06-05 @ 23:58
Comment from: simon [Visitor] Email
I know plenty of stupid and worthless golf fans. I'll take the hockey fans any day. You can count on them when the chips are down.

Congratulations to the Detroit Red Wings on a classy run to The Cup.
2008-06-06 @ 00:33
Comment from: David [Visitor]
I don't even like hockey and this post disgusted me.

I went ahead and sent a message through the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the site. I encourage other readers to do the same if they don't want garbage like this to appear on the blog.
2008-06-06 @ 02:29
Comment from: Zed [Visitor]
The following message is not for sensitive readers: hockey fans average IQ is probably higher than that of afro-american sports stars...
2008-06-06 @ 07:32
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Yes, hockey fans are not near as smart as those genius spectators at golf tournaments who shout out "you da man!" when a pro golfer duck hooks his drive into the woods. Or bellows "in the hole!" every time Tiger or any other player tees off on a 450 yard par four hole.

Alex USMC 1969-73
2008-06-06 @ 09:30
Comment from: jack wieler [Visitor] Email
wow. chris "bald" win.

i'm sorry that you don't have a life. i'm sorry that you turned out the way you did. but don't blame the rest of the world for your idiocy. this is one of the more brutal blogs i've read over the last number of years. what are your credentials?
2008-06-06 @ 10:31
Comment from: Jake [Visitor] Email
Does this make you feel better for not becoming a very succesful writer? If you likve golf so much, and hate hockey so much, talk about golf. You would waste your time writing about it. Your one of the many who no nothing about hockey and assume just because you dont, that the sport sucks. Its like a bandwagon. Cause all you idiots write about the same crap when you down hockey. Tell us something you havnt already cryed about. I feel really bad that you actually hate the sport. Somethins is really wrong with you. Your sad, a joke, very sick, and Im glad your wife left you. Keep running your mouth about hockey. You sound so stupid and I hope you say something really bad that gets you fired. I wish you and anyone you know the worst regards. Your an idiot. Feel free to email me or better yet lets meet so I can show you how passionate hockey fans are.
2008-06-06 @ 13:55
Comment from: Ryan [Visitor] Email
Typical uneducated comment by an American who has probably never watched or played Hockey. Again go out and take a puck in the face, lose some teeth, get stitched up and come back and play 10 minutes later in the same game it happened in and tell me what you think hockey is like. Oh wait..this article is written by a guy who follows a sport where it's best player takes 3 months to recover from Surgery. Some under paid, website chicken scratcher looking to raise some eyebrows....Do me a favor and take the $30,000 in salary you make and buy a hockey helmet to hide that ridiculous thing you call a mug. Is that your fore head????? Us hockey fans would call that a five head....
2008-06-06 @ 14:43
Comment from: Darren [Visitor] Email
Bloggers vs. Reporters


Bloggers often use this strategy. Say outlandish things to rile people up, get the link sent around and generate massive hits for their employers via hate. Nice "original" strategy Chris.


What you failed to consider was that tomorrow no one will give a $h!t about you any more and you'll be right back at your crappy blogging job. Thats your job!?! I can't believe you get paid to blog on MySpace and generate hate to make money. You know who else generated hate to make money? Thats right... Hitler.
2008-06-06 @ 16:31
Comment from: Darren [Visitor] Email
Oh man... this is where you end up writing when you can't make it in NY huh Chris? Writing for golf blogs?!? What happened in big bad New York? Did the real writers pick on you? Awww, could your pink polo shirt just not make it on the tough streets?


You must've been hating life when you had to cover the Stanley Cup huh? Did some mean Canadian give you a wedgie? Awwww poor baby, now that you're all big and grown up you have to use the tiny bit of talent you do contain to try and make them feel bad? Awwwww, somebody needs a huge.
2008-06-06 @ 16:37
Comment from: Darren [Visitor] Email
Ahhhhahahaha, Michigan? You grew up in Michigan?!? Oh man, the picture is complete is it not? So seriously Chris what happened? Did the star hockey player in your high school steal your girlfriend (or boyfriend)? He did didn't he? Did you walk in on them and he had his jersey on maybe, and right there you thought "When I grow up I'm going to be a blogger and make this guy feel bad on the internet... since my writing isn't good enough to print." First off, MORE SELF CONFIDENCE... yes you're right you don't have enough talent, but don't tell yourself that. Next off, aim higher in life. Blogging for a living? Come'on... I know 15 year olds who have more published articles online than you... you're an adult you can do better.
2008-06-06 @ 16:41
Comment from: Jeff [Visitor] Email
I am a huge hockey fan and Tigers comments and Chris Baldwins blog don't bother me in the slightest, why? Well if the worlds best poker players or bowlers started making disparaging remarks about hockey and the media that followed them concurred with their opinions I wouldn't care, so why should we care what Tiger and Chris think. Its not like Mr. Baldwin is a sports writer or Tiger an athlete, so why should there opinions on a real sport and true athletes matter. Any activity i can drink three beers and not notice a decrease in performance isnt a sport. Anything in which your heart rate doesnt rise above resting isnt a sport. Sure the PGA and Tiger draw more viewers than the NHL but who cares, as far as im concerned the only thing worse than playing 4 hours of Golf is watching it......but who cares what I think about Golf, Im a hockey player
2008-06-06 @ 19:47
Comment from: Coach Gary [Visitor] Email
Not a good article, Chris.
Poorly conceived, very amateurish. Looks as though you are attemptng to mimmick the writing style of other much more accomplished writers. You missed the mark on just about every level. In the future you need to understand the underlying importance of a storyline -and get accurate supporting numbers and facts- as opposed to writing to simply get a response. If your article was submitted in journalism or cre-comm class I'm afraid it would rate an F.
Insulting a group of people probably won't get you very far unless of course you have mastered the art see; Don Rickles. Sports writers, especially golf writers are not all that worldly and probably can't carry an audience for any length of time. Only exception is David Feherty, but then again in every sport there are stars; and there are lots of them in hockey. Check it out.
2008-06-07 @ 08:12
Comment from: dmg [Visitor] Email
This article loses a lot of credibility right from the first sentence, insulating the intelligence of hockey fans when in reality polls have shown that NHL fans are the most educated and highest income earners of fans of any major sport.
2008-06-07 @ 16:32
Comment from: Michael [Visitor] Email
Well, Baldwin, another stupid-ass blog you've written, that's not very well thought-out, and here everyone is slapping you around, and, as always, you don't have the balls to answer.
2008-06-08 @ 00:36
Comment from: Chris Baldwin [Member] Email
Answer to what Michael? The poster who seriously compared me to Hitler for noting how lame pro hockey is. The countless imaginative souls who talked about my hair (oh man, that really hurts - got me!) The hockey fans who have tried to outright lie about its TV ratings (VERSUS averaged a 0.3 for its regular season games, among the lowest rated things on all of television.)

Or my personal favorite, the puck losers who give their academic credentials and write things like "I graduated from university", like it's the most amazing accomplishment in the world. Which, come to think of it, it is if you're a hockey nut.

There's been no need to respond. These comments are an endless, entertaining thread proving my point. To love hockey you have to be dumber than a box of rocks.

I probably should apologize to rocks everywhere.


2008-06-08 @ 01:55
Comment from: Nick [Visitor] Email
More shock jock, good job Chris you understand that people find you irrelevant unless you are spewing garbage to start a shit storm. Too bad we all laugh at your hair line that starts directly above your ears.

Nice look lol!
2008-06-08 @ 09:16
Comment from: Chuck Farley [Visitor] Email
I read two of your articles. According to you, golf boot camp is harder than marine boot camp and hockey fans have low IQ's.

Apparently this is the only way you can get people to read your columns. That's too bad.

Maybe if you actually learned how to play the game of senior citizens and overweight duffers, you could drop a few playing hints and get an audience.
2008-06-10 @ 00:26
Comment from: Sharon [Visitor] Email
My son is well on his way to following in her footsteps, and guess what? He’s a hockey player too! As a fan of both games, I find your comments to be insulting, unprofessional, and sophomoric.
2009-01-14 @ 12:16

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