Please, please, please, don't let Michelle Wie turn into a freak
Watching Michelle Wie shoot 5-over at the first round of the 84 Lumber Classic, I was reminded of Japanese television.
I lived in Japan for nearly four years, and was continually intrigued and repulsed by the way certain television shows reveled in showing people in uncomfortable, painful situations.
Drag a guy wearing a loin cloth on his ass along a gravel road behind a tractor to see how long he could hang on? Funny stuff. Throw darts into the butt-cheeks of another guy to see how many stick before he breaks down? Funny, funny stuff. Extreme close-ups of the crotches of overweight women while they work out? Hilarity of the highest order.
Well, not in my book, anyway.
One night on one of these shows, the host trotted out a four-year-old ping-pong prodigy. This kid could barely see over the edge of the table, but he absolutely hammered the ball. First they pitted him against another guest – an action film star – and the kid demolished the guy five straight points.
Then, the host, who turned out to be a bit of a ping-pong shark himself, took the paddle and proceeded to take five straight points from the pint-sized phenom.
By the second point, the kid cracked. Tears welled up in his tiny eyes as he lost point after point to the host. It was the most painful, abusive thing I’d ever seen on television. He was being emotionally dismantled before our very eyes. And the kicker was the boy’s father stood back, muttering military-style encouragements to the boy, putting the ball in the tyke’s shaking hand again and again.
His son, the freak.
I like Michelle Wie. I’ve spoken to her in person, and she’s engaging, brighter than she sounds in those interviews, and possessed of a peerlessly lovely golf swing. And I think that her foray into the PGA Tour wasn’t all bad. She was testing herself, and by now, she should have the answer.
But now I ask of everyone involved: Please, please, please, don’t let this gracious, graceful, talented teenager devolve into a freak. Every time she tees it up in the PGA Tour, she the event turns into a freakshow, and we all watch with a mixture of awe, fascination, pity, and disgust.
Don’t turn her into the Bearded Lady, or that fragile little Japanese boy, whom I still wonder and worry about some nights.
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you have finished your homework, the report is in...bad.
If you want to go on, register for Q-School. If you can't make it choose a realistic path for your career. Good Night and Good Luck.
And that's what she is. If only her parents understood that...
C'mon, she can do it! Don't give up yet!
if michelle wie plays in another PGA tour event in the near future, i will never buy another nike or sony product ever again.
"i played really well today except for the first 18 holes. i just forgot i was playing golf and really wanted to learn from my walking experience today.i'm sorry i was so aloof to my walking partners and apologize for putting them on the clock again but i really feel good about my game and the walk i took and feel like i have a good round in me someday"
Google "Michelle Wie" on Google News and this is the ugly headline that come up "above the fold":
"Please, please, please, don't let Michelle Wie turn into a freak"
Google is the PRIMARY news source for tens of millions readers. The Wie-Grinches are kicking Ken Sunshine's ass "all over the parking lot" in the one-sided battle over electronic news imaging.
Too late. It's already happened.
Michelle's career is now in rehab mode at best after these last two tournaments. I pray the poor girl has SOMEONE in her camp to get her going in the right direction. This is getting really sad. Even Ledbetter and BJ are dropping thinly veiled hints that perhaps the time has come to end the madness.
Ghet Rheel states that this argument is becoming one sided. He's right, it is. But maybe the reasons why so many more people than before are calling for an end to this are because:
-She cannot compete at this level yet. Proven fact.
-She is seriously damaging her
psyche each time she gets her butt handed to her. You can see it in the poor girl's eyes and hear it in her voice each time Friday rolls around and she needs to clean out her locker and turn in the keys to her Buick.
Maybe people like you Rheel should stop blindly rooting for her to continue this suicide approach and support her mental wellbeing, which is getting her on the LPGA where she belongs at this stage in her career. She has proven she can hang at that level.
I think the bloggers here who are most outspokenly against her playing with the men have her best interests at heart a hell of alot more than those who blindly root her on no matter what the result.
Then all of Bubble's sponsors will pay off a whole tournament so Michelle actually can win something.
I'm not one of those people who ridicule a young person when she falls on her face like some posters on this blog, but I certainly question her parents' sanity when they push her into these men's events.
I recall that while Michelle was lifted into an ambulance at the John Deere, her father's appallingly comment was that he hoped John Deere tournament would invite his daughter back next year. Most parents would have been concerned about their daughter's well being instead of worrying about the following year's invitation. Is that normal parental behavior?
Michelle is still an underage kid and requires parental approvals whenever she travels to play in all of these tournaments, let alone sealing endorsement deals and packages. BJ and Bo Wie are not protecting Michelle as parents, but unfortunately as avaricious agents.
Last I checked it's a free country, if somebody invites, she can accept an exemption to play with the men. What's wrong with that?
She's not deterred by failure and wants to try again.
What's wrong with that?
If a guy does it it's acceptable and if Michelle does it it's a freak show?
That's sooo silly.
A guy named Paul Stankowski finished 2nd to last. Are you calling him a freak show and telling him he shouldn't try again?
Save your crocodile tears, Grinches... Michelle is doing just fine!
You state that "It is great to watch the process"? So you like seeing her cry? You like seeing her almost make cuts in the beginning to now finishing dead last now because the pressure is too great?
I think you need her to succeed more than she needs to succeed for herself.
tears and the distress in her voice, Ghet Rheel said that no such things occurred, that Bubbles was happy as a lark, that she thrives on major disappoinment just like all teenage girls.
What the hell does that have to do with a teenager getting torn to pieces on an international stage?
$10 says Ghet Rheel is really Bo Wie.
Aloha from Hawaii. I am not a MW fan. Just like Jasmine Trias of American Idol infamy, all of Hawaii is proud of MW. But she's making a mockery of the PGA, the press and any observers. She's not delusional when she says that she's improving and thinks she can take on the world with her 'spinned optimism'. What other words would Nike put into her mouth? It's clear that the mainstream press is afraid to ask her the tough questions. Then they wouldn't have the plum assignments to cover this charade. At least then men know that they have the weekend to themselves.
So I agree with many of the other entries here about the freak show and etc. And she may be laughing all the way to the bank. But her conscience and self esteem will catch up to her at some point. What a waste.
How damn dumb are those Grinches, anyway.