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Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Kiel'

You could give your niece a copy of my book: "Bubbles in Wonderland."
12/15/06 @ 17:22
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
If you wanted to give your daughter a work of fiction, I'm sure you could find something more captivating.
12/15/06 @ 19:06
Comment from: Stanley [Visitor] Email
"And in the case of Wie, the story is most definitely far from over."


Excellent poiint Kiel. That is what the likes of Alex and Judge just don't understand.

The book is entitled the making of a champion, and she will win many many titles.
12/15/06 @ 19:26
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
Get Jen to autograph your niece's copy Kiel. A small courtesy from your fellow blogger I would say.

Alex and Caddyshack (JS) are waiting for the book to come out in a CD version so someone won't have to read it out loud to them.
12/15/06 @ 22:09
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
One-Putt,

Are you implying that I'm blind?
12/16/06 @ 03:38
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
***Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor]
One-Putt,

Are you implying that I'm blind?***

Only if you failed to pay attention to the Nuns in your youth.
12/16/06 @ 04:40
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Stanley,

Since you're so sure that Bubbles will win a slew of titles, perhaps you could tell us skeptics when and where she will win her first one. On another thread, you danced around that question. Will she win an LPGA tournament in 2007? Or will she stay on the schneid?

Come on, Stanley! Quit straddling that fence and give us a definitive opinion.
12/16/06 @ 09:23
Comment from: Stanley [Visitor] Email
Alex,
In my definete opinion, Michelle will win one or more titles in 2007. That's just an opinion.
12/16/06 @ 11:04
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Stanley,

Thanks for your definite opinion.

If hope springs eternal, you've got to be Old Faithful.

The last guy who predicted great things soon for Bubbles, erstwhile Wie Warrior Jim C, couldn't have been more wrong.

After Bubbles' swoon at he John Deere, he flatly predicted that MW would flat out WIN the Evian and the Weetabix and make a few cuts on the men's tour. None of that came close to fruition.

Unless her game undergoes a remarkable renaissance over the winter, I just don't think your prediction has a chance of coming true.

Remember, in the last half of the 2006 season, her game was in the tank against the women players as well as being wretched against the men.

But again, thank you for going out on a limb, even though Bubbles will probably saw that limb off with you on it.
12/16/06 @ 13:49
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
Here is a link to a article that will drive Alex and his band crazy:

http://www.qctimes.net/articles/2006/12/15/news/local/doc45835a276dbaa267050698.txt

Let me know if you need help to cut and paste the link in your browser.

12/16/06 @ 14:19
Comment from: Stanley [Visitor] Email
Alex,
Predicting at least 1 win over 8 events is fairly realistic.

Jim prediction of wins at the Evian and British was very optimistic indeed.
12/17/06 @ 10:05
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Stanley, then you believe that Bubbles' game will improve dramatically over the winter?

If you think this dramatic improvement will in fact occur, do you have any explanation as to why you believe it will?

Stanley, it is axiomatic that the optimal likelihood of anything happening is if that something has in fact happened before.

As for Jim C's prediction, it wasn't optimistic, it was a pipedream.

12/17/06 @ 15:13
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
So Alex and Judge what are your bold predictions for Michelle Wie in 2007?

She finished the 84 and Omega just as I predicted. Once the 84 went wet is was really over for her and the Omega with uphill par fours and fives were well out of reach (Sergio called this one). When it went wet at the Casio Michelle just didn't have the carry distance to give her a real shot at the green. If a PGA setup course isn't dry she doesn't have a prayer.

No matter what you think Alex, the problem Michelle is having with her swing is minor in nature and a common issue for better players.

In an effort to strike the ball harder to gain distance, their hands get moving faster than the body causing the club to turn over hooking the ball. Just a simple case of over reaching when behind. David will have this fixed in no time at all.

I recall Tiger having the same issue when he changed his swing a few years back. It wasn't terminal.

Without seeing which events Michelle will enter next season, I won't make any bold predictions. If she were to enter both the SBS and Fields she would have a great chance to score a W. Home field advantage means something even in golf.
12/18/06 @ 02:56
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
One-Putt,

Like you, I won't make any bold predictions concerning Bubbles.

I will, however, make a few predictions.

I predict that Bubbles will play fairly well in a few LPGA events, not so well in a few others, and poorly in a few more.(Similar to what she did this year.) She will make no cuts on the PGA tour.

Also, I predict that she will continue to mouth those boring platitudes, like "My game is getting real close," and "I'm really learning a lot out there," usually following a drubbing in a men's event

And finally, I predict that Bubbles' diehard fans such as yourself will continue their endless string of excuses for Bubbles' so-so play such as "she's only seventeen, what do you expect?", "she is distracted by her schoolwork, after all she is going to Stanford in the fall," and "she was really bothered by (take your pick) the rain, the wind, the cold, the heat, uphill par four's and par five's, downhill par four's and par five's, bent greens, Bermuda greens, and the color of the guy's shirt in the fifth row."

Also, I predict that Ghet Rheel will re-assess his prediction for Bubbles' boom out date with destiny to 2015. She'll need a few more years to reach full flower.

12/18/06 @ 09:21
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
One-Putt,

Like you, I won't make any bold predictions concerning Bubbles.

I will, however, make a few predictions.

***And finally, I predict that Bubbles' diehard fans such as yourself will continue their endless string of excuses for Bubbles' so-so play such as "she's only seventeen, what do you expect?", "she is distracted by her schoolwork, after all she is going to Stanford in the fall," and "she was really bothered by (take your pick) the rain, the wind, the cold, the heat, uphill par four's and par five's, downhill par four's and par five's, bent greens, Bermuda greens, and the color of the guy's shirt in the fifth row."***

I believe you forgot a couple more predictions Alex:

That Michelle will continue to be one of your greatest sources of entertainment and she will not attend college.

I hope Michelle doesn't mess things up for you Alex and win something or make a men's cut.
12/18/06 @ 12:46
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
One-Putt,

Far from messing things up, in the unlikely event that Bubbles wins one on the LPGA tour(even her most ardent admirers couldn't believe she has a chance for a win on any other tour), the entertainment value of these blogs will increase at least five-fold.

Just think, One-Putt, you and the other Wie Warriors even now continue to heap praise on Bubbles, this despite the fact that she has scored about 70 shots over par in her last six tournaments.

If she could actually win one, why, the insanity would be worth the price of admission anytime.

Bubbles may attend college although the motivation certainly won't be there. After all, if she and BJ can rake in millions under false pretenses, four years of college suddenly doesn't seem very attractive. And Stanford is out of the question. They don't have sponsors' exemption at that university.
12/18/06 @ 14:14
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
It looks like Ron Sirak gets it:

***Most Improved:

Against the women, Michelle Wie lowered her stroke average from 70.87 in 2005 to 70.77 in 2006, and her average place of finish in LPGA events improved from 8.8 to 8.0. Even more dramatic, in the first six of her eight LPGA tournaments in 2006, Wie had a stroke average of 69.68 and an average finishing position of 3.5. Not bad for someone who didn't turn 17 until October.

Least Improved:

Against the men, Wie increased her stroke average from 73.0 in six rounds in 2005 to 75.20 in 15 rounds in 2006. Even more dramatic, in her final seven rounds of 2006 against the men, Wie had a stroke average of 79.0 and finished ahead of only one player -- a Japanese amateur. Isn't it time to table playing against the men for a few years?***
12/19/06 @ 06:01
Comment from: SM [Visitor] Email
Alex,
FIY, Wie gets accepted to Standford. Didn't you said Stanford is out of question yesterday? LOL
12/19/06 @ 14:46
Comment from: John D [Visitor]
Anyone taking bets on whether Wie-Wee will make the cut at Stanford?

I bet she doesn't last four years.
12/19/06 @ 15:46
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Trevor,

What is a "crozz-breed habit?"
12/19/06 @ 15:51
Comment from: Booger [Visitor] Email
Up yours, Trevor!
12/19/06 @ 15:53
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Bubbles may very well finish her four years, and I'll tell you why I say this.

I know human nature very well and I'm fairly confident that I know Bubbles. Bubbles doesn't like pressure and she avoids it like the plague whenever possible. And this is where school enters the equation. As long as she is in attendance, she won't be expected to fulfill her golfing potential because she will be "just a part-time player." Once out of school, however, there'll be no excuses.

Additionally, John D's metaphor aside, you don't have to make any true cuts in college. Just apply yourself, study, and you'll certainly make the grade. Success doesn't hinge on bettering most of the other students.

I think Bubbles is very comfortable casting her golf as a mere avocation, nothing of such import that she would trouble her little head over it. Sure, she may fall short at times, but it should still be viewed as victory because she has her lofty mind on higher, more ethereal pursuits.
12/19/06 @ 19:28
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
Preparing yourself to get accepted at Stanford is far greater pressure than any golf match Judge.

Alex you must admit the bar is set very high for early admission to a college rated third academically in the nation.

The problem with Michelle's fans and her detractors is they think they have her all figured out. I've been telling you all along that golf is just a "game" to Michelle.

Nike and Sony did not hire Michelle as a fulltime Professional Golfer, (her contacts obviously were not structured in that fashion). They hired Michelle Wie as the girl working to attain her goals whatever they may be.

Today you should have discovered that just maybe, golf is not the most important thing in Michelle Wie's life. So kick back and enjoy watching her accomplish her goals one at a time.

12/20/06 @ 04:27
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
One-Putt,

I'll say this much for you Wie Warriors, you're fawning AND loyal.

Her game has been foundering for quite a while, but you birds have never lost faith in Bubbles. Sure, she has problems with her swing, but "David" (when did you get on a first name basis with Leadbetter?) will cure them in no time.

Now, she gets accepted to the Fall 2007 freshman class at Stanford, along with about 6,000 others, and that accomplishment is BETTER than winning the US Women's Open.

I'm relieved that she may have found her niche in the greater scheme of things, but isn't this the same young girl who only recently had her sights set on qualifying for the Masters'?

Bit I'm sure that you Wie-wee's would go gaga if Bubbles found the ultimate pair if earrings in her travels.
12/20/06 @ 07:58
Comment from: Francois Bouchard [Visitor] Email
Alex and Judge Smails,

Last I recall, your daugthers are not attending Stanford...

Facts remain, she is out-achieving your daugthers so far in life...

Your anti-Wie stand only exagerates your sour-grape mentality.
12/20/06 @ 12:21
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
Now Alex don't be a turd...

From a Stanford news release:

The chosen 750 were selected from a pool of 4,644 applicants. Only a small number of Early Action applicants who were not accepted now will be considered again in the university's main applicant pool. Stanford's deadline for the main admission pool is Dec. 15.

"Selecting among the best and brightest in the nation is a daunting task. While most of those expressing an early interest in Stanford were not offered admission, we know that, ultimately, they will meet with great success at many of the outstanding colleges and universities in the U.S. and around the world,'' Shaw said.

Approximately 70 percent of Stanford's Class of 2011 will come from its main applicant pool. Stanford will notify those applicants in April about whether or not they have been accepted.

Alex you act like she was given a sports ride into Stanford. No Alex she earned her way into Stanford along with three other Punahou seniors.

Michelle has been telling everyone since she was ten years old that it was her dream she would attend Stanford. A dream she has turned into a reality by working hard.

Michelle will make Stanford very proud of their decision. I wonder if one of her letters of recommendation came from Dr. Rice?
12/20/06 @ 13:12
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
Alex I know this announcement will get the juices flowing:

Wie Signs On to Aid PyeongChang Bid

PyeongChang, the South Korean city that hopes to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, has engaged Korean-American golf prodigy Michelle Wie as an honorary ambassador.

Wie, 17-year-old girl whose parents are South Koreans, accepted the offer on Tuesday at the Champions Gate Golf Club in Orlando, the

U.S., when Han Seung-soo, chairman of the Bid Committee, visited her.

“I’m proud of my Korean heritage and also a big fan of winter sports,’’ Wie said after the meeting.

According to the committee, Wie will not receive financial compensation for her role. She will accompany PyeongChang officials at several international meetings.

joseph@koreatimes.co.kr
12-20-2006 15:42

Michelle Wie an incoming coed at one of the top colleges in the Nation, named a honorary ambassador representing South Korea, World renowned golfer and a nice Christian kid who helps people in need.

Not a bad 2006 for any seventeen year old. Go Cardinals!
12/20/06 @ 13:58
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
One-Putt,

That's all very nice and will look good in her highschool yearbook.

But since this blog is supposedly about golf, what does any of it have to do with that sport?

Another thing I'll say for you Wie-wee's, you're easily pleased.

Bubbles' golf game is in the tank and has been for months. The glowing predictions by you guys that she will set the golfing world on fire are further away from actuality than ever. But are you boys even a little bit discouraged? Absolutely not! She hasn't finished highschool and she won't start college for nine months, but the mere fact that she has gained acceptance is cause for unbridled jubilation among her brown-nosing admirers.

Like Rodney Dangerfield in "Back to School," Bubbles is going to college! Yippee!

Now you can see why we Bubbles skeptics can't wait for her to win a tournament. The Wie-wee insanity on these blogs will be one for the ages if and when Bubbles gets off the schneid.
12/20/06 @ 14:41
Comment from: Trevor Stevens [Visitor] Email
Alex,

'Crozz breed' is none other than Mr. Booger himself; Just look him up...

One-putt,

Why is Wie backing the Korean contingent on their Olympic bid? Isn't she an American? This is a total disgrace. No chance for them to be awarded the Winter Olympics, for Dear Leader will make such a ruckus with his bombs that he will dissuade the gut-less and corrupted Olympics comittee...

Maybe America should depot the Wies back to Korea since they love it so much over there. See if she will still getting paid $20M per annum by her sponsor....

What a disgrace.....
12/20/06 @ 17:10
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Trevor,

I agree. However, the American mind has been so imbued with the idea of "hyphenation" that few think of themselves as simply being American anymore. But I'll hark back to what Roosevelt (the good one) said, "Anyone who says he is an American but something else also isn't an American at all."
12/20/06 @ 18:09
Comment from: Booger [Visitor] Email
The cult of the hyphen exists only to
rewrite history, and suggest that
Americans DIDN'T have their country
stolen from them without a shot being
fired.
12/20/06 @ 22:18
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Booger,

You are absolutely correct. Unfortunately, most are oblivious, and many, such as some perfidious scoundrels on this site, actually welcome the Third World invasion.

12/20/06 @ 22:47
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
***Comment from: Trevor Stevens [Visitor]
Alex,

'Crozz breed' is none other than Mr. Booger himself; Just look him up...

One-putt,

Why is Wie backing the Korean contingent on their Olympic bid? Isn't she an American? This is a total disgrace. No chance for them to be awarded the Winter Olympics, for Dear Leader will make such a ruckus with his bombs that he will dissuade the gut-less and corrupted Olympics comittee...

Maybe America should depot the Wies back to Korea since they love it so much over there. See if she will still getting paid $20M per annum by her sponsor....

What a disgrace.....***

Does the USA have a dog in the hunt Trevor for the 2012 winter games? No uninformed one and ask yourself what have the Soviets or Austrians ever done for us?

The Koreans have shed blood with us in every conflict during the past 60 years. Koreans have boots on the ground with us right now in Afghanastan and Iraq.

You can rest assured Michelle hit speed dial on her cell and consulted with Doctor Rice before accepting the position. Good Americans stand by their friends and in-turn we distance ourselves from our common enemies.

Do you really think the Russians and Austrians are our friends? Maybe only you and George Bush would believe such a thing. I say Screw Them!
12/21/06 @ 02:08
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
***Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
One-Putt,

That's all very nice and will look good in her highschool yearbook.

But since this blog is supposedly about golf, what does any of it have to do with that sport?

Another thing I'll say for you Wie-wee's, you're easily pleased.***

Ask yurself Alex, just what is more important in life? Playing golf or getting a first class education?

Obviously Michelle knows the answer.
12/21/06 @ 02:49
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
One-Putt,

Of course a good education is more important than playing golf. I have earned a good education, as has my wife, our three daughters and two sons.

Three of my offspring have also earned master's degrees.

But, as I wrote, this blog is about golf and anyone's educational golals are not relevant.

Or have you and some of the other Wie-wee's given up on Bubbles' game and are now promoting her as the poster girl for higher education?
12/21/06 @ 08:38
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
I'm shocked Alex, this blog is about golf? All along I thought this was the Michelle Wie forum.

12/21/06 @ 12:45
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
One-Putt,

No, all along this forum was intended to be about golf, not about the juvenile and delusional educational aspirations of a teeny bopper and her fawning admirers.

Now that you know this, maybe you can tell us skeptics what magic David will perform to shore up the collapsed golf game of Bubbles.

Remember, in just three weeks Bubbles will be getting ready to flop again at the Sony. It's time to get some new excuses ready. If not, the same old ones will suffice.
12/21/06 @ 13:12
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
***Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
One-Putt,

No, all along this forum was intended to be about golf, not about the juvenile and delusional educational aspirations of a teeny bopper and her fawning admirers.

Now that you know this, maybe you can tell us skeptics what magic David will perform to shore up the collapsed golf game of Bubbles.

Remember, in just three weeks Bubbles will be getting ready to flop again at the Sony. It's time to get some new excuses ready. If not, the same old ones will suffice.***

Psssssssssttttt Alex, pay attention there are three threads discussing Michelle's entering Stanford in the fall.

It is possible we will see a relaxed and refreshed Michelle at the Sony Open now that the waiting is over for the application she submitted just prior to the Women's British Open.
12/21/06 @ 13:47
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
One-Putt,

If you're implying that Bubbles' poor play was the result of anxiety over the possibility of not being accepted to the college of her choice, you have my sincere congratulations.

You are the first, and thus far the only Wie Warrior to concoct that far-fetched alibi. Good one.
12/21/06 @ 14:05
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
I've said this before, David Leadbetter is lead poisoning for anyone's golf game. His presence virtually guarantees continued failure for the Bubbles.
12/21/06 @ 15:50
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Judge Smails,

Yes, Leadbetter may be a lead balloon, but according to our pal, One-Putt, the real thorns in the posterior of progress were those sadists in the admissions office over at Stanford.

Didn't these imbeciles realize they were dealing with the almighty Bubbles?

BJ has ways of dealing with such miscreants.
12/21/06 @ 18:28
Comment from: SJSU Alum [Visitor]
One Putt said, "Not a bad 2006 for any seventeen year old. Go Cardinals!"

Once again, you display your ignorance, One Putt.

It is the Stanford Cardinal, as in the color, not Cardinals, as in the bird.

You Moron.
12/21/06 @ 19:23
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
***Comment from: SJSU Alum [Visitor]
One Putt said, "Not a bad 2006 for any seventeen year old. Go Cardinals!"

Once again, you display your ignorance, One Putt.

It is the Stanford Cardinal, as in the color, not Cardinals, as in the bird.

You Moron.***

Sorry pal we didn't have much to cheer for at MIT.
12/22/06 @ 04:29
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
***Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Judge Smails,

Yes, Leadbetter may be a lead balloon, but according to our pal, One-Putt, the real thorns in the posterior of progress were those sadists in the admissions office over at Stanford.

Didn't these imbeciles realize they were dealing with the almighty Bubbles?

BJ has ways of dealing with such miscreants.***

BJ again Alex? You must think BJ is the all powerful Wizard of Oz. Grab Toto, click your heels together Alex and repeat...I want to go to a home...I want to go to a home...
12/22/06 @ 04:39
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
One-Putt,

Again, it didn't occur to me that Bubbles poor play was the result of anxiety over her college application. Her publicity agents never revealed that problem.

Those buggers over at the Stanford admissions office probably cost her the Weeyabix title and a couple of high finishes at the 84 Lumber and the Omega, no? And she may have even won the Casio, no?

Well, those unfortunate incidents are all behind her. She's on her way to a PhD, David has corrected the minor flaws in her swing, she's relaxed and refreshed, and ready for a top five finish at the Sony, no?
12/22/06 @ 09:33
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
***Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
One-Putt,

Again, it didn't occur to me that Bubbles poor play was the result of anxiety over her college application. Her publicity agents never revealed that problem.

Those buggers over at the Stanford admissions office probably cost her the Weeyabix title and a couple of high finishes at the 84 Lumber and the Omega, no? And she may have even won the Casio, no?

Well, those unfortunate incidents are all behind her. She's on her way to a PhD, David has corrected the minor flaws in her swing, she's relaxed and refreshed, and ready for a top five finish at the Sony, no?***

If you say so Alex. It must be true.
12/22/06 @ 19:20
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
One-Putt,

This afternoon we are traveling down to Galena to spend Christmas with one of our school teacher daughters and her husband and two children.

That is why I was disappointed with your one-line reply to my last post.

Everyone in my family gets a big charge out of you Wie-wee apologists and the banter that goes back and forth between protagonists and antagonists.

So, how about it, O-P? We can use a good laugh. One more paean of praise for Bubbles, please.

And of course, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Keep on bloggin'!
12/23/06 @ 09:19
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
Have a great holiday Alex with your loved ones.

I wish I could accomodate you my friend, but everything you said makes perfect sense to me.

Admit it Alex you are becoming a Wie fan. Ithink she gained a few points with you by attending college rather than jumping on the Pro tour.

College is the best way for her to address some of her shortcomings you have pointed out in your posts.
12/24/06 @ 18:13
Comment from: SJSU Alum [Visitor]
One Putt said,

"Sorry pal we didn't have much to cheer for at MIT."

As usual, One-Putt, you are long on opinion and short on fact.

And for what it's worth, I also attended UMICH as a graduate student.

If you check your facts before you open your mouth, you will find that people will object to you a whole lot less.

Go Blue!
12/28/06 @ 16:37
Comment from: John D [Visitor]
Great gift - if you want to present the perception of "From one loser to another."
12/29/06 @ 06:13

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