Shanks' "prediction" on Michelle Wie and LPGA Championship was lame, wimpy and boring
Whatever happened to bold predictions? I was all set to take Shanks to task for predicting Michelle Wie to win the LPGA Championship – having vaguely remembered he had made some sort of prediction of same.
But, when I went back and really read his blog, his “prediction” was so namby-pamby, I decided it wasn’t worth it. “I would be surprised if she is not in the hunt on the back nine Sunday, but I would not be surprised if she takes home the prize,” he lamely predicts.
Man, that’s really going out on a limb, saying you would be surprised if Wie wasn’t in the hunt Sunday. He and about 95 percent of the golfing public could have said the same.
Predictions are supposed to be bold; otherwise, who cares? If you’re right, you revel in the glory, it you’re wrong, you take the heat.
You can’t have it both ways. In fact, in this case, you can’t have it either way. Talk about sitting on the fence, Shanks is impaled on it. Go ahead, be a man and make a damn prediction. Here’s a prediction: Shanks will predict Michelle Wie will try and make another cut on the PGA Tour during her lifetime.
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Wow, how low can you go?
Creamer is dropping fast. What is going on with that girl. She has lost it big time.
We won't even talk about Pressel.
P.S. I WAS right that she would be in the hunt on the back nine last Sunday, wasn't I?
As georgem loves to remind people, last year I made a prediction that Michelle Wie would win more than one Major this year, and I am not backing down from that prediction.
Since you like bold predictions, let us have yours. Give us the name of someone who you predict will win at least one of the next two Majors.
However, to satisy a reader's request, I will give it some thought and if something really strikes me, I will make a prediction.
By the way, nice namby-pamby response to Jim.
Nobody cares about the Rolex rankings, they are just more meaningless numbers in a game that has too many to begin with. I look forward to the day Michelle ascends to the number one spot without ever having won anything. #1 in the world without ever finishing in the #1 spot, seems fitting somehow. As it stands now, I have no problem with her being #2, it's a spot she's certainly used to. Karrie Webb and Lorena Ochoa may think diffrently about the rankings since they have both won multiple times since the rankings were updated, but who needs wins when you can amass top 5's.
Maybe winning is all that matters for amateur athletes--but for professional athletes I believe money matters a lot, maybe more than winning.
Winning means most everything to these fellows. Many of them have all the money they could ever want anyway. Only a greedy person, one to whom money means everything, wouldn't be able to conceive of their mentality.
Come out and say it--your prediction is: Michelle Wie will not win at all, men's or women's tour, during the 2006 season.
This should be easy if MW is all the "things" you say she is. Unfortunately, you're wimpy, lame and boring. So you won't say it.
Be bold. Take your lumps if you lose and shout it out if you win.
Write it out--it could be the longest blog of the season. Do it now. MW has 11 of 16 outings to go in the 2006 season.
Yeah, I know. Sniping at MW does give you lots of attention and the boss loves it.
You don't just come out with a wild-eyed prediction for the sheer sake of it. That's what we have you blogger/responders for.
You've also missed the point about my opinion of Wie, you and the other Wie Warriors who are so blinded by love they can't seem to be objective.
I have always said Wie is loaded with talent and limitless opportunities. One day, she will grow up and learn how to win.
There is a hump that Wie needs to get over--Winning on the LPGA and making a PGA cut. I really don't know why you are more confident of her not winning LPGA events than you are of her not making the John Deere cut. I will continue to pick LPGA wins for Wie, but I am a bit more hesitant regarding any PGA cut.
Why should Wie fans admit defeat when she is only a 16 year old high school student and is already ranked ahead of everyone but Annika? She is continuing to make progress.
I do see that she has been close 3 times this year, but has not won on the LPGA. I think the added pressure of trying to win her first LPGA even with the glare of a grest deal of publicity on her is probably not helping her game near the end of tournaments. She wants to play well enough so she can win without having it come down to the last couple of holes, and I figure she is jgood enough to do this soon. Once she has her first LPGA win, I expect the pressure to be a lot less, and I expect she will do much better in events that come down to the last few holes. It will be interesting to see how she performs in mathc play at the HSBC.
I'll make a prediction: Michael Campbell won't make the cut! He will completely spaz out and complain about the greens being tricked-up.
06/14/06 @ 01:26
Saying things to the effect of:
'I could've shot under par with the way I was playing.. all I needed was one shot to turn it around.. no, I'm not rusty...'
I am Tiger's biggest fan, but everyone can see that he wasn't ready to return, as he is in no mental state to win the U.S. Open. One could argue that he could've played several tournaments before the U.S. Open, making his game sharp enough for a U.S. Open victory, but again, I still think his head is in pieces.
'Michelle Wie will neither make a PGA Tour cut nor win an LPGA event this year.'
I also predict that she'll have several excellent chances to do both, but will CHOKE like always.
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