Archive for November, 2011

Steve Williams ripped into his old boss with a racial slur that caused even more commotion involving the jilted caddie and golf’s biggest name. “He’s a character within the game of golf, and whatever bitterness that exists between him and Tiger should be in the past by now,” said Graeme McDowell, one of several players at the party. “It’s unfortunate that it’s going to rear it’s head again.” Williams, still angered over getting fired by Woods this summer, was working for Adam Scott when he won the Bridgestone Invitational. That tournament also was the first time Woods played since splitting with his caddie. An emotionally charged Williams gave a TV interview on the 18th green and called it “the best win of my life,” even though he had been on the bag for 13 majors with Woods.

On Friday night, the host called Williams to the stage to collect his award and asked him to explain his enthusiasm. Williams, with a smirk on his face, leaned toward the microphone and said, “It was my aim to shove it right up that black asshole.” On a night filled with banter and off-color remarks, this one was a show-stopper. Heads turned, eyes widened and jaws dropped amid a mixture of shock and laughter. Williams later issued a statement apologizing to Woods. That was good enough for Scott, who said he had no plans to fire his caddie. During an event in New Zealand in December 2008, he made news for comments about Phil Mickelson. According to The Guardian newspaper of Britain he said, “I wouldn’t call Mickelson a great player, ’cause I hate the prick”. In a next-day interview with another newspaper, the New Zealand-based Star Times, Williams also said, “I don’t particularly like the guy. He pays me no respect at all and hence I don’t pay him any respect. It’s no secret we don’t get along either.”

With the news of Kim Kardashian’s 72-day-old marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries coming to an end, we wondered what you think about media coverage of the Kardashians. In a Poll Position national telephone survey, Americans were clear on the topic ,with 81% saying there is too much coverage, 4% saying not enough coverage, and 3% opting for just the right amount of coverage.

Men and women both seem to have had enough of the Kardashians, with 83% of men saying there is too much coverage of the family, and 80% of women agreeing. Only 2% of men think there is not enough coverage of the Kardashians.

African-Americans and whites differed somewhat on the question. Sixty-seven percent of African-Americans said there is too much coverage, but 16% said there is not enough coverage, while 4% said there is just the right amount.

Among whites, 82% picked too much, only 3% said not enough, with the same number, 3% choosing just the right amount of media attention for the Kardashians.

There is no silver lining for the family among young people. In the 18-29 year old group, 85% said there is too much coverage, 8% said not enough and 4% chose just the right amount. Among 30-44 year olds, 85% also said too much, 5% said not enough with only 1% saying there is just the right amount of coverage.

Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,032 registered voters nationwide was conducted November 01, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%.

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