Mandy Mitchell

The Mitchell Report: Tiger's language and Harvey's "Game"

Posted July 21, 2013

Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not.


Just foul

If you watched the British Open this week, you learned Tiger Woods has a new favorite phrase he likes to use a lot. If you didn't see it I'll just say this... "G-D". The mics picked this up so many times that CBS actually had to send out an advisory to us if we planned to use highlights of Tiger. It stated Tiger had used some "profanity" and we should "use caution".

Here's the thing, I say bad words sometimes. I've been known to throw out some language when cut off on I-40. I may say a naughty word if I spill coffee on my desk. We all have moments when we use certain words. Most of us also know the times not to use certain words. I can understand a slip up by Tiger. He did this at least four times that I know of this week - a very audible "G-D" on the mic.

It baffles me that he doesn't care that kids are listening. In broadcasting, we are taught "the mic is always live," meaning that if you have a bad word to say, you best keep it to yourself. I assure you there are times during a broadcast where we could all use foul language, but we do not. It is not hard to control the words that come out of your mouth.

Just being honest

Matt Harvey says he is "embarrassed" by how he is portrayed in an article in Men's Journal. Here is the quote about Derek Jeter that he is second-guessing:

“That guy is the model,” he says. “I mean, first off, let’s just look at the women he’s dated. Obviously, he goes out – he’s meeting these girls somewhere – but you never hear about it. That’s where I want to be.”

Yeah? Thank you Matt for being honest. There is absolutely nothing he should feel sorry for here. Derek Jeter is a master of having a good time and not letting anyone know about it. A lot of athletes could take a page from his book.

Harvey is single, 24, and he's a professional athlete living in New York City. It's not a shocker that he wants to go out and enjoy that. Jeter has done it his entire career. The guy never got married and you don't hear a lot about his love life. That seems to be a better option than say...Tiger Woods.**


So proud of my alma mater today. Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison was arrested this weekend for barking at a police dog. The most unique police report explains how Morrison said he made a "woof-woof" sound because the dog "barked at him first".

I swear the education was really good at Florida! Glad to know Mr. Morrison will be suspended for a couple of games for this latest arrest and the time he was arrested just last month. Wonderful decision making!

Worth Reading

*This is not something I have thought about before but it is an interesting idea. Huey Lewis (yep the same guy) talks  about banning recorded music at sporting events.  I love it! But that could be the end to "Call me Maybe".
*Very on-point article from Bomani Jones about Johnny Manziel. "He's having more fun than people think he should"
*Worth a watch. Funny stuff from Matt Harvey.

**I actually love watching Tiger play golf so his poor judgement bugs me.


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  • Objective Scientist Jul 25, 2013

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    That "attitude" is a big reason for what we see far too often in sport today - every sport has its "bad boys" who behave in "Tiger-like fashion" or worse!!! Far too many take the attitude that it is the "fame and fourtune and accomplishments/wins/statistical leadership" that is important and much MORE important the quality of one's character. I DISAGREE and trulyl detest that attitude!!!

  • VT1994Hokie Jul 24, 2013

    ^^ This one was on the golf course.

  • charlesboyer Jul 23, 2013

    If there's a tired trope, it is hand-wringing over Tiger Woods cursing on the golf course.

    Guess what, folks, he's not the only one who does it in the PGA, and certainly not the only one who does it in American sports. The language in any NFL game would probably turn a sailor's cheeks red, for example.

    If people are so worried about their kids hearing bad language, either turn the sound down, change the channel or bury your head in the sand, because cursing is a part of mainstream life.

  • VT1994Hokie Jul 23, 2013

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    Absolutely correct.

  • VT1994Hokie Jul 23, 2013

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    I hear you my friend. His mojo isn't what it used to be. All of my golfing friends and friends in general have nothing for the person.

  • NCSU84 Jul 23, 2013

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    Another well said piece!

  • NCSU84 Jul 23, 2013

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    Well said!

  • Tunaboy Jul 23, 2013

    Tiger has always been an immature brat but his disregard and disrespect for his fellow competitors is unpardonable. Those guys are all trying to focus totally on their golf games and the most naturally gifted of them all is a regular distraction because he cannot achieve perfection on every shot. Tiger showed his strips when he was an amateur and hasn't changed a bit as a touring pro.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Jul 23, 2013

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    So that makes it right? Looks like you're angry that fans aren't drinking the Woods Kool-Aid any longer.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Jul 23, 2013

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    Here is how you deal with that. Wait for Woods to play after you & be sure to give him some of his own medicine & make it obvious. I would go out of my way to tick him off. Can't stand him!




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