Mandy Mitchell

The Mitchell Report: Tiger, Tebow and Toomer's Corner

Posted April 14, 2013
Updated April 15, 2013

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

Woods Penalty

Like a lot of you, I spent the first half of my day on Saturday trying to figure out what was going on with Tiger Woods. I saw so many people arguing about the penalty on twitter. Some were saying he didn't get disqualified because he's Tiger. Others were saying the penalty was dumb. I didn't have much of an opinion because I was a little confused. Masters officials reviewed the play and said it was ok, then it took a TV interview to prove to them it wasn't ok? CBS spent about the first 30 minutes of the broadcast explaining the ruling. If it takes that long, perhaps the rule is too complicated. I love watching golf and I really enjoyed the time I spent covering the Masters at Augusta, but these little rules drive me nuts. When Dustin Johnson lost the PGA because of a "bunker" I began to grow weary of the rules. My biggest problem is the golf fans who sit at home with nothing better to do than call in with rules violations. They have huge HD TVs and think they see something and want to be the guy who sees something no one else saw. I'm not sure how this helps the sport.

Toomer's Corner

A tradition will end on Saturday and I'm rather sad about it. The Oak trees at Toomer's Corner on Auburn's campus will be rolled with toilet paper for the final time following Auburn's Spring football game. The two-year battle to save the trees from poisoning did not work, so they will be removed on April 23rd. Harvey Updyke Jr. will serve three years in jail for admitting to poisoning the trees. He succeeded in killing a fantastic campus tradition and a couple of beautiful trees. It seems silly to say three years isn't enough, but I really don't think it is.

Tebow Watch

Be prepared to hear a lot about Tim Tebow this week. The Jets quarterback says he will show up to Jets offseason workouts even though it doesn't look like he has much of a future with that franchise at all. I'll get this out of the way now, yes I am a Florida grad, but I am not a Tebow apologist. I don't think he's a great quarterback. I just don't think he's a terrible quarterback. My big question this week is, what do you expect him to do? The guy is going to show up to work until he's told not to. Isn't that what most of us would do? I credit him for continuing to remain positive in a very awkward situation.

Worth Reading-

In case you were wondering what the best high school players in the country think of Michael Jordan, you now have . your answer . I'm wondering how anyone in high school right now can really grasp how good MJ was. Video of the guy doesn't give you any perspective. But's what a bunch of 18-year-olds think.

Ever wonder what the 10 richest sporting events are? I think you will be surprised by the list  Forbes put together.

Former Duke assistant Chris Collins is the new head coach at Northwestern. Andy Katz wrote this interesting article about him this week.


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  • 123dnih Apr 15, 2013

    Mandy...Please give back whatever WRAL pays you. + I don't think FLA is a journalism school, I think you got cheated.

  • VT1994Hokie Apr 15, 2013

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    Nice job in this one. I did state on Adam Gold's statement that there are too many variables to some of the rules. dukefanv12 also covered this one. It's a judgment call as some don't want to touch it too. Like I stated. A lessor golfer than Tiger would probably had a DQ.

  • gman007 Apr 15, 2013

    The USGA/R&A really need to rethink this rule. Had Tiger tried to DQ himself they could have still waived it.

    33-7. Disqualification Penalty; Committee Discretion A penalty of disqualification may in exceptional individual cases be waived, modified or imposed if the Committee considers such action warranted.

    Any penalty less than disqualification must not be waived or modified.

    If a Committee considers that a player is guilty of a serious breach of etiquette, it may impose a penalty of disqualification under this Rule.

  • dukefanv12 Apr 15, 2013

    I can understand that sentinment.

  • gman007 Apr 15, 2013

    Dukefan, I didn't mean to imply they were wrong in their decision on Quan, only that if they were going to 'stretch' a rule for anyone it should have been him versus 19 year veteran, especially the world's number one 'professional'.

  • dukefanv12 Apr 15, 2013

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    Masters got it right on the kid (shame that it happened) but he was warmed, and went waaay over on time. Crenshaw agreed, and he was in the threesome. Glad the kid made the cut, for the kid's sake, but golf IS too slow, and while it would have been a shame, maybe some of the slow pros would get the hint, if he did miss the cut.

    Oh, and War Eagle.

  • dukefanv12 Apr 15, 2013

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    Fact 1: tw made an illegal drop - source - tw himself.
    Fact 2: ignorance of the rules does not protect you from them in golf
    Fact 3: Masters / Rules officals missed the illegal drop
    Fact 4: tw did not discuss this event prior to signing an incorrect scorecard
    Fact 5: this was not a situation that only by HDTV that this violation could be determined (making rule 33 non applicable)
    Given above facts, tw should have been DQ'd

    Results... lost of even more integrity (it IS possible??) for TW, and a big black eye for the masters.

  • VT1994Hokie Apr 15, 2013

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  • gman007 Apr 15, 2013

    I cannot believe that Tiger, or Joe his caddy, did not know what he was doing was against the rule. Also, the new rule to cover people calling in does not apply. It was Tiger himself at the post round interview that said he 'moved back a couple yards'. I love to watch Tiger play, am a fan, but he was wrong in what he did and very, very wrong for not DQ'ing himself.

    Also, the Master's 'committee' should somehow be penalized. They gave a penalty to a 14 year old boy, competing in the biggest event in golf, for taking too long to hit his shot and then turn around and come up with every excuse they can to protect Tiger. Really bad day for the Masters.

  • 82ndAAHeel Apr 15, 2013

    I do not condone destroying property. I lived near Auburn as a kid for a few years and got to watch Charles Barkley and Bo Jackson play at Auburn. The Oaks are beautiful or were beautiful. But three years!! If we threw everyone in prison for this type of severity, we would have more overcrowding than we have now. What the guy did was rotten, but people that commit vehicular manslaughter get less time and that involves a human life. Would I get three years if I hated my neighbor and poisoned his trees?




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