Augusta's pomp, circumstance can't compete with Woods' aura

Media Watch

April 11, 1997|By Milton Kent

You would think that the Masters, probably golf's most important tournament, would carry enough tradition and heft so as not to get swallowed whole by any one player, but then Tiger Woods is not just any player.

Woods, who played the Augusta National course last year as a precocious 20-year-old amateur, returns this year as a seasoned 21-year-old professional, and he's all anyone can talk about going into this weekend's final rounds.

CBS analyst Peter Kostis is impressed at how Woods' game has matured, particularly in his approaches to the green.

"In my opinion, the golf swing is one of the four things the golfer has to control, the other being his head, his heart and his stomach. I think Tiger's head, heart and stomach are incredibly superior for a 21-year old," said Kostis. "And his swing has improved incredibly over the last year. He has far better control over the irons. If you can't control the distance off your irons, you're going to be putting from some places that you'd rather not be."

pTC USA will carry today's second round, starting at 4 p.m. CBS (Channel 13) takes over with tonight's 11: 35 highlights show, then picks up third-round coverage at 3: 30 p.m. tomorrow, with the final round at 4 p.m. Sunday. Woods will be the subject of a one-hour special Sunday, titled "Tiger Woods: Son, Hero and Champion," which was produced by Trans World International, formerly headed by new CBS Sports President Sean McManus.

TWI is the television arm of the firm that represents him, International Management Group, so don't expect anything juicy, much less journalistic.

The network will also re-air "The Life and Times of Bobby Jones," a moving tribute to the nation's greatest amateur golfer, at 2: 30 p.m. tomorrow.

Honoring J. Robinson

A number of media outlets, both local and national, are planning remembrances of the 50-year anniversary of Jackie Robinson's shattering of baseball's color line before Tuesday's official observance.

Ken Rosenthal's Sunday WJFK (1300 AM) talk show will feature a discussion on the life and impact of the Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman, with a panel that will include his daughter Sharon Robinson, Orioles catcher Lenny Webster, former Orioles manager and player Frank Robinson and former Negro leaguers Ernest Burke and Tom Johnson, starting at 10 a.m.

Channel 13's "On Time" program will feature a talk with Rex Barney, the Orioles' public address announcer and a teammate of Jackie Robinson's, local baseball historian Louis Fields and Brooklyn Dodgers fan club president Ron Gabriel at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The Classic Sports Network will premiere "Classic Years in Sports," a weekly series that examines the events of particular years, this time with a look at 1947, the year Robinson broke into the big leagues, at 7 p.m. Sunday.

ESPN will repeat the excellent "Outside the Lines" tribute on Monday at 7: 30 p.m., in addition to carrying Tuesday's Dodgers-Mets game, during which President Clinton will commemorate one of the most important events of the 20th century.

Hoop scoop

A goodly number of NBA Most Valuable Player candidates will be on display during NBC's three-pack of games this weekend, beginning with tomorrow's New York-Miami game (Channel 11, 3 p.m.), in which Heat guard Tim Hardaway is expected to garner some MVP votes.

Sunday's doubleheader (Channel 11, 12: 30 p.m.), which has Chicago-Detroit, then Utah-Los Angeles Lakers, has Michael Jordan, Grant Hill and Karl Malone on MVP display.

Ending an era

The conclusion of the Washington Capitals' season, whenever that comes, will bring down the curtain on the tenure of radio play-by-play man Ron Weber, who apparently is being eased out of the booth.

Weber, 63, has been the voice of the Caps since their 1974-75 inception, and is the only person to see every game the team has played. In previous stints, Weber called Baltimore Clippers games and did a turn with the Minnesota Twins.

He has been a passionate spokesman for a sport that struggled to gain a foothold in this region and only succeeded because of his tireless enthusiasm. Weber deserves better than this. Here's hoping he finds it.

Pub Date: 4/11/97

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