Truth and Rumors: Do we know the real Phil Mickelson?

Friday April 16th, 2010

Do we really know Phil?If you're unfamiliar with the style of Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock, he makes Glenn Beck look like Mr. Rogers. In his latest diatribe, Whitlock attacks the sports media -- and in particular ESPN's Rick Reilly -- for rushing to put Phil Mickelson on a pedestal in the wake of Lefty's stirring Masters win.

...All of us, including yours truly, need to be very careful about
casting Mickelson as good and Tiger as evil based on what little we
know about their marriages.
The level of disingenuous naivete
expressed in Reilly's post-Masters column was offensive. In a column
that was supposed to be a celebration of Phil and Amy's devotion,
Reilly took several vicious swipes at Tiger, including quite possibly
the most childish line ever published in a sports column:
"Mickelson, in case you forgot, is the guy who stayed true to his wife."
...I'm going to assume that my sports-writing peers
know as little about Mickelson's personal life as we did about Tiger's
before Thanksgiving.
What we do know is that Mickelson, like Tiger, has/had an appetite for gambling and a friendship with Charles Barkley.

TMZ misses Quail Hollow deadline Harvey Levin a report in the Quad-City Times
Ostensibly, the Charlotte tourney would be the first crack the
TMZ types could have at a heavily cloistered Woods, but Hougham
said that is not going to be the case.
"Our media credentialing was over on April 2, so at this point,
they're not going to get in," he said. "They're not going to get
credentials from us."
Hougham said he did hear Thursday from the CBS Evening News and
from a previously credentialed golf magazine seeking extra seats in
the media center.
"That's all OK," he said, "but if you're not a bona fide golf
publication or a golf writer, you're not going to get in."

Quail Hollow media director Lee Patterson said TMZ, the
scandal-driven Internet site and TV program, inquired about a
potential Woods appearance last month, but did not meet the
deadline to apply.

air-heckling Tiger, the "scalded Calvinist" Wall Street Journal his Masters wrap
...With his retinue in tow like a funeral cortege, darkness descending, he marched slowly across to the putting green. His face said it all: it was stricken, wide-eyed, confused,
seemingly on the verge of panic. He looked more like a scalded
Calvinist than the Buddhist at peace he said he is trying to become. 

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