Celebs: Tiger’s Bunker Strategy is a Mistake
Charles Barkley says Tiger Woods has changed his cellphone number and apparently isn't talking to some of his famous friends.
And that, says Barkley in comments taped Monday for a Turner Sports special airing on the HLN channel Sunday, is a mistake: "When you have these 'fires' in your life, as I call them, you need to talk to somebody else famous who's been through things in their lives. I don't think you can talk about it to your family and friends. . . . They're not famous."
Recently on TNT, Barkley asked Woods to stay in touch: "I want you to know I love you. . . . (And) you're not alone. I'm not here to condone you or trash you. I'm not going to be one of those people who say, 'You did something wrong, and you're no good.'"
Filmmaker Spike Lee, also on the HLN show, suggests Woods must be getting bad advice: "If Barkley and Michael Jordan can't get to him, and those are his boys, then other people are making bad moves."
TV golf analysts seem largely silent on Woods. That's partly understandable since it's the offseason. Or, suggests CBS' Ian Baker-Finch, by design. "Mate, if I say one word about Tiger I will get fired," Baker-Finch, in Australia on Monday, told the Sydney Morning Herald. CBS declined to comment.
ESPN plans "green" coverage of college basketball's Michigan-Kansas game Saturday (noon ET), with production staffers renting hybrid cars and including reusable water bottles and rechargeable batteries in their gear. Good thing, given ESPN then covers a North Carolina-Texas basketball game in a venue not exactly devoted to energy conservation: the new Cowboys Stadium. P.S. on the Dallas Cowboys briefly using their famed stadium video screen for they billed as the first 3-D live coverage at a major sports event: Watching it, reported Fanhouse.com, was "like riding the Zipper immediately after eating a funnel cake at a carnival." . . . Starting Thursday, the NFL Network - in 54.7 million households - adds 20 hours of shows devoted to the undefeated Indianapolis Colts (playing at the Jacksonville Jaguars on NFLN on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET) and New Orleans Saints (playing the Cowboys on NFLN on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET). John Madden, on NFLN, says those teams should be upfront if they plan to rest players: "If you're not going to play players, announce it just like you would in an injury report."