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July 2 was No Shame Day, which was started by The Siwe Project’s founder Bassey Ikpi to promote support of mental health care and encourage people to to seek treatment. Many folks (including Jen) took to social media to share stories and show support. [The Siwe Project]
This is critical for Asian Americans, as a recent study has shown that Asian Americans tend to shun treatment for mental health issues. That same study also revealed that Asian American teenage girls have the highest rate of depression across race and gender. [PsychCentral]
Much to my chagrin (and H-Town native Jen’s delight), Jeremy Lin may be on the verge of signing a 4-year, $31 million dollar deal with the Houston Rockets. As a limited free agent playing with the Knicks, Jeremy may yet see a matching offer from his team. [ESPN]
The average age of China’s women’s gymnastics team for the 2012 Olympics is 19.5, which seems positively ancient compared to the 2008 squad of supposed 16 year olds. [The Atlantic Wire]
Lia Neal became only the second African American woman to make a U.S. Olympic swim team last weekend. Her 4th place finish in the 100m final at the Olympic trials earned her a spot on the 400m relay team. A native of New York (holla!), Lia is of African-American and Chinese descent. [WP - thanks, Rome!]
China has lifted a ban preventing lesbians Continue reading Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian
Filed under: #noshame, Ann Curry, Bassey Ikpi, China Heavyweight, Chinatown, Depression, Golf, Gymnastics, immigrant communities, Intern Jasmine's Links of the Daysian, Lia Neal, Mental Health, New York City, no shame day, Olympics, panda awareness week, paul dang, The Asian American Writers' Workshop, The Siwe Project, Tiger Woods, Ueno Zoo
You know, when the NY Daily News reported it, I didn’t believe it.
But if the NY Times reports it, it MUST be true.
So who’s gonna bring the turkey club sandwiches???
Filed under: Double Entendres, Elin Nordegren, Golf, Golfers, Gossip, Kinky Stuff, Menage A Trois, New York Times, The Masters Golf Tournament, Threesomes, Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods Returns to Golf, Turkey Club Sandwich Tiger Woods, Who Knew Golf Could Get You Laid?
Tiger Woods returns to golf next week at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, GA, which is all a lot of people–myself included–have wanted since news of his multiple extramarital affairs surfaced. Golf may be boring, but nothing’s more boring than seeing Tiger’s “Hey Sexy, What Are You Wearing?” text messages dominate the headlines and knowing the dull minutiae of his life. I mean, porn mistresses and turkey club sandwiches? Could you be more pedestrian?!
There’s only one problem with Tiger’s return, and that’s how the media’s predicting things will go. Not with his golf swing, mind you, but with his
soon-to-be-ex wife, Elin.
Filed under: Blasians, Cheaters, Elin Nordegren, Golf, Stand by Your Man, Tammy Wynette, The Masters Golf Tournament, This is Bullshit, Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods Affair, Tiger Woods Affairs, Tiger Woods Marriage, Tiger Woods Returns, Tiger Woods Sex Scandals, Who Knew Golf Could Get You Laid?
Tiger Woods apologized today, ushering in a bizarre new era where professional athletes ask forgiveness for cheating on their wives not only from their wives but from the general public.
To recap, Tiger said he:
- has a lot to atone for
- doesn’t get to play by different rules
- brought shame to his family
- wants to live a life of integrity
- will become a better person by returning to Buddhism and by seeking more treatment and therapy
If that fails, Tiger can always tape this picture of his mother Kultida from the press conference (at the 6:00 mark) to a mirror, to scare his ass straight:
Filed under: Apologies, Atonement, Elin Nordegren, Golf, Hardass Asian Mamas, Hardass Asian Moms, Hardass Asian Mothers, Kultida Woods, Public Apologies, Public Shaming, The PGA Tour, Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods Apologizes, Tiger Woods Apology, Tiger Woods Sex Scandals
After expressing regret for his “transgressions” in a written statement in December but maintaining that “(p)ersonal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions,” Tiger Woods is set to eat his words on Friday, when he plans to issue a public apology in front of a small group of friends, colleagues, and reporters in Florida.
Which is nothing short of historic. I mean, have you ever heard of a professional athlete apologizing for being a dog and having sex with women other than his wife? (Somewhere, Michael Jordan is laughing his ass off at a blackjack table.) Isn’t that the sort of behavior we’ve come to expect from athletes like Tiger, the sort of behavior that, in fact, we not-so-secretly relish about them, that they aren’t physically bound by the same laws that we civilians are, both on the playing field and in their pants? (Somewhere, Wilt Chamberlain, layer of 20,000 women, is rolling over in his grave.)
Let’s think about this for a second.
Filed under: Caublinasians, Contrition, Elin Nordegren, Golf, Mixed People, PR Moves, Sexting, Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods Public Apology, Tiger Woods Sex Scandal, Tiger Woods to Apologize, Who Knew Golf Could Get You Laid?
Did too many of Tiger’s low-rent mistresses rise up to tell their tales? Did enough of his sponsors threaten to drop him? We’ll never know. But one of the world’s greatest atheletes has decided to step away from professional golf to focus, finally, on the shit circus that is his life:
I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children. I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness. It may not be possible to repair the damage I’ve done, but I want to do my best to try.
I would like to ask everyone, including my fans, the good people at my foundation, business partners, the PGA Tour, and my fellow competitors, for their understanding. What’s most important now is that my family has the time, privacy, and safe haven we will need for personal healing.
After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person.
Again, I ask for privacy for my family and I am especially grateful for all those who have offered compassion and concern during this difficult period.
Filed under: Affairs, Apologies, Dayum, Detroying Your Family, Disrespecting Your Wife, Fucking Around, Fuckups, Golf, Hiatus, Homewrecks, Indefinite Hiatus, Infidelity, Life As A Circus, Low-rentitude, Mistresses, Never the Same, Professional Athletes, Sadness, Tiger Woods, Whoopsieeee
Name: Michelle Wie
Occupation: Student and pro golfer
After becoming the youngest player to qualify for an LPGA tour event at age 12 and turning pro at 16, only to have her career declared “over” by age 18, Michelle Wie’s finally won her first LPGA tour title. Wieeeeeeeeeee!
We’ve been tough on Michelle Wie in the past, particularly when she became better known for her bratty tournament shenanigans than her game, but her win this weekend at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational suggests that the former child prodigy who always wanted to compete with men may have grown up and sacked up over the last few years. Certainly what Wie had to say after her win can be taken as a good sign:
“I think that hopefully life will be a lot better (after this), but I still have a lot of work to do.”
“I still have a lot of work to do”…that’s music to our Hardass Asian Ears!
Filed under: Asian Golfers, Golf, Growing Up, Hardass Asian Expectations, Hawaiians, Korean-Americans, Michelle Wie, Michelle Wie First LGPA Win, Michelle Wie Wins, Punahou School Alumni, Stanford, Winners
Tiger Woods returned to golf this week after knee surgery and an 8-month absence. Despite being dispatched in the 2nd round of the Accenture Match Play Championship today, his fellow competitors have to be shitting in their golf pants. This new Nike commercial probably sums up their feelings:
But look on the bright side, golfers-who-aren’t-Tiger. With Tiger back, people actually think golf is a sport again!
Hails from: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Occupation: Special Assistant to President Obama
We don’t know what makes us like Kang more: that he showed his inclination towards overachieving early on by running for office at the tender age of 21, golfs with President-elect Obama, or is wonderful to look at and as funky fresh as this fall/winter’s A.P.C. catalogue.
It doesn’t matter what tips us over the edge; the fact that Kang is amazian goes without question. We just hope he waves at us when he’s celebrating Obama’s Inauguration tomorrow afternoon–we’ll be looking for him from the standing area!
The LPGA has scrapped its plan to suspend players who don’t pass an oral English exam, after protests from sponsors, athletes, Asian-American groups, and California State Senator Leland Yee (pictured right). According to Bloomberg, the LPGA has 121 international players from 26 countries, including 45 South Koreans. The English-only policy was considered to be targeting Asians, who have won 7 out of 24 events this year.
I’m glad the LPGA has come to its senses. Frankly, if Senator Yee were giving me that Hardass Evil Eye, I would, too! I’d also make straight A’s on my next report card, wear modest clothing, become a violin virtuoso, respect my elders, go to Chinese school every Saturday, and never have sex!
Filed under: Asian Golfers, Chinese School, Discriminatory Policies, English Only, Golf, Golfers, Hardass Asian Legislators, Leland Yee, Report Cards, Ricism, Sex, The Evil Eye, The LPGA Tour, Violin Virtuousos
We suppose you can’t fault Michelle Wie for being ambitious. Coming off a much-discussed disqualificasian for not signing her scorecard at the State Farm Classic Saturday, the 18 year-old golfer will be playing with the big boys next week in the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open. It will be Michelle’s eighth time playing on the PGA Tour.
Frankly, we’re worried. A year ago, after she bailed on a few tournaments, we wondered if Michelle wasn’t fast becoming the Anna Kournikova of golf. A whole lotta sizzle but no steak. And now that she’s an adult, no one’s impressed anymore by her merely showing up. We love to see a woman competing against men, but girlfriend’s got to brang it. Otherwise, it’s just another tired old–yes, old–bid for attention.
Hails from: California
Occupation: Professional golfer
Why He’s a Babe: First off, have you ogled those crazy-ripped arms of his? Can golf really make you look that good? Also, after winning the Wachovia Championship this past weekend, making Kim the youngest player to win a PGA tourney in 6 years, the 22 year-old golfer has been heralded as “the next big swing” and a possible rival to golf’s untouchablasian, Tiger Woods. And even though we know shiznit about golf, we think that’s hot.