Is it possible that Jerry Rice is worse at golf than Michael Jordan was at baseball?

In his second Nationwide Tour event, Jerry Rice fired a 92-82 at the BMW Charity Pro-Am. Two weeks ago, Rice shot an 83-76 in his debut Nationwide event. I briefly wrote about that train wreck here.

Yes, those scores are awful. But here’s the kicker, Rice was disqualified in his second event because his caddy used a yardage scope in the fairway. Are you kidding me? The Nationwide Tour should be embarrassed to let this guy use corporate sponsors. Are they that hard up for publicity?

If Rice was competing on some small regional mini tour, then that’s fine. But the Nationwide is a smidgen below the PGA Tour–these golfers are the real deal–so why taint that with some publicity stunt from a guy who couldn’t make a cut if he played in every tournament for five years?

Unbelievable.

You know Rice doesn’t belong on the Nationwide for the mere fact that he said he was pleased with a second round 76 during his debut tournament. Dude, if you’re happy with a 76 on the Nationwide Tour, you’ve got serious issues.

Thankfully, Rice was quoted in USA Today as saying, ““Because I can’t commit to golf the way I want to, this is probably my last Nationwide Tour event.” Let’s go ahead and eliminate that “probably”, Jerry. Save yourself the embarrassment, and keep the range finder in the bag, please.

This Rice debacle leads me to one question: Who was worse at their second sport…was it Rice at golf or Michael Jordan at baseball?

Talk amongst yourselves.

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Woods picked up his sixth win on Tour this past weekend, reclaiming the top spot in the Fed Ex Playoffs with one tournament left to play, next weekend’s Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.

So much for my Steve Stricker hype last week, huh? But don’t count Stricker out yet. He could very easily win next weekend. But if Woods is on his game again, I’m not sure that anyone has a chance.

I’m always amazed at the alarmists who claim Tiger is in a slump, his skills are declining, or he’s “not into it” anymore, simply because he has an off-week of putting or ball-striking. Are you kidding me?

The guy has won six tournaments this year! That’s a great career for most Tour pros, but it’s a six-month stretch for Tiger. Six wins! As good as he is, even Tiger can’t win every major.

Tiger Woods will miss putts. He will mis-hit shots. He will have bad tournaments. But all that means is that the guy is human—just like Michael Jordan when he had 16 point games, Albert Pujols when he has 0-for-5ers, and Brett Favre when he throws 3 interceptions. Wait a minute, Favre does that all the time.

But I digress. The point is that every other Tour pro would kill to have “off days” like Tiger Woods—you know, those terrible second and third-place finishes. The sports talk radio guys, the “controversial” journalists—these are the idiots who run their mouths about Tiger slumps whenever he misses one five-foot putt.

Six wins in one season? Wow. What a year.

Not much of an episode tonight on The Haney Project, in my opinion.

A little bit of golf. A lot of filler.

Chuck's horrid swing keeps getting better.

Chuck's horrid swing keeps getting better.

We learned Chuck has been boxing to lose weight. We learned that he wants to beat down Dave the Bartender on the golf course.  We also learned that Barkley’s dismal golf game has caused His Airness, Michael Jordan, to take a pass on playing with Barkley.

There was a few minutes of golf-related video tonight. Barkley’s swing is definitely improving. Even though producers make edits to show just the best and the worst, it’s obvious that Chuck’s best swings right now are miles ahead of where he was before last week’s episode.

Flatten the swing. That’s his key. And he hits thousands of golf balls, Hank Haney watching, practicing on that swing plane.

So there you have it. Your unoffical recap of episode two. Not much to watch this week. A bit of letdown after last week’s great premiere.

It’s late. I’m out.

How would you like to be Brendan Jones tomorrow at 2:02 p.m. ET?

Mr. Jones will stand on the tee with one, Tiger Woods, participating in one of the most highly anticipated returns of an athlete since Michael Jordan retired and returned and retired and returned, or however that happened.

At least he has a sense of humor. ESPN writer Bob Harig asked Jones, who makes his living on the Japan Tour, what is the first thing he would ask Tiger: “Can I have three a side?” he said.

As nerve-wracking as this round might be, who knows how it might play out. I get the feeling it could be squeaky close, or Tiger will run away with it. Nothing in between.  Really, it just depends on how tuned up Woods is. If he’s 100% back, and last year doctors said he couldn’t be 100% back by now, then he should thrash Jones. But if he’s off, it could be an interesting match.

This is a long event, so there’s no need to overanalyze the first round matches. But the Woods-Jones match will be one to watch tomorrow.

Some other matches I’ll be watching: Paul Casey vs. Aaron Baddeley, Phil Mickelson versus Angel Cabrera, Steve Stricker versus Dustin Johnson, and Mike Weir versus Hunter Mahan.

Golf is back. The Accenture Match Play, to me, is basically the kickoff to golf season. Spring is almost here. Tiger is back. Good times.

Check out Bob Harig’s profile of Brenden Johnson here.