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    I know there's a big flap about something Phil said about Tiger using inferior equipment, that was supposedly taken out of context...

    I'm not sure what it was, really, though.

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    Here's the context. He was being interviewed by Golf Mag, and said this:

    Asked if there were any issues between them, Mickelson said, ``Well, maybe one.''

    ``He hates that I can fly it past him now. He has a faster swing speed than I do, but he has inferior equipment. Tiger is the only player who is good enough to overcome the equipment he's stuck with.''

    Mickelson plays Titleist equipment. Woods formerly played Titleist, but switched to the Nike Golf ball in 2000, to the driver a year ago at Pebble Beach and to the irons last fall.

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    Then Phil added to espn.com that it was out of context, saying:

    ``I hope that line wasn't taken out of context by some people,'' Mickelson said in a statement Wednesday. ``It was meant nothing more than a positive comment on Tiger's incredible talent.''

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    Nike says:

    ``We question Phil Mickelson's judgment for his statement regarding Tiger Woods and his equipment,'' Nike said in a statement. ``It is not only laughable, but completely unsupported by the facts.''

    Nike pointed out that Woods has had enormous success after each change.

    He won four straight majors after changing to the golf ball; he became the first player in 30 years to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year after changing to the driver; and he won a World Golf Championship in Ireland the week he switched to the irons.

    ``Tiger Woods is the most demanding, discerning athlete we work with at Nike,'' the company said. ``He has said repeatedly that he will not switch equipment unless the product is better and will help him win.''

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    Finally Tiger responded:

    "I heard it was said in fun and jest, but until I talk to him, I really don't know," Woods said. "When I find out, I'll get a better perspective.

    "Phil is entitled to his own opinion, but as everyone knows, I don't switch equipment until I find something as good or better than what I have been playing with, and my Nike products are just that. I've said it time and time again."

    "Quite frankly, questioning my equipment is foolish," he said. "I'm not going to play with anything that is going to hold me back. ... Nike Golf has given me the best possible equipment."

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    I think Mickelson is probably one of the nicest guys on tour, and he is a riot when he goes on the Dan Patrick show, so I am willing to chalk it up to a guy who gets $6M per year from Titelist making good on his promotional obligations.

    But jeez, a guy with the huge monkey on his back from not yet winning a major and routinely folding in his battles with Tiger would probably do well to choose his words a bit more carefully.
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    Red Wings suck!

    Oops. Sorry, wrong thread.

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    Red Wings suck!

    Doh. Wayner got me confused.

    You guys might like this, it's Duthie's latest article.

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    Originally posted by duckgirl
    Red Wings suck!

    Doh. Wayner got me confused.

    You guys might like this, it's Duthie's latest article.
    Ducky, I'm going to have to start reading this Duthie guy; that was awesome!

    Oh, and sorry I confused you.

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    Duthie does the NHL on TSN. He's really good. He did Sportscenter for a long time with Dutchysen but I guess he graduated or something to the NHL on TSN.

    It's ok, Wayner. Its not hard to confuse me, I am a blonde after all.

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    Originally posted by duckgirl
    It's ok, Wayner. Its not hard to confuse me, I am a blonde after all.
    Ducky, I thought you were currently a redhead!

    We now return this thread to John and Bill and golf.

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    I WAS a redhead. Not anymore. I'm naturally blonde, anyway.

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    Originally posted by duckgirl
    I WAS a redhead. Not anymore. I'm naturally blonde, anyway.
    Gah! I forgot. Ducky as a redhead was so last week!

    Okay, we now return to Pebble Beach and stuff. Honest. Ducky and I will retreat to the comfort of ATH now.

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    It is. I never keep my hair the same for long.

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