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Comment from: patricia [Visitor] Email
I've wondered the same thing many times and frankly, I think it comes down to plain old xenophobia. Lots of folks, particularly curmudgeonly folks, just don't like Asians...They would always prefer a blonde, blue eyed American girl next door and accept much more from her. Fortunately, I don't think Michelle gives a rat's ass behind.
11/16/06 @ 16:48
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Are you daft (and this includes Patricia)? How can you compare Gulbis to Bubbles? Bubbles is perhaps the most over-hyped athlete of all time, and her name recognition is far greater than Gulbis'. Not too many people on the street even know who Gulbis is.

You must be running out of ideas.
11/17/06 @ 00:40
Comment from: Chris Baldwin [Member] Email
As much as it pains me to agree with Smails, I have to on this one. Hardly anyone who’s not a golf fan knows who Natalie Gulbis is. Gulbis and her handlers never told us how she was going to revolutionize the game and change the world of sports as we know it. The decrees of false hype aren’t even in the same universe.

This blog seems beneath you K. Like you almost just threw two big names together to try to get some hits, while catering to a crazed demographic (Wie Warriors). That’s only what you accuse others of doing though, right? K. on.

11/17/06 @ 03:15
Comment from: Ace [Visitor] Email
Thanks Wolfman for callin em as you see em.

Sometimes I think Dottie Pepper is having an affair with Gulbis. She just loves her way too much. When Natalie shanks one into the woods Dottie will tell us how she just had a bad break, but Natalie did strike the ball really well. .

Chrissy was definitely spitting all over his keyboard when he typed up his post. It is funny how bigots expose themselves through their seemingly innocent words.
11/17/06 @ 05:26
Comment from: Livestrong [Visitor] Email
Racism is the charge of fools and the uneducated.

Michelle collects more from appearence fees, sponser endorsements and commercial endeavors than Natalie Gulbis could ever dream. Along with being one of the more scrutinized athletes, she is also one of the world's most popular ones. Surely you people are not claiming that she is the target of a worldwide racism campaign. There will always be those who exhibit racist and xenophobic tenedencies, but by and large our society has marginalized these people. Claiming that anyone who does not like, respect or plain fawn all over Michelle Wie is a racist is just sad.
11/17/06 @ 09:10
Comment from: Stanley [Visitor] Email
Well done William.

You have written a great blog, pointing out the hypocrisies.

There is plenty of over-hyping. At the Fields Open 2006, the golf channel started off by showing a hyped trio of Michelle Wie, Morgan Pressel, and Paula Creamer. They regularly split the screen in 3 and just shown the 3 of them as they walked along.

Of the 3 of those Wie has done by far the best.

As against Gulbis, as William said, Wie has made more prize money in far less events.

Wie might well be over hyped, but at least she is doing a better job of at least living up to some of that hyped better than her contempories are.
11/17/06 @ 09:27
Comment from: patricia [Visitor] Email
Mr.Livestrong, no reference to racism in my comment, never mind a "worldwide racism campaign" just xenophobia amongst certain golf curmudgeons. Same curmudgeons probably don't exactly love the idea of Michelle playing with the guys, as in girls should stay where they belong, on calendars and in beer carts. Oh well, even curmudgeons are entitled to their opinions.
11/17/06 @ 11:54
Comment from: Baby Blue Eyes [Visitor] Email
Well said, Patricia...I agree whole-heartedly....Wie is just an easy target for these closet xenophobics to come charging....

As for Chris Baldwin criticizing Wulfrum for 'throwing two big names to draw hits'. I saw that someone is linking Golf with Iran. Now what do you call that? Golf and Terrorism?

11/17/06 @ 13:57
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email

You made a point I was thinking of addressing, and you made it quite well. Morevover, the true racism lies with those character assassins who assume that a white person leveling criticism at someone of a different race is motivated by bigotry (you know, it HAS to be racism because we KNOW how racist whitey is).

As for me, I wear my banners openly. For instance, I'll be the first to say that Bubbles does NOT belong in the men's arena for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that she has the wrong chromosome configuration. As far as her having a higher epidermal melanin content goes, I couldn't care less.

Livestrong, some writer said a few years back:

"[today]Charges of racism are the last refuge of a scoundrel."

Truer words were never spoken.
11/17/06 @ 14:22
Comment from: Historian [Visitor] Email
Jackie Robinson was told a lot of similar things when he tried to play baseball for an MLB team...Of course, there were a lot of excuses being used at that time too.

Sometimes, it is simply the establishment fear of changes happening without their consent.
11/17/06 @ 15:36
Comment from: Ace [Visitor] Email
Fawning over the blonde and blue eyed LPGA girls is nothing new. The Asian players are basically ignored by the LPGA Pro announcers and the tour itself.

By the way Natalie announced the release of her 2007 calendar for sale on the LPGA website. I'm sure Chrissy and Timmy have called in their orders already.

11/17/06 @ 18:51
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email

It's very simple: the LPGA has decided that it has to market the sex appeal of its players to improve its marketability. And blonde-haired, blue-eyed gals are considered more attractive in MOST parts of the world.
They're even worth more in the white-slave-trade market.
11/18/06 @ 13:24
Comment from: Ace [Visitor] Email
Well doesn't that just explain everything Bivens is doing. She was a "marketing" executive after all before joining the LPGA. Now she gets to head the "white-slave-trade marketing" effort around the planet.

11/18/06 @ 23:05
Comment from: Stanley [Visitor] Email
Judge Smails,
Are you completely thick?
When were blond haired blue eyed girls considered better looking?

They are just more plentiful in most of the countries that are rich.

As regards the lpga, there is no doubt that the most attractive players are Korean.
As examples, Grace Park, Mi Hyun Kim, Shi Hyun Ahn.
The only problem is that alot of the Korean girls don't speak much English and that makes it more difficult for Americans to identify with them.

The best looking blond girls on the lpga tour are Creamer, who has a good body but a very average face, to be kind about it.
And Natalie Gulbis who is a stick insect with two big breasts and a bum. Her stilt legs and stick arms mean that she is not the beauty that she thinks she is.
11/19/06 @ 14:13
Comment from: Ace [Visitor] Email
"Comment from: Stanley [Visitor]

The best looking blond girls on the lpga tour are Creamer, who has a good body but a very average face, to be kind about it.

And Natalie Gulbis who is a stick insect with two big breasts and a bum. Her stilt legs and stick arms mean that she is not the beauty that she thinks she is."

Stanley I don't watch LPGA or PGA matches to see the beautiful people, I tune in to watch great golf.

2006 was an exciting year on the LPGA Tour. We watched Lorena Ochoa come into her own as one of the Top golfers who is in contention in nearly every tournament. Karrie Webb worked hard during the off season and resurrected her game for 2006. I wonder how many fans had written her off in the past. Julie Inkster gave us some flashes of her former brilliance this season. Pat Hurst has played some great golf this year and been in contention. Annika did not have the season we came to expect, but she played some great golf.

Now I don't expect any of these women to pose for a calendar in a bikini, but I do like watching them play.

Ms. Bivens might be missing the mark by promoting sex-appeal with female athletes when she concentrate on promoting their excellent play.

On the PGA Tour excellent play is the biggest promotion for the tour.

Although it has been said some women find Freddy Funk to be quite sexy. This of course is according to Freddy. Maybe it was the dress thing with Annika.
11/20/06 @ 06:24
Comment from: Ace [Visitor] Email

Ms. Bivens might be missing the mark by promoting sex-appeal with female athletes when she should concentrate on promoting their excellent play.
11/20/06 @ 06:26
Comment from: Mike [Visitor] Email
Well, Natalie actually has received some criticism for her golf outfits and calendar. Wie, also has received criticism for her similar skimpy skirts.

But the big difference between Wie and Gulbis comes down to humility by the player and her handlers. Has Gulbis entered PGA Tournaments claiming she thinks she can win? Has she said her dream is to play on the Ryder Cup and she believes it's totally possible? No. She has never made outlandish predictions.

Does Gulbis make excuse after excuse when things don't go her way: it was too hot, too cold, too hard, too soft, she was too tired, the caddy messed up, etc. No. She takes her losses and moves on.

Does Gulbis make small token donations to charity and call a national press conference to publicize it (note: she donated 30 of her sponsor's Sony computera in her name to a school and called the national media about it.) and draw more attention to herself? No. She donates quietly.

Natalie's calendars may be a bit over the top but she ends up having a lot more class than Wie and her family.
11/20/06 @ 07:55
Comment from: Mike [Visitor] Email
By the way, for those of you using the "it's racism" excuse, the new darling of the LPGA fans is Julieta Granada, who is not only not white but not even American (like Wie).

11/20/06 @ 08:00
Comment from: Ace [Visitor] Email
The insight posters bring to this board is quite amazing. Let me see if I can get my arms around Mike's post/s:

Little girls should never have a dream or a goal. And God forbid if they ever tell anyone about their dreams.

Girls should not dress like girls do today and they should wear manly styled polo shirts and bush shorts to their knees that take away their femininity. Maybe they should wear burkhas Mike.

Natalie ran out of excuses after her first two years on tour without a win and in the last two years without a win the press simply doesn't ask her to come into the media center after a tournament.

Giving over a million dollars to various causes is now considered giving a "token" donation by some standards.

Exceeding to a request by the Governor of Hawaii to attend a press conference called by the Governor in an effort to bring attention to a problem in Hawaii is a bad thing.

Apparently some posters were in school prior to Hawaii becoming the 50th state and never knew it happened. Michelle was born in Hawaii is a citizen of the United States of America.

Michelle receives several million dollars a year from Sony as an endorser, should have donated Dell "computeras" to the school to silence her critics.

The LPGA acknowledging the fine play of a Hispanic golfer who wins a million dollars is something out of the ordinary? Not really they had a lot of practice this season with Lorena Ochoa.

The LPGA tour leadership might have preferred a blonde and blue eyed member with sex appeal winning a million bucks, but they all tanked in the ADT.

11/20/06 @ 14:21
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email

You're living in a fantasy-world if you think that blonde-haired, blue-eyed gals aren't more highly sought after. Did you ever hear the saying, "Opposites attract"? Well, most of the world has dark hair and dark eyes. Therefore, blonde-haired, blue-eyed gals are the opposite of most people in the world.

Is a light bulb going off in your cramped cranium yet?
11/20/06 @ 19:14
Comment from: Booger [Visitor] Email
Am I a racist because I would prefer to
procreate with Natalie Gulbis instead of
Michelle Wie?
11/20/06 @ 20:26
Comment from: visitor [Visitor] Email
Judge Smails, what an idiotic theory you have there...according to you, in the west people should find non-whites attractive. Moreover, do you seriously think that Michelle Wie would have received the numerous endorsements and invites if she is not considered very attractive by the most part of the world? Get over your own obssession. Gulbis is considered plain by most standars even among the americans.
11/21/06 @ 01:21
Comment from: Ace [Visitor] Email
"Comment from: Booger [Visitor]
Am I a racist because I would prefer to procreate with Natalie Gulbis instead of Michelle Wie?"

Not at all Booger! You would be doing the Korean gene pool a favor by not causing a 10,000 year regression.
11/21/06 @ 02:08
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Visitor, try actually reading what people write. I never said I liked Gulbis. Quite frankly, I'm not even sure what she looks like. I was addressing the LARGER issue. And it is a fact: blondes' appearance is more highly regarded.
11/21/06 @ 04:30
Comment from: Booger [Visitor] Email
I think Ace is a bolshevik.
11/21/06 @ 11:44
Comment from: Ace [Visitor] Email
"Comment from: Booger [Visitor]
I think Ace is a bolshevik."

Sorry Booger I am not a member of the "Majority" party (Democrats). In the past I have been known as a revolutionary thinker in my field.
11/21/06 @ 13:35
Comment from: Shanks [Member] Email
The things people will say! Visitor (above)says "Gulbis is plain." Is that why those calendar sales are so strong? C'mon guys, regardless of our own personal tastes, let's not just say any damn thing just to support our POV.
11/21/06 @ 15:00
Comment from: Jim C [Visitor] Email
Gulbis is plain compared to Michelle Wie's mom when she was 20.
11/23/06 @ 15:41
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Judge, we should have Stanley check out all of the news media gals where 90% have blond hair and "baby blue" eyes. Hey, maybe the Korean gals should start bleching there hair and wearing blue contact lenses...then they will be recognized more.
01/01/07 @ 10:34
Comment from: Dave R [Visitor] Email
Any idea who did Nat's 'boob job', and how much it cost?
02/25/07 @ 00:06
Comment from: Chris [Visitor] Email
Are you serious? Wie was born in 1989 and is barely legal. Couldn't it be that her people would rather market her as a prodidy instead of thrusting a minor child into the world of "look at my tits"?

And why is everyone so quick to scream racist? It isn't racism if her people don't have pictures of her laying on the beach in a bikini! We don't choose the publicity that gets put out there or Gulbis would be naked on my screen saver.
05/19/07 @ 08:22
Comment from: Romeo [Visitor] Email
Michelle Wie is exotic hot... Gulbis is vanilla. C'mon guys, not all white chicks are "hotties" just because they're blonde! Drunken post-puberty, college-aged, bar-flies prefer blondes, smart gentlemen prefer brunettes!
05/24/07 @ 20:50
Comment from: John Steed [Visitor] Email
An now, what about Nathalie's win at the Evian Masters in France ? out of 90 best players of the world..... Now she can sell her game, after selling her body ?
07/30/07 @ 19:56
Comment from: Sweeper McCalla [Visitor] Email
You can say what you want about Wie & Gulbis, I like them both. As players and as attractive women!

Yes Wie's game is off right now but once she gets back on track and stop trying to play on the PGA, I think she will be a strong player on the LPGA.

As for Gulbis not only is she HOT but she's now a LPGA WINNER and she did it against a field that had all the best LPGA players in it.
08/03/07 @ 08:25
Comment from: mitch [Visitor] Email
Yall are retarded like, incredibly, ridiculously retarded if you truly think michelle wie is better looking. Gulbis is incredibly beautiful, she has a gorgeous face and a body that every guy woul. Assergio garcia swingd love to mess with. As sexy as gulbis is, this is about golf, and wie is over hyped, she will NEVER be able to compete in the PGA and ill tell you the reason (besides the obvious)

more guys play golf then girls, more people playing a sport means the people who reach the top are more talented, that and she's a woman, and now your going to call me sexist but sorry science has proven that women are generally less athletic then men, simply due to testosterone and if you disagree with that then my friend you are in denial and stupid.

and gulbis is beautiful
08/03/07 @ 15:36
Comment from: jaharthur [Visitor] Email
In the latest LPGA rankings, Gulbis is #29. Wie is #53.

Perhaps even more attention should be paid to Gulbis, and even less to Wie.
09/20/07 @ 10:48
Comment from: flappy [Visitor] Email
It's amazing how much anger this article has produced. . . I'm surprised you people feel so strongly about these things. If you ask me, Wie is just young: she made some immature statements and some immature excuses. But that will fade with time, give her a few years and I'm sure we'll see a great champion golfer emerge as she reaches adulthood. I think both ladies are attractive and I'd jump at the opportunity to see either in a bikini. And I personally love the fact that more and more Asian girls are playing at the professional level. . . I wish them nothing but success.
12/23/07 @ 17:50
Comment from: chris [Visitor] Email
Wei was the most HYPED athlete in history. Her managers and handlers all told us how she would revolutionize the womens game. That is why she has the scrutiny she has. Gulbis was never hyped, is not famous and didnt earn that same scrutiny. While Wei may not have brought the scrutiny on herself. She has earned it through her horrible management.
07/31/08 @ 12:02
Comment from: ColtsFan89 [Visitor]
Gulbis has one this year, in fact. But more than that, the distinction between the hype of the two is their attitudes. While Gulbis has received a lot of media attention for being smoking hot, she hasn't had the snoobby dismissiveness of Wie. And, to those of you who say she's overrated, Natalie Gulbis is one of the most beautiful women in the world. A perfect body and adorable face go a long way to help that...
08/11/08 @ 00:18
Comment from: russari [Visitor]
from Mike: "Julieta Granada, who is not only not white but not even American (like Wie)." Last I heard, Hawaii, where Wie was born, is the 50th state, which means that it is American. It is amazing what this column did, the racists, sexists, hypocrites, idiots, all talk about stupid stuff. They are both good golfers who happen to be attractive. If they haven't won yet it's not like they're not trying. Patience, patience...
08/18/09 @ 18:46

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