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Chris Baldwin: Wie supporters playing blame game

Forget for a moment that Michelle Wie showed no sign of knowing anything about winning in her 30th career pro tournament. Forget even that Michelle Wie showed no sign of knowing anything about the rules in her 30th career pro tournament.

The new issue to emerge from the Palm Desert is the ridiculous notion that Sports Illustrated reporter Michael Bamberger turned Wie in because he "wanted to make a name for himself." Are you serious? Come on, Wie Warriors. No one gets a bigger kick out of you guys then me. I love the creative ways you come up with a new and grander excuses for the reason the LPGA Tour's new Natalie Gulbis cannot win. But this is too far out there for even you guys.

It's like saying that Jack and the Beanstalk is a true life tale. Carl Everett, the Chicago White Sox slugger who believes that man never landed on the moon, is now waiting for you guys at his next meeting. Pat Robertson is about ready to hit with you his 9-11 cause and effect theories again, figuring he's finally found the right audience.

This is so absurd, it's almost not even worth writing about. But then TravelGolf.com's own Jennifer Mario comes out and floats the argument. Come on Jen. You've had experience in the business. You should know better.

He wants to make a name for himself? He feels the need to create a big story? He works at Sports Illustrated. I think he's pretty secure about his lot in the journalistic world.

I hate to break to all you Wie Warriors, and apparently Jen as well, but most sports reporters could care less who wins and loses. Sports reporters worry about deadlines (they hate TV pushing important games to late at night). They worry about their access to the athletes, really the fans access to what the athletes are really like, being cut off by the trend of mass press conferences. Heck, they worry about the quality of the free food at the games or the golf tournaments.

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They don't worry about whether Michelle Wie blows a fourth-place finish with a careless move that no one in their 30th pro tournament should really be making. Sports reporting is a job people. A great one often - though not nearly as often as a lot of fans assume - and that's how it's almost always approached. These reporters are just trying to earn a living, keep their bosses off their back and spend some time with their families and friends. Like any other person in almost other job.

I don't know Michael Bamberger personally. But I've been a sports reporter for more than 10 years and this idea that Bamberger is relishing his role in the story just doesn't ring true. Here's a news flash of all you Wie Warriors: You're a lot more wrapped up in what Michelle Wie does than Michael Bamberger. Call it an educated guess.

Bamberger was pursuing a story and he came across a rules violation. He went to Michelle Wie first with it, giving her a chance to report it herself, before finally getting into it himself.

The biggest lout in this tale is Michelle Wie's soon-should-be ex caddy. Greg Johnston better hope that Juli Inkster will take him back after that unforgivable caddying. You'd better believe Johnston was yelling at Bamberger. Anything to divert everyone's attention away from the fact he should have stepped in as Wie was making the illegal drop. That's his job.

If this is the best Team Wie can do, they'd better get to the boardroom for an emergency strategy session. With a $10 million no-win hype monster on the line, you'd think they could get Michelle some decent help.



 
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