Chat with Rick Reilly
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPN's Rick Reilly stops by to chat about The Masters and the new season of "Homecoming" - the TV show where Reilly takes athletes back to their hometowns to find out how they grew up.
The first episode of "Homecoming's" second season, which features Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer, airs Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on ABC and Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, following the Twins-Red Sox game.
Reilly, an award-winning columnist and author who is best known for his popular Sports Illustrated column, Life of Reilly, joined ESPN as the back-page columnist for ESPN The Magazine and as a regular columnist for ESPN.com in June 2008.
Send your questions now and join Reilly Friday at 3 p.m. ET!
rick reilly (3:01 PM)
hey whats up, it's rick reilly. if i sneeze a lot during this it's only because mt. st. pollens erupted here in augusta.any questions?
If Tiger pulls off a win, where would it place in the history of golf or sports in general?
rick reilly (3:03 PM)
wow. it would be so hard to classify. do you congratulate a man for digging himself out a giant pit that he dug himself? it would be amazing, incredible and the complete death of karma.
Better story if tiger or Watson wins the Masters I know Tiger has had deal with a lot the past few months but come on Watson would have to be a bigger deal I mean the dude is 60 and 10 years away form depends.
rick reilly (3:05 PM)
definitely watson. for a 60-year-old man to win the masters? that's 14 years older than the oldest man to ever do it! he's only, what, 10 years younger than jack nicklaus and nicklaus is already hitting the ceremonial first ball on thursday! and what would augusta do? they're asking past champions who hit 60 to "quitely" decline to compete. what would they do with watson?
Cliff Roberts (Augusta, GA)
Are you enjoying yourself at my club?
rick reilly (3:05 PM)
yes, and thank you again for letting me stay in the butler cabin.
William S (San Francisco)
I can't wait to watch the new season of "Homecomings". Are all the players cool off camera? You are the best.
rick reilly (3:08 PM)
i swear this is not a set-up question. the joe mauer homecoming is tomorrow on ABC -- our first on the big network -- at 4 p.m. eastern time. then again monday at 8 p.m. eastern on espn ... the mauer one is hilarious fun. the guy breaks his neighbor's window with a line drive. he looked like a 9-y-o who wanted to run ... everybody's been pretty cool off camera. michael phelps, jerry rice, kurt warner. i especially liked chris paul both on and off camera. the guy is absolutely not one bit different in public or private. (maybe he should befriend tiger?)
William S (San Francisco)
Does your son miss hanging out with the SI swimsuit models? Will he ever forgive you for leaving SI?
rick reilly (3:09 PM)
yes. in fact, he was so depressed he moved to argentina, where he's a bartender right now in B.A. ... i'm luring him back to america with promises that he can PA on the "Body Issue" with espn the mag.
Keiser Soze (Houston, TX)
Which Homecoming show taught you the most about the subject?
rick reilly (3:11 PM)
josh hamilton. my god, the stories he told. sneaking back into his estranged wife's house to steal the wedding ring she'd hidden in her bedside table drawer -- and then selling it for crack. wow. i get chills thinking about it. ... learned a lot about mauer, too. this guy should run for president. every day his senior year in high school, for instance (when USA today voted him the nation's best high school football AND baseball player), he would eat lunch with the only blind kid in his school. wait for him every day and make sure he ate with him. if mauer didn't exist, norman rockwell would've had to invent him.
rick reilly (3:14 PM)
i thought that was an incredibly tender moment. i think if you re-read the piece, you'll see that i said, at least twice, that huggins loves his players and his players love huggins. they get that he screams at them on the court and really loves them off it. my point is that he's not good for basketball, has slippery ethics, and crappy graduation rates. love of his players was never a question. (The question here was from Mike W (Chicago): "Not a homecoming or masters question but I was upset by your Huggins article. Tell me you're recanting a little after seeing how emotional and caring the guy was when his senior went down in the final four.")
Jason Sobel (Next to you)
Any insight on Soren Kjeldsen's round today???
rick reilly (3:16 PM)
ok, did sobel set you people up to all these Soren Kjeldsen questions? i'd like to kjill you.
Mark W (In Soci 1020)
Who is your ideal "Homecomings" guest?
rick reilly (3:17 PM)
mike tyson. tiger woods. lance armstrong. we like people with stories ... who's yours?
Am I the only one who that that Cliff Roberts' statement regarding Tiger was not only extremely pretentious, but completely unnecessary ?
rick reilly (3:20 PM)
cliff roberts is alive?!? ... if you mean masters chairman billy payne, i thought it was a message to tiger that the masters is an "invitational" tournament. a message that the envelope that shows up at the beginning of every year doesn't necessarily HAVE to come. that perhaps augusta national might not always be so happy to be dragged through the gutter again if woods doesn't clean up his act. i know billy payne to be a very BIG family man and i think he wanted to make sure people knew how he stood on it all.
Rick, what are your thoughts on the creepy Nike commercial?
rick reilly (3:24 PM)
Didn't like it. For one, that sound bite from Earl was not about Tiger, it was about Tiger's mother. So that's disingenuous. Secondly, how can Tiger insist this is all private and then let Nike use it for commerce? Thirdly, it's a clear effort on Nike and Tiger's part to elicit sympathy from the public because his father died. Lots of people's pops die. They don't instantly go out and have multitudes of affairs. Lastly, they kept using the past tense, as though this whole thing is over already when, in fact, there's new allegations nearly every day.
Seth (Raleigh, NC)
Since Tiger hasn't played all year, how is he still ranked #1?
rick reilly (3:27 PM)
because that's how incredibly sick he is. he had that big of a lead. and now, quite clearly, he's going to start building that lead again. here's a question: considering that NO crowd will be as overtly polite as augusta's crowd, which means he'll have to pick and choose his tournaments going forward. will he play enough to make the ryder cup team on points? of course, he'd be a captain's pick. but a woods-included u.s. ryder cup team hasn't won it since 1999. i'm just sayin.
joe (live blog)
Does this chat have an official theme song?
rick reilly (3:27 PM)
Joe (Oxford, Ms)
Hey Rick, you got off your high horse long enough to have a running chat. I'm impressed.
rick reilly (3:29 PM)
i had no idea chatting made you a man of the people. i will try to do it more often. but simmons tells me to be careful, that you can type something you don't really want to say and next thing you know, your hair is on fire. so i've been a little reluctant.
Mike (San Francisco)
Will any of Tiger's old sponsors take him back if he starts winning again? And will he want to go back to those sponsors?
rick reilly (3:31 PM)
it's a really interesting question. i said from the beginning that if a corporation were smart, they would say they were "freezing" their relationship with tiger out of respect for the "difficult" times he was having with his personal life. that way, when he came roaring back, as EVERYBODY knew he would, they could "unfreeze" and try again (as long as they were convinced he'd changed.) but no, i'd say AT&T and Accenture are done with him.
Tammy (North Platte, NE)
If Tiger ends up winning this thing won't it be a strange sight when he walks off the 18th green and Elin isn't there to greet him? Weird.
rick reilly (3:34 PM)
the whole thing will be quite awkward. what will jim nantz say? what buttons up something so bizarre? "Well, at least he's got golf!!!"? ... how is the country supposed to react? is it an incredible comeback story when he admits his personal comeback from addiction is just starting? Is it redemption? No. Is it historic? definitely. if you're sitting next to your wife when he does it, do you jump up on the couch and scream or do you just shrug and go, "well, that still doesn't make him a great husband." cough-cough. it's not like hogan. he didn't get hit by a bus and make it all the way back. he ran over a hydrant and set his life on fire.
Tiger isn't going to not play tournaments due to fear of a crowd, get real.
rick reilly (3:35 PM)
you think he'd play phoenix? you think he's looking forward to the ryder cup in Wales?
Hey Rick, can you please capitalize your I's? And for that matter, the first letter of sentences as well?
rick reilly (3:36 PM)
is this my seventh-grade english teacher?
Donavon (Carson City, NV)
After the Masters when do you think Tiger will play again?
rick reilly (3:39 PM)
i'm guessing the memorial in may, nicklaus' deal ... crowds will be respectful because of jack. ... the real question is how will the crowds treat him at pebble beach for the open? u.s. open crowds in the east can get rowdy, will they heckle him there? i would guess not much, since it will be seven months since the accident by then. ... but st. andrews could be a carnival.
Rick,What was Swann's take on the Rothlisberger situation?
rick reilly (3:39 PM)
he wouldn't go there. not wearing a green jacket, for sure.
Pat (Davie, FL)
I say Mickelson for Homecomings- particularly with all he has had to go through with both is wife and mother battling breast cancer. Did you see what he did with the Doctor in Houston? Class act.
rick reilly (3:41 PM)
i've asked him and he's considering it. i'd also love to do boo weekly, but that's just me.
Did Simmons tell you that you should also try to be funny every now and then? No? Damn.
rick reilly (3:42 PM)
no, he said being funny was a way to get your butt fired.
Adam (Coos Bay, OR)
How many potential If Tiger Wins Tag Lines is Nantz sorting through right now? "A win that will no doubt promote discussion!"
rick reilly (3:44 PM)
How about "You can't strip THIS from him!"
Nick R (Baltimore)
Let's get real... once Tiger wins the slam this year no one will care about any of his infidelities. Tiger was a huge dork growing up that got obscenely rich and famous and women threw themselves at him, how can you turn that down when you never got girls growing up? The only reason this is getting so much attention is because everyone loves a good sex story.
rick reilly (3:45 PM)
No one? What about Elin?
Lebron James (Cleveland, Ohio)
If you were on my team I don't think I would pass you the ball
rick reilly (3:47 PM)
what if i used capitals?
Hey Rick, Have you ever thought about doing a Homecoming on a coach instead of an athlete? or how about a coach that was once an athlete? Someone like Tom Izzo
rick reilly (3:50 PM)
love to ... also, bobby bowden, lou holtz, bobby knight. ... but they probably all skew too old. ... hell, i'd love to do john wooden for his 100th birthday in october, but he'd never be able to make it back to his hometown in indiana ... great man, though. i once asked him when was the last time he swore and he said, "14. my brother threw a pitchfork pull of manure on my head and i'm afraid i took the lord's name in vain." love the guy.
phil (st. louis)
Isn't it awsome that a guy who had to overcome so much, fromn being a golf prodigy @ 4, to going to Stanford, to becoming a billionare, is still able, after all that hardship, to be great @ a sport for rich, country club?
rick reilly (3:53 PM)
except tiger woods didn't grow up on country clubs. he grew up on muni courses and unshaven military courses. that's the significance of him, that he came from somewhere new to golf. that he brought golf to a group of people that had never had a golf hero. and that's why his fall from grace is such a huge story. he MEANT something to people. doesn't mean he can't mean something huge again, but it looks like him being "bigger than ghandi and muhammad" is a little out of the picture.
Hayden (Logan, Utah)
What is homecoming? Worth watching? Anything like blue mtn state? Love that show.
rick reilly (3:57 PM)
It'a a cross between "Inside The Actor's Studio" and "This is Your Life" with a little "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" thrown in, except we're too cheap to give the contestant anything. It's a one-hour interview show filmed in front of a live crowd at whatever the guest considers "home." tony hawk picked his junior high school. john elway: his high school. alonzo mourning: his college. lance armstrong told me he'd like to do it in the chemotherapy floor where he fought 12 tumors and a 40 percent chance to live. it's interspersed with footage as the guest tours us around his hometown, shoots on his old court, takes crap from his old little league teammates, whatever. when they're done, the guests all love it. it's like nothing they've ever done and i think when you watch it, you might think it's like nothing you've ever seen.
Jason (St Louis)
Maybe it was Nicklaus who put the bug in Tiger's ear to fool around like he ended up doing. That's one way to try and protect his records.
rick reilly (3:58 PM)
you are sinister.
Jason Whitlock (KC)
Where does getting a compliment from me rank in your all-time achievements? (I tweeted that you wrote another good column..)
rick reilly (3:59 PM)
this can't be whitlock. he hates me.
Joe West (via mobile)
This chat is moving way too slow. It's embarrassing.
rick reilly (3:59 PM)
what, quicker answers? i never do this chat thing!
Who is joining the Big10 during this round of expansion?
rick reilly (4:00 PM)
no clue. but what do you hear about colorado joining the pac 10?
Jason (St Louis)
Roger Clemons for Homecoming?
rick reilly (4:01 PM)
yes. and we'll bring the popcorn and the used syringes.
Marc P (Winston-Salem, NC)
Rick- who are some of your favorite sportswriters to read consistently?
rick reilly (4:03 PM)
gene wojciechowski on espn.com, scott ostler in san francisco, bill plaschke in LA, mitch albom in detroit, michael wilbon in washington, kornheiser when he writes which is, sadly, never now. lots of good ones out there. lots of crap, though, too.
Hey Rick, do the immoral actions you have committed make you a worse writer? By the way, you're not Elin. She probably doesn't appreciate all of the attention this is getting so don't act as if you are doing her a favor. Tiger didn't hurt you. He doesn't deserve your forgiveness and nor should he have to ask for it.
rick reilly (4:06 PM)
he doesn't need my forgiveness, nor yours, nor anybody's but his wife's and his mother's and his kids', i suppose. i'm just trying to tell you why this is a story. the man made a billion dollars convincing us to admire him and, in turn, admire the car he drives, the watch he wears, the sports drink he drinks. he said "hello, world" and invited us in. he let a whole lot of people down and people are upset. and yet through all of that, through all that emotional upheaval he's gone through, the guy is three freaking shots off the lead!
Quentin Biggs (LA)
Why did you leave SI for ESPN? The world wants to know!
rick reilly (4:07 PM)
Rick living in denver I always heard what a jerk elway was but after article you had about him being there for a kid that dad just passed got confused.. whats the real story?
rick reilly (4:10 PM)
yeah, that was my wife's nephew. that day changed his life. i've lived in denver nearly my whole life and have rarely heard elway was a jerk. i've been with him a hundred times and never even seen him turn down an autograph. and the guy's the only star in denver, so you can imagine how he gets bugged. he handles it with twice the grace any of us might.
Do you agree that someone can be a jerk and the greatest golfer on the planet? Why cant he be both?
rick reilly (4:11 PM)
i suppose he can. exhibit a: ben hogan.exhibit b: jonathan kaye.
Rick, I know you said Swann MIGHT be the first pro athlete to don the green members jacket but what about Ty Cobb?
rick reilly (4:12 PM)
i checked that. he played there a lot, but he was never a member.
Rick, this guy at work told me today about his wife's hole-in-one, i had to mention the article about yours
rick reilly (4:13 PM)
yes, it took me two days and 694 straight holes -- and the one that finally went in was a whopping 51 yards -- but i count it because i bought a perfect stranger a drink in the bar afterward. he was the only one in there. now that's lucky.
Rick not Reilly (Carrollton, TX)
What do you think Phil's chances are? No Johnny Mathis references, please.
rick reilly (4:14 PM)
really good. i followed him for a few holes yesterday and i love the way he's hitting it. he's just killing it. and speaking of emotional toll, how is HE doing it? ... oh, and by the way, phil invented "nice" before tiger suddenly made it fashionable.
Adam K (Davis, CA)
I've always wondered... why did you leave sports illustrated for ESPN? Did they treat you poorly over there?
rick reilly (4:15 PM)
no, they were wonderful to me. but after 22 years doing one thing, wouldn't you like to try something different? besides, they didn't knuckle under to my one deal-breaker negotiation point: to hold the swimsuit shoot at my house.
Spurrier played in the NFL and is a well known Augusta National member!!!
rick reilly (4:16 PM)
nope. checked that, too. not a member according to my source. of course, you can't be 100 percent sure because the club won't talk about it. ..
Hey Rick, since Tiger is opening up maybe he will let you caddy for him so we can get who's your caddy 2
rick reilly (4:19 PM)
i asked him a bunch of times for that book. he always said, "no."i always said, "why not?"and he said, "because i suck. i need good help."
Hey Rick, how interesting do you think a Tiger-Watson final grouping would be, title or not, considering Tom was one of the more outspoken guys about what Tiger needs to do to reshape his image and be respectful to the game?
rick reilly (4:23 PM)
fascinating. i was critical of tiger's swearing and club throwing at last year's british open. then watson said the same thing a couple months ago. but the truth is, tiger has agreed. he admitted he needs to treat the game with "more respect" and he's doing it. a couple times yesterday, walking with him, he came really close to burying his club deep enough to hit limestone, but each time he held off. that's not an easy habit to break. but then, maybe neither is wanting every woman you see.
Hey Rick, why do sports writers care so much about Tigers personal life when his fans only care about when he plays golf again and DOMINATES? Isnt the key word in personal life "personal"?
rick reilly (4:23 PM)
ok then, why did he do that ad?
dan (chicago, il)
long live no use of capitalization
rick reilly (4:23 PM)
than you e.e. cummings.
Rick dont you think with tiger being in contention going into the weekend with his hunger drive and everything he just has to win it?
rick reilly (4:24 PM)
tiger's on a hunger drive? what is he, bobby sands?
Denny K (Morgantown WV)
Rick, who made the decision not to broadcast Tiger's round today? It's only the biggest sports story of the year and I tune into ESPN's coverage and all I see is Tiger putting out on the 18th. I'm not even going to watch the rest of the coverage. Make sure you give the guy who made that progamming decision a big pat on the back....NOT!
rick reilly (4:26 PM)
it's not espn, it's augusta national. they believe less is more. they give espn 4-7:30 the first two days and we get who we get. tiger played in the afternoon yesterday so you got to see a lot of tiger. today, he teed off at 10:35 a.m., so you didn't get to see much. but if you watched sportscenter all morning and early afternoon, you'd have seen nearly ever shot, some live and some on tape, through "updates" ... hey it's better than it used to be. they used to not even allow TV until the weekend!
Rick, Thanks for answering my question. You are the man!! Me and my brothers have been reading you forever.
rick reilly (4:27 PM)
thank you. and may i plug my new book: Sports from Hell: My Two-Year Search for the World's Dumbest Competition ... NOW i use capitals.
Keith H (Seattle)
Rick, aren't Jack and Arnold members at Augusta? Or are you referring to non-golfing pro athletes?
rick reilly (4:29 PM)
no, we're referring to a "go fish" i wrote saying that lynn swann is the first-ever pro team-sport athlete to become a member. then again, i could be wrong. for instance, i thought chats were easy.
Thomas (Eureka, CA)
Ok Rick. So you've been to all the SI swimsuit shoots. Who's the hottest model in real life?
rick reilly (4:30 PM)
stephanie seymour ... but i asked photographer walter iioos, who's had 25 swimsuit covers, and he said, without a pause, "paulina porizkova."
Jeff McAllister (Wichita Falls, TX)
Rick, Who is the greatest golfer who played another sport professionally? Out of todays professional atheletes who dream of playing on tour, who could play the senior tour?
rick reilly (4:31 PM)
babe didrickson ... dominated in pro golf AND pro tennis, not to mention track. ... of today's pro athletes, the closest to being able to play ANY tour would be mark mcgwire. he once won a skills contest competing against tour players!
Big fan. Why does everyone try to compare you to Bill Simmons? He is a genius but so are you and in 2 totally separate ways. Keep doing what you are doing. The way you find those stories (like mauer and the blind kid) make you realize how not all athletes are going down the Tiger/Roethlisberger trail. Also, might be moving to Colorado, what are some good courses out there?
rick reilly (4:34 PM)
the funny thing is, people think simmons and i hate each other when really we're friends. he gives me restaurant advice. i give him kid advice. i tell him he writes too long. he tells me i write too short. he's new school, i'm old school. seems like a good combination for readers. ... best course in colorado: castle pines. best public course in colorado: breckenridge. but there's tons of great ones all over the state.
Grammar Police (On Patrol)
Rick, your inability to use proper punctuation is a disgrace to writers everywhere.
rick reilly (4:35 PM)
not to cormac mccarthy.
Rick, I loved the article you wrote for ESPN a couple summers ago when Tiger was playing against Phil side by side at the U.S. Open. If this Masters comes down to the two of them, who will you root for? You suggest rooting for Phil, isn't there some part of you that wants Tiger? To say he's THAT GOOD.
rick reilly (4:38 PM)
no. as i said on sportscenter the other night, i believe in karma and if tiger wins this quickly, then karma gets set back to 1100 B.C. ... it's too soon. i think he could win. i think he will win again very soon. but to say you're going to take an "indefinitive leave from golf" to work on your marriage and your personal life, and then to suddenly say you're playing in the masters - really only missing three tournaments that you usually play in -- and then to WIN that tournament, it would be just awkward and a little unjust, cosmically. but maybe that's just me.
Jeremy (Augusta, GA)
Why was Tigers round yesterday described as Brilliant. At least 10 others had equal or better scores yesterday. When will these announcers realize that other people can have better days on the course than Tiger. I personally don't enjoy watching Tiger play because of his course behavior, when will others get their due?
rick reilly (4:40 PM)
it is brilliant. it's brilliant and then some because of what he's been going through, considering that he didn't practice for four months, didn't play in a tournament for five months. this is just flat-out ridiculous. the man could win this masters! if this doesn't prove that he has the most bulletproof set of golf skills in history, then nothing does.
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rick reilly (4:41 PM)
HEY! you can condemn my punctuation all you want, but NEVER criticize my spelling. i was the sixth-grade spelling champion of Sacred Heart elementary school in boulder, colorado.
Ray (Home now)
Are your Nuggets gonna surprise us this year? I predict they will be in the Finals.
rick reilly (4:43 PM)
it's going to be a steep hill to climb, with kenyon martin coming off the knee injury, with george karl continuing to get ravaged by the radiation and the chemo, with carmelo anthony seemingly hurting himself every night, with j.r. smith being all-planet one night and all-bonehead the next, with a team that's really only eight deep, with ty lawson hitting the rookie wall, it's going to be a bitch. but a man can dream, can't he?
This is off topic: What are your thoughts on Umpire Joe West's comments regarding the pace of play between the Yanks and Sox?
rick reilly (4:45 PM)
i guess i'm the only one who rejoiced when he said it. the yankees and red sox are not slow because they don't chase pitches or chase relievers off the mound with their bats. they're slow because they have guys who take FOREVER to get in the freaking box! derek jeter actually has a timeout signal built INTO his pre-swing routine. (which, by the way, takes an average of 15 seconds!) somebody get this sport a freaking pitch clock! and put it up in big red lights so everybody can see it, including hitter, pitcher and ump.
Rick,Can you give us a little behind the scenes info for sports writers at Augusta? What is the setup like where you write, do you get out on the course at all, etc? Thanks. PS - Just finished Who's Your Caddy. I think I laughed out loud so many times on the train going to work people started to move to the other side of the train car.
rick reilly (4:49 PM)
best setup in golf. it's a permanent building, set up like a theater. huge video scoreboard and huge tv screens. hot and cold running pimento cheese sandwiches. right off the first fairway. really hard to get a credential, so you don't have the nutbags whose first question to tom watson with the saturday night british open lead is: "will you sign my hat?" last night, it was really pouring, just raining pigs and cows, and the augusta national people (to our surprise) had about five extra-long golf carts waiting -- with rain covers -- to take us out to the parking lots, which are way out there. they even give the old guys who've covered 40-plus masters their own parking spots!
Are there any younger players on tour that you could see dominating the sport of golf in the future like Tiger does now?
rick reilly (4:49 PM)
Dave (San Diego)
Did you find that Tiger slipped back into his old ways a little bit during his post-round press conference? Seemed to answer the questions a lot like the old Tiger, not like the new one we have seen in the interviews leading up to the tournament.
rick reilly (4:52 PM)
yes, i did feel like that. tom rinaldi asked him a very good question, "what did this mean today?" and all he said was, "it means i'm two behind." i guess i thought he might be a little more open, a little more transparent with his feelings, a little tired of keeping everything inside, but i was wrong. i'm not condemning him. i'm guessing it's part of his strategy. "me against the world. i'm giving away NOTHING." but it was a little disappointing to get the old two-word-answer tiger back.
I will never forget sitting under a pine tree and watching Payne Stewart walk up to 12 in Amen Corner when I was nine. What is your best Master's memory?
rick reilly (4:54 PM)
tiger winning in 1997 and me sneaking into the back of the champion's dinner that night. and him walking in and all the members giving him polite applause. and then looking over and seeing that all the black cooks and waiters and busboys had snuck out from the kitchen and, taking off their oven mitts and putting down their trays, applauding, too. gives me chills.
Ron B (Jackson TN)
Rick,I've been a reader and a fan of yours for years and have always respected your opinion (even if I didn't always agree with it). Just curious: Of all the golfers you've covered, who really best connected with the galleries? Trevino? Jacobsen? Or someone we really don't know about?
rick reilly (4:55 PM)
yes, peter jacobsen. phil mickelson. lee trevino worked the crowd like a stand-up comic. once, when nicklaus was going to play with trevino in some major -- can't remember which one -- on a sunday, jack came up to lee on the first tee and said, "now look, lee, i don't want a lot of talk today." and trevino said, "you don't have to talk. you just have to listen."
David (Vernon Hills, IL)
I donated a long time ago to your Nothing but Nets program. Is that still going on?P.S. Nice call on Stephanie Seymour. Could not agree more!
rick reilly (4:57 PM)
yes. it's going gangbusters. we're up to $32 million. it's the all-time no brainer. you can save a kid's life in africa simply by donating $10 to nothingbutnets.net ... thanks for asking.
Rick,What is more of a surprise, Tiger?s stellar play or a guy with Down syndrome leading at 10 under?
rick reilly (4:57 PM)
that is so wrong.
Matt G (Nashville, TN)
I know a guy who grew up next door to Tiger when he was a child. He said that Tiger would hit at least 500 balls in the back yard every day. Did you write 500 words every day growing up?
rick reilly (4:59 PM)
no, but i think i just passed a million printed words, not counting books. and all with perfect punctuation.thanks everybody. that was fun and also completely exhausting.jason sobel is my new hero.