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Ryder Cup Twitter Ban
By Kickntrue on 9/28/10
How do you keep fans interested in an event that happens after the golf season, you can't watch live and will happen while most American's are sleeping? If you guessed "limit player's access to the fans" you're the lucky winner!
U.S. and European players have been banned from using Twitter and other social networking sites during the Ryder Cup.

U.S. captain Corey Pavin and European counterpart Colin Montgomerie say there will be a blanket ban in place this week to keep players focused on the three-day competition, which begins Friday at Celtic Manor.

"We have decided as a whole to not tweet this week," Pavin said. "It can be a little bit distracting sometimes. I think it's important to focus on the Ryder Cup and playing the matches and just enjoying camaraderie with the team itself.
This is actually pretty great news for me. I was starting to feel a little old and out of touch, but it's clear to me now that I'm not there yet! I still realize that this is a stupid idea. Twitter gives the players direct access to their fans, in some cases millions at a time. A week that is a mystery to most fans will remain so. Nice job Cory and Colin!

At least now we can speculate as to what happens behind the closed doors of Ryder Cup week. Maybe team orgies? Rookie hazing? Harry Potter movie marathons? Who knows?! I mean, we could've, but now Stewart Cink and Rickie Fowler can't let us know.


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[ comments ]
Banker85 says:
whats twitter?
tennesseeboy says:
So how many strokes do you get penalized for sending a tweet?
wesley243 says:
I always tweet when I get a birdie!
Kurt the Knife says:
Its a good idea. perhaps a rare instance when some of them might actually be present.
I am constanly amazed at how many people cannot STHU either on the fone, texting, "tweeting", facebooking, etc. It even gets to the point they stuff junk into their ears.
I get so many patients who complain, "Oh, I have headaches, I can't hear as well in this ear (with a bloody bluetooth device crammed in their head) and I feel so anxious all the time...oh wait, shush, I hafta take this call."

When you feel you must attach machines to your head to feel secure or "connected", I think you need to rethink your relationship with technology.

I think perhaps some of the players might welcome some focused, quiet time walking in the grass.

*stepping offa my soapbox, extinguisher ready*
rmumph1 says:
why is is called twitter, but u tweet. Shouldn't it be twit?
bducharm says:
I actually tweeted Bubba Watson's wife to see if spouses could tweet - no response! Kelly Tilghman is tweeting like crazy on all the stuff she is seeing. I like to follow Bubba, Rickie, Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson, Ian Poulter - there have been some pretty cool giveaways on Twitter by the players. One day Cink came on and gave away 2 brand new pair of Nike golf shoes, size 12! Just so happened I wear 12's. I got in too late!

@Kurt - technology in not inherently bad - people make it bad! No flaming necessary - besides, I work for a technology company (Cisco) so I hope EVERYONE buys our stuff, including Linksys and Flip cameras!!!
Kurt the Knife says:
Sry if my rant suggested an anti-technology stand.
My thing is about the lack of self-control.
Its the folks who let it take over their lives to their (and those surrounding, i.e. driving fatalities) detriment.

lcgolfer64 says:
Stand tall and proud and the Soapbox Kurt.

After all day online with work and then BB emails and calls I'm pretty much tech'd out.
Besides my inner voice saying ' Why the @#&* do people feel so 'needy' (read: narcissistic) to feel that they let everyone know that they're doing every minute of the day, maybe it's just me but, wow-really?...

I might just tweet this - Just kidding, don't know (or care to know) how to 'tweet'
falcon50driver says:
falcon50driver says:
Guy goes to the doctor.. "Doctor, I think I'm losing my hearing" Doctor examines his ears and finds a kernel of corn in one ear and a sweet pea in the other. He tells the guy " I think I've discovered the cause of your hearing loss."..."Looks like you're not eating properly"
Kurt the Knife says:
Guy walks into a psychiatrist's office with a duck on his head.
He kinda strolls up to the desk and just stands there.
After a minute or two the shrink looks up at the guy and asks, "Is there something I can do for you?"

Duck says, "Yeah. can you get this guy off my ass?"
Kurt the Knife says:
Sry. I don't know what that had to do with the topic.
Duke of Hazards says:
Quack humor, I like it.
cjgiant says:
I am sure there is at least some bit of narcissism in celebrity/athlete tweeters(?), but when you have a significant chunk of America watching TMZ and "reality" TV, who do we blame?

I mean, I would NEVER I post items anonymously to a wide forum just so others can hear my opinion.
dsferris says:
I think there could be a happy medium in this situation, let the guys send out a few tweets a night to talk about their rounds and matches. Maybe even say something like "from 7-7:15 the players will be tweeting about their day, and that is it." That way you can reach several million fans who are already going to be dying for info since we will be watching this on tape delay.
lcgolfer64 says:
Shane1 says:
To hell with Twitter and Facebook. If I want to know what the players are doing on the course, I'll just watch TV...well, except for NBC on Saturday because it's being taped and is 5 hours behind. But, there's always live broadcast online...
coojofresh says:
so stupid. i am so tired of people telling grown men what they can and cannot do. they are banning twitter in every sport in some form or another. so stupid.
falcon50driver says:
cjgiant, I guess the people that would do that, are just sad individuals that don't have a life.
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