The Media Learning Curve: Bogey, par, birdie, Bootyism, bogey…

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Following up on today’s media column (linked here):

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== How about ESPN reporter Wendy Nix not being nixed in relaying how a plane made it overhead flying a banner: “Tiger: Did You Mean Bootyism,” along with video showing it.
“You can make your own references there,” Nix said.

Thanks for the offer.

== A golfer considered one of the greatest of his time, married, two kids, a lust for women, involved in a mystery in the deep South . . .

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Tiger Woods’ appearance at Augusta for this weekend’s Masters sets up nicely for the release of “To Win And Die In Dixie: The Birth of the Modern Golf Swing and The Mysterious Death of its Creator” by Steve Eubanks (Ballantine Books/ ESPN Books, $26, 239 pages, linked here), based on the life and unsolved death of J. Douglas Edgar.

On Aug. 8, 1921, Edgar was found lying in the street bleeding to death, with 20-year-old Atlanta Constitution newspaper reporter Comer Howell having the story land at his feet.

It’s all real, secrets and all, with Eubanks inspired to revisit the evidence of the unresolved cold case based on a story famed Atlanta sportswriter Furman Bisher dug up and wrote about in the early 1960s.

So who is Edgar? That’s part of the mystery as to why more golf followers today aren’t familiar with his name. He actually holds a pro golf record: He won the Canadian Open in 1919 by a record 16 strokes, and came back the next year to win again. He’s also credited with inventing the modern swing, and coaching Bobby Jones.

== If Tom Watson’s play continues at the Masters, it’ll make Sunday’s hour-long feature on his first Masters’ title in 1977 look a little prophetic. The latest in the “Jim Nantz Remembers” series, executive produced by Nantz himself, airs from 10 to 11 a.m. leading into the final round. In ’77, Watson held off Jack Nicklaus for the victory.

== The New York Yankees-Tampa Bay series has attracted national attention on Saturday (by Fox, Channel 11, noon, with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver) and Sunday (by TBS, 10:30 a.m., with Brian Anderson and Buck Martinez).

== MLB Network introduces “Solid 60,” an hour-long commercial-free block of highlights and live look-ins starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight, hosted by Greg Amsinger and Harold Reynolds.

== The next episode of ESPN’s “E:60″ news magazine (Tuesday, 4 p.m.) show takes Kobe Bryant back to Philadelphia to find out the Lakers star often gets booed in his former hometown. Lisa Salters, a Philly native, reports.

== The next version of HBO’s “Real Sports” (Tuesday, 10 p.m.) is all boxing, as Jon Frankel goes to Brazil to revisit the death last July of Arturo Gatti; Bryant Gumbel goes to Atlanta to review the gun-shooting death last July of Vernon Forrest, and Frank Deford goes to Nicaragua trying to find answers about the suicide of Alexis Arguello in 2009.

== NBC heads back to the race track for the Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby (Saturday, 2 p.m.), leading up to the Kentucky Derby in three weeks. Tom Hammond, Gary Stevens, Mike Battaglia, Kenny Rice and Donna Brothers are at the first race in Kentucky; Bob Neumeier is in Arkansas.

== Gary Thorne and Barry Melrose have the NCAA men’s hockey championship from Detroit’s Ford Field on Saturday, 4 p.m., ESPN.

AND FINALLY:

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Troy Markas, brother of the late Angels play-by-play man Rory Markas, prepares to make the ceremonial first pitch before the Angels-Twins game on Wednesday, along with his older brother Gary and mother Billie.

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