Spieth Responds To Reactions Of Two Straight Missed Cuts

Wednesday, September 16, 2015



Jordan Spieth
has obviously enjoyed one of the best years ever on the PGA Tour (when taking the major wins and close 2nds into account). Yet, with fame comes the counterpoints when your game suddenly goes south.

At the BMW Championship presser yesterday, Spieth confided his thoughts on how it feels to receive the inevitable immediate backlash after missing two straight cuts (transcribed).

Because the game is so difficult–your game can swiftly come and go–it’s wise of him to put all this in perspective moving forward–because it’s going to happen again.

“Everyone has their opinions, and the hardest thing for me to do is to not react to that and just to say, you know what, two weeks ago everyone said, ‘you’re the best there is, you’re the best in the world, you’re awesome, man,’ not a bad thing said, and then Jason wins — Jason is the best in the world, man, he’s awesome.

“And then Rickie wins. Rickie wasn’t even what you guys were talking about. You guys were talking about me, Rory and Jason. Rickie wins, and all of a sudden people are coming out of their igloos and they’re saying, man, that’s my guy. He’s the best in the world. It’s just what can you do for me now.”

“I’m not aware of the specifics on what Joe sitting on his couch in Montana thinks about my golf game, but I am aware what people thought–it just seems like it’s interesting how it’s a what have you done for me now kind of–when the spotlight is on. I’m that way with sports teams, so why can’t people be that way with me?” 

“The more I can smile and laugh about that and the fact that people are just about — you have true fans, there’s no doubt, and I love true fans and I’m happy to take any bandwagon fans there are for me. It’s just interesting from our point of view seeing what’s published, I guess. You just have to keep your head down, stay focused, and try to be that guy that people are talking about the next week.”

He did good naturedly joke about his missed cuts though as there’s no cut for the BMW this week.

“I’m happy to be checking into my hotel, and when they ask what day I’m checking out, I can say, ‘I’m checking out on Sunday.”



New Research Raises Safety Concerns About Crumb Rubber

Kids play sports on artificial turf fields covered in something called crumb rubber. New research is confirming that the tiny rubber pellets often contain cancer-causing chemicals.

But that is not all.

As CBS 2’s Dave Savini reports, the new tests also found there are other problems caused by crumb rubber and much we still do not know about it. Athletes of all ages competing on synthetic turf padded with tiny crumb rubber pellets from recycled tires are being exposed to numerous toxic chemicals according to the latest testing by Environment and Human Health, Inc. It supports CBS 2’s crumb rubber test results from February.

“The major components were benzothiazole compound and polyaromatic hydrocarbons,” says Chris Palenik of Microtrace, which conducted the testing.

Environment and Human Health’s study at Yale University found 96 chemicals – 20 percent of which are probable carcinogens, a potential cancer risk. They also found skin, eye and even respiratory irritants, some of which could cause asthma symptoms.

But the group says nearly half the chemicals found in the crumb rubber have not been properly studied, so the health effects are unknown.

It is these types of findings, including the unknown, that frustrates people like Teddy Shapiro, a teenage cancer patient. “It’s a rare form of bone cancer,” Shapiro says about his disease. “It’s called osteosarcoma.” He spent many years playing soccer on crumb-rubber fields and wants a thorough government study done to ensure athlete safety.

Dr. Robert Cohen, from Northwestern Medicine, says there has been a lack of significant, long-term testing of crumb rubber to find out whether there is a health danger.

“We know some of these chemicals do cause cancer,” Cohen says. “I think the frightening thing is that we just don’t have the information we need.”

Environment and Human Health, Inc., calls crumb rubber an “incredibly irresponsible experiment in people’s health.”

As CBS 2 reported earlier this year, a college soccer coach in Washington gathered information on at least 50 soccer players, mostly goalies, exposed to crumb rubber who got cancer.

However, the Synthetic Turf Council has pointed to almost 60 studies indicating that crumb rubber is safe.