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“The Haney Project: Charles Barkley” Recap: The Stars Are Out

By Ryan Charles has been hard at work, practicing his game, losing weight and improving his flexibility. Charles says he’s practiced on his own 10 or 15 times since he’s last seen Haney. Haney might have been skeptical before, but he sees great progress. “You’re so much better, it’s ridiculous,” Haney says. Today, Charles is going on his first golf course adventure with his new swing. A few minor celebrities show up at the tee box: former NHL star Brett Hull and golfer Tommy Armour III. Charles starts out well, but by the time Hull and Armour show up, he’s […]

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“The Haney Project: Charles Barkley” Recap: Back To Work

By Ryan Sir Charles is late. It’s 9am, and he’s already behind on his “Tiger Day” of practice. Haney says he’s “wounded,” but Charles says he’s stuck in bad traffic — he had to pick up the wine coolers and bearclaws for Urkel, I guess. But Haney won’t knock Charles’ work ethic. “As far as amateur golfers, I’ve never had a student who’s worked as hard as Charles,” he says. Charles is a little discouraged, though. “I’m not getting better at golf, I’m getting better at the drills.” Tiger Woods must’ve been really bored during his rehab, because he was […]

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“The Haney Project: Charles Barkley” Recap: Episode 1

By Ryan Charles Barkley is heading off to have breakfast with his new golf coach (and possible savior) Hank Haney. We learn from friends that Barkley was a pretty good golfer years ago, but his game has since deteriorated into a punchline. Barkley seems sincere in his love of golf and his desire to fix his problems, and he’s saddened and humbled by what’s happened to his game. We learn from a cognitive therapist that Barkley’s swing problems are mostly mental. Being a celebrity and feeling like he’s in a fishbowl has put pressure on him, and being watched and […]

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Sports

Where To Watch Tiger Woods’ Comeback

Tiger Woods’ comeback from knee surgery starts Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championships in Tucson, Ariz. Woods will tee off vs. Australia’s Brendan Jones at 2:02pm ET on GOLF CHANNEL. GOLF CHANNEL will have coverage at 2pm ET on Thursday and Friday. Saturday and Sunday coverage switches to NBC starting at 2pm ET both days. Obviously, NBC is hoping Tiger can at least survive to play this weekend. If you’re stuck at work, you can still follow coverage of Tiger’s return on a “Tiger Returns” microsite available on PGATour.com. There will be live updates, highlights, […]

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Ain’t Got That Swing: “The Haney Project” Takes On Charles Barkley

Former NBA star Charles Barkley once famously said, “I am not a role model.” We didn’t know it back then, but he was talking about his golf swing. Maybe you’ve seen any number of videos on the Internet featuring Barkley awkwardly hacking away on the tee box at a celebrity golf tournament. (Google “Charles Barkley Golf Swing” and see for yourself. We’ll wait.) Dreadful, isn’t it? It’s the golf equivalent of Elaine dancing on Seinfeld. Sweet fancy Moses. Shortly after Barkley’s swing caught on like wildfire on the web, GOLF CHANNEL announced that it would undertake a daunting endeavor: The […]

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GOLF CHANNEL Presents "Uneven Fairways" Documentary

Posted by Ryan On Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 9pm ET, GOLF CHANNEL (HD) airs a special Black History Month documentary presentation on the pioneers who broke racial barriers in the game of golf. Hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, Uneven Fairways reveals the little-known stories of African-Americans who were forbidden to play golf at its highest level but refused to accept their exclusion. The documentary celebrates the men and women of the United Golf Association — the “Negro Leagues” of golf — who challenged segregation and paved the way for future stars of the game. The documentary is based on the […]

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Awards Shows

Black History Month 2009 Is HERE

Posted by: kjpaloucek Unless you’re living under a rock, you should be aware that Black History Month has a bit more to celebrate this year than in previous years. Thankfully, that means that there’s a bit more to look forward to in terms of meaningful Black History Month-themed programming on TV … because, frankly, we know — things had been getting a little wanting during February. (An explicit reminder to network programmers: Slotting repeated showings of Pootie Tang is not only NOT acceptable Black History Month programming, it diminishes the dignity of the occasion.) Here’s an overview of some the […]