Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese-born PGA player to win a major after his incredible triumph at The Masters this past weekend. While not many people thought much about the call at the end from Jim Nantz, Bill Simmons was very critical.
Simmons went on a rant about Jim Nantz’s call of Matsuyama’s win, and said that he believes that ‘cancel culture’ was holding Nantz back from his normal ability to capture the moment.
Here’s what Simmons said on his podcast.
“We were hoping for one of his classic pre-baked one-liners when Matsuyama won The Masters. I think he was scared off,” Simmons said. “He felt nervous to me the last twenty minutes, um, cancel culture, I don’t think Nantz wanted to go near anything. He kept kind of throwing it to Faldo and then when Matsuyama hit the…Nantz basically said, ‘Hideki Matsuyama, the first Japanese golfer to win The Masters.’ I’ve never heard him put less thought, energy, creativity, anything into one of his calls and it was a scared Jim Nantz, let’s be honest.”
Simmons would go on to say that he felt Nantz was ‘scared’ of saying something that people might take the wrong way.
“He just played it chalk. You know what? You just signed a new contract Jim Nantz. We don’t want a scared Jim Nantz. Come up with some sort of line. Anything? Disappointing.”
While Bill Simmons didn’t like the call of Hideki Matsuyama’s moment, I thought it was fine. Nantz brought attention to the fact that Matsuyama was the first from his country to do something special, and then he let the moment breathe a little bit. No issues.
Once again, a member of sports media is just being overly nit-picky about something that really wasn’t a big deal. Time to move on, Bill.
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