Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Lessons In Impressive Question Asking
If ever given the opportunity to question a star athlete or coach, here are some pointers.
-Anything concerning how they "feel" or what this "means" are golden.
-Attempting to get them to "explain what this moment is like" is sure to get you a promotion.
-Asking if anything "less than a win" will be good enough will make the interviewee very happy.
Cue Paul Azinger, who was asked at Oakland Hills this week if anything less than a win for this year's American Ryder Cup would be alright.
At his press conference at the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills on Wednesday, Azinger was asked if only a victory would suffice, and twice responded with a defiant, "What do you think?"
"Next question," Azinger said, thwarting the befuddled questioner.
Sadly we don't have the person's name that asked this, but here is a little piece from my tiny little brain for you, free of charge. When two people or teams are involved, normally finishing in second isn't what you're going for.
Again, maybe just my way of looking at it, but second place when there are just two teams isn't exactly front row on your trophy stand.