Feb
25
2013
#WUPHangout: Here we come, Florida!
By Stephanie Wei under WUPHangout

I tried something different this evening because I was short on time and had to get to the airport for my flight to the Palm Beach area. Yep, the Honda Classic kicks off the Florida swing, which in the past two years has been a joy to cover.

I also went on a little adventure today — nothing crazy. I just went on a field trip to 30 Rock to check out the taping of “The Crossover,” a new sports/pop-culture show hosted by Michelle Beadle and Dave Briggs (my apologies, I called him Rob when I was stammering during the solo #WUPHangout) on the NBC Sports Network.

It just so happened that after the taping of the show, Beadle interviewed Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps for several different shows. Phelps, an avid golfer, is instructor Hank Haney’s latest student on Golf Channel’s “The Haney Project,” which premieres tonight.

Sounds like it’s working — Phelps said he broke 90 for the first time recently! Previously, he’d shoot 100+.

Beadle also had to ask him about a comment that his “girlfriend” made recently, saying Phelps’ talents extend to the bedroom. Uh, awkward. Yeah, Beadle didn’t write the question and Michael knew it was coming (this interview was for “Access Hollywood”). Beadle handled it like a pro, while Phelps blushed with embarrassment, playing coy and saying he didn’t have a girlfriend. Beadle and Phelps ended up exchanging bro high-fives. Well played.

I ramble talk some more about Phelps and his golf game in the Hangout. I also touched on anchoring, the Match Play and the Florida Swing.

Most important: Congrats to M. Keto for finishing 49th overall in GolfWeek’s bracket challenge and besting the 250-ish people who signed up at the last minute. Please email me: steph[dot]wei[at]gmail[dot]com, so you can claim your prize — a TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 fairway wood. Woot! Nice job!

Alright, see you soon at PGA National and many thanks to Ron Weschler for letting me check out the taping! And it was nice to meet him and Beadle in real life after several years of following each other on Twitter. IT’S LIKE YOU KNOW THE PERSON ALREADY.

Cray-cray.

[Ed. Note: I wrote this on my phone on the way to Newark. Please excuse any typos. I'll fix them later. Thanks. -SW]