Everyone has an opinion. Cable channels are full of those spouting views that create havoc, that evoke emotion.
Sports talk radio receives big ratings in cities across the nation. Maybe not as much as the news, but after straight news people like to "speak" with their radio on the way to work or around town.
The Golf Channel has long been a place where all facets of golf can be listened to and viewed, from instruction to information to, well, opinions. And these days, information and opinion, can generate controversy. And today's poster child for opinion is Brandel Chamblee.
Chamblee, a journeyman PGA Tour player at best, has developed into someone whose opinions shake and bake the golf world. Like Johnny Miller, who grazed the NBC telecasts before his retirement, Chamblee is never at a loss for words.
Chamblee keeps it real.
Chamblee unfiltered fires opinions from the hip. He calls things as his mind sees them, seemingly without regard for the toes he steps on or the players he offends. Heck there was even a dustup with Eldrick Tiger Woods that made headlines for weeks.
Players never like being called out, a natural feeling. Criticism is a part of the game of course, and there are always many sides to a story or situation. Emotions come out. Chamblee isn't afraid of spouting his opinion and that results in talk, more talk and controversy. Still, it's something he excels at.
That said, appearances aren't everything. Away from the red light of the camera he's also never at a loss for words, a great interview and willing to provide thought provoking dialogue.
He smiled at the question. "I merely try to be myself and give the viewer my take on things. I'm not saying I'm right or wrong, but it's my option shaped by years of being involved in this great game," said Chamblee earlier this year. "I don't get paid to keep my thoughts to myself, to keep them hidden away. I get paid to think and them get those thoughts onto the air. Yes, I have some opinions that might be considered controversial, but so be it."
Philadelphia holds a special place in Chamblee's golf mind.
"No question Philadelphians are sports fanatics. It is a great town for golf, and I wish the Tour was here more often. There are some great courses, from Merion to Philadelphia Cricket Club and Pine Valley. There is a storied golf history here.
"The folks here are passionate about sports, they are fanatics. And I love the area."
On the tube Chamblee is never at a loss for his opinion.
"Look, the viewer is obviously watching things. They can see. I can help interpret or give an inside the ropes analysis. What was a player thinking at that moment. What variables were present. How the player approaches a situation. How he executed play, how he didn't."
He does not shy away from opinion, although sometimes, upon further review, he might wish he's stated something a little differently.
"But I've got to be me."
Chamblee is one of a kind.