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Trash talk would take Woods-Manning vs. Mickelson-Brady to epic level



Trash talk would take Woods-Manning vs. Mickelson-Brady to epic level

Regardless of the outcome of the match or the quality of the golf played, Sunday’s charity showdown between Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning and Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady figures to be good fun and a great show.

It is, after all, live golf featuring the biggest stars of this generation in golf and football at a cool golf course, Medalist, that boasts some of the biggest names on the PGA Tour as members … and it’s set to raise some $10 million for COVID-19 relief.

Add to that the curiosity factor of seeing Brady and Manning, out of their sporting element, play golf with Woods and Mickelson, should be pure, raw entertainment.

It all adds up to an automatic recipe for success.

You know what will make the dish even more delicious, though?

Some spirited, if salty, banter among the four players, all of whom will be mic’d up for the match.

If there could be one complaint about last Sunday’s COVID-19 relief charity match between Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson playing Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff, it was that the mic’d up banter between them fell surprisingly flat.

When Woods and Mickelson faced each other in that mano-a-mano $9 million winner-take-all match in November 2018, the two players were mic’d up, but the back-and-forth was more awkward than entertaining — particularly as Mickelson took the lead on the back nine and Woods, grinding to stay in the match, clammed up.

Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson pose for a picture during Saturday's practice round in preparation for their Sunday match.
Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson pose for a picture during Saturday’s practice round in preparation for their Sunday match.Getty Images for The Match

If the weeks and days leading up to Sunday’s match are any indication, there could be some colorful needling among the players at Medalist.

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Mickelson, after all, carries one of the sharpest needles on the PGA Tour, and Manning is highly underrated for his comedic appeal, having successfully hosted “Saturday Night Live’’ back in the day and currently hosts the entertaining “Peyton’s Places” shorts on ESPN.

Woods is more guarded with his barbs, but has an understated way about getting his points across. Of the four participants, Brady probably comes off as the most serious, so his contribution to the banter is less certain.

What is certain is this: Phil Mickelson is primed.

In an interview with The Post this past week, he was jumping out of his skin over the phone with his smack talk, taunting Woods in particular.

“I’m excited to go to Tiger’s home course,’’ Mickelson said. “He was insistent on us doing this at his home course. He was not happy about losing the first time [in Las Vegas]. And he wants to win badly the second time, so much so that everyone else wanted to play elsewhere and he insisted that we do it at his home course. That just makes me and Tom more motivated to go to his home course and beat him.

“Tiger thinks he has a huge advantage playing there. That’s fine. We’ll take it to him and Peyton, and there will be no excuses. Tom and I are going to go down there and put it to them. We’ll make it so that every time Tiger shows up at his home course, he’ll have a bad memory.”

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Mickelson is embracing the fact that him and Brady are the betting underdogs.

“We should absolutely be underdogs,’’ he said. “We’re going to be at Tiger’s home course, and you’ve got Peyton [two] shots lower than Tom on his handicap. … So absolutely, they should be favored, but that motivates Tom and I even more. They’ll have no excuses when we dominate them.’’

In a recent TV interview with the four players to promote the event, when Mickelson bragged about his $9 million win in Vegas, Woods got up from his chair and fetched the green jacket from his fifth Masters victory (Mickelson has three) and jokingly used it as a blanket.

Let’s hope for more of that Sunday. Mickelson appears poised to provide it. Hopefully Woods will bring his sharp-tongued A game.

“Phil thrives in the smack-talking repartee,’’ Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee told The Post this past week. “He loves to get the needle in, so I suspect Phil will be the one that needles the most.’’

As for Woods?

“Throughout my life watching Tiger, listening to him and even playing against him, I’ve always been amazed at how humble he is,’’ Chamblee said. “He’s never really talked smack. He doesn’t walk around like a peacock, doesn’t big-time players. By all comparisons, he’s been pretty darned humble. Tiger has never needed to needle.’’

Hopefully, Woods and the rest of the players will use the needle generously on Sunday. It’ll only add to what already figures to be a fun watch.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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