Interesting.....you are not normally the kinda guy who champions ignorance.
It became chic to publicly denounce Tiger. Everyone decided to get up on their own mountain and form a dissenting opinion about a guy that they had been in love with just a month or two earlier. And it made sense – Tiger was exposed as being an asshole. He was cheating on his wife. He was a bad tipper. He was doing strange sexual act with anonymous women he was meeting at diners. It was easy to just say, “Wow, this guy is NOT who we thought he was, and this guy is really not a good person.”
And that’s what most people did.
I didn’t. I couldn’t wait for him to get back on the course, and I couldn’t wait for him to prove to everybody that he was still the man out there. Then, he wasn’t, and everybody who had quickly decided they now hated the guy could revel in his demise.
Something about that always seemed a little twisted to me. Tiger, the guy who won 14 majors and provided us with some of the best sports moments ever, hit a rut in his life which translated onto the course, and we all abandoned him. He deserved to be judged, it just seemed like the judgment was more harsh than was warranted.
And I think that was proven when nobody could fully commit to leaving. Sure, he probably doesn’t have as many female fans as he once did, but the galleries on the course are just a big as they ever were. Tiger is still the biggest draw, the game’s most popular player and by far its most compelling figure. It’s just not okay to say you like him.
You can watch Tiger, but you can’t like Tiger.
You can root for Tiger and justify it by saying that you want to see something dramatic, but you can’t like Tiger.
You can read everything about how Tiger is finding his swing, how he’s getting his life back together little by little, how he’s spending more time with his kids, but you can’t like Tiger.
You can put money on Tiger – making him the Vegas, odds-on favorite in every single tournament he plays in – but you cannot like Tiger Woods.
And I don’t necessarily blame you. He can be an easy guy to dislike. I just simply can’t do it. I can’t stop rooting for the guy that I had been rooting for for years and years, simply because he screwed up his personal life. I can’t do it.
You’re supposed to root for the laundry in professional sports. If the Red Sox players are unlikable, well, so what. They’re the Red Sox. You root for the B.
In golf, it’s not usually that cut and dry, but it is here. I root for the laundry, and that laundry is colored Sunday Red.
So I’ll continue on, right or wrong, rooting for Tiger Woods. In the sports world, there’s a stigma that comes along with saying your favorite athlete of all time is an adulterer with prescription pill problems who hasn’t won anything substantial in four years. I’m not trying to portray myself as a martyr, just telling it the way it is.
I dont care enough about golf to root for Tiger, but if he cant stop looking so pathetic as both a human and a golfer I wish he would retire and disappear.
has succeeded as you never will.
I quit reading a while back.
Bill is no longer your friend? I thought he spent an enormous amount of time defending your every word
And this week Tiger can't even make the cut.........