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I still like Tiger Woods, but let me explain

Posted on: December 12, 2009 12:52 pm
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I like Tiger Woods ... There! I said it!

This may sound selfish of me, but I like him not because of who he is but because of his golf accomplishments. If I knew Woods on a personal level, perhaps I may like him or not. Who is to say? That's immaterial to the point I'm going to make in this blog.

Woods has provided me with so many fond memories that they are difficult to keep track of. Simply put, I would not have been as big of a golf fan if Woods had never picked up a club. It is unbelievable what this guy has been able to do.

It's always exciting to serve witness to someone who elevates the sport in which he or she plays, and Woods has certainly impacted golf as few others before him have. As far as I know, Woods has done so without the help of performance-enhancing drugs.

I will note that steroid use, because it directly impacts an athlete's performance on the field, is the only thing that directly affects my level of admiration for an athlete. It implies cheating, which I'm against. Cheaters are bad. An athlete should excel on the field because of pure natural ability, and Woods has done so.

That's why I like him.

There have been a lot of athletes that I have been fond of because of their high level of skill on the field or basketball court. Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Sidney Moncrief, James Lofton, Reggie White and Brett Favre -- these are athletes who I have had profound admiration for during my lifetime.

Off the field, these guys had their issues or were controversial -- some more than others and some not so much. I may not have liked some of these guys if I knew them personally. Regardless, the things that occur off the field are of no importance to me. I don't care that Woods has cheated multiple times on his wife. I have always been able to overlook those things ... even as a kid.

It just doesn't bother me. I don't think about it. I don't condone it for people that I care about on a personal level. But I don't care about Woods on a personal level. I like him because he's a great athlete – plain and simple.

The only times I have truly been disappointed in athletes are when they failed in the line of play. I can't tell you how frustrating some of Favre's interceptions were. "Damn you Favre!" I remember Yount once struck out in the bottom of the ninth with runners in scoring position. "You're killing me, Yount. You're killing me." I recall Moncrief once missed a potential game-winning last-second shot. "Come on Super Sid! You're better than that."

Those are the things that really frustrate me as a sports fan about an athlete.

For me, it's very easy to draw the line. What happens off the field or basketball court does not directly impact me. It may have some indirect impact in that off-the-field problems may carry over and affect an athlete's performance, but it generally is none of my business. I could care less.

The reason that it's easy to draw the line is because of my family, friends and people I care for on a personal level. My idols outside of sports were my mom and dad, brothers and sisters, teachers, childhood friends, co-workers and members of my community, who are all really fine people in my personal opinion. These are the people who have impacted me the most because they have chosen to live their lives in a way that is extremely appealing to me on a personal level.

I think we're all wise enough to realize that athletes are celebrated, more often than not, for what they accomplish on the field. Some have done some terrific things off the field and that's great, but that doesn't mean they have flaws. We all have flaws. None of us are perfect.

I don't believe we should hold athletes to a higher ethical or moral standard than anyone else. I've never been fooled by Woods' Nike commercials or how any athlete is marketed. It's fiction. It's make-believe. It's not real.

Tiger Woods made some bad decisions by cheating on his wife, but I could care less about that. It doesn't impact my life.

Selfishly, I hope he gets his "stuff" together and makes it back to the PGA Tour as soon as he can. I'm looking forward to more unbelievable moments! The game of Golf will suffer without him.

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Comments

Since: Aug 26, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2010 11:47 am
 

I still like Tiger Woods, but let me explain

You said it Perfect. I agree with you 100%




Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2010 3:18 pm
 

I still like Tiger Woods, but let me explain

tiger is held to another level, as is michael jordan.  with that said, its much easier for one of these players to get in trouble because of the superstardom they have.  the media will be all over them.



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2010 5:57 pm
 

I still like Tiger Woods, but let me explain

At the end of the day though, isn't that his job?  To entertain us?  Why do you buy a ticket to an NFL game?  To watch the game, be entertained and maybe watch your team succeed.  Do you go because you're going to get to know the players and all about their personal lives? 

I also don't think you can compare Tiger to Bonds.  Bonds cheated to gain advantage on the diamond, Tiger cheated on his wife.  That didn't make him drive the ball longer or give him any other advantage, you are comparing apples to oranges my friend.

If my best friend's daughter mairred a serial cheater that would affect me because the person that is getting hurt would be known to me on a personal level.  Something none of us will ever have with Tiger.  What Tiger did does not affect my everyday life whatsoever and never will. 

Kids are going to look up to athletes, that's how it's always going to be.  Remember Wilt Chamberlain...how many women did he sleep with?  Athletes cheating on his/her spouse or having relationships with multiple people is not a new development.  The MEDIA is what is different and the problem.  What about the old time players...Paul Hornung used to smoke and drink in the locker room after the game.  Don't you think kids looked up to him?  Athletes aren't supposed to be role models, parents are and it's the parents job to make the child understand the difference.



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2010 4:26 pm
 

I still like Tiger Woods, but let me explain

Are you kidding me? What he does and what he represents affects our lives. We've shallowed out our value system to the point where we don't care who somebody is, what they do, so long as we're entertained. You may think you're enlightened by coming across as so pervasive but what ever happened to old-fashioned values and respecting somebody for not only doing something great and unique but for being a good person? If our society continues to give passes to our elected officials, celebrities, and athletes by not demanding more of them our culture will continue to rot.

I'm a golfer and fan of the game along with its history. Tiger's actions were by choice and by doing so he harmed himself, his family, and our trust in the man who would have gone down as the greatest golfer in history. Record-wise he may still get there but he'll be no better than Barry Bonds now - a record holder with an asterisk.

Think about all the children who looked up to him. Should they still? What if your best friend's daughter marries a serial cheater someday and he was someone who made millions in business, gave of himself to the community, and was your all-around decent guy it seemed? Could you say it doesn't impact your life?

Yes, what he did affected my life as a golfer and person before and after knowing about his personal life. Only now we'll see golf suffer, we'll see continued coverage of an immoral life and non-stop reporting of negative media, and a black eye to the game of golf. Tiger once complained to Arnold Palmer about not enjoying the pressure of being a superstar when he in his mid-twenties. Arnold told him to give back the millions then. Selfishly, I'm looking forward to continued unbelievable moments on the course with my friends, competitors, and the PGA Tour because every single one of them and ourselves produces them. Tiger has proven he's not our game and not worthy of the 'worshipping' he received.




Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2010 10:25 am
 

I still like Tiger Woods, but let me explain

I agree with you 100% and have said the same exact thing (although maybe not as eloquently as you put it).  Why the media is so obsessed with bringing out the "real story" is beyond me, or should I say why so many people who don't know Tiger care about the "real story" is beyond me.  Like you said, I don't know him on a personal level so why should what he does in his personal life impact me?  It shouldn't, yet every TV you turn on, every website you visit and every paper that gets opened has something about Tiger or one of his mistresses.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2010 9:51 pm
 

I still like Tiger Woods, but let me explain

Great blog man. I totally agree.


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