Tag:Tiger Woods
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:31 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 1:47 pm

Tiger Woods and Tim Tebow paired at AT&T Pro-Am?

Tiger Woods and Tim Tebow playing golf together?(US Presswire)
By Will Brinson

Tim Tebow's done his best to break the bastion of evil known as the Internet, via incredible comebacks and whatnot, but Al Gore's invention has stood the test of Tebow thus far. However if the rumor about Tiger Woods and Tim Tebow being paired together at the AT&T Pro-Am in Pebble Beach comes to fruition, you better lock down your servers.

Global Golf Post reports that the pairing is a possibility, citing a "highly placed source" within the tournament who says the tourney "is strongly considering issuing an invitation" to Tebow.

As CBSSports.com's Steve Elling wrote recently, Woods will make his 2012 American debut at Pebble on February 9.

"It's always been one of my favorite spots," Woods said. "It might be the prettiest place on earth."

It's one of our favorite spots too, and not just because the tournament's shown on CBS. (What? We like synergy.) But it might not look quite as pretty if Woods is paired with Tebow, because the galleries, which are typically reduced for an event like a Pro-Am, will be absolutely ridiculous.

A few things have to go down for this to happen, of course. The tournament has to invite Tebow, Tebow has to accept and Woods, per Global Golf Post, would need to "approve the pairing."

But Tiger probably would, because, well it would be good for everyone involved. Oh, and also because Tebow's a pretty good golfer: he played with Jack Nicklaus and Kenny G at the 2011 Honda Classic Pro-Am and, as you can see below, has a Phll Mickelson-like swing:

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Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:03 am
Edited on: January 26, 2011 2:06 am

When will Michael Vick land a major endorsement?

Posted by Will Brinson

Michael Vick's comeback season took a pretty incredible turn late Tuesday when it was announced that he'd signed his national endorsement contract since being sentence to prison a few years back.

En route to garnering the public's good graces once again he'd previously appeared in a commercial, beefed up his social media presence and partnered with a company to help sling his John Hancock.

But this new deal is a whole new animal, no pun intended. Vick's now moving back up the ladder in which he held a pretty prominent rung.

But how soon will the big names in national advertising come calling?

We only have two real baselines to examine here -- Kobe Bryant (accused of rape) and Tiger Woods (some, uh, "indiscretions"). Neither was found guilty of anything and neither served any prison time.

Woods, in fact, didn't even lose the biggest of endorsers, Nike, and fired out a commercial pretty quickly after his fall from grace. He's probably some time removed from further advertisers jumping back on the bandwagon, but a winning season on the PGA Tour would fix that fairly quickly.

Same thing for Vick -- his continued success on the field and rehabilitation off of it will eventually bring people like Nike, Coca-Cola, et al, back into the fold.

Back in 2005 (it seems so long ago, right?), Vick was evaluated as the 33rd most-powerful celebrity on a Forbes list, generating $37.5 million in salary and endorsements, as well as a ranking above superstars like Jennifer Aniston and Prince.

A number of different off-the-field incidents and the subsequent legal troubles led to Vick getting dumped by Nike, Coca-Cola, and Kraft, to name a few big-timers.

Bryant, for all of the legal distractions that his Eagle, Colorado trial created, was never dropped by Nike, although Coca-Cola did dump him until his image cleared up. By 2010, Bryant was back on the Forbes list, ranking 14th (in between Miley Cyrus and Jay-Z!) of all celebrities and third for athletes, his two titles with the Lakers putting any previous problems in the far regions of anyone's mind.

Looking at those two examples -- Woods and Bryant -- and remembering that neither of them were actually convicted -- means that there's a pretty good chance you can expect Nike to take the lead on inking Vick to a major deal.

It was rumored when Vick returned to the Eagles that he was back on board with Nike, but that was quickly shot down; a clear sign that even a shoe company that's shown tremendous loyalty to big name athletes with problems wasn't ready to jump on board.

And obviously Nike's one of the biggest names in the biz, so Vick inking with the Swoosh would mean he's "arrived" again. But there's a good chance that because of the way the public still feels about the Eagles QB (there are plenty of people who don't care what he's done to redeem himself either on or off the field), it could be a while before we see a major endorsement deal coming his way.

His situation doesn't lend itself to a "What Should I Do?" or "Did You Learn Anything?" advertisement, because of the controversial and criminal nature of what he did.

That's not to say Vick doesn't deserve a second chance (Lord knows I'm all for it). It's just that isn't yet far enough removed from his past to justify the necessary PR spin for a major corporation.

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Posted on: November 11, 2010 10:32 am
Edited on: November 11, 2010 10:48 am

Carrie Underwood mocks Brett Favre at CMAs

Posted by Will Brinson

I didn't happen to catch the Country Music Awards last night (after all, if I wanted to cry about a tractor, I'd just go out to my barn and do it the old-fashioned way, ammaright?!?!).

But there were lots of cowboy hats, some singing, and, apparently, a little bit of Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley making fun of Brett Favre and Tiger Woods in their monologue.

Fortunately, via Jimmy Traina, we have video proof (it's at the 2:47 mark).

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