Friday, February 19, 2010

Was Tiger's Speech For The Right Reasons?

Under the circumstances, I thought Tiger Woods did well Friday morning.
He appeared contrite. He addressed the pertinent issues.
What I still can't help but wondering is whether he is sorry because he wants to be, or whether it is because he has to be?
There are obviously conflicting issues here. This is a proud, stubborn person. That's his strength. It can also be a weakness when attempting to right wrongs.
At the very least, it was a first step in the right direction. How big will be determined by the future, and whether Woods' actions speak louder than words.

My column in Friday's Oakland Press: The Pistons Are In Danger Of Becoming Irrelevant.

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Blogger Fred Brill said...

The first formality is over. That's all.

I have been a fan of PGA golf for 30 years now.

I rooted for Jack Nicklaus at the tail end of his career.

I then sufffered - yes - Lions football fan style - suffered through such heros as Nick Faldo, Tom Kite, Fuzzy Zoeller, Nick Price, Greg The Great White Shark Norman, Freddy Boom Boom Couples, Ernie Els, and the then young phee-nom Phil Mickelson.

Every frigging weekend.

Dear God it was boring. But I didn't know it then.

Then came Tiger and golf became an X-games event.

Now Tiger has been sparse for two years - and what's the most colorful thing happening? Boo Weekly comments. Phil Mckelson sneaking in an old wedge into his bag.

The life has been sucked out of the PGA.

Good God it's boring.

It became as boring as actually watching golf on television.

Now I did build Tiger up to my two little girls. And I'm sorry I did. And you know - they now know Tiger as a cheater - although they don't understand what he did to cheat.

But there are a whole world full of celebrity figures yet to come in their lifetime to get them excited and then get torn down - Britany Spears little sister already did that to them.

That's life in the 21st century.

But I honestly wouldn't be upset if Tiger dropped this whole good-boy front (although he just committed to rebuild it) - and started hanging with Dennis Rodman - all tattooed up and wearing leather pants with gold studs and flipping the bird at the gallery.

I don't even care if he got a major deal struck with a condom manufacturer - and viagra type pharmacuticals ...

I'm almost not kidding.

Because, Book - this golf without him is just awful.

7:48 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
You're probaly like me. I like the Tour and golf and the majors - no matter what. I was drawn to them long before Tiger. And he has added excitement because it has imvolved so many more people. But I was disappointed the PGA at Oakland Hills didn't get more attention in '08. It was a great tournament - Tiger or no Tiger.

12:24 PM 

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