Friday, February 19, 2010

By the Tail

Tiger Woods apologized on national TV today for his indiscretions. His "press conference" today was unbelievably carried live by every major network. I'm guessing that the only other person who could command that kind of coverage is the President. And even he has a tough time getting complete coverage from Fox News. He said all the right things and was sufficiently contrite and the analysts were quick to either praise him or bury him. All in all I think it was very consistent with what Tiger has done throughout his entire career. It was a very controlled and orchestrated event. Tiger seldom does anything were he does not have complete control and today was no different.

The bleeding has stopped. There have not been any other women coming out of the wood works to tell of their encounters with Tiger. I can't be certain, but I'm sure that involved a few pay offs to keep people quiet. I personally don't care if Tiger Woods has sex with a million women. I never looked to him as anything other than an amazing golfer. Hopefully he gets back out on the golf course soon. That is all that matters to me. I have said before that the public loves to beg for their "heroes" to apologize for their indiscretions. I have heard many an analyst say things like "if he'd only just admit it, the public will forgive him". Of course once that athlete comes out and says that he's guilty and that he's sorry, the press are first in line to crucify him.

I personally don't buy the fact that Tiger needs to be rehabilitated. He was the world's best golfer while engaged in these activities and I have no doubt that he'll be the world's best golfer if he's trying to restrain from those extracurricular activities. His decisions will be his alone. All the treatment in the world won't help him if he wants to continue his old ways. If he wants to be monogamous then he will, if he doesn't, he won't. He doesn't have a disease. He's a really rich and famous man who doesn't have to put much effort into attracting the attention of women. That's not going to change now. All the rehab in the world is not going to make him less well known or less of a target. Tiger isn't sick, he's an arrogant jerk. There's a big difference. I'm not sure that "talking" to someone about this is going to make much difference. His sense of entitlement will probably win out eventually. That however is a matter for him and his wife to deal with. For the rest of us, I think having the greatest golfer in the world, on the course and playing well, is going to have to be enough.

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