What a "sell-out."
Why Root For Tiger?
By Kickntrue on 6/19/08
This commentary by Rick Reilly was written before the US Open but I commissioned The Cigar Lounge to write a similar piece on rooting for Tiger Woods. While the timing of this is now a little odd since he's out for the season and I'd never root for him to get hurt- it is something interesting to ponder. Isn't rooting for Tiger a lot like rooting for the Yankees? Sure, he's going to have the most fans, but shouldn't the rest of the people despise him? People love to root against the best- to see an underdog overcome, but it doesn't seem to hold true with Woods. Is it because golf is an individual sport? Opinions welcome.
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hey, what's wrong for rooting for the Yankees?
E V E R Y T H I N G! I'm a NL guy and the Yanks still make me sick.
In some ways Woods is the underdog. He still hasn't overtaken Nicklaus and he is a minority in a white dominated sport.
It totally agree the main reason is the individuality of golf. Tiger's personality (at least from what I've seen in interviews and joking around w/ Stevie) makes it very hard for me to hate him like I hate the Red Wings/Devils, Patriots, Yankees, etc. I'm a huge fan of the underdog, but if TW is in a tourney I want to see him win.
HB- I agree that the reason it's hard to hate him is because golf is an individual sport though I do have to question one thing you mentioned. Do you really find Tiger's personality likable? I think he is by far the most boring personality in almost any sport- mostly due to the fact that his every move is watched and every word taken to the extreme (like his hockey comments). I think his play is amazing- but I think I'd pick 40 other pros I'd rather "hang" with.
The TW that is portrayed in the media (always PC, gives vanilla answers, doesn't get into his personal life) is definitely not the version I'd want to hang out with. However, the "real" TW, that is always joking around and playing pranks and talking sports, is the TW I root for. He usually throws a quip or one-liner into his interviews that give you a hint of what he's really like, and the rest I've just gathered from odds and ends stories in magazines. Of course, who knows what any of those guys are really like unless you know them...I could be way off on what I have made him out to be in my head.
I have to admit that I was not a fan of his hockey comments though! Who in their right mind would consider hockey an inferior sport to basketball????
Tiger Woods is a one of a kind golfer. Some people love him and some people hate him, regardless he has talent and you cannot think golf without thinking Tiger Woods.
I think once he catches, and then surpasses, Nicklaus, the general public will be less inclined to really root for him. But until then, there's still some things Tiger hasn't done and hasn't accomplished, so we're naturally going to want him to keep working toward those achievements.
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