Just Blame Tiger
By Kickntrue on 12/9/09
Tiger may be a massive screwup, but some of the stuff he's getting blamed for is ridiculous. Case in point- a Wisconsin middle school band is blaming Tiger for them not being able to take a trip to Disney World after an autographed picture from Woods fetched far less than they had hoped last week at an auction... after all of the recent news broke.
It's the first time the school has planned a trip like this, but not all of the kids will be able to go. The band has been raising money since February. The effort culminated last weekend with a concert and silent auction.

"The big ticket was Tiger, oh we were counting on Tiger. He came in the week before the concert ... A big 16 x 20, double fist pump, autographed in gold, we were really excited," said Bagstad.

Bagstad requested the autographed picture from Woods' media team. It was expected to go for $1,500 at the auction. But after a series of unflattering revelations about the golfer's personal life, Bagstad said few people wanted to bid on the item.

In the end, it only went for $300.
Cry me a river kids. The $1200 difference is probably only about 2 kids AT THE MOST. Suck it up and sell more cookies! Seriously- what a lame play by the band... and you know what? It's going end up working! Some rich pathetic old lady is going to read this article or see the news program and write them a big check from her fixed living account so some prepubescent punk can go clutter up Orlando this spring. Nobody wants you there and you just clog up Mickey Lane and block people's path to Splash Mountain!

I guess it's a good week to pile on. Maybe someone else can come up with something else to pin on Tiger. We've never really been able to put cancer on anyone. Oohh- give him AIDS. Yah- Tiger causes AIDS... and SIDS, and Swine Flu, any left over Bird Flu ... and of course rabies. Definitely rabies.

That bastard.

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photo source (not the actual Wisconsin band)


[ comments ]
Bryan K says:
Well, I do know that Tigerade improved my game. So, next year, I'll be able to blame 3-5 strokes on my handicap on Tiger.
12/9/09
 
Backquak says:
Just think, The economy will be blamed on Tiger next. You do know that the stock market collapsed after Tiger broke his leg, it was just starting to come around and now this, it will be all Tiger's fault.
12/9/09
 
trikai says:
Let's not forget SARS! It has been in the single digits in Colorado for the past few days and with overcast. Denver without sunshine? Tiger Woods caused Global Warming! I actually auctioned framed Tiger, Jack and Ben photo at a recent event, unsigned, and it went for more. You snooze, you lose!
12/9/09
 
Oak says:
What douche bags. Instead of being grateful that Tiger's team was gracious enough to send them the pic in the first place, they just bitch at not getting what they thought they deserve. Beggers can't be choosers. Screw that school. Reminds me of when I gave a homeless person $5 and asked about the $20 he saw in my hand instead.

And if Tiger was a stock right not I would absolutely be buying low. I would have bought that pic and sold it in a year or 2 for triple its value. Maybe I should start seeing what I can invest in now while the gettin is good!! Stuff should rise back up in value for sure once he passes Jack.

Hey, at this rate he might also pass Wilt Chamberlain :)
12/9/09
 
Bryan K says:
After looking at some completed auctions on ebay for Woods' autograph, I've become convinced that these people are idiots. Woods autographs with certificates of authenticity on photos tend to run between $150 to $400. On a card (golf card doesn't have the same ring as baseball card), the Woods autograph might fetch over a grand. The most valuable in recent auctions went for $4,460 (an extremely rare issue that was professionally graded) and around $2,000 (for his rookie card, also professionally graded). A beautiful glossy photo autographed in gold with an elaborate frame and a certificate of authenticity sold for charity would probably fetch around $500 on ebay, where it is exposed nationally. I don't recall seeing where this one was auctioned at, but at a regional auction, $300 is about what I would expect.
12/9/09
 
Bryan K says:
Also, just for the record, sports memoribilia for athletes mired in controversey tends to go up in value while they are receiving the extra media attention.
12/9/09
 
Oak says:
@john
While i concur with that, this event wouldn't be typical of that behavior. This negative press will depreciate his value, even if it is only for a brief hiccup. Tiger has no shortage of receiving regular press and attention, whereas other athletes that you're referencing do. What this is doing is alienating a section of potential customers in the marketplace of potential buyers, thereby decreasing market value of memoribilia. In addition, he is purposely hibernating right now.

Not to mention the perception it has upon investors of his potential to win more majors. Now I'm not saying things will be going for rock-bottom prices, but I certainly can't imagine someone paying more for anything tied to Tiger than they would 2 weeks ago. I'm guessing any depreciation, even if minor, would last until he wins again.
12/9/09
 
Oak says:
But you know much more than me about the memoribilia biz. I just have a few great autographs and baseball cards. Have you previously collected anything of Tiger? Has anyone here?
12/9/09
 
Kickntrue says:
@oak- the wilt chamberlain comment has me rolling!
12/9/09
 
Bryan K says:
I was a big memoribilia collector, particularly baseball cards, from the '70's all the way to about three years ago when I realized that I would need a larger apartment if I wanted to continue collecting. I unloaded everything I had on ebay over a span of about six months. I never collected anything golf related, and I would think that about the closest comparison any athlete that I can think of over the past 30 years would have to Tiger would be Michael Jordan (even though I feel that Jordan was heavily overrated and Tiger isn't). You do make a good point in that regard. My problem is....I find watching...or even following golf to be extremely tedious and tiresome. I just love to play, so I honestly wouldn't now how much Tiger enjoys the limelight.
12/9/09
 
JPALMGOLFS says:
Damn did he murder someone? Did he take PEDS? Did he smack a kid for talking too much? Tiger this, Tiger that! I guess they forgot that he has a p*nis. I mean for goodness sakes he cheated on his wife which about 60% of Americans are guilty of some form of infidelity. PGA Tour gonna take a hit because of Tigers indiscretions. Sponsors are gonna back out. I mean all this due to a man wanting to get his! Its sad that a company has to ride the back of one mans success. I know hes a figure head and all. Numero Uno! but leave the man alone. Tiger cheating is getting more press than Bill Clinton/ Monica Lewinski. Now thats just pitiful.
12/10/09
 
mjaber says:
I thought Tiger was the cause of all the trouble in the Middle East...

If the Tiger picture only got $300, it's not because of what just happened. It's because we are in a recession and they didn't have any big collectors there to bid.
12/10/09
 
Kolt15 says:
People need to get over it. I mean really this is so stupid I'm tired of it just let Tiger get back out onto the golf course and play as soon as he doses that and wins a couple tournaments people will forget about all this B.S... Everyone has forgot why we like Tiger so much! And that is his game...
12/10/09
 
mmontanaro says:
Had Tiger done all the things he allegedly did, minus the car accident, there would have been no change in public perception. One day he would have said that he an Elin were in marriage counseling, or he would have said they are getting a divorce... Just like Greg Norman and Chris Evert... it would have been a story for a day or two and that's that. People are mad at Tiger because they allowed themselves to believe a marketing image. They allowed themselves to think that he was that "image" - images are nothing more than elaborate, drawn-out acting gigs. It's a public movie. People are mad because they fell for it and got burned. I know golfers that cheated on their wives and have been married several times... they still play golf! This whole thing is nonsense.
12/10/09
 
trikai says:
I am not a role model!
12/10/09
 
Swingem says:
@mmontanaro; Nonsense yes, but everybody knows how the game works. TW swims in an ocean of celebrity, and is happy to reap the benefits. So when he bleeds, don't blame the sharks. If he wanted purity of being, he could have simply turned down all of the endorsement deals, or simply not cheated on his wife.
12/10/09
 
Off-Course Golf Rob says:
Oh gee, you can't piggy back Tiger. This is an example of what everyone wants. To ride a winning horse in some way, some how. The guy lives in an extremely bizarre world with pressures you and I simply can't relate to. My advice is to make money the old fashion way...earn it.
12/10/09
 
Les Page says:
I'm sorry, did I miss something? Tiger break another record?
12/10/09
 
Bryan K says:
maybe I'm in the minority here....but when a guy spends his entire life taking ten to twelve hours a day each and every day doing the same activity over and over again, my opinion is that he is worth the money he earns doing it. My nephew asked me recently..."do you think Tiger enjoys golfing?" My guess is that he probably doesn't.
12/11/09
 
kidputter says:
Looks the same. Feels the same. Looks the same. Feels the same. Looks the same. Smells the same. You can only eat so many green M & M's until you finally say "I want a RED one!"
12/14/09
 
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