Tiger May Be A Human
By Kickntrue on 3/22/10
So- I can't go without talking about what happened with Tiger yesterday. One interesting thing I noticed is how different the reaction has been for those who saw it- and those who just read the transcript. I happened to catch it "live" on SportsCenter, so not really live, but with the first wave of the nation to see the interview. I thought for one of the first times in his life- Tiger seemed like he may be a human being. He didn't crack. He didn't get emotional. He still didn't answer everything we wanted to know, but he definitely took it all like man. It would take a lot to stand in front of the world- and tell them how disgusting a person you've become and how you're working on your personal problems. I'll give him credit for that. Tough.
The quirky thing for me- was the one moment he looked most vulnerable was when talking about coming back to golf- and not his family situation. I don't think you could watch the interview and not think his answer to the question about fan expectations was sincere. You can tell he is legitimately scared and just wants a couple people to have his back when he plays. I think he knows there will be some ugliness- but I thought there was some real emotion there.
Here is the crazy part for me. I think what Tiger did to his family is absolutely reprehensible, but I can't get away from the fact that I'm 100% rooting for him at Augusta. I've contemplated the personal implications of me rooting for him- and if I should find another favorite player, but I can't. I want Tiger to win at Augusta and every event thereafter. I don't even consider myself a Tiger lover. I'll be the first to tell you that I think he's a probably a real prick- and that I'd never want to be around in real life- but that doesn't change the fact that I want him to win win win. I want to witness history- and I know he's the only one who can really provide it.
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I wasn't a fan of this interview. It didn't answer anything hardly and even some of the things it did "answer" were open to interpretation. I don't feel like I, personally, have gotten a true and straitforward answer from him on anything. it all seems very rehearsed and well thought out to appear like there's information being given. I was never a Tiger lover. I really never liked his attitude after he turned pro and started pwning every golfer on the course. What i do acknowledge about the guy is that he is one of the greatest to ever play the game, if not THE greatest, as only time will tell. Nothing is going to hurt that. He has yet to man up and come out and say it. I feel like the whole thing is like a battered woman case. Pardon the expression, but i just feel like all i'm hearing is "i fell down the stairs" when everyone knows differently.
I'd be shocked if we ever get the real story behind all of it. Partially because any info he gives out on what happened during the "accident" could conceivably be used against him down the road. Partially because why submit all of the sordid details when there is no need to. He messed up, got caught, and now has to answer to his family, not me. I'll watch more golf when he gets back and I'll be interested to see how well he plays.
I have never rooted for Tiger in the past. Since he owns everybody, i figured he'd get enough wins either way, so i always rooted for the underdog. This will be the first time I'll really be pulling for him. I don't think he owes anything to us, just his family. So I'm rooting for him to come out, win at Augusta, and shove it in the faces of everyone who somehow took it personally that he has been less than genuine.
The entire golfing community has been a major disappointment in this matter. All they care about is money. Why hasn't anyone (golfer, announcer, writer ..) told it like it is? This guy is sick and two months of therapy won't fix it. He has cheated on his wife with 13+ bimbos while Gov. Sanford cheated with one (as far as we know). Cheating is cheating but Sanford is feeling the wrath of the people while Tiger gets sympathy. Golf is an honorable sport so how many times has Tiger cheated in golf (not counting when he had the fans move the boulder)?
Tiger wasn't using taxpayer money to fund his trips to screw his mistress. His infidelity is between him and his family, the only reason he has to do these public appearances is because of how he needs to repair his image for his sponsors. He never claimed to be done with therapy, in fact just the opposite. Cheating is cheating, but Sanford was charging his trysts to the state. I like Tiger, I think what he did was incredibly bad, but piling on him for something he may lose his family over really isn't needed. It's not like he cheated on you.
I've been a Tiger fan since he turned pro. I've been a fan because of what he can do on a golf course and how exciting tournaments are when he plays. What he has done to his family is terrible, but I was never a fan because of his personal life. I actually admire him for keeping some of the details (of what happened and his therapy) private. Those things are none of my business. I can't wait for the comeback. I think he'll be more focused than ever.
If the USGA had any guts and did their job they would at least impose the same 6 month suspension they gave John Daily for behavior detrimental to the game of golf, upon Tiger's return from his "self imposed" leave of absence. I suppose there are one set of rules for most and one set for $$$.
@jrzj- 1) for all we know they did suspend him these past 4 months, we'd never know.
2) What he has done doesn't have anything to do with golf. I don't know what they can suspend him for.
I never want to see him win again. I'm angry at him and I don't think that he should win; he's a sick dude... If you saw the texts he sent to his mistresses, they're actually disgusting. Through and through I think he's a bad person...
Golf was always a game about character and Tiger is bankrupt in that department. We can't trust him again. I hope people stop watching tournaments where he is participating in. I sure won't be watching. Thankfully I can watch the European tour where they still take the game serious.
Also he may not directly take taxpayer money but how much does he get from you when you buy something from Nike, ...
It's easy to cheer on #1, a bit tougher to back the underdog. I've no doubt that Tiger will win again, but golf needs some new young guns to assert themselves. I hope that he's competitive, but hope he does't win. A little humble pie would be good for him now.
The more opinions i read, the more i want to root for him.
Bretts my bitch says:
He didn't answer any specific questions and IT'S NONE OF OUR BUSINESS! Give it a break people. Are your lives so boring and insignificant that you need to worry about his personal life? If you hate all the professional athletes who cheated on their wives then you would hate 90% of them... even the great ones (Kobe, Magic Johnson, A-Rod, Roger Clemens, Michael Jordan, etc. etc.). And some of those guys were much worse than Tiger. I watch them for what they do on the course/court/field. Is he perfect, No... none of us are.
Did anyone see the SouthPark episode on Tiger...they did the best job of summing up the situation and why the general population is so ridiculous.
I read this and watch this video only to see Tiger stuck in the same place millions of Americans have been in. The difference is he is a well known idle to the world, and yes he did let a bunch of people down and hurt some people. Yet my theory on Tiger is he never got to experience his teen life as most people do. Exploring his sex life, partying, and enjoying his youth. The pressure of being that famous, that young, and having no time to actually enjoy what you have is stressful. Im not saying what he did is right, Im saying he just got caught up in things he never had, and like most people deprived of something and wanting something so bad he got a little carried away. Like he said he felt "entitled" he missed a lot of experiences from his teens to twenties, think about it. I bet tiger spent 8 hours plus practicing when he wasn't in a tournament, plus working with sponsors it left no time to really enjoy what he had for himself.
For all of us sitting in our ivory tower of judgment right now, remember "let he who has never sinned cast the first stone".
Listen: He doesn't owe anyone an explanation but his wife. Who wants to cast the first stone... Give it up!
I agree with robman.... This is a private matter and even though "it" does not meet the current morality we should not judge. The temptation that accompanies money, power and fame is tremendous. Have you never yielded to temptation? If he is able to save his family, good for him. If not he is paying a hell of a price.
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