Wednesday, December 02, 2009

He took a walk in the woods and he never come back...

As one who is prides himself on not to be beholden to celebrity tabloitardness (sports, musicians, etc... beyond mocking them of course) I have to admit this… I’m actually disappointed in Tiger Woods.
I’ve been a fan since I picked up the frustrating game of golf myself many years ago. I really thought that he was the rare uber rich/famous athlete who had it together on this front. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told my seven-year-old daughter while watching Sunday golf coverage, “Watch this guy, he is one squared away dude”. I won’t dig a knife into him about his infidelities, I won’t stop cheering for him to win tournaments, but it’ll be different now as I'm sure it was for those who once held John Edwards in high esteem. I thought his folks did such a good job raising him that he’d avoid falling into this trap. Since he wisely waited until he was older to get married (I know, that doesn’t guarantee anything), I thought he’d gotten all this out of his system. I thought the amazing mental toughness that he exudes and leverages to such perfection on the course carried over to his personal life.

I think he’s about to find out how his life is about to change for the worse as any father who has been faced with the possibility of not being allowed to see his kids any time he wants to has. His money, fame, and athletic prowess will become meaningless to him if it hasn’t already.

Is Tiger Woods Pac Man Jones? No, but nobody ever set the bar high for Pac Man, certainly not me. I assure you that this is NOT intended to be a holier than thou thing. I’m far from perfect as is Tiger. We are all flawed. I don’t know Tiger personally, but I have had friends that I’ve discovered have/were cheating on their wives and the disappointment I felt with them is similar to what I’m feeling now with this ordeal, just on a smaller scale.

As for the publics’ “right to know”, My brother and I were arguing about the whole thing last night and he insisted that Tiger should get out in front of this by making all kinds of confessional statements to which I say bullshit. We don’t have a “right to know”, what we have is a “right to ask”. If this inaliable "right" was what blew the lid off of Tiger’s dalliances, well, that’s life in the United States, but I know if I had been publically caught doing something so reckless to my family, I’d give two shits about anything, or anybody else except those family members I hurt. Frankly, I don’t care who or how many girls he stepped out on his wife with, one is too many and he’s going to pay dearly for it. I sincerely feel bad for his wife, she seems like a nice gal.

I don’t know why guys insist on thinking they’ll get away with it, especially famous ones. The rules are the same for all us men: If you don’t love your wife anymore divorce her and get on with you life and let her get on with hers. It sucks having to go through with it all and you better be prepared to suffer no matter what, but that’s how it is. Holding on to your dignity is what you get out of it. Falling prey to saline enhanced, club hopping, bubblehead’s just comes across as weak and terribly embarrassing whether you’re a famous golfer or a regular Joe.


At 9:07 AM, December 03, 2009, Blogger Mathdude said...

My stance remains a pragmatic one. Choice A - this happens. Choice B - that happens. If this is infinitely more appealing than that, suck it up and choose Choice A. By choosing to hide behind his website instead of addressing his accident publicly, the public is curious about the situation, and the media makes it their top priority to chase down ever lead they can. It's not fair, but it's the way it is. PR101: satisfy the public's curiosity and you diffuse the situation.

At 12:46 PM, December 03, 2009, Blogger smiley said...

I smelled lies on top of lies from the get go and I don't care for what Tiger does privately. That's for someone else to judge. He is not my role model - he's just a living golf legend. A lot of senseless attention for something that does not matter unless you are Tiger's family.

Bigger picture stuff...

The media is diverting attention from important issues by looping this crap in the news cycle.

Investigative journalism set loose on Tiger's bimbos to feed the huge appetite of the uniformed that will sadly remain, uniformed.

Rome is burning and a next door neighbor came over yesterday - her whole house is being remodled right now so media resources have been limited. She made the comment that, "with the house the way it is, I am out of touch with the Gossip News." My wife can be the same way.

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At 5:25 AM, December 10, 2009, Anonymous Busbee said...

Good post, Alva.

Just can't get too worked up about a rich, pro athlete, who is on the road most of the year, traveling/living first class without wife and kids, getting caught being unfaithful.

Don't hate on Tiger for being a fool with his penis. He's a golfer, not a role model. We are the fools for expecting them to be anything less than human. We only know about these celebrities what their PR team wants us to know. Same goes for Mrs. Woods - how do we know she's not a raving lunatic freak behind closed doors?

Even the Class A ballplayers I hung with during my baseball career were cheating on their wives and girlfriends with groupies. If skank is throwing themselves at players of that low level, you can only imagine how much is thrown at those at the top. From my experience, most wives understood and accepted this. Think Steve McNair's wife didn't know what was going on? A "no" answer is naivete. It's a different world than the one in which you and I live. You can make the same analogy with other vices too such as drugs and gambling. The pro athlete life is one big party - and I can't say I'd do it differently were it me in those shoes (just wouldn't be stupid enough to get married until I was retired).

We only know about these celebrities what their PR team wants us to know. Don't feel bad that you bought into the image - you know nothing is as it seems, right?


At 11:43 AM, December 23, 2009, Blogger The Ambiguous Blob said...

I used to read gossip news religiously. Then, I stopped caring what THEY were doing and started paying attention to what I was doing.

I really don't care what celebrities are doing in their day to day lives. I either appreciate their talents or I don't.


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