Observations on sports, from the perspective of "BrockTalk" Jackson
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Caught a Tiger Chasing Tail
By now I'm sure you heard about Tiger Woods and his admitted "transgressions" off the golf course.
You've probably also heard the voicemail that he 'allegedly' left his little cocktail waitress friend asking her to take her name off call display because his wife found it on his phone.
A couple of things spring to mind regarding all of this (outside of how insane it is that THIS story is the lead on not just SportsCentre and TMZ...but how it is the lead story on the major network newscasts!):
1. How on earth did Tiger Woods ever think that he could 'get away' with something like this?
2. This won't hurt his career one bit.
I'll tackle the first point first (what a concept!)
Tiger Woods is probably one of, if not the most, recognizable people on the planet. People from Dubai to Denmark and Queensland to Qatar know who Tiger Woods is. In this day and age of digital cameras, YouTube, TMZ and seemingly everybody and their brother trying to get their 15 minutes of fame...the fact that Tiger thought that he could have "transgressions" (talk about the new buzz word!) without being found out, is baffling.
Tiger strikes me as a pretty smart guy, he went to Stanford afterall. But obviously, he's just another dope who was thinking more with his little brain, than his big one.
Now, will all this hurt his billion dollar career?
Sure, he'll have to face a media frenzy like the world has never seen before when he plays in his first tournament in 2010. And yes, there will always be the comments and catcalls and innuendo. But as Bob Weekes of TSN said "he's still the best golfer in the world...and as soon as he wins his first tournament or sinks a 20 foot putt in a clutch situation" people won't be thinking about his "transgressions" anymore.
That being said, I don't think his wife will be that quick to let it go. (Well DUH!)
But for now, Tiger is tail-deep in trouble. Have fun hacking your way out of THIS rough Eldrick!
Perhaps Tiger should stop taking his own advice...the last thing he should have done is "just play."