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Friday, February 19, 2010

TIger and His Press Conference

He says he accepts responsibility, but I don’t know that I believe him. His reading was mechanical and hit all of the contemporary celebrity apology talking points, but it was sorrow or humbleness that seemed to motivate him most; it was anger at false rumors, anger at having his family stalked by the media, anger at, as the great philosopher Adam Ant would say, “Mr. Pressman with your penknife, always asking about my sex life--and who with and how many times?”

I would say that his complaints are, at least, a little fair. It’s an odd life when you feel compelled to call a press conference to discuss your own serial infidelities. Those of us without the global brand of a Tiger Woods don’t have to face anything more, generally, than the shame of facing family and friends--a shame that can be crippling without adding the pressure of front page stories, public speculation, and the most impressive bimbo eruptions since the Clinton administration.

But that is his life and it’s a part of the price, fairly or unfairly, paid for the mansions, the adulation, and the kind of life most of us simply can’t imagine.

Instead of any kind of genuine sorrow, Tiger seemed motivated by anger that he had to walk through these very public steps and expose himself to even more examination. Sympathize if you’d like--I do, if nothing else because his actions spilled nastily over onto Elin and the rest of his family--but as an apology it just proved that it’s not always what you say, that sometimes it’s how you say it. When apologizing, it helps to truly act like you mean it.

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1) If Woods were a friend of mine before the revelations of last fall, there’s a pretty good chance he would not be a friend of mine now. It was pretty reprehensible. But Woods is not now, nor has he ever been, even cognizant of my existence (to my knowledge).

2) If you look to actors or sports stars for your moral compass, you might want to buy a GPS instead.  It won’t be any better at moral guidance, but it might help you with the physical sort.

3) Woods, like many other amazing* athletes, seems not to be a very nice person.  I shall assiduously avoid inviting him over for dinner.  I also look forward to his return to golfing.

4) The actions of various “news” scum is, I assert, as bad as anything Woods has done.  My default opinion of them is “amoral a-hole” though, so there is less cognitive dissonance than there was with Woods.

5) Jim Rome does “Two-minutes hate” about as well as anyone I’ve seen not explicitly representing a leftist or other religious organization.  Still, sports is probably indistinguishable from a religion for lots of folks, and Rome is a “journalist”, so it’s not like I’m especially surprised.

* And let there be no doubt that Woods is among the great athletes in the history of professional sport.  His ability to play both the physical and mental games of golf is utterly incomparable.  In related news, Cat Stevens is a pretty good singer and songwriter; I’m not inviting him over for dinner either.

on Feb 23 2010 @ 08:33 PM

Wouldn’t disagree with any of the above.

I think Tiger will be remembered both as the greatest golfer of his time (and perhaps of all time) and for his great disgrace. He’ll have earned them both.

I do find myself wondering just how much better he would have been if he had stayed focused on golf. If all of the rumors, accusations, and bimbo eruptions are to be believed, I have no idea how he found time to practice.

on Feb 23 2010 @ 08:52 PM

I have no idea how he found time to practice

Premature ejaculation.

on Feb 24 2010 @ 12:29 PM
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