Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Tiger: What Are You Made Of?

Yesterday I received my new copy of Vanity Fair. I opened the magazine and guess whose picture I see on the first page? That right, Tiger Woods. I was immediately repelled by seeing his picture.

I’ve been following this whole Tiger Woods drama. I wasn’t going to write anything about it but after seeing this ad I decided not to keep my thoughts to myself anymore.

Here is my take on the Tiger Woods scandal. He deserves everything he gets. I have no sympathy for him at all.

Tiger Woods has made hundreds of millions of dollars projecting himself as the “Perfect Family Man.” Recent events have revealed he is not the ‘Perfect Family Man.” Tiger Woods is a liar. Tiger Woods is a phony.  He is the perfect metaphor for corporate sponsorship.

That Tiger is an adulterer isn’t all that unusual. How many public figures have been exposed as adulterers in the past few years? We are no longer “Shocked! Shocked!”  Big deal. 

The adulterer part isn’t what is going to cause Tiger to lose his corporate sponsor and public support. Tiger will lose because he is behaving like a weasel now by hiding in his home hoping all the controversy surrounding him will go away. He is a coward.

Hey Tiger! It’s not going away until you address it. It’s time for you to go on Oprah and shed some tears. Come one Tiger, you’re the Big Man. Prove it. What are you really made of?


  1. Ron,

    There were headlines in the wake of this that indicate the mire into which society has sunk. There was once within my lifetime when such revelations, especially about an "esteemed" personality would have ended their career and they would have become unwelcome in polite society. Whether it will affect his career is still an unknown, but I am sure he has people working hard on damage control.

    The first headline was: "Sponsors Stand by Tiger Woods". If these sponsors had an ounce of integrity they would drop him. Hey, sent the right message for a change!

    The second was: "Woman in Woods Scandal to Speak". We can change that to "women" at this point and I am sure this will launch them into a D-list celebrity career of their own. They will probably make the cycle of talk shows, perhaps even a reality show or two and a book deal here and there. Thus we will reward home-wrecking and slutiness.

    The third is even worse in a way: Wood's Wife to be Paid Millions to Stick with Him. Ah yes, several reports that her pre-nup was upped in dollars and shortened in length if she was stay married. Even reports she has been paid several millions to pretend the loyal wife for two more years. I suppose some would feel she should be rewarded as the injured party, and that is fair, but this is not an award, this is a pay-off. In essence, Woods not only cheats on his wife, he turns her into a prostitute.

    Seems like there are a couple kids in there somewhere, too. Any concern for them? Certainly very little by their dad.

    I am also just so sure the police would have been very cooperate in respecting my privacy if I had been involved in such an "odd" accident and refused to meet with them or explain myself.

    Actually, the man is a fool by trying to avoid any explanations. By trying to say nothing you only cause much to be said.


  2. Ron,

    I just looked closer at the ad you illustrated your post with. That should have been your title:

    Tiger: What are You Made Of?


  3. Ron:

    "Meanwhile, there have been no advertisements in prime-time featuring Woods since Nov. 29, according to data from Nielsen Co."

    Maybe the tide has turned after all.


  4. Ron,

    maybe I called the one thing wrong, maybe Tiger is getting punished:

    Congressman drops effort to honor Tiger Woods
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A California congressman says he won't continue his push to honor Tiger Woods with a Congressional Gold Medal.

    On the other hand, maybe I am right about other things:
    After canceling her press conference last week, where she was supposed to discuss her relationship with Tiger Woods, Rachel Uchitel is finally talking and—what do you know?—she chose to open up to 'OK!' magazine. (Hey, press conferences are freesies and a girl's gotta eat.)
    Unlike her cruder counterparts, Rachel takes the classy road. Meaning no talk of condoms, rough sex or Tiger at all. Instead Rachel poses for some superhappy photos with her dogs in her New York City apartment, swoons over 'Twilight' and explains her pets' names like she's a real celebrity. And just for the record, she's "totally Team Edward." Tiger girls, they're just like us!
    The closest she gets to talking about the Tiger situation is this:
    "In every story, you need a villain and a hero. I've been characterized as a villain. People have called me a homewrecker, gold digger, tramp, whore. I make mistakes, but I'm not those things. I have very good qualities. When you're judged by the nation, it's really difficult. It's horrible."

    D-list celebrity in the making.


  5. Larry,

    Well said. I too remember a time when a scandal like this was cause for shame of the individual at the center of the storm and he/she resigned from public life. Ever since Bill Clinton showed now shame and rode out his scandal most public figures have followed his example.

    You know me to be a pretty liberal guy. I don't have a big problem with Tiger Woods "indulging" in one of the perks of his fame and fortune. What I do have a problem with is the lie of presenting himself as a "perfect" family man whose image he sells for hundreds of millions of dollars.

    He presents himself as a role model to millions of American youth who should emanate him. His greedy corporate sponsors gleefully jump on the gravy train of this "perfect" man. Now that Tiger Woods has been exposed for the fraud that he is, his corporate sponsors are in a tizzy trying to figure out how to recover his image.

    They just may do it in this new age of acceptance of just about any type of hypocrisy in the pursuit of the almighty dollar.

    I'm not the smartest person in the world but even I can see at my lowly vantage point that this is an exercise in futility. Tiger Woods is just another naturally talented sports star who has way too much money and very little or no common decency, either to his wife, children or his many fans.

    Stick a fork in him, he's done.


  6. Lar,

    Excellent suggestion. I'll use it.


  7. Lar,

    Yes, the ads have been pulled for the time being. Tiger Woods' corporate sponsors are in denial right now. They're hoping the scandal blows over. They're wrong. Tiger is done. He's finished as a corporate sponsor. The only thing Tiger Woods has going for him now is his golf. He'll survive.

  8. Lar,

    Rachel Uchitel was paid off (rumored to be a million big ones.) No surprise that she's not talking. Look for her on an upcoming reality show. Maybe "Help! I'm a celebrity. Get me out of here!"


  9. Reading all this info gave me a btain fart.

  10. Mike,

    You're funny. I wasn't going to post anything about Tiger Woods but I had to get it off my chest. What a BIG phoney this bird is. I never did "get him."


  11. Sports, and the games boys play.

  12. Ron,

    My poetic tribute:

    Tiger, Tiger
    By LAR
    (With apologies to William Blake)

    Tiger, Tiger, in the night
    Fleeing the wrath and fight
    Of a woman cruelly spurned
    Beyond your bridges now burned.
    Now we know along the fairway
    All the fair lady you laid.
    How many birdies have had it
    When you removed the green jacket.

    He would putter here and putter there.
    Taking his strokes with great care.
    Master of his driver most of all
    He would par each and every hole.
    We thought he was above the gallery
    Not knowing his nights of harlotry.
    But sometimes when you walk the edge
    Your wife’ll bop you with a sand wedge.

    Smashed your car, that must be tough.
    Now you’re buried in the rough.
    How must it be to be the joke
    where every comic takes a poke
    At slamming you off the tee?
    As your sponsors begin to flee;
    Tiger, Tiger, Hiding in your house
    Once though the man, now a mouse.


  13. Lar,

    Apparently Tiger doesn't believe in a hole in one.



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