I’m in the process of getting over some sickness. This wasn’t like a normal cold where you kind of feel bad for a little while but you can still function like a normal human. This was one of those where you’ve been run over by a truck and all you want to do is curl up into a ball and cry until it’s over. Needless to say, I’ve watched a lot of TV the past two days.
One thing I saw over and over, besides Ali Farokhmanesh’s “nerves of steel” three-pointer to sink Kansas, was Tiger Woods’ interview with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi. The first time I saw it, I watched with great interest. The rest of the times…eh.
Then, another strange thing happened.
I agreed with Skip Bayless. I never agree with Skip Bayless. He’s got a weird hatred for soccer, he wants to eliminate kickers from football, he has stupid ideas all the time…I just don’t really like him. I don’t change the channel when I see him like I do with Jim Rome, but I don’t like him nonetheless.
But this time, I’m afraid he was right when he said on Cold Pizza yesterday morning something like: The whole thing seemed fake. It seemed staged and it made me wonder what else he was hiding.
As much as I hate to admit it, I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that we know everything, which is probably a good thing. We don’t need to know everything. It’s a private thing that happened to a public figure. I get that. What I don’t like are the fabricated answers and the controlled attempt to get everyone back on his side.
Before last Thanksgiving, I was a huge Tiger fan. He was one of my favorite athletes. There was so much to love and not much to dislike. His wonderful relationship with father was well documented and I liked that. He was (maybe still is) one of the most dominant athletes in sports history. He made me actually start caring about golf, something I never dreamed would happen. Part of it was because of his good guy image.
Here is where I stand right now. Obviously Tiger has never wronged me personally. However, the reasons why I liked Tiger in the first place are no longer there. So while I don’t hold a grudge against Tiger for his problems, those are his own, but I will hold my grudge against the false image he portrayed in the first place. It was all false.
So what will I do on April 8th when Tiger tees off at Augusta? Well, the simple answer is: Nothing. I won’t be watching. I won’t be following online. I won’t have Weller text me updates about his progress.
I’m sure I’ll see the headlines and it will be the top story on SportsCenter for a month, but I won’t go out of my way to see any of it. I simply don’t care how he fares in this tournament or any tournament in the near future. I’m not going to close the book on him completely but I don’t really know what he can do to gain me back as a fan. Fake interviews where he rehashes the same old tired lines are not a good start, however.
It’s a touchy situation. So many people were let down by him when all this news broke. Some people stuck with him, which is fine; some people turned on him, which is fine, also; and some people are like me and simply became apathetic.
I don’t think I’ll miss golf and I don’t think golf will miss me. It’s simply my opinion on one of the most talked about sports stories of our generation.