Do you think Tiger Woods would have limped off the course last week had he been in contention? Of course not. Woods’ shtick has grown old and the fact that no one is ever willing to call him out on it is a tribute to the power he has in the media. To say anything negative about Tiger is to lose interview access for life.
There was a time when I never missed Tiger Woods on the golf course. As much as he is still ‘must see TV,’ ten years ago he was even more than that if there is such a thing. Watching him was exciting because he played with emotion and did things that had never been seen before on a golf course but then things changed.
We can point to the loss of his father and we can point to his infidelity and how it played out in the public and we can now point to the injuries but for whatever reason Woods is no longer worth watching for me.
The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool was so refreshing because even though Woods was on the course, ESPN rarely, if ever showed him, They stayed with the leaders and guys in contention. This isn’t something to gloss over because there was a time when cameras would have followed Woods regardless f where he was on the leaderboard.
Ultimately what turned me away from being a Woods’ fan was not his issues off the course but his issues on the course.
In the last two tournaments, Woods has cursed out cameramen and this has gone from the exception to the rule now for Woods. His behavior does nothing more than solidify his image as an arrogant, self-absorbed ass. Did you ever notice it always happens after Tiger jerks one into the gallery? Perhaps if Tiger kept it in the fairway he wouldn’t be going after cameramen so often.
As much as that irks me, the fact he is teeing off today in the PGA Championship is a joke. He could hardly stand on Sunday let alone walk at the Bridgestone Invitational before withdrawing. So we are to believe he is suddenly healthy enough to play just four days later?
Tiger ‘walked’ off last week because what was hurting was his pride. Go back and look at the tournaments he WD’s from and you’ll notice he’s rarely if ever in contention when he quits. Hey, more power to him I guess. He certainly doesn’t need the prize money.
Bill Snyder Rants and Has Every Right
Kansas State Head Football Coach Bill Snyder was supposed to be talking about his 2014 Wildcats’ football team but instead went on a lengthy oratory about the demise of college football.
“It’s changed. I mean, college athletics, football in particular, has changed dramatically over the years,” Snyder said. “I think we’ve sold out. We’re all about dollars and cents. The concept of college football no longer has any bearing on the quality of the person, the quality of students,” Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. “Universities are selling themselves out.”
He went on to discuss the fact that education is a second thought now and that television has way too much power now in the college sports world.
Snyder couldn’t be more right and sadly, his message will only get a brief mention today around the country and will be swept under the rug. If he were the coach at Notre Dame or USC or Florida State and won a championship or two his words might have more relevance. He’s just the head coach at Kansas State though and that won’t carry much weight.