“It is all very well to say that a man should play for the pure love of the game. Perhaps he ought, but to the working man it is impossible.” ~J.J. Bentley
Why I Don’t Care about Tiger Woods Cheating on His Wife
While I tend to avoid writing about the petty trifles of pop culture, I was recently inspired to donate my two cents to the debate over the Tiger Woods scandal. This inspiration struck me when I was feeding my desperate addiction to Dr. Pepper at Publix. I happened to walk through the magazine (and terrible romance novel) isle on my way to the glorious display of DP when I noticed the cover of Golf Digest. The picture (below) is more than a little hilarious based on current events. While this picture did inspire the blog, I am in no way going to try and make any sort of comparison between Obama and Woods. Rather, I’m going to explain why Tiger Woods is famous because apparently the world has forgotten.
Coming from a family of avid golfers and being an occasional one myself, I have grown up admiring the accomplishments of Tiger. My family and I watched with baited anticipation as time after time, Tiger came back at the Masters, or won the grand slam, or won the open with only one good leg. Either way, we watch Tiger play golf. I’ve never watched Tiger Woods play with his kids, or buy milk at the grocery store. I’ve never seen him go to church or asked him about his political opinions. My point is this, I like Tiger Woods because he’s an amazing golfer. That’s it.
Personally, I think that all the media attention that this “scandal” is getting is preposterous. I was recently informed that Tiger Woods broke the record for consecutive appearances on the front page of some newspaper over (get this) September 11th, Oh the implications. According to our media, we care more about a professional athlete cheating on his wife then we do about thousands of civilians being killed by terrorists. Now I understand that no sponsor wants to support a front man who is representing an image that they don’t like, i.e. adulterer, but come on people. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t like the fact that Tiger Woods cheated on his wife with 37 showgirls and a circus midget, but I really don’t see why that’s of anyone’s concern but him and his family. This whole ordeal has really made me believe that a.) the general populace of the United States must live rather uneventful lives to care this much about a pro athlete, b.) professional athletes are held to standards of perfection then we’re surprised when they fall short, and c.) I’m really kind of angry at myself for contributing to the bullshit.
The only reason I truly care about this whole thing is because I am truly appalled by the idea of Tiger Woods taking a break (whether it be permantelhy or temporarily) from golf. Imagine if Michael Jordan in the middle of his run with the Bulls left the team because of his gambling problem. Or if O.J. Simpson did something stupid to ruin his football career….oh wait. Either way, athletes are athletes and they are famous for their accomplishments in their sport of choice. I’m not asking the world to like the fact that Tiger Woods cheats on his wife, but I am asking that they remember why he’s famous in the first place.
Also, in regards to the role model situation… I know that parents don’t like the idea of their 15 year old pro golfer in training looking up to a man who cheats on his wife but I have to think that parents shouldn’t let their child idolize a professional athlete in the first place. Maybe instead of being distraught over Tiger’s apparent sex addiction, these parents can use this scandal to teach their children that no one is perfect not even Tiger Woods. Parents, if you need help I would consult any baseball parents you may know. By now they’ve surely mastered the speech on how to tell children that their idols are good people despite their love of performance enhancers.
I know that not everyone is a golf fan and that some people don’t fully grasp what Tiger has done for the game, but trust me when I say that golf wouldn’t be where it is today had it not been for his efforts. So I want to know what you think, if you disagree tell me why. If you agree, tell me why. Do we hold professional athletes to unattainable levels of perfection? Should Tiger be made to quit golf? Do you even care? I want to know.
“Golf is like a love affair. If you don’t take it seriously, it’s no fun; if you do take it seriously, it breaks your heart.” ~Arthur Daley