There's a really fantastic Q&A with Dan Jenkins on Texas Monthly about his new book, covering the Masters, and a lot of...football.
Anyway, it's a pretty amazing read but near the end of it Jenkins dished a little bit on the modern era and how he feels about Tiger Woods.
Jake Silverstein rehashed this Jenkins quote to its author:
"A couple of years ago you tweeted, 'Sometimes I remember the fifties better than the nineties.'"
Jenkins' response was fascinating.
"Well, it's true. They were easier to know—Hogan and Nicklaus in particular.
I never really knew Tiger. He won't let anybody know him. I think the reason is that he doesn't have anything to say. All he knows is how to hit a golf ball.
All the other guys—Hogan read books, he was in the oil business, he was a huge football fan. We talked about football more than we talked about golf."
There's probably more truth in that than any Tiger fan cares to admit. We like to project things like intellect and wisdom and even bigger things (remember when Earl Woods said Tiger would have more influence on the world than Jesus Christ?) and a lot of times they're just not fair projections.
These dudes are athletes, really great at one thing, sometimes good at a few others. But rarely as well-rounded as we like to think.