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Reality Bites A Tiger

Posted on: December 3, 2009 9:55 am
Edited on: December 3, 2009 3:27 pm
It's not fair.

I've been hearing that about the Tiger Woods saga and it makes me laugh. How it's not fair that he has no right to privacy and whatever is happening in his personal life is being blasted all over sports sites and the 4-letter network. Yes, sports reporting and tabloid sensationalism seem to have gotten married somewhere along the line.

But don't any of you multimillionaire athletes ever expect to cry "it's not fair" and expect any sympathy from me!

What's not fair is that you, Tiger Woods, are really a useless person. You swing a golf club for a living. Think about it! You play golf and get rich while teachers, cops, firemen, people whose lives really do matter, struggle daily to pay their bills.

Newsflash Mister Woods. You can't have one without the other. You are not the first million dollar athlete to have your private life splashed all over the news and you won't be the last. That's what happens when you are a multimillion dollar celebrity. You give up your right to privacy. Maybe it's not fair but it is reality.

Want a right to privacy? Get a $30,000 a year job and play golf on the weekends with your drinking buddies.

Want to be a multimillion dollar athlete? Then deal with the fact that the media owns you. Because it really is them that makes you worth millions. All these athletes can cry all they want about the media, but it is the media that links you, Mister Professional Athlete, to me, Mister Sports Fan. The media hypes you and worships you and builds you up to be the greatest thing we've ever seen and you certainly have no problem reaping the rewards of that.

Now, comes the ugly side of being a celebrity and now, all of a sudden, you want the media to go away? Come on, Tiger. Have you really been that naive to think that what happened to Kobe Bryant and Roger Clemens and ARod would not happen to you? Do you really think that you should be able to reap all the rewards of your celebrity status and have none of the drawbacks? Seriously, Tiger, you need a reality check.

Yes, you are right. I don't have to worry about whether someone will take my picture at lunch with some woman I am not married to. But, I do have to worry about whether I get my bills paid in time to keep enough electricity in my house so I can post my blog next week. When's the last time Tiger had to worry about that?

Nobody gets to have the perfect life. To get something, we have to give up something in return. And, Tiger, reality is, to get to play golf for millions of dollars, you had to give up something. Your privacy.

That's just reality.

And reality bites.
Category: Golf
Tags: Tiger Woods

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2009 11:28 pm

Reality Bites A Tiger

I think one neighbor reported hearing a woman's voice yell "FOUR..." right after she had swung the club and sent the SUV careening off the driveway.

All joking aside scrutiny is the price of fame and fortune. You said it well, Toxie. Look out, Tiger, because here it comes. It may or may not be fair, but that's the way it is.

I want to add one thing. This is another good example of how our society overly emphasizes sports figures as heroes. I mean I love sports. I'm here posting on a sports board for goodness sakes. But let's give some love to those folks you mentioned and the sports figures who honor them: teachers, cops, firemen, nurses, etc. The only way to get the media to change is for those of us to whom they cater to change. They want our money. They'll cater to what we demand. That's what they do.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2009 3:22 pm

Reality Bites A Tiger

Rob, amen brother.

When the media attention gets you the endorsement deals from Buick, Gatorade, Gillette, Tag Heuer, Nike, and other companies you may lose some privacy.  When you use the media attention from every network and newspaper that covers golf and sports to get the endorsements that make you extremely wealthy, there will be those wanting to know your every move.  That's how they get rich.

Does Tiger have a right to privacy in his private life.  Yes, as long as you don't leave messages on cell phones of women you are not married to, and that message is more than, "Hey, this is Tiger, thanks for being a great pizza delivery serice.  The kids and Elin love your veggie deluxes with the thin crust."  You run around on your wife, and you're a major celerbrity, someone will find out in today's world.  If you do more than one, you simply have let the power and opportunities get out of control.  Wreck your car and all you can come up with is some lame excuse that your very beautiful wife had to smash in the back window of the SUV to get you out of the front seat.  Us common folk may need to go to the store for diapers and milk at 2:25 AM.  Tiger has people for those chores.  It was always a fishy story from the beginning.  You want privacy, argue in private, not outside where the world is waiting and listening.

Look, I would have more respect for the guy if he just said he didn't want to be married anymore and wanted to play around.  At least that's honest.  And we'll never know for sure if Elin changed after the kids were born.  I assume they still did much together,  They have a nanny I presume.  It's not like she had to haul the kids down to the Publix or Wal-Mart to shop.  Still, it is no excuse to do what he has done to the magnitude he did it.  Don't mean to preach or be judgemental however.  I wish them luck.  When Tiger chose to go outside his marriage for sexual pleasure, he put his privacy at risk big time.  He can't legitimately complain this time.  It is a mess of his own doing.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2009 12:02 pm

Reality Bites A Tiger

The thing I questioned all along was why did he and his "crack" P.R. staff seem to think if they just ignored it, not only would it go away, but somehow go away quickly.  We're not stupid (nor are the media or police).  People quickly put two and two together and realized that Tiger wasn't trying to beat the Black Friday crowds to H.H. Gregg.  He was trying to get away from Elin who was beating the crap out of him, and may have very well been slipping in and out of consciousness before that pesky tree rudly jumped in the way of his vehicle.  It just seems nowadays that hardly any celebity couples can keep it together.  I've always questioned the logic of actors and musicians as they spend so much time away from each other filming/on tour that it would be extremly hard for them to have time for each other.  They almost need to find common Joes/Janes.  But Tiger is different.  He only works half a year (Thursdays through Sundays, and has some time off, although not a lot).  Plus, I know I'd have trouble trying to find a greener pasture than what he had.  Guess there's just something with money that always makes you look for the next better thing, no matter what you already have.

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