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Church of Tiger Woods burns to ground

Posted on: December 2, 2009 4:52 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2009 5:25 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – As if we need any exit polls or additional evidence that Tiger Woods’ reputation has taken a brutal beatdown over the past five days.

But still, this news is a real bellwether that, as far as some fans are concerned, it will never be the same for the reigning world No. 1. The creator, author and pastor of the so-called First Church of Tiger Woods is shutting down his website in complete disgust.

John Ziegler, a talk-show commentator based in Los Angeles, began the irreverent website nine years ago and has had plenty of fun toying around with the notion that Woods is, indeed, the Chosen One as it relates to golf.

He has since changed the name on the site's home page to The Damnation of Tiger Woods and penned the following screed, which is as harsh and scathing as anything written about Woods on any mainstream outlet over the past few days. Actually, it probably tops the list.

And mind you, Ziegler once considered himself one of Woods’ biggest supporters. This probably speaks to the level of betrayal felt by some Woods followers. He wrote:

“After several days of evaluation, I have decided to disband the First Church of Tiger Woods (as indicated by the graphics at the top of this website) and I will not renew the TigerWoodsIsGod domain name when it expires in a couple of months. Any future commentary on this site (which may not happen at all) will be regarding Tiger’s failings in relation to his affair/accident debacle which continues to unfold almost by the hour.

“Because the First Church of Tiger Woods has been in existence since late 1996 and this website has been around since early 2000, you might think that such a decision might be difficult. In this case, it was not. Unfortunately, Tiger Woods has made it all too easy to realize that he is no longer worthy of any special admiration.   

“The events of the past few days have revealed Tiger to be a serial adulterer, a blatant liar and a selfish coward. While I am sure I will always respect his ability as a golfer, that was only a very small part of why this much-misunderstood website was created and why it became such a big part of my life. 

“As I have documented in my columns below, Tiger is clearly no longer deserving of being seen as a role model or a hero and he has needlessly squandered his unique potential to be a positive force in our country and the world. While I am relatively sure that Tiger will make a comeback from this sad episode and that there will be great moments for him in the future, I personally am done with Tiger Woods and I doubt that I will even care very much about whatever else he might achieve on the golf course (for someone who once vowed to make sure he lived until he saw Tiger get to 19 major championships, I have a hard time believing I can write those words with such ease).”

He then listed a series of Woods’ perceived “sins,” as he called them. Ziegler doubts that he is the lone man deserting the foundering ship, either.

“In the end, this situation, like much of life, is all about expectations,” Ziegler wrote. “To whom much is given, much is expected. No one has ever been given more than Tiger and therefore our expectations for him were also unprecedented.

“He has failed to live up to those expectations and he has shattered a sacred trust that cannot be repaired. Therefore, Tiger Woods now has at least one less supporter. I am quite sure that I am not alone.”


Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2009 6:42 pm

Church of Tiger Woods burns to ground

Man I would love it if he just said to the PGA and the media " I am retiring from golf"....Can you imagine that....That would be so cool..Screw the PGA,the media,the records.. all of it.. and just walk away..Never to been seen again...The PGA would probably fold..Awesome

Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2009 6:50 am

Church of Tiger Woods burns to ground

I agree. 

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2009 9:17 pm

Pseudo Tiger - RIP

Taking a step back, looking at what transpired today, I see several things.

Private: The Family
Tiger Woods and his family, like all too many families today, are dealing with the aftershock of finding an affair. Hopefully, Tiger and his family can recover from this, live a long and happy life together. Obviously many in our society do just that.

Public: Pseduo Tiger Dies
When someone in society ends up starting a website like "Church of Tiger Woods", the gap between reality and perception has reached paramount proportions. How did this misperception come about? What the heck happened? Well, to me, it's the same old story. Take an athlete with tremendous talent, then add the news/sports media. Slowly, but surely, the image painted by the media ends up being distorted in one of two directions: fusion or complete separation. Since normalacy doesn't sell, the media either starts painting the athlete as God or the devil. Each step of the way, with each news/sports publication, the source of that publication tries to come up with something spectacular, each step of the way, a little more distotion in the minds of viewers/readers. In the case of Tiger, the distortion obviously had reached fantasy land of major proportions when someone starts a "Church of Tiger Woods" website.

For those unfortunately warped into God-like proportions, the walls come tumbling down when they do something... something human... like make a mistake that becomes public. Almost humorously, the responses, from both media and readers, often seems to either restore equilibrium, salvaging as much as possible, to the pseudo image OR to immediately try to refabricate the victims (yes, I said 'victim') image into that of 'the devil'. In short, some will go to extreme steps to avoid reality.

I chose to celebrate the death of Pseudo Tiger. No longer will our kids grow up, whether by their own or their parents initiative, trying to emulate the impossible. No long will our kids look at Tiger and come to believe that they have to be perfect "like Tiger". If that's not cause for celebration, what is?

Public: Hey, there's Tiger
What's left of Tiger's image. Well, I think we can all agree that Tiger's #1 if Golfville. With respect to the personal side of his public image, it seems we have a Tiger that's human! A Tiger who's work ethic is a great example for those wanting to be successful ... moneywise. A Tiger with, in my opinion, many wonderful personal attributes, who is a credit to society. As I said above, what we now have is a far more realistic, a far more achievable role model.

Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2009 9:03 pm

Church of Tiger Woods burns to ground

I agree, Tiger is a man and the greatest golfer of all times.  The only reason that this is such a big deal is media hype.  Since this information has developed, I have become a big fan of Tiger and cant wait until the day when he breaks the majors record with all the world (media included) watching.  This situation will only enhance is already great body of work.  Sounds like a player from The Lakers that admitted a similar situation, cheating on his wife, then wrongly accused of rape and after the fire storm settled, he has won another championship and the poster child of the NBA .  

Tiger is King

Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2009 8:37 pm

Church of Tiger Woods burns to ground

The guy who started this site is a D-Bag....Athletes are not "God like" heros buddy!

On a side note, its hard to believe it took this long for Tiger to get caught. Everybody in the world knows him. He must have had some big time help to keep these booty calls on the down low for so long. Once again, the only guy who can beat Tiger! He will still get the majors record but I think this might derail him for some time.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2009 6:42 pm

Church of Tiger Woods burns to ground

This has got to the be the dumbest thing I've read all day. Tiger is simply a man and a golfer. Anyone looking deeper is bound to be disappointed.  

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2009 6:08 pm

Church of Tiger Woods burns to ground

If parents are looking for a "hero" or "role-model" for their children, or even allowing their children to look at others in that way - they are doing a bad job of parenting.  A child's heroes should only be their parents.

Now, with that common sense statement let's look at Tiger.

Tiger has always seem like a complete tool.  Way too cocky and I am amazed at how many fans just love him.  Is he the best golfer - of course he is!  I'm not knocking his golfing ability in any way.  But, as a person, is he someone you'd want to hang out with?  Of course now - he comes across as a complete and utter tool.

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2009 6:05 pm

Church of Tiger Woods burns to ground

Anyone who views Tiger Woods as a God is looking up to the wrong people.  I am a big Tiger Woods fan because of his golf ability, but I do not hold Tiger Woods up on a pedestal because of his insane golf ability.  Also for those that think jumping off the TIger bandwagon will hurt him, it will not. There are so many Tiger Woods fans who could care less about his "transgressions" outside of the golf world.  Yes Tiger made a very poor decision, but to scrutinize a person for an error in judgement after they have made so many of the right decisions in life is wrong.   In no way do I think what Tiger did is right, but based on his total body of work, he will learn from this and continue to make mostly correct decisions with his life.

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