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Shark to Tiger: Sometimes, you get eaten

Posted on: December 10, 2009 5:35 pm
 


Greg Norman, a former world No. 1 who has felt both the embrace of adulation and the cold slap of criticism from the golfing public, weighed in on the Tiger Woods affair on Thursday.

Speaking to the Golf Channel at the Shark Shootout in Naples, Fla., he says Woods is a public figure who was hoisted into an exalted position by millions of fans, and as such, must thus endure the scrutiny when things go sideways.

 “I hope Tiger sorts these issues out,” Norman told the network Thursday. “Things like that should stay behind closed doors, but then again we are public figures. There are times when people feel like they can reach through the TV screen and say `I own you, I know you because I buy a product you represent.’ That’s a part of it. You have to accept that responsibility.”

On his website, Woods lashed out at those who have probed and devoured every nugget of fact, and probably a few morsels of fiction, relating to his predicament.

Norman was grilled, although not nearly to this extent, when he dumped his wife of 26 years for tennis great Chris Evert, paying more than $100 million to his ex. Now he and Evert are on the rocks. Norman hasn’t said much about the Evert split, but says he understand why the questions were posed.

In the age of modern media, no golfer has felt the double-edged sword of celebrity more than Norman. It's interesting that he understands the voyeuristic nature of the media-player relationship and how symbiotic it is. Norman grasps that bad news often comes with the good.

“Unfortunately, the media are the media,” Norman told the network. “They support you on the way up. And when you need them, we use you just as much as you use us. And when you step across the line, you’ve got to kind of take a little bit of the wrath of god, or whatever you want to call it.”

The impact of the Woods imbroglio is sweeping and still being measured. It has damaged the reputation of the PGA Tour and some have envisioned a possible economic fallout from sponsors jumping ship. Players have said privately that they feel their reputations have been tainted by association.

“He does represent the PGA Tour,” Norman told reporters. “He does represent golf in a lot of ways, so there will be an impact. I really can’t comment on that, but I’m sure there are people thinking about it, reacting about it, making assumptions.

“And what’s it going to be like when he comes out and plays again? Or is he going to come out and play again? There’s all these speculations out there and quite honestly, what is really the truth? Nobody is going to know until we really know.”

Backward as that sounds, he’s got a point.

Category: Golf
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Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2009 9:43 pm
 

Shark to Tiger: Sometimes, you get eaten

"Nobody is going to know until we really know."? What? Greg, that comment makes it sounds like you didn't get past "Yogiisms 101." You could have gotten extra credit if you would have added "and not before."

"Must ...endure the scrutiny when things go sideways." "SIDEWAYS"? I thought his meteoric fall had reached terminal velocity after Bimbo #1. I wish Galileo were around to enlighten us with an explanation of Tiger's descent. It was evident to any rational person who heard the initial leakage: 2:30 AM, tree, fire hydrant, that there was more to the story. I think at that time the general consensus was "we want to hear more but probably won't," and most would have negated their curiosity with the mindset that "except for the appearance of preferential treatment, it really is none of our business."

"Things like that should stay behind closed doors..." Greg, are you trying to blame "me" because they didn't? The only one to blame, let me repeat that with a little more emphasis, the only one to blame for things not staying behind "closed doors" is Tiger. Seriously, what the hell was he thinking? Did he think he could juggle these pinless grenades forever? "Hey Ralph, got 10 in the air now, throw in another?" This has to rank right up near the top of all-time stupidest behavior. This easily trumps Clinton's escapades. EASILY! Even with the "all depends on what 'is' is." What was that he just said? Ah, diversion by confusion. I still don't get it - or "is."

"On his website, Woods lashed out at those who have probed and devoured every nugget..." Please Tigi, you're an idiot! Don't for one second lash out at us, the media, or your peers. Today I caught a little of Rome's Jungle where he was interviewing Jason Whitlock, writer for The Kansas City Star and Foxsports.com. He too said it was a private thing, and then went so far as to suggest that we don't know the "terms" of their marriage relationship, and that he knew several people who had open marriages where it was understood they each could, I was going to write "fool around," but I guess that would be an incorrect choice of words if it was agreed upon. "SEVERAL People?" Really? I'm a recovering alcoholic and only from the "not-so-progressive" city of Peoria, but even in my wildest days I can't say that I ever knew any couple, married or single who had such an agreement. I wanted to call in so badly and tell him to wake up - that this was beyond any doubt that Tiger and his wife didn't have this understanding. Romey should have bussered him and thrown him out.

Hey, Jason, I'll bet dollars to your dimes that this isn't their agreement. I also will wager all I have that this marriage is finished. What do you say Jason? Got a few dimes (as in grrrr) burning a hole in your pocket? I didn't think so.                



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2009 9:32 pm
 

Shark to Tiger: Sometimes, you get eaten

Which is exactly what a good lawyer would tell Tiger to do.  Shut your pie hole, dummy!!!  You've made quite a mess already.  Any self-respecting person would do the same.  So why do all the yahoos on this site expect Tiger to do something not in his best interest just so they can have the pleasure of saying I told you so.  In the end, I think Tiger has handled this very well.  He is screwed and should just shut up.  In a month or so the public and media will have some new star to harass and degrade over some personal business and Tiger will reclaim his dominance.  If staying off Tour for 8 months generated so much interest and talk of a come back, just think what one year off Tour will do.  The Tour regulars will be fighting each other to kiss his ass in the hope a little luck rubs off.  The media will wonder how golf survived without him.  And if he plays well all will be forgotten.  He couldn't have scripted it better.  Remodel job complete. The "new" Tiger still rules and dominates the field.  And the legend grows.  Priceless!! 



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2009 8:22 pm
 

Shark to Tiger: Sometimes, you get eaten

If you know the law, does not matter how much money you have, same rules apply. study



Yes, which is why the following are legitimate questions:

1. In Florida, the law says that police may investigate charges of domestic abuse/assault without a complaint from either party. Yet, Tiger and Elin refused to talk to police for three days after the accident.

2. Police information released recently said that Elin told officers on the scene that Tiger had been drinking earlier in the evening.

3. Elin provided police with two pill bottles and said she did not know when her husband had last taken either or both medications.

So, for whatever reason, police were not allowed to pursue investigations on any of these issues (domestic abuse/assault or possibly driving under the influence) because Tiger and Elin refused to talk to them.



Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2009 7:34 pm
 

Shark to Tiger: Sometimes, you get eaten

"The impact of the Woods imbroglio is sweeping and still being measured. It has damaged the reputation of the PGA Tour and some have envisioned a possible economic fallout from sponsors jumping ship. Players have said privately that they feel their reputations have been tainted by association."

Get over yourselves, guys. I'm sure there are others on tour who participate in extra-marital affairs and such. And doubtless many members have know all about Tiger's indiscressions for years. You guys get to play golf for a living! If Tiger isn't there for you to sponge off any more, then its up to you to grab the mantle and show some leadership and make youself more marketable.




Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2009 4:30 pm
 

Shark to Tiger: Sometimes, you get eaten

Wow, reality is not something your living in is it????  If you really believe that money doesn't matter I wouldn't want to be living in your shoes...you're in for a tough life...




Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2009 2:42 pm
 

Shark to Tiger: Sometimes, you get eaten

If you know the law, does not matter how much money you have, same rules apply. study



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2009 11:15 am
 

Shark to Tiger: Sometimes, you get eaten

IT IS THE COPS JOB TO INVESTIGATE!! Did they investigate properly in this case??? I say no. 




actually the cops wanted to. they visited tiger several times. they requested a blood test. the D.A. refused to press on with getting the blood test.


it's the D.A.


he/she should be held accountable, but they won't.


you don't mess with the elites that pay 60% in taxes... they pay civil servents salaries. they have no issues throwing shlubs in the slammer cause they don't pay enough into the system. there is no disruption.



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2009 9:31 am
 

Shark to Tiger: Sometimes, you get eaten

To all the goofs who said Tiger was only in an accident,"Nothing to see here" What do you have to say now? Domestic dipute, Damage to fire hydrant and possibly neighbors tree across the road, busted out back window on the car. Yeah, simple car accident. No investigation necessary. $194 ticket and be on your way. NOOOOOOOO!! If it were you or i as common folk, an investigation would have occured and we would have probably gone to jail. But its TIGER, so the rule book goes out the window.

IT IS THE COPS JOB TO INVESTIGATE!! Did they investigate properly in this case??? I say no.


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