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Now that Woods is in stitches ...

Posted on: June 24, 2008 7:47 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2008 9:11 am

EDINA, Minn. -- Random thoughts and lingering questions about Tiger Woods, the U.S. Open and his reconstructive ACL surgical procedure performed on Tuesday in Park City, Utah.

Sarcasm aside, some of the salient details regarding the injury remain vague.

Oh, and lighten up, people. He is expected to make a full recovery and return in early 2009, better than ever.

1. Doctors deemed the surgery a "success." Which begs the question as it relates to all athletes: What does that mean, exactly? The patient survived? They remembered to operate on the proper leg? They reinstalled his kneecap afterward? When was the last time you heard of a prominent sports figure undergoing unsuccessful surgery?

2. Funny that he had the surgery done in Park City, since he doubtlessly tweaked or weakened the ACL snow skiing at some point. No, I am not kidding. It's a real possibility.

3. So, we all want to know, how did Woods blow out his ACL while jogging through his Orlando neighborhood? Was he toting around that weighted belt doctors advised him not to wear?

4. How does a guy sustain two hairline tibia fractures during rehab from arthroscopic surgery? Was he dead-lifting Phil Mickelson or something? That's the biggest lingering question of all.

5. So, in keeping with the common ACL surgical procedure these days, did they transplant the ligament of a dead guy into his knee? Hopefully it was George Carlin, because Woods can use all the infusion of humor he can get. (What, is it too soon?)

6. What's this guy going to do for the next six or eight months, since he gets squirrelly after going three weeks without playing? Cabin fever will surely set in within days. "Good question. My guess is that he'll get very good at course design," laughed his swing coach, Hank Haney, last week.

7. Speaking of squirrels, here are two important words for Woods to remember on his next rehab mission: Treadmills only. Your high-school cross-country days are long gone. Flat, predictable, padded surfaces are your friend. Gopher holes and bumpy grass surfaces are not.

8. When PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem hand-delivered the get-well card, did he bring flowers or chocolate? What's protocol on something like that? Quien es mas macho?

9. If Woods' longtime agent, Mark Steinberg, can’t turn his client's stirring U.S. Open victory, played on a broken leg and with a blown ACL, into an eight-figure endorsement deal with Advil, he should be ashamed of himself. Granted, agents have little shame to begin with, but I digress.

10. The notoriously private Woods issued a five-paragraph statement on the surgery on his website, which noted, "A rehabilitation schedule and projected timetable for Woods’ return to competitive golf has yet to be determined, but will be announced at the appropriate time." Now seems pretty appropriate, actually.


Category: Golf

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2008 4:22 am

Now that Woods is in stitches ...

Am I the only one that has read this article that has an ounce of humor in them.  Everybody needs to chill out and laugh a little.  I'm not saying this was particularly funny, but it wasn't as "offensive" as you all claim.  You feel bad for Tiger, but not too bad.  He is making millions without even playing at this point and is expected to recover and still be in the prime of his career.  It's clearly all the posters above me that give golf a stiff, boring image.  At the end of the day it is golf...

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2008 5:05 pm

Now that Woods is in stitches ...

This is done, quite simply, in poor taste.  Based on the stupidity of most comments and lack of sarcasm, I am actualy shocked that you did not take some shots at his wife/mother/child.   I would not count on too much love from Tiger in the future, as if a second rate journalist like yourself would ever get any anyways.  Grow up, Elling.  Seriously. 

Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2008 2:52 pm

Now that Woods is in stitches ...

Stripelover,  Thanks for that insight, I had wondered why in Utah??  lol

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2008 1:03 pm

Now that Woods is in stitches ...

Terrible article that tries way too hard to be witty. No point. I've had ACL surgery and it is extremely painful and the rehabilitation process is lengthy and since I returned to full strength it is one of my proudest accomplishments. This author obviously is completely off base almost making fun of Tiger Woods' injury. Hope this author realizes his mistake and apologizes to the best golfer in history because he's miserable and isn't qualified to lick the dirt off Tiger's clubs.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2008 10:17 am

Park City

If you're going to have to have knee surgery and can afford to have it done anywhere, where would you go?  Someplace that has A LOT of experience doing knee surgeries.  Now, where would a lot of knee surgeries be done?  Around ski areas ... like ... Park City.

Side note:  At least in early '09, look for Woods to be putting out of his mind (by even his standards), and with a bit less knee bend.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2008 12:06 am

Now that Woods is in stitches ...

Carson Palmer's ACL is the Achilles tendon of a woman who died in a car wreck a few years ago.  He didn't miss a start going into the next season after his ACL and MCL were turned to I'd say either the practice has come back into favor or your surgeon was talking out of his behind.  :shrug:

Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2008 11:47 pm

Please read..

Steve Elling's motto on his profile. This will provide great insight into his genius writing abilities.

And now that Tiger is out for the year he may have to actually undertake some proper journalism, so we can expect more wonderful pieces of commentary like the above

what a clown.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2008 10:49 pm

Now that Woods is in stitches ...

I torm my acl and was told I was to old to take a part of my patella or another ligiment and that it would require a cadaver lig. I think it has to do with age. Were you younger then 30?

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2008 10:31 pm

One more thing...

If Tiger's doctor has him on a TREADMILL after ACL reconstruction then he doesnt have a clue about proper rehab for a knee injury and I would expect Tiger to need more surgery, arthroscopic at least, sometime in the future.

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2008 10:27 pm

Now that Woods is in stitches ...

When I had ACL reconstruction in 1996 I was told that the method of using cadaver ligaments to replace one's ACL was outmoded and it is better to use a piece of one's own tendon instead.  Yet you claim that the common surgical procedure today is to use the "ligament of a dead guy".  Did I miss something?  Did surgical procedures revert back more than 10 years?  Or did you deliberately use a piece of misinformation for humor?  Just curious.

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