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.