This archived article was written by: David Osborne Jr.
It’s been a long hard day of work, you sit down and you kick off your shoes. To waste a little time you turn on the television and start flipping channels. Sports Center is running a special on Elin Nordegren (Tiger Woods’ former wife) and how she has just been going through horrible times in the former Woods’ luxury mansion in Florida.
Flip a couple more channels; the Golf Channel is devoting two hours to the man that is in charge of helping Woods get his stunning swing back. Now you are just getting sick of it so you decide to keep searching the channels. You stop when you hit the Fox Sports Program. The announcers are right in the middle of talking about the beginning of college football. They cut to commercial and you start getting your hopes up. When they get back they start a story about Woods and how he is buying a mansion, not the dump in New York that they thought he was going to move into. Finally you decide to just turn off the television because you are sick of all the “Tiger Talk.”
If you are anything like me, you think that all of this has been going on all too long. For Heaven’s sake, this started last November and we still aren’t over it. I know that Woods is, correction, was a role model but how long is it going to take us to move on? I mean when there was the whole Brangelina thing going on, we didn’t focus for a little over nine months on it. I am a sports writer and to bring in some celebrities is pretty nuts, but I have to prove a point. There is more stuff in the world of sports that we could talk about than Tiger Woods. We know the basics of the whole thing. Tiger cheated; there are 16 ladies that have come forward so far who are allegedly Tiger’s mistresses, and Tiger hasn’t won a tournament since then. In fact he hasn’t even looked like the old confident Woods, and the other tour players recognize that and are going for the kill to bring down the worlds number-one golfer.
So what is the solution? Well, if it is a slow sports night, then you can find more highlights, you don’t have to talk about Tiger. There are many different things to talk about like Brett Farve not retiring, again. Maybe how it seems to be a bad year to be a referee in the sporting world since they have blown a couple of no hitters. How about highlights of college football, like highlights from the game between Utah and Pittsburgh. Games like that are what college is all about, overtime and a lucky win.
The solution isn’t this though, keep talking about Tiger because he isn’t number one anymore, at least not in the hearts of the people. Tigers are supposed to be strong and powerful, taking control of what is around them, he isn’t doing that. Maybe we should call him the Black Panther, still powerful but a whole lot more secretive especially with his double life. So until Eldrick Woods earns his nickname back and wins a tournament, we should stop talking about him.
And that is what was on the tee box.