Monday, December 14, 2009

Tiger troubles


I've tried to stay away from opining about Tiger Woods because I think this is a non-story - or at most, a one-cycle story. And I know it might be unpopular to say that my opinion about Tiger Woods hasn't changed, but it hasn't.

Don't get me wrong. I don't condone infidelity. Tiger Woods messed up royally with his numerous affairs after he was married and started a family. He has admitted all this, and he's taking a break from professional golf in an effort to save his marriage. But if you believe some news reports, the divorce is inevitable, and the couple will split after the holidays.

I say good luck. I hope Tiger and Elin and the two kids come out of this as unscathed as possible. Again, I'm not calling for Tiger's head like a lot of people I've talked to.

And I think it's because I've never held Woods up as my role model for family values. When making decisions about life, family or children, I never once thought to myself, "I wonder what Tiger would do" or "What did Woods teach me about life?"

No, I looked - and still look - to Tiger Woods as a golfer, pure and simple. He's one of my go-to guys for golf, not for fidelity and faithfulness.

And it's not like he held himself up as some great role model. If you really watched his actions on the golf course, you'd know that he curses loudly and sometimes throws clubs. He's doesn't always display a modicum of decorum that many of you would like to believe.

I think there's probably two kinds of people with opinions about the Woods scandal - those who look at him as a golfer and those who look at him as a celebrity. And I believe a recent poll bears this out.

Most golf fans still have a positive opinion of Woods, while overall public opinion has dropped dramatically since news of the affairs came to light. And that's how I view him - as a golfer.

I certainly can understand some of the outrage directed at Woods. I'm boycotting the NFL because of the Michael Vick, the dog-killer.

But Woods didn't take a life. He cheated, and he got caught. But no matter how much he sucks because of his lack of faithfulness to his wife and children, he's still the No. 1 golfer in the world.

That will only change on the golf course - not in the bedroom or the car or wherever else he's had sex.