Tiger and the Pussycats
Ever notice when you pick up certain newspapers, how the newsprint rubs off onto your fingers, and leaves you feeling dirty? That in a nutshell is why I never pick up rags like the National Enquirer. Not only is it embarrassing to be seen thumbing through the latest issue in the checkout line, but once you replace it onto the rack, you feel as if you need a shower.
But if their recently-published allegations about Tiger Woods and his various par-amours are on target, I will have to grudgingly give credit for breaking a monster story, albeit one we’ve heard time and time again in other quarters. After all, how surprised can we truly be when a handsome superstar, built like Spiderman, absurdly famous, rich beyond measure and almost universally admired, decides to reap the spoils of his position? We can moralize until the next Masters, but take 60 seconds and try to imagine Tiger’s world. Everywhere you go you are the center of attention, the guy who literally stops traffic. And for every middle-aged golf fan or exuberant adolescent who wants a moment of your time, there is a nubile hottie checking you out from stem to buffed stern, eyes glistening, seductive smile at the ready. As the wise man once said, if you’re offered dessert after every single meal, eventually your restraint is going to fail you.
I’m not apologizing for, or condoning Tiger’s turn to Wolf, just explaining it. He is just the latest and among the most celebrated in a long line of famous, powerful men from all walks of life who couldn’t resist the temptations constantly coming his way.
We have long admired Tiger’s incredible work ethic, devotion to his craft, punishing fitness regimen. For many years he’s been among the most disciplined humans on the planet. But as we’ve regrettably come to find out in recent days, nobody can be that disciplined 24/7.
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The phrase, "it's lonely at the top" has never rang truer than for Tiger.
It is sad but true that temptation will eventually win out even over the toughest of our so called heros.