Tiger & cursing! April 1, 2008, 8:15 am

by Martin G. Hart
In the big scheme of things and with all the problems in this world, who cares about Tiger cursing? People/children will be exposed to these words at some time in their lives.

RE: Tiger & cursing! April 1, 2008, 8:46 am

by J. Brian
I am passionately in agreement with Mr. Hart's criticism of Tiger's continued use of 'profanity'
on the course in televised mediums. This scenario is not isolated to a discourteous journalistic photographer. I look back to Pebble Beach and the 18th tee box a few years back when he yanked his tee shot in to the ocean and yelled out profanity worthy of 'army boot camp' accolades. I do hold Tiger responsible for his own behaviour, however, he is quite 'normal' and just an extremely visible ingredient to the recipe of drastically fallen world standards in every sport and indeed at every level of life that the 'boomers' ARE responsible for allowing to decay. THE TROUBLE WITH NORMAL IS, IT KEEPS GETTING WORSE. Sadly, sorry won't fix anything. It's much too late to fix what was clearly broken yesterday, knowingly, by the ones that criticize today. jb

Re: April 1, 2008, 8:41 am

RE: Tiger & cursing! April 1, 2008, 8:41 am

by John Bates
Your acceptance of his behavior is exactly why it is allowed from professional sports to the playground. Cursing is an outburst of anger and shows a lack of intelligence. These professionals have nothing to be angry about. Instead of accepting the blessing they have for even having the the ability to make a bad shot is what they and you are missing. We as parents don't allow our children to cuss in the home do we? Then why is it acceptable outside the home. If your child came home saying things like "I missed the f'ing bus" or "I f'd" up on my test, would you be ok with that? I hope the answer is no! Then why is it ok in the sports? You can't have it both ways. If it's wrong, in your opinion, to "cuss" in the home then you need to be consistent and agree it's wrong anywhere - especially as a "Professional" hwo know that kids will try to emmulate them. It's not just Tiger, I know, its so many of them. Have you ever heard Kevin Garnett of the Celtics? He must use the words mother f... 20 times a game. I guess you may say he is a good enough player that hehas the right to say whatevr he wants eh? I think not, and its a very bad precedent we have allowed - in fact it sucks.

RE: RE: Tiger & cursing! April 3, 2008, 2:53 pm

by Ivory Rubin
John, when I was a child, my parents taught me that even people we admire and adore have flaws...because they are human. What has to be determined is what significant impact on the growth/development of the admirer are those flaws. And to what extent does that idol impact how a parent raises his/her children. My parents took full responsibility for my civility at home, at school, and while participating in activities. They were the role models for my growth...as are countless other parents. It is a sad system of development that would allow reasonable, well-adjusted kids to be changed by hearing an adult utter an expletive. Instead of using someones flaw as a battering ram, take a positive approach and use it as a teaching moment. You'd be surprised at the amount of growth that results. And it teaches our kids to embrace the multitude of greatness in people, despite their singular flaw!!


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