Tiger, The Robot July 21, 2005, 6:12 am

by Ivory Rubin
I find it intriguing that egotistical hacks like Jim Rome are constantly lamenting about how today's professional athletes are rich, self-centered, and spoiled...with no sense of their responsibility to be role-models. So, Tiger doesn't frequent or make a drunken fool of himself in strip bars, get into confrontations with law enforcement, use steriods or other controlled substances, get arrested for spousal abuse or sexual assault, or even for too many unpaid speeding tickets. He simply does not put himself in situations that result in embarassing public apologies. Therefore, they (Rome and others like him) have a need to invent ways to discredit him, while purposely overlooking Tiger's outstanding humanitarian contributions. In addition, I don't remember Mr. Palmer, Mr. Nicklaus, John Elway, Tom Brady, or any other high-profiled white athlete ever being saddled with the same expectations as put on Tiger. As an African American man, it makes me wonder about the underlying social implications of those expectations being placed on Tiger.

Tiger Woods-Robot July 20, 2005, 3:04 pm

by Renny Roker
Tiger Woods is the greatest superstar walking this earth today. After having worked for Nat King Cole, promoted Donna summer, Village People, Jan 7 dean and many other "Superstars", I can tell you this young man really cares about family, youth and the world. He's just happens to be focused when he's playing golf. About 4 years ago I had the good fortune to be in a American Express commercial with Tiger (4 days of filming side by side), one day we were sitting on the course all by ourselves just talking and in the middle of the conversation, Tiger looked at me and said "I owe all of this to my mom and dad, then continued the conversation. I asked him what made you say that and he responded "I don't know just thought about it" well he thinks about it often I learned. How many stars remember that fact?

Re: July 20, 2005, 10:26 am

Thank you July 20, 2005, 10:26 am

by rk
Thank you for that story on Tiger. Jime Rome is a two-bit hack, he's got a bigger ego than anyone in the media, and Chris Everett should have creamed him. I don't really need to know what Tiger feels, or what he thinks, he's just a damn good golfer, and that's enough for me. It's really our obession with celebrities that requires us to find out all of their inner workings.

Tiger Woods July 20, 2005, 9:56 am

by Alfred Goedde
I agree.
It's time people realize his just another person.
Fact is he is good because he has natural talent and works hard to improve it. Accept the fact that he is the best golfer out there, respect his talent an don't judge someone you don't know.
Focus on your own game, maybe, someday in teh distant future, you'll get to be half as good as Tiger.
Until then keep the envy locked up at home.

tiger July 20, 2005, 9:34 am

by gary kawczynski
tiger woods suffers (he probably couldn't care less) criticism since it is human nature to criticize the object of our envy .... that said, there is one area in which i believe he merits some negative comments .... his temper .... yes i know: suoer competitive, focused on the game, totally involved to the exclusion of those around him ...yada yada ... the one thing that seperates us from the "lower" mammals is the ability to exercize SELF control. it's a gentelman's game and the best should be held to a higher standard since, with the rewards for his talent comes a respnsibility,

Your story on Tiger Woods........ July 20, 2005, 7:19 am

by Ronald S. Jordan
Thank you for writing a good story on Tiger. I have had the chance on three occassions to work as a Marshall at the AT&T and it was a joy to see him mature as a man and as an athelete.
It is sad that folks need to bash him in anyway that they can. He has been good for golf,for the hackers like me and countless others that get a greater pleasure in watching the game up close and on T.V. Lastly, as a African-American, a diverse person of color, it gives me great pride to see him inspire so many, espeacially future generations.


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