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William K. WolfrumThis Week at Jan. 29, 2008

Tiger Woods just as dominating - but far less annoying - than the Patriots

For those of you into zombies (and, hey, who isn't), a good way to look at the New England Patriots' blitzkrieg through the 2007 NFL schedule on their way to Super Bowl XLII is to imagine that it was a team of relentless zombies (and Tom Brady) determined to eat the brains of the opposing team. Tiger Woods pulled his own zombie routine at the Buick Invitational, as he easily devoured the field on his way to an eight-shot victory.

Currently, the NFL and the PGA Tour have two true dynasties on their hands. And like zombies, only half of them are likable. (Okay, I don't even know what that means. The zombie schtick just isn't flying as I'd hoped, I'll drop it.)

Anyway, the point is this: Tiger Woods is a heck of a lot easier to stomach than the New England Patriots. Sure, occasionally Tiger takes some criticism, but really, how much are you digging when your complaint about him is that he didn't respond well to someone else's racial remark? Basically, Woods makes quite a good one-man dynasty. He's likable; he says all the right things. He smiles a lot and is charitable. He wins golf tournaments in grand style. PGA Tour fans are lucky to have him.

Now, should the Patriots whomp the stuffing out of the New York Giants in the Super Bowl and finish the season undefeated, it will be impossible not just to look at them as one of the great NFL dynasties but they pretty much have to be considered the best team the NFL has ever produced. And as hard as it was to read and comprehend that last sentence, it was much harder to write. Because I just don't like the Patriots, and I don't think I'm alone.

I guess after seeing the Pats win three Super Bowls while talking about how they did it without any superstars, and now watching them go undefeated with a team comprised primarily of superstars, my Patriots tolerance is at an end. Tiger Woods? I could watch him win another 62 tournaments and 13 majors and feel like I'm watching history. The New England Patriots? Not so much. I'm sorry, but they just annoy me. Like zombies.

As always, welcomes your comments.

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