It was one year ago that we saw the undoing of a great man. Tiger Woods is the first billion dollar sports figure. The first golf pro who was set to eclipse every record the sport ever produced in record time. Then it all came to an end. Actually the end came in the form of a tree at the end of his block in a swanky affluent part of Florida.
|That's the smile of man who thinks he's getting over.|
Tiger was busted by his wife for cheating. Which in and of itself is not so surprising. The institution of traditional marriage has been on a crumbling foundation for quite some time now and infidelity is pretty much old news. But what made Tiger's dalliances such a big story was the fact that he took great pains to sculpture a squeaky clean family man public image. But thinking about it further, Tiger didn't so much project a clean image as much as he ferociously protected his privacy. He did it so well that all that was left for the public was the nice stuff he allowed us to see.
And what was worse than the cheating in itself the scale of it. Nineteen women over a five year marriage, thats about 4 bitches a year. Well 3.8 to exact, maybe one of them we hadn't heard about was a midget. Four women a year on average. That's about right for a playboy millionaire. But Tiger wasn't supposed to be a playboy millionaire, he was supposed to be a staid family man. And in a world where, thanks to internet social networking, Andy Warhol's claim of everyone being famous for 15 minutes is fast coming true, its not surprising that nearly all nineteen women came out of the wood work on his ass. Once the first one was exposed, it was a free for all for who could garner the most media attention while the opportunity was there. As a fan of Tiger, I was most disappointed in the fact that he walked right into the landmine that so many others famous men had before him.
|Before there was Charlie's Angels. Now there's just Tiger's Hoes.|
But Tiger brought it all on himself. If there was ever a model for self destructive behavior this was it. Today Tiger is divorced. His game has suffered the worst setback and slump of his career, even worse than when his father died. And on October 31 he lost his number one ranking. Now he has to rebuild his image, but this time it will be more realistic. In time,Tiger's game should come back, he'll be number one again and people have already moved past his marital indiscretions (I know he was secretly thanking Jesse James for cheating on Sandra Bullock) but this event will go down in tabloid history (even when he fucks up he sets records) as one of the most compelling train wrecks an athlete/celebrity at the top of his game could ever have.
|Good Tiger and Evil Tiger...which one is here to stay?|
I know...I know... you're thinking "what about Kobe?" but the rape charges were dropped, no other women came out and his wife didn't divorce him.