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Defending Tiger!!
Posted May 11, 2010 at 07:00 pm 5 COMMENTS Bookmark and Share

This may not be the most popular article I’ve ever written, but I’ve had enough.

Tiger Woods haters have been waiting a long time for him to screw up so they would have a real reason to hate him, and sure enough he gave them just that at the end of last year.  If you don’t like a player or a team then that’s ok; that’s why Rivalry Rage exists -- to give you fans a place to come and talk smack about your teams/players rivals.  But not cheering for Tiger because of his recent off course failures is what is really starting to frustrate me.

Don’t get me wrong, Tiger Woods screwed up, he screwed up BIG TIME, and what he did was beyond selfish to his friends and especially his family.  In fact, in my opinion, it’s THE most selfish thing you can do to your family.  However, I believe he is trying to do the right thing at this point and I believe he understands the damage he has done.  While that doesn't make it go away, he has done far more than a lot of people in the same situation in trying to own up and make things right...maybe some don’t like his "attempts" (press conferences, etc.), but he’s trying to make things right and I truly hope he continues to do so.

Tiger Woods is the biggest figure in sports because of what he has done on the golf course, not because of his personal life.  Believe and say what you will, but I really do believe Tiger Woods is now at a point in his life where he is focused on changing who he has been, and that he desires to become the man that so many of us thought he was all along.

I also believe Tiger is not only sorry that he got caught, but sorry for the damage he’s caused to the game of golf and especially to his family.  We can point the finger and hate on him all we want, and while there's no excuse for the things he has done the last couple of years, come on people...it’s time for us to move on and let him move on as well.

Like the old saying goes, “It takes a lifetime to build a reputation, but only a short moment to tear it all away."  Tiger's image has no doubt been damaged, possibly forever, but let us not forget that he’s human just like the rest of us.

As you can tell, Tiger Woods was and is still my favorite, and that’s because of his desire and passion to play his best on the golf course.  I wish he had done things differently off the course and I was terribly disappointed in him when all this happened, but I also know that WE all make mistakes (some bigger than others for sure), but if everyone in the world stops pulling for players in any sport (professional or not) every time they/WE screwed up, none of us would have anyone left to cheer for, and none of us would have anyone left to cheer for us either, on or off the course.


Stephen Bethea aka "Dr. Smack" – Rivalry Rage, Inc.

Penny Bethea Says:
May 11th, 2010 at 09:04 pm
I believe that athletes of any sport have to realize that they do become role models for our younger generation whether they like it or not it is a fact. But as with many others who have claimed fame, they get lost in everything they need to uphold, The love of the game,the love of the fans, the schedules etc. Tiger with that winning smile that made all of us adore him whether we were golf fans or not messed up bad. I personally felt a sadness for him and his family, and if you look at him the sadness is in his eyes. So I agree with "Dr Smack", lets move on and let the healing begin. To quote the greatest man who ever walked the earth"He that is without sin among you,let him first cast a stone at her" Jesus John 8:7. I don't think there are any among us that can fit that bill.
Larry McRae Says:
May 12th, 2010 at 05:04 pm
Smack it down, Dr.!!! I totally agree, LET IT GO! Yeah everyone knows and was shocked at the news of Tiger and all the media blitz over the past several months. It's still in the news because we all love dirt and it makes big money...pretty sad I'd say. But really, he's done a lot and more than others would for sure, like you said, to say all that he's said numerous times on national TV! Yeah he really messed up and everybody was disappointed, but he fessed up, has asked for forgiveness for all the damages and now is trying to put his life back together. Let's now support him in his efforts. I would spend hours watching golf when he was playing, but when he wasn't playing, it was just not that interesting to me! The field seems too level for the rest of the golfers...it's anybody's game!
Katie Bauguss Says:
May 12th, 2010 at 05:57 pm
I understand what y'all are saying about forgetting about it and moving on. But I'd just like to point out that I never really was a huge Tiger fan to begin with, and so then everything that happened just kinda tipped the scale to the "dislike" side for me, where before he was just kind of hovering between "like" and "dislike". I've never really been a fan of the way he handled himself. Sure he's a great golfer, and sure he's done some pretty amazing stuff, but when you watch him play, he doesn't look happy! He never looks like he's enjoying himself, and isn't that supposed to be the whole reason why we play sports? Watch Phil Mickelson when he plays. He always has this big goofy grin on his face while he plays, where Tiger is always pouting! I (as an athlete myself) understand how frustrating it can be to not play as good as you know you can, and how devastating it feels when you lose. But I have always tried to keep my emotions in check while I was still playing, and then, after the game, let out whatever needed letting out. But Tiger has thrown clubs, smashed clubs, *cried* while still on the course, and shown himself to not be the best role model (as Mrs Bethea pointed out) of good sportsmanship. And I'm not solely hating on Tiger, as I said in other posts. Kids watch sports, and even make idols out of their favorite superstars, and if those superstars are seen smashing clubs, crying over losing, and not shaking other players' hands, what do you think these kids are going to start doing? Exactly. Imitating their idols. So to me, it's more than just the fact that he cheated on his wife a million times. It's his whole attitude that, tome, seems to to need some adjusting. And maybe this will do it for him. But judging from what I've seen so far... it's not looking to hopeful.
bob bob Says:
May 13th, 2010 at 05:04 pm
no kid should be watching golf for an entire weekend anyways. and tiger does not do too much pouting when he is on that weeks top 10. please stop making sports into something so much bigger. were not on the play ground anymore, you can shove sportsmanship up your a**.
Klaus Bauer Says:
May 14th, 2010 at 04:30 pm
I'm with Dr. Smack! Tiger's accomplishments are in the world of golf and we all have to get back to this understanding. What he did was wrong but ultimately, this is between him and his wife. Yes, he is a role model, but as a good parent who knows what is going on in your child's life, you know that your son/daughter loves Tiger and then you realize that it may be time for a talk with your kid telling him how Tiger really screwed up. It is still the parent's job to raise their kids. Always easy to blame role models and friends and video games and the internet and whatever for your kids failure. And regarding his attitude on the course: everybody who ever played any kind of sports knows how it feels when you messed up something easy and possibly lose the entire game over this, and how this anger and frustration just rages inside of you!!!! And sometimes you just have to let it out! And again, if your kid thinks about "imitating" this - time for a talk! But we can talk and discuss all we want, here is the simple truth: Golf is not the same without him! Sponsors, fans, even the other golfers - everybody hurts when a tournament is played without him! Or are you REALLY gonna watch a golf game on TV to see Phil Mickelson's big goofy grin???