Originally Posted by muggs
I can't bring myself to root for a bad person. I find poor character very hard to stomach. I also cannot help but take issue with so many people choosing to support such a man. I get that he has built a strong following over the years and I find it a little sad that most people can't stand to have their image of him burst. So after the true colors were shown, people will still say things like "he's not the first person to cheat on his wife." Haha, how is that for rationale? If Tiger represents the type of person you can support, well then, I guess that is your choice.
But please know, it's okay, there are some very fine players on Tour. They don't get spoon-fed to us by the media as much, but they are out-playing Tiger and none of them have displayed the poor morals, ethics or edittquete your hero has.
And Iacas, everything about you makes you look at least a little egostistical.
The problem is that you seem to not be able to separate the sport/talent/job of the person from their personal lives. I don't care what Tiger does in his spare time, or who he does it with within reason. If he's a murderer or committing serious crimes, yes I would have a problem then. I honestly could care less about his marital status/issues or extracurricular tail that he opts to pull on the side.
When I was growing up, my father always told me that it was fine to root for a player, or a team, and to want to grow up and emulate them on the field/court/course. However, he also instilled the fact that these professionals are real people who make real mistakes and have real lives away from their profession as well. I guess that is why I easily stay neutral and don't change my opinion on these guys when they make themselves look more "human" by making mistakes that are made public by Star and People magazines.
Also, isn't it immoral to make a moral judgement on others as well? Thou shalt not.... damn what's the word. I know I heard this somewhere before....
Anyway, some of what King said in that article is completely insane to. Where he says:
Mark King (TaylorMade CEO): "Golf has been on a 16-year continual decline since Tiger came into golf," King said. "Now, has he had an impact on people watching TV because he's maybe the greatest athlete of our generation? Absolutely. But are those people running out, taking golf vacations, buying a home on a golf course, buying a new driver? No, they're not. So Tiger, play well, get people watching TV, sell more spots, but it's not helping us."
Um, yes people are buying a new driver because of Tiger woods and the Nike marketing machine. I have seen more new Nike Covert clubs so far this year than the new RocketBallz-ier (Stage 2) equipment. To say that nobody is going out and buying clubs because Tiger is using them is really dumb to be blunt. As far as buying a home on a course or going on a golf vacation, which golfer on the planet would be able to persuade someone to do that? Again, completely irrelevant and baseless comments. I just can't take this guy seriously.