Tiger, Tiger, Tiger! Is it just me or is anyone else tired of hearing about this man? He’s a tremendously talented golfer. I get it. He was very popular and living a charmed life. It began to come apart a bit when the world (yes even in remote villages of Africa I’m sure they’re discussing it) discovered he wasn’t such a nice guy. He was cheating on his wife - his family - for years in a flagrant way. Got it. The networks interrupt regular programming when he holds a press conference. Why? What’s so important for all of us to hear him say? I haven’t heard a single thing that inspires or even interests me yet. Please be done.

As he repeats the same “I’m sorry” speech, reworked for the occasion, I don’t feel like I need to be listening. He didn’t hurt my feelings or betray my trust, because I didn’t have feelings or trust him to begin with. For those who invest emotions in movie stars or athletes to whom they have no actual relationship, reconsider. If you do choose this path, invest a little more wisely. Adore them more for their true, proven character than for their talents or perceived charisma. You’ll be much less at risk and won’t feel the need for repeated promises of repentance from a fallen star.

It was a little disgusting to me to see the slobbering affection this man received at the Master’s last weekend. As he walked the course fans cheered and shouted to welcome him back like a wounded hero returning from the war. Not even Phil Mickelsen, who was playing in spite of a difficult year of supporting his wife’s breast cancer battle, got this kind of love. Wow!

I’ve heard all about how Tiger’s gotten help for his addiction and anger issues. He’s going to be more Zen on the course and may return to his peaceful Buddhist roots. Good for him. Maybe that’s just what he needs. But if that’s true, perhaps he should begin by choosing another way of expressing his frustration or disappointment while playing. Twice the mic picked up, loud and clear, this new and improved Tiger use my God’s name as an expletive. Now that’s cause for him to give me an apology. I do take that personally and doubt he noticed or cared.

Congratulations to a wonderful athlete and a seemingly decent guy, Phil Mickelsen.

 

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Diane Markins can be reached at Diane@DianeMarkins.com. Visit her blog at www.WordsInHighDef.blogspot.com.

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