Rick Reilly Says Tiger Shouldn't Go To The Masters. Rick Reilly Is Also Crazy.
But what Reilly did say that I paid attention to was that Tiger should skip the Masters, which is about the dumbest advice in the world.
Tiger has officially proven himself to be a complete and utter dirtbag, despite the longtime image he presented of himself - being a stand-up, boring guy. But aside from his sponsors, how many of us were really all that enthralled with him being a stand-up, boring guy? I wasn't. I was enthralled with him being a cutthroat competitor who could win majors and hit crazy clutch shots.
I mean, let's be honest. Most pro athletes are scumbags. They are not role models. Michael Jordan was a complete asshole. He cheated on his wife, gambled, and made enemies everywhere. Shawn Kemp has countless illegitimate kids. Jayson Williams shot and killed a limousine driver. Kobe Bryant may have raped a woman. As Charles Barkley once said, "A million guys can dunk a basketball in jail; should they be role models?"
The answer, of course, is no. And it doesn't stop with basketball players. NHL player Mike Danton tried to have his agent murdered. Oscar De La Hoya may have raped a woman. Kirby Puckett beat his wife.
But the majority of people don't really care too much about that as soon as these guys do what they do best, which is excel at sports.
Perhaps that's sad, but it's pretty much the truth.
So, yes, Tiger's going to get hassled for the rest of his career, as he probably should be, for being an enormous jackass. But a lot of people will forget his past when he's putting for his 19th major.
For Tiger, the simplest thing to do is to get back to doing what he does best, which is play golf, not hide. After all, athletes have come back from much worse (see: Bryant, Kobe). And it's always through doing what they do best, which is almost never being a model citizen or a great husband, but by being a great athlete.
I don't like it either people, but that's pretty much the way it is.