Rick Reilly Says Tiger Woods Shouldn't Go To The Masters
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Rick Reilly Says Tiger Shouldn't Go To The Masters. Rick Reilly Is Also Crazy.

12/8/09 in Golf   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Rick Reilly isn't really doing much to earn his $2 million a year salary at ESPN, so they occasionally feel the need to stick him on TV just to try and a portion of their money's worth.

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.
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8/5/11   |   myrna_ventura   |   1214 respect

wrote:
I didn't care about his personal lifestyle before and I don't care about it now....I like Tiger because the man can play golf.....

 Same sentiments LOL.  I believe I don't have the right to judge Tiger's bedding women at all.   All of us has done mistakes in our own lives too.  If Tiger is just an ordinary person will this be a big NEWS?

12/11/09   |   nativeroulette   |   1 respect

Jess wrote:
It suffices to say that SI and ESPN are supposed to be "professional" news, and I think a lot of people make the mistake that FanIQ should be like the Times or the Post where that's concerned so yea, comparing the two would be correct in that case. However, this is a blog - not a newspaper (newspaper journalists aren't supposed to be biased...bloggers have that freedom). And quite frankly, I would trust a blog over a newspaper anymore. Bloggers are ruthless and get to the bottom of stories rather than cover them up. You're going to get half-truths in both. You're going to get missing information in both. The only difference is that one of them doesn't try to pretend to be something they're not.

i meant woods

12/11/09   |   nativeroulette   |   1 respect

Jess wrote:
It suffices to say that SI and ESPN are supposed to be "professional" news, and I think a lot of people make the mistake that FanIQ should be like the Times or the Post where that's concerned so yea, comparing the two would be correct in that case. However, this is a blog - not a newspaper (newspaper journalists aren't supposed to be biased...bloggers have that freedom). And quite frankly, I would trust a blog over a newspaper anymore. Bloggers are ruthless and get to the bottom of stories rather than cover them up. You're going to get half-truths in both. You're going to get missing information in both. The only difference is that one of them doesn't try to pretend to be something they're not.

tiger wood sleep with another womens

12/11/09   |   Arun_K   |   66 respect

I think in his next tournament he might be more focused on golf balls.

12/11/09   |   Allstargoldens   |   38 respect

thesuer wrote:
I heard that he was drinking and driving but was only fined 175 dollars. WTF normally people would have to pay way more than that

how about a breathalizer,($2000.00) installed in his car. DUI day in jail, his "day" would be at the RITZ-Carlton watching his "hole in one", over and over and maybe have an invited guest.

12/11/09   |   iistandalone   |   40 respect

suzanneclark12 wrote:
Im just wondering why SI,arguably the most read sports magazine in the world, neglected to run a story about  Tiger's dirty laundry in their Dec 11 weekly edition. Could it be because, unlike Fan IQ, they choose to select only sports worthy topics based on fact and responsible resources and presented in a journalistic type format that their readers have come to expect? They did however post a pic of Tiger blasting out of a sand trap and mentioned he  ..in spite of not winning a major last year..was tops in earnings on PGA Tour in 2009. Just a little golf news if anyones interested...

If it was anyone else they would have...

12/10/09   |   ronandgoy   |   27 respect

thesuer wrote:
I heard that he was drinking and driving but was only fined 175 dollars. WTF normally people would have to pay way more than that

Only suspected of D.U.I never tested

12/9/09   |   thesuer

Jess wrote:
It suffices to say that SI and ESPN are supposed to be "professional" news, and I think a lot of people make the mistake that FanIQ should be like the Times or the Post where that's concerned so yea, comparing the two would be correct in that case. However, this is a blog - not a newspaper (newspaper journalists aren't supposed to be biased...bloggers have that freedom). And quite frankly, I would trust a blog over a newspaper anymore. Bloggers are ruthless and get to the bottom of stories rather than cover them up. You're going to get half-truths in both. You're going to get missing information in both. The only difference is that one of them doesn't try to pretend to be something they're not.

I heard that he was drinking and driving but was only fined 175 dollars. WTF normally people would have to pay way more than that

12/9/09   |   outlawjr88   |   3 respect

soccerchic101 wrote:
Tiger should not have cheated on his wife and none of this would have happened

Isn't that the truth!!!!!!!

12/9/09   |   soccerchic101   |   5 respect

Jess wrote:
It suffices to say that SI and ESPN are supposed to be "professional" news, and I think a lot of people make the mistake that FanIQ should be like the Times or the Post where that's concerned so yea, comparing the two would be correct in that case. However, this is a blog - not a newspaper (newspaper journalists aren't supposed to be biased...bloggers have that freedom). And quite frankly, I would trust a blog over a newspaper anymore. Bloggers are ruthless and get to the bottom of stories rather than cover them up. You're going to get half-truths in both. You're going to get missing information in both. The only difference is that one of them doesn't try to pretend to be something they're not.

Tiger should not have cheated on his wife and none of this would have happened

12/9/09   |   Lizzo   |   324 respect

So, if FanIQ is too low-brow for you, why are you still on it? Move along now, Dear.

12/9/09   |   Lizzo   |   324 respect

Well said, Jess.

12/9/09   |   Lizzo   |   324 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
"Get in the hole!" will have an entirely new meaning.

LMFAO!!!!!! That's so wrong, but soooooooo right!

12/9/09   |   kobe_lova   |   61976 respect

fooltomery wrote:
So sorry. I really meant to express my regret that Tiger Woods' privacy has been violated, and to point out that all of this is the fault of tabloid reporting and not Tiger's actions. My bad.

apology accepted!!

12/9/09   |   richard_music   |   67 respect

suedon70 wrote:
That's funny - if no one is interested about this story over in Europe then how come some of the worst gossip rags in the world are located there? Seems they don't leave celebrities alone over there either.....

That is so true, and they are despised as much too. They also end up paying out millions in libel costs etc.
The stories are of interest for a few days only. then the sensation dies down, and everyone gets back to their lives again.
Now if Tiger was French, and in poitics, he probably would never have made the press, its normal prcatice there..............lol.

12/9/09   |   fooltomery   |   21 respect

The_Real_Stoney wrote:
UGH!!!!!!! what a snobbish, repugnant, self righteous post..  Did you have to pause the Lifetime movie on your DVR to write that?
Why does everyone care so much where he puts his junk at night?  I don't care about his gorgeous filthy rich wife and his cute spoiled kids.. Daddy cheated on mommy so what?  You like this lifestyle?  Thank Daddy's talent..  I want to see him play golf.  I want to see him give millions of dollars a year to charity.. I want to see him host events that raise even more money for charities..
And as for this article, does anybody read or listen to Rick Reilly anymore?  The guy recycles stories, and is so out of touch with the sports world it's ridiculous that anyone takes anything this guy says with any more respect than a 17 year old kid in his mom's basement

So sorry. I really meant to express my regret that Tiger Woods' privacy has been violated, and to point out that all of this is the fault of tabloid reporting and not Tiger's actions. My bad.

12/9/09   |   blondie45044   |   5873 respect

suedon70 wrote:
That's funny - if no one is interested about this story over in Europe then how come some of the worst gossip rags in the world are located there? Seems they don't leave celebrities alone over there either.....

Sad thing is there has been 1 - 4 stories a day on the Q. After you see it on TV and the radio all day! 

12/9/09   |   blondie45044   |   5873 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
"Get in the hole!" will have an entirely new meaning.

Maybe if he stayed with the hole in one state of mind, his swinging would not have got his putter in trouble.

12/9/09   |   suedon70   |   144 respect

richard_music wrote:
Here in Europe we have somewhat different attitudes. Tiger Woods has been having affairs? Oh really? Naughty boy. Nothing unusual there for someone famous having an affair. A week later its all forgotten about and doesn´t sell papers anymore. No one really cares here. Tiger Woods is a great golfer, thats all thats REALLY important. His personal life is his personal life, leave him and his family be!

BTW, didn´t seem to do Bill Clinton much harm.

That's funny - if no one is interested about this story over in Europe then how come some of the worst gossip rags in the world are located there? Seems they don't leave celebrities alone over there either.....

12/9/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
This is why ESPN sickens me. You give someone two million bucks to repeatedly spout out stupidity from his lips. Only in America you can become rich by being a dumbass

Rush Limbaugh approves! Tasty

12/9/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
"Get in the hole!" will have an entirely new meaning.

For those that doubt that this will blow over, the purple and gold # was the NBA's top seller, the charges the floated around Ray Lewis never knocked his jersey from near the tops in defensive player's jersey sales.  Going back to golf John "All My Exes Wear Rolexes" Daly, he of the, "Hey is that John Daly passed out in our Hooter's parking lot?!" incident; is now down to 185 pounds, clean and playing good golf.  Talks are even in the works for a movie of his live.  What does this country love more than a success story?  That's right a comeback story, if Tiger is properly contrite, lays low for a short while and comes back with to dramatic wins at majors then Nick Cannon might need to work on his golf swing.

12/9/09   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25350 respect

fooltomery wrote:
Tiger Woods, excellent athlete that he is, has also marketed himself to the world as a model of character and feel-goodness in order to sell lots of stuff to lots of people ("Hey, buy a Buick 'cuz I say it's a good idea and you know what a great golfer and guy I am!").  As it turns out, he's a man who lacks both integrity and honor, and who appears unable (or unwilling) to control himself.  From now on, every time he sinks a putt and pumps his fist and smiles widely, I'll think of his wife and two little kids.  What a sleazebag.

UGH!!!!!!! what a snobbish, repugnant, self righteous post..  Did you have to pause the Lifetime movie on your DVR to write that?
Why does everyone care so much where he puts his junk at night?  I don't care about his gorgeous filthy rich wife and his cute spoiled kids.. Daddy cheated on mommy so what?  You like this lifestyle?  Thank Daddy's talent..  I want to see him play golf.  I want to see him give millions of dollars a year to charity.. I want to see him host events that raise even more money for charities..
And as for this article, does anybody read or listen to Rick Reilly anymore?  The guy recycles stories, and is so out of touch with the sports world it's ridiculous that anyone takes anything this guy says with any more respect than a 17 year old kid in his mom's basement

12/9/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

This is why ESPN sickens me. You give someone two million bucks to repeatedly spout out stupidity from his lips. Only in America you can become rich by being a dumbass

12/9/09   |   Drummer99   |   4020 respect

(Edited by Drummer99)

This story will not disappear over night. Mainly because every girl on the planet keeps claiming they had relations with him. Tiger will play Golf again, the Masters? thats up to him. Don't worry about him playing at all,  and people will be very surprised how many of his fans cheer for him, its going to be shocking at first. Oh, I'm sure he lost respect from some people and lost some fans, but, he still has a lot more left. A Lot of people are disappointed in him, me included, he lost his clean cut image, he had a family and he just let it go right through his fingers like it was nothing, that's probably why its such a huge story. Also, people stop saying its nobodies business, its to late for that. The whole world knows about it now. Expect the Jay Leno jokes for another month at least. But, Tiger will play again, no doubt.

12/9/09   |   suedon70   |   144 respect

suzanneclark12 wrote:
Im just wondering why SI,arguably the most read sports magazine in the world, neglected to run a story about  Tiger's dirty laundry in their Dec 11 weekly edition. Could it be because, unlike Fan IQ, they choose to select only sports worthy topics based on fact and responsible resources and presented in a journalistic type format that their readers have come to expect? They did however post a pic of Tiger blasting out of a sand trap and mentioned he  ..in spite of not winning a major last year..was tops in earnings on PGA Tour in 2009. Just a little golf news if anyones interested...

They didn't air Tiger's dirty laundry in the Dec 11th Sports Illustrated because it was an end of the year edition  featuring the best sports photos of the year - there weren't any articles in it.  I guess Tiger lucked out on that.....

As for the advice for Tiger to skip the Masters: The tournament is in 4 months. I think a lot can happen between now and then, but regardless I personally don't believe he should skip it.   

12/9/09   |   blondie45044   |   5873 respect



He needs to do what everyone needs to do about Tiger let it go. Tiger is human, he is not the first to have an affair nor the last. People say he should have made a statement, would it have mattered I think not. People will still talk for years to come because they have no life of their own.

I say come out and play, show your talent and ignore all those judgmental assholes making derogatory remarks.
 

12/9/09   |   blondie45044   |   5873 respect

Here is what I say, Tiger has earned his right to play golf. He is a master and screw all those who judge him for being human! Go Tiger! 

12/9/09   |   richard_music   |   67 respect

Here in Europe we have somewhat different attitudes. Tiger Woods has been having affairs? Oh really? Naughty boy. Nothing unusual there for someone famous having an affair. A week later its all forgotten about and doesn´t sell papers anymore. No one really cares here. Tiger Woods is a great golfer, thats all thats REALLY important. His personal life is his personal life, leave him and his family be!

BTW, didn´t seem to do Bill Clinton much harm.

12/9/09   |   fooltomery   |   21 respect

(Edited by fooltomery)

Tiger Woods, excellent athlete that he is, has also marketed himself to the world as a model of character and feel-goodness in order to sell lots of stuff to lots of people ("Hey, buy a Buick 'cuz I say it's a good idea and you know what a great golfer and guy I am!").  As it turns out, he's a man who lacks both integrity and honor, and who appears unable (or unwilling) to control himself.  From now on, every time he sinks a putt and pumps his fist and smiles widely, I'll think of his wife and two little kids.  What a sleazebag.

12/9/09   |   aos035   |   68 respect

I just got 10 more respect after I had used up all of mine.

12/9/09   |   Ladyvet   |   10 respect

Enough already with this Tiger Woods story!  Let it be, what is is and can't anybody turn back the hands of time.  If at 33 he makes the choice to live his life this way, so be it! He's going to be held accountable not you nor you nor you! How dare charge him, try him, and punish him with public opinion.  Public opinion is not worth a dime anyway.  Small minds have large appetites for sensationalism.  Get over it~ let it go!

12/8/09   |   suzanneclark12   |   435 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Well, let's be honest here. It's the offseason in golf. Tiger's the #1 golfer in the world. He cheated on his wife with multiple women. This is news, whether anyone likes it or not.

The truth is SI is like ESPN: Let's not put Tiger's dirty laundry out there because we just might get the first interview with him if we avoid it!

Don't kid yourself. SI and ESPN aren't some kind of moral compasses here. They've simply taken the other approach. Imagine what kind of ratings a Tiger interview on ESPN would get, or an interview in SI.

In fact, I think SI and ESPN are worse than other places for ignoring the story in the first place. It's newsworthy, get used to it.

Well ,unlike you, maybe SI and ESPN dont consider this news worthy ..they are sports writers not gossip columnists

12/8/09   |   zzj000   |   388 respect

(Edited by zzj000)

Rick Reilly? $2million? I agree that they're not getting their money's worth. But then, I cant think of a single person at ESPN worth $2million a year!

12/8/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
"Get in the hole!" will have an entirely new meaning.

and by the way...MAJOR WIN on this post. 

12/8/09   |   Jess   |   34899 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Well, let's be honest here. It's the offseason in golf. Tiger's the #1 golfer in the world. He cheated on his wife with multiple women. This is news, whether anyone likes it or not.

The truth is SI is like ESPN: Let's not put Tiger's dirty laundry out there because we just might get the first interview with him if we avoid it!

Don't kid yourself. SI and ESPN aren't some kind of moral compasses here. They've simply taken the other approach. Imagine what kind of ratings a Tiger interview on ESPN would get, or an interview in SI.

In fact, I think SI and ESPN are worse than other places for ignoring the story in the first place. It's newsworthy, get used to it.

It suffices to say that SI and ESPN are supposed to be "professional" news, and I think a lot of people make the mistake that FanIQ should be like the Times or the Post where that's concerned so yea, comparing the two would be correct in that case. However, this is a blog - not a newspaper (newspaper journalists aren't supposed to be biased...bloggers have that freedom). And quite frankly, I would trust a blog over a newspaper anymore. Bloggers are ruthless and get to the bottom of stories rather than cover them up. You're going to get half-truths in both. You're going to get missing information in both. The only difference is that one of them doesn't try to pretend to be something they're not.

12/8/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Well, let's be honest here. It's the offseason in golf. Tiger's the #1 golfer in the world. He cheated on his wife with multiple women. This is news, whether anyone likes it or not.

The truth is SI is like ESPN: Let's not put Tiger's dirty laundry out there because we just might get the first interview with him if we avoid it!

Don't kid yourself. SI and ESPN aren't some kind of moral compasses here. They've simply taken the other approach. Imagine what kind of ratings a Tiger interview on ESPN would get, or an interview in SI.

In fact, I think SI and ESPN are worse than other places for ignoring the story in the first place. It's newsworthy, get used to it.

 agreed. and I might be in the minority but this is totally related to sports. This could end up completely affecting his game in a way - or it could improve it if this has been eating at him for the last year or so. 

12/8/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

Rick - what happens w/ 22 other women in 34 different hotels stays with those 22 women in those 34 different hotels. Let the man play golf. 

12/8/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

suzanneclark12 wrote:
Im just wondering why SI,arguably the most read sports magazine in the world, neglected to run a story about  Tiger's dirty laundry in their Dec 11 weekly edition. Could it be because, unlike Fan IQ, they choose to select only sports worthy topics based on fact and responsible resources and presented in a journalistic type format that their readers have come to expect? They did however post a pic of Tiger blasting out of a sand trap and mentioned he  ..in spite of not winning a major last year..was tops in earnings on PGA Tour in 2009. Just a little golf news if anyones interested...

Well, let's be honest here. It's the offseason in golf. Tiger's the #1 golfer in the world. He cheated on his wife with multiple women. This is news, whether anyone likes it or not.

The truth is SI is like ESPN: Let's not put Tiger's dirty laundry out there because we just might get the first interview with him if we avoid it!

Don't kid yourself. SI and ESPN aren't some kind of moral compasses here. They've simply taken the other approach. Imagine what kind of ratings a Tiger interview on ESPN would get, or an interview in SI.

In fact, I think SI and ESPN are worse than other places for ignoring the story in the first place. It's newsworthy, get used to it.

12/8/09   |   suzanneclark12   |   435 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
"Get in the hole!" will have an entirely new meaning.

Im just wondering why SI,arguably the most read sports magazine in the world, neglected to run a story about  Tiger's dirty laundry in their Dec 11 weekly edition. Could it be because, unlike Fan IQ, they choose to select only sports worthy topics based on fact and responsible resources and presented in a journalistic type format that their readers have come to expect? They did however post a pic of Tiger blasting out of a sand trap and mentioned he  ..in spite of not winning a major last year..was tops in earnings on PGA Tour in 2009. Just a little golf news if anyones interested...

12/8/09   |   sprode   |   52 respect

Yeah, that would be smart.  Skip your job at the biggest possible stage.  Because sex has a lot to do with golf.  Those golfers are players man, the biggest in the sporting world.  It'll show you're really moving on, right?  I mean, sitting around twiddling your thumbs while the media whirlwind rages around you...

Because if Kobe had sat during the playoffs, that would have been a big boon for his image, right?

When I say I think ESPN is in general a total joke filled with "professionals" who couldn't analyze a little league tee ball game, I'm being honest.

12/8/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

keppieboy wrote:
 I wonder what type of reception the crowd will give him when he plays his first tournament after all of this.

"Get in the hole!" will have an entirely new meaning.

12/8/09   |   keppieboy   |   158 respect

 I wonder what type of reception the crowd will give him when he plays his first tournament after all of this.