Celebrating a Year of D-Baggery for Tiger Woods and LeBron James

Well I’ll be damned. It just came to my attention that Tiger Woods and LeBron James share the same birthday. Isn’t that convenient? Two men who have successfully emerged as arguably the two biggest d-bags in the entire sporting world celebrating on the same day. Like any other quality source of news, we here at LBS have given our share of coverage to each celebrity athlete and done plenty of dumping on both of them. It’s only fitting that we recap and take this time to reflect on the year that was. Happy 35th, Tiger, and happy 26th, LeBron.

6. Rory McIlroy, 21-year-old professional golf phenom, kicks Tiger while he’s down and gives him a little PGA-style trash talk, telling reporters that with the way Tiger has been shooting he’d love it if he were given the chance to prey on him in the Ryder Cup.  McIlroy got his wish and the European team went on to defeat the Americans in the tourney.

5. Supposedy, there was a series of jokes that was to be delivered by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin at the 2010 Oscars, but Academy Awards bosses shot them down because they were “too rude.”  Man, would we have all loved to hear what they came up with.

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Golfers Have Hot Wives/Girlfriends, Tiger Used To

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Missing from photo: Elin Nordegren

Ah, poor Tiger.  All these beautiful women joining their significant others at the Ryder Cup and no one by the side of the world’s wealthiest golfer.  I think Joslyn James and Holly Sampson were both invited but they had to go to a shoot or something?  Does that sound right?  I don’t know.  Something tells me Tiger won’t be as lonely in his hotel room as he looks exiting this plane.

Photo: The Sun

EA Sports: Tiger Golf Sales Disappointing

Back in July we told you that sales to Tiger Woods’ EA Sports golf video game were down 68%. One of EA’s publicists said that Tiger’s poor play on the course led to the downturn in sales. The same sentiment was expressed by EA President Peter Moore in an interview with Eurogamer.

Moore said of the games’ sales: “It’s not where we’d want to be on a year on year basis. It’s been disappointing, in particular on the Wii. There’s no hiding, because the results are there. The Wii has been a disappointment.”

Disappointment might describe their reaction to the poor sales, but I don’t know how it could not have been expected. With all the turmoil in Tiger’s life, there’s no way they were expecting a boom in sales of the video game. Moore added that they stand by Tiger as they have all along. He admitted that Tiger’s personal life “probably has something to do with [the low sales]” of the game and that “it’s a consumer call.”

Of course it is. As we said in July and we’ll say now, Tiger’s play on the course will have to vastly improve for his status as a top pitchman to return. Nobody wants to play Rich Beem golf on their XBox just as they don’t want Tiger finishing 5th in majors. They want to play the video game of the most dominant golfer in the world. Tiger has to return to that form for a lot of things to change.

Tiger No Longer Intimidating Oponents

As if I needed another reason to respect Rory McIlroy, he has now decided to take a couple of jabs at Tiger Woods.  There’s been a lot of talk lately about whether or not Tiger should be asked to play for the U.S. squad in the upcoming Ryder Cup.  With the way he has played lately, he should be left off the team.  Chances are Corey Pavin will select him with one of his four captain’s picks come Sept. 7 because — despite being the center of everyone’s jokes — he’s still Tiger Woods.

McIlroy’s girlfriend, Holly Sweeney, is hot and his golf game is on the rise.  If anyone from the European Ryder Cup team should be talking smack it should probably be him, so I have no problem with it.  Here’s what McIlroy has to say about the prospect of facing Tiger, courtesy of Yahoo! News:

I would love to face [Woods]. Unless his game rapidly improves… I think anyone in the European team would fancy their chances against him.”

“There are a lot of American players playing better than him at the minute but it’s always an advantage to have Tiger Woods in your team,” said McIlroy.

“I think he’ll (Pavin) pick him. I don’t think it would go down too well in the States if he wasn’t picked.”

If Tiger doesn’t step his golf game up — and fast — he’ll have to prove to everyone that he can still be a good person and a good golfer.

McIlroy: Tiger would be easy Ryder Cup prey [Out of Bounds]
Tiger easy meat for Ryder Cup team: McIlroy [Yahoo! News]

One of the Greatest T-Shirts Ever Made

Now this is just phenomenal.  Tiger “The Mistress Master” Woods and Ben “No Means No” Roethlisberger on the same t-shirt, giving us a chance to poke fun at both at the exact same time?  This is just too good to be true.  Wait, it gets better.  According to Waggle Room, the Tiger Woods and Ben Roethlisberger Dumb and Dumber t-shirt comes from Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh.  The price tag on it? $3.00.  I’m in the process of trying to track down Primanti Brothers as we speak to order about a dozen of these…for myself.

So, Here’s Tiger Woods & Ben Roethlisberger on a Dumb & Dumber T-Shirt [Waggle Room]

Tiger Was Awful, Phil Blew Big Chance

It’s been a long time since we got to talk about Tiger Woods in strictly a golf sense. Usually it’s been about another mistress coming out or some fan heckling, but now we’re actually focusing strictly on Tiger’s golf game.

Tiger was nothing short of brutal this past weekend at the Bridgestone Invitational. Even more surprising about Tiger’s poor showing is that he had won at Firestone seven times including his last four tournaments there. Yet Tiger shot a 77 on Sunday giving him a career-worst score in any PGA Tour event he had ever played. The Tige was frustrated, mentally drained, and defeated. He gave away strokes and looked like he couldn’t get out of Akron fast enough. He was unlike we had ever seen him before. But despite Tiger’s second-to-last performance at the Bridgestone, he’ll remain as the number one ranked golfer on tour.

Phil Mickelson had a golden chance to take over the top ranking in the world. Had Tiger finished 44th or lower (he finished 78th!), all Phil had to do was finish in the top four to take over the number one spot. Phil entered the final round at -5 and only four shots back of leader Ryan Palmer. Mickelson completely bombed on Sunday, going eight over for a 78 — one shot worse than Tiger — to drop 30 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 46th. Phil will have another shot at taking over the top spot at the PGA Championship, but he can’t choke like this if he wants to unseat Tiger who has been number one since 2005. It was a beautiful opportunity missed for Mickelson.

Photo Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Breaking Down America’s 50 Highest-Earning Athletes

Sports Illustrated has released its seventh annual “Fortunate 50″ list, which gives us a sense of the type of money American athletes made last year based on salary, winnings, endorsements and appearance fees.  Despite the epic downfall of his image, Tiger Woods remained at the top of the list with nearly $30 million to spare.  Phil Mickelson held strong at No. 2 on the list and can probably thank Tiger’s demise for any extra cash that may have been thrown his way over the past year.   Here are a few aspects of the list that stuck out to me:

Floyd Mayweather Jr.: Want an idea of how much money can be made in boxing?  Mayweather, who may or may not be ducking Manny Pacquiao, checked in at No. 3 on the list after not being ranked in 2009.  While most of the top athletes on the list rake in a ton in endorsements, Mayweather made only $250,000 in endorsement deals and the rest — $60 million — in salary and winnings.  A bout with Shane Mosley alone earned him $40 million.

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