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Many Fellow Golfers Believe Tiger Juiced

Tiger Woods continues to find ways to look like a model citizen.  The National Enquirer is reporting that Woods’ has admitted to having sex with 121 women while married to Elin Nordegren.  Like we expressed with the recent post about the Dale Jr. situation, the Enquirer has been pretty accurate reporting these things thus far.  We’ll see if any truth comes of it — not that it matters much at this stage in the saga.  Maybe in Tiger’s eyes you cheat once, you might as well cheat 121 times, and that’s how the number grew into such an astronomical figure.  Maybe the report isn’t even true.  It’s not like Tiger can be made to look much worse with regard to his extramarital affairs at this point.

Tiger’s admitted that he cheated on his wife.  He made his public apology (whether you feel it was sincere or not), and is trying to move on.  One thing he could conceivably screw up further, however, is the legitimacy of his accomplishments as a golfer.  Last year, Tiger was confronted with accusations that he has used performance-enhancing drugs when a NY Times article linked him to a Canadian doctor whose name was tied to providing performance-enhancing drugs for athletes.  Tiger denied the report, of course, but it seems a good portion of the golfers on the PGA tour aren’t buying what he’s selling.

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Can Buddhist Tiger Woods Take God’s Name in Vain?

It’s been mentioned in several holy scriptures that thou shall not take the Lord’s name in vain. Is Tiger Woods exempt from this rule because Tiger’s a devout Buddhist? After all, listen to him get pissed off after a poor shot on the sixth hole Saturday in the third round of the Masters:

I’m guessing anyone who’s screwed up in sports has had a similar reaction to Tiger but now that he’s a Buddhist, maybe the God Squadders won’t be able to criticize him.

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Tiger Woods Outburst at the Masters (Video) [The Big Lead]

Earl Woods Was Talking About Himself, Not Tiger in Nike Commercial

The new Nike Tiger Woods ad with his father’s voice in it has generated a ton of buzz. That’s probably exactly the way the swoosh wanted it — the more talk about their product the better. The one obvious question for most viewers was how they got Earl Woods’ voice in there considering Tiger’s dad has been dead since 2006. Well Nike used an interview Earl gave as part of a 2004 Tiger documentary “Tiger: The Authorized DVD Collection” for the sound bite. Here’s the context via Sports by Brooks and ABC News:

In the original context, Earl was not talking to Woods, but about the golfer’s mother Kultida. …
Earl’s full quote in the film is: “Authoritarian. Yea, Tida is very authoritative. She is very definitive. ‘Yes’ and ‘No.’ I am more prone to be inquisitive, to promote discussion. I want to find out what you’re thinking was, I want to find out what your feelings are and did you learn anything?”

Earl then adds, “So, we were two different types but we co-existed pretty well.”

So there you have it, Earl Woods was talking about himself, not Tiger in that now infamous soundbite. People don’t seem to care because it fit so well. Tiger even felt that way saying, “I think it was very apropos. I think that’s what my dad would say. It’s amazing how my Dad could speak to me from different ways even though he’s long gone. He’s still helping me. I think any son who has lost a father who meant so much in their life, I think they would understand the spot.” Tiger knows the commercial quote was b.s. but still gets people to buy into it. Of course he did — they never betrayed him so why would he betray them?

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Nike Ad: What Earl Was Actually Talking About [Sports by Brooks]
Tiger Woods Ad Ripped Audio from 2004 Documentary [ABC]

Nike’s New Tiger Woods and Earl Woods Ad Is just Creepy

Nike released a new ad featuring Tiger Woods and the voice of his late father, Earl Woods. It might be just me but I don’t know exactly what the point of this is or what it does for the company. Here’s the a video of the new Nike Tiger Woods ad featuring his father Earl Woods:

Um, OK so is Nike trying to remind people about Tigers’ “indiscretions”? If I were them I would think that I would want to move past it and make people focus on the here and now rather than the drama of a few months ago. I also find it really creepy that they are using his late father’s voice for this ad. Earl Woods died in 2006 and this ad has got some eerie “beyond the grave” type feel to it and it just really gives me a chill in my spine when I watch.

So with Tiger officially carrying the Nike torch, I wonder what their next move will be after this creepy campaign. Maybe they’ll be changing their slogan from “Just do it” to “Keep it in your pants.”

The Sports Adulterers Hall of Fame

With Tiger Woods returning to competitive golf this week despite the recent revelations of his extramarital affairs, it got me thinking about other notorious spouse cheaters in sports. If we were to turn our backs on all the athletes who have cheated on their wives, who would we have left? If we were to shun every athlete who has ever done anything distasteful, then our Hall of Fames would be practically empty. Moreover, it’s amazing that some of the finest athletes in their sports dominated despite drama-filled lives. Today, let’s take a walk through The Sports Adulterers Hall of Fame and remember that what an athlete does in their personal life doesn’t necessarily impact their game.

Tiger Woods: He has returned to the golf world despite all the drama surrounding him and his family. Tiger was scrutinized for his multiple “indiscretions” and rumors swirled that he had even impregnated one of his mistresses a couple of times. Tiger has won 71 PGA Tour events, and 14 Majors to which he is second only to Jack Nicklaus. But beyond his honors and trophies, Tiger’s brilliance resulted in an explosion in popularity of the game which itsel has been an amazing achievement.

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Tiger Woods’ Buddhist Bracelet the New Livestrong Band?

Tiger Woods spent 600 seconds Sunday taping interviews. Though each interviewer was afforded limited time, they each tried to ask Tiger some of the questions many of us wanted to have answered. I thought Tom Rinaldi was more direct and stepped in more frequently to keep Tiger on the path and that he caught Tiger in an unprepared moment — one where Tiger admitted he wanted people to cheer for him. Kelly Tilghman of The Golf Channel asked many similar questions and received many similar, scripted answers. The difference to me was that she didn’t follow up as well as Rinaldi, and she also threw out there the biggest softball question of all: Tilghman asked Tiger about a certain bracelet on his wrist. Tiger seized the opportunity to emphasize how he had found religion. In his case, Buddha. Here’s a picture of Tiger Woods’ Buddhist bracelet:

Tiger explained that the bracelet is Buddhist and it’s for protection and strength. He says he will be wearing it the rest of his life. If that’s the case then I think it’s a great time for Tiger’s marketing team to see how well the guy still sells. Maybe Tiger’s Buddhist bracelet can catch on the way Lance Armstrong Livestrong band did.

Photo Credit: Deadspin, where Daulerio thought Tilghman tossed up better softballs. That’s surprising to read, considering they clearly saw her ask him about the bracelet. What a joke.

Rude Tiger Woods Jokes Axed at Oscars

Telling jokes and trying to entertain an audience is a tricky proposition. Sometimes you’re tempted to make personal attacks or politically incorrect statements. The good news is that some awards shows aren’t live, allowing the bosses a chance to edit things out. Apparently some mean-spirited jokes made about Tiger Woods at the Academy Awards didn’t even make it that far.

Academy Awards bosses deleted a series of rude Tiger Woods jokes from the script. A well-placed source tells us writers penned cracks about the golfer’s cheating scandal for hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin to deliver. But the lines have been nixed by producers. The source said, “Some of the Tiger jokes were deemed too rude.”

We’ve posted on a joke made at a Jacksonville Jaguars game at Tiger’s expense but that was nothing compared to all the other cracks floating around. I’m sure they had plenty of material raring and ready to go but it was probably the right thing to cut those out of the script. Perhaps the best news of all is that Tiger’s been back on the course practicing and preparing for a return to golf — something he should have done a long time ago.