Monday, December 14, 2009

Tiger Woods

  I’m amazed how quickly all Tiger Wood’s alleged partners came out for their 15 minutes of fame. I read a lot about how all the publicity is racially motivated. Bill Clinton got much more ink for his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Clinton was the leader of the free world, but he was also less popular, probably less well known, and rumors of Clinton’s indiscretions were rampant even before he was president. And Prince Charles was a world laughingstock when his phone calls to his Lady Camilla became public.

  I have to believe that the other golfers on the tour and the golf media knew about some of Tiger’s ladies, but it is perfectly understandable why they would not make it public. Thanks to Tiger Woods, everyone in the golf industry makes more money. In the 1920’s Babe Ruth’s womanizing was well-known. He missed half the 1925 season with an illness described as the ‘bellyache heard around the world’, when there are numerous accounts of the Babe suffering from syphilis. For the same reasons as 85 years later, the baseball press of the time saw no reason to kill the cash cow.

  What is different is that 85 years ago there was no tabloid industry. From Princess Diana to Brittany Spears to Patrick Swayze to Michael Jackson to Tiger Woods, there is a lot of money to be made by giving the public a window to the private lives of celebrities and no one cares what kind of Mac & Cheese is being served for dinner. And to expose Tiger Woods’ humanity is even a bigger seller since his revealed behavior is such a polar opposite to his carefully manicured image as the tunnel-visioned golfer who has no time for anything outside polishing his craft except for his family and a few selected endorsement deals.

  Once Tiger goes away for awhile and there is no golf news, I wonder if the tabloids will find other golfers’ womanizing. Probably not, since even though there has to be a lot of married golfers with steady hookups on the tour, none will be well-known enough to make people buy the magazines. I’ll know chess is in the mainstream when the tabloids show a chess player’s many girlfriends.

  Tiger’s endorsement deals are disappearing fast. I wonder if his hiatus is to repair his marriage, to repair his image, or if it is really one and the same to him. In case he is a little short of cash, I have a few ideas for some new endorsement deals:

    1. Woods’ Escort Service – Personally approved and rated. Special on the 4-wood section this week only.
    2. Ti-agra – “To help you keep up”
    3. Tiger’s Law Service – Specializing in pre-nuptial and child support agreements. Discretion assured

  Feel free to add your own in comments. I'll add them.