"You Gotta Be Kidding!"©
by Mickey Charles CEO, sportsnetwork.com
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) --
The difference in this case is that mine is not an indictment, a salacious
opinion of his recently heralded trysts or a focus on what he has done to
family, career, earnings, golf and his entire future. The media, from The
National Enquirer to The New York Post (neither up for a Pulitzer for
journalistic accomplishment), People and just about everyone with a printing
press, radio broadcast studio or network reach has beaten this matter to
death. Probably something his wife, Elin, came close to doing.
It was news, no doubt, and he is arguably the biggest sports superstar on the
planet. When he is not playing TV ratings for golf viewership decline by
anywhere from 50% to 60%. Adoration of El Tigre has pretty much disappeared
faster than a winter sun. That zillion dollar smile is in hiding and he has
surrounded himself with people that will kowtow to his every wish and play to
his own failings and foibles desperately trying to discover some justification
for his need to prove his manhood. None either knew of the extra club in his
bag or were too smitten by their friendship with him to attempt to advise a
Tiger Woods will be noticeably absent from the beginning of the PGA Tour in 2010. |
When the great fall, the mobs seize the moment. They relish it. They thrive
upon it. They cannot get enough of it. There is a chink in the armor, more
than one. The cracks in the Steuben glass become evident and increasingly
long. The chips in the statue seem to be beyond repair.
But, when is enough enough? Tiger Woods blew it big time in one of the more
astounding ego trips of our time. Why else engage in all those relationships,
the extent of which no one really knows except Woods and the girls, when they
are telling the truth.
His wife, Elin, is a 10 going on 11 and she has a twin sister, Josefin.
You have to be kidding me! Two small children, the world of sports believing
that the driven snow came in second to him when it came to purity and the
perfect human being and marriage. A group of tigers is rare but when seen
together they are a 'streak' or an 'ambush.' Both are applicable terms here
since Tiger streaked about and was ambushed by laxity, stupidity, arrogance,
egotism and the failure to simply pick up his cell phone and take it with him
when he left the house. Dumb beyond belief.
Justification for what he did if kept secret? Of course not. But his fall from
grace led him to learn what "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" really
means. He, of course, has not helped the situation. He has taken the Titanic
and put another iceberg in the other section of the hull. The worst thing
about doing what he did was getting caught and forgetting who he was.
Allowances made? C'mon...of course not. But, unless someone counts the cookies
religiously every night no one really knows until you get caught with your
hand in the jar or wherever Tiger had his recently.
Mine is neither a castigation nor condemnation. What took place is apparent.
He was over the top. Boarding "Privacy," his $20 million plus yacht and
setting sail with friends was not the answer. If he went elsewhere, same
thing. If he was injured by his wife and does not want to show up in public
yet, maybe. If he can make it with a reasonable appearance that should have
been done yesterday. The media is relentless. They are sharks who are on a
hunt. They are piranhas with unquenchable appetites. They will hunt until the
hunt is over, and then dine on the carcass for a short period of time before
seeking out their next target and victim.
Elin Woods is out skiing and enjoying an $8,000 per day villa on the
slopes. Life has changed for her but, then again, it has not and her message
to the world is simply, "Screw you, screw him, screw the media and I am not
going to stop living because my husband was a fraud to all, starting with
myself." That, in turn, gives rise to the latest slew of rumors as side dishes
are now served to, and by, the media. How much will she get when she leaves?
She just might not. And, he probably did not give $5 million to the first
whistle blower...any other description would be edited out. Did he give
something? Arguably yes and the press conference folded. That is when every
other girl that ever attended a golf tournament or saw him at a hotel, or
asked for an autograph and, possibly, nothing more, came out of his travel
Elin Nordegren married Tiger Woods in 2004 |
The numbers are up to $500 million. I term it ridiculous. If she, Elin, wants
out and asks for some outrageous amount, he might as well take a portion of
that and contest it. He screwed around. That has a negative value to it.
Unless paperwork says she is entitled to that amount of money from his still
existing fortune, she is not. How much embarrassment is there in staying and
mending, healing? Impossible? Not really. Forgiveness? Tough but doable. A new
prenup? That would do it, certainly help. Public apology, regret, penance,
self reproach? That works. Impossible? Not really. Tough? Incredibly so.
How much will she bend unless it is a five-iron around his neck? Can be quite
a bit when one is headed for martyrdom. Would many consider that weak,
undeserved, silly? He will do it again and you will regret it insanity. Count
on it. But she, Elin, comes off like Joan of Arc, he is still a putz that must
be purer than the Pope from this point on, as many will forgive as condemn and
the media will hover and salivate for a short time and then go on to find
their next prey. After the public appearance of repentance by Tiger they will
appear together as he says how stupid he was and she evinces forgiveness based
upon worldly teachings and principles of her youth.
Not about to happen, right? Don't count it out. It is ugly, but there are the
kids, the lifestyle without the excess and what can be. She can have it
anyway, and more, and be free of him is the argument. All too true but, right
now, she is waiting for him to show up and someone has been a liaison between
them. Negotiations are underway and they are not totally settlement driven.
Comebacks are an American tradition and this might be the toughest of all in
recent memory. One person wins no matter and, in turn, so do the kids. Elin.
Tiger loses, but it all boils down to what, when, how much, where and how.
Does anyone but Elin, her sister, mother and father actually know, have a hint
of what she has on her mind? Does anyone truly know where Tiger is these
You gotta be kidding!