"Notre Dame Cathedral Burns! Tiger Woods Unharmed!"
Tiger Woods is the best golfer that most of us have ever seen to be better off being offended. . Agreed? Agreed. For that purpose, we have been blessed. But it should be the end.
So why are our good senses always forced to play defenses against repeated claims and portraits we know not to be true?
In the first 20 years of Woods' pro career, television audiences were told and sold despite abundant, often television-conspicuous evidence of the opposite, that he is the greatest guy on the planet.
Now? We are told that he has been changed, matured, grown friendlier and humiliated to become and remain the greatest guy on the planet.
To cry aloud, he is a man who is filled with similar mistakes. He is not a deity.
Yet, these gentlemen were another four-day television service that was officially Rev. Jim Nantz, Master's pastoral pastor from a pristine grass, over which CBS would touch recorded chirps from birds that had never been seen or heard south of Duluth.
"I make sense," writes reader Frank Tredici, "that Nantz doesn't think I love my kids as much as Tiger loves his."
During Friday's second round after a short rain delay, Woods missed a short birdie putt at 1
Nick Faldo: "That rain got him right there. Made the difference." Dottie Pepper: "I agree."
What has God done? Now, Woods was the biblical job! Even though the conditions were the same for all, he lives and lives alone from evil!
Abusive, mawkish, predictable.
Reads Bill Bingham on Saturday's third round: "I expected half CBS's leaderboard to read," To Guys -12, TIGER WOODS – 11. Some other guys -10. ""
Woods win Sunday was substantially supported and backed by leader Francesco Molinari, who made two double bogeys in the last seven holes. It is similar to Jordan Spieth, who also blew the 2016 Masters to Danny Willett.
While the big story from 2016 was that Spieth blew it, Molinari's gift was reduced to at most the parenthetic so as not to ruin the big tiger comeback story.
And when Woods won, Faldo jumped, "after all, he's been through." Yes, the greatest story has ever told. Soon, the angle "the greatest comeback in golf history" took off.
Comeback? Comeback from what? OK, back surgery.
But also a troubled, police-called, caught-sexting marriage? Hookups with hookers? A DUI opioid bust followed by drug rehab? An Olympics-banned "special" doctor fled regularly from Canada to treat him until he was arrested and convicted of possessing illegal misleading drugs?
Do you want a heroic comeback? In 1949, Ben Hogan probably saved his wife's life as he dived over his body from the driver's seat for a moment before a bus blindly passing a truck slammed his head into their car.
Impact Count: Double break of the pelvis, broken ankle, broken ribs, near-deadly blood clots. At 5-foot-9, he played 150 pounds, but lost 20 pounds when he spent the next two months in the hospital.
16 months later, the Hogan won the US Open.
None of these diseases TV trailers are Woods & # 39; Errors, even though Team Tiger has punished the TV interviewers whose questions about Woods did not like with loss of access. It helps explain why Woods' interviews produce dry, nervous questions – "What are you taking away from this?" – and inappropriate answers.
CBS and NBC many years ago decided that they should sell Woods for each rating that he was worth, no matter how shameless, dishonest and transparent. Being hated by heretics who would rather see Woods and be enjoyed only as a superior golfer, unlike anyone who smashed so much more, is someone they know he is not.
And then we now go from TV's Old Tiger Testament to the same old New Tiger Testament.
Welcome to ESPN's Sunday Night Slaughterhouse
Reader Ralph Caola made it perfect. He tried to see ESPN's Sunday night Mets-Braves, but surrendered early when "ESPN sucks life out of it."
But that's what ESPN by design and self-conscious excess do to any sport it