Saturday, February 20, 2010

Tiger Woods

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85 days after his early-morning car crash and subsequent blockbuster sex scandal, Tiger Woods apologized to the world Friday morning, with a 14-minute televised speech, that offered a mixed bag of reactions.
One trend saw men to be more forgiving than woman!  ABC's George Stephanopoulos called Tiger's speech "one of the most remarkable apologies ever by a public figure". CBS's David Feherty agreed, saying, "I've never seen him appear so vulnerable...I was very impressed with what he said".
TMZ's Harvey Levin Twittered that, "Tiger's speech hit the high notes in a big way", while Donald Trump was actually disappointed Woods even apologized, telling 'Forbes'..."I hate seeing Tiger apologize.  I'd rather watch him win golf tournaments and have a great life".
However, commentary from female viewers was much more cynical.  Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren sharply criticized the speech, saying: "Tiger Woods telling the media to be good and responsible to his wife...he's telling OTHERS to be good to his wife?  Maybe HE should have been".
'Jezebel.Com' praised Tiger's defending his wife, but questioned his motives for apology, saying, "this--and his now-notorious failings...make it hard to believe anything he says".  Other notable women claim this was Tiger's ploy to save sponsors, and that his robotic, forced body-language made him seem NOT sorry at all.
Upon listening to San Francisco's all-sports radio station KNBR-680, I heard co-hosts Ralph Barbieri and Tom Tolbert comment that Tiger looked as if he practiced the speech in the mirror, and that perhaps he rehearsed both his voice inflections, and how to play to to the camera.
Personally, I do NOT completely concur, however, before offering my reaction.(On my Birthday no less!)... I'll even include a response from one of my closest friends. He offers that since Tiger's wife Elin didn't show-up, she will probably never be intimate with him again....and, since he can't be with anyone else because of this mess, Tiger must now face a life of celibacy!
I told my friend that he MAY BE stretching it a bit!  I actually listened to the speech on car-radio first, and then ran inside to rewind my DVR recorder and watch it on TV. From both perceptions, Tiger basically sold me!
What he did say WAS written-out first, however, there was sincerity in his voice for all 14-minutes.! He seemed to hold nothing back, and left no part of what he truly needed to be sorry for... out there drifting in the wind.
 He not only brought everything  to the table regarding his infidelities, he also apologized to everyone, including those so very important youngsters who look up to him.
Often trembling and stumbling, Tiger revealed an imperfection that was refreshing,  if not more believable....thus making his defense of wife Elin, and the denial of any performance enhancing drug use, even more convincing.
Not only did Tiger assume ALL the blame for EVERYTHING he did wrong, he shared a solid plan for a life cure following a long, therapeutic and clinical battle, which he vows to endure to the bitter end.
He also affirmed the dire need to forever live by the same standards and boundaries as we all do, begging in one  final plea...that we "come to believe in him again", one day!
As for the future of his marriage and family, that is something he and Elin need to work out alone between themselves, as he put it. I for ONE, wish them success, and hope you will too...on further thought.
After all, the bottom line is...doesn't everyone deserve that often-mentioned second chance, even Tiger Woods?  I think he does!
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