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That’s What He Said…

“I can only speak for myself and say during a time like that you can just about make it to the next tee if you make a birdie or a par but with a bogey the world collapses around you.”

-European Ryder Cup team captain Colin Montgomerie, when asked about how Tiger will perform when he returns to golf.

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Daily Rant: Double Standards in Sports

January 2, 2010 3 comments

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When Tiger Woods has countless extramarital affairs he is slammed as a poor role model and a disgrace to his fans and his sport. When it comes to other sports, however, athletes don’t seem to be held to the same standards. Given golf is known to be a “gentleman’s game” and Tiger carefully crafted his perfect family man image, but his fault is nowhere near as bad as others that we have seen as of late.

I am in no way defending Tiger’s actions, but hearing him get slammed week after week for having extramarital affairs and not hearing any commentary at all when Gilbert Arenas allegedly pulled a gun on his teammate Javaris Crittenton is simply blasphemous. If this was the case, Arenas could have severely injured if not killed his own teammate, and yet people are still talking about Tiger and what a horrible man and role model he is. Arenas is one of the biggest stars in the NBA, but because basketball is filled with bad boys, he isn’t forced to undergo the same treatment as Tiger. Arenas isn’t a lone wolf either, take a look at the members of the Minnesota Vikings that were involved in the infamous “Love Boat” scandal, in which two boats were rented and several of the players involved performed sexual acts on  women in front of crew members. If that wasn’t bad enough, according to an unnamed source, it wasn’t the first time that such an incident had occurred. To make things worse, when the cleaning crew arrived, they found “used condoms, K-Y jelly, Handi Wipes, and wrappers for sex toys,” among other things. There were criminal charges made in this case and although it received a good amount of media coverage, the players involved did not nearly receive the amounts of negative attention that Tiger has undergone. Even Ron Artest and his brawl in the stands couldn’t top Tiger.

Again, I don’t condone Tiger’s actions, but if you’re going to let such guys as Artest, Arenas, and several members of the 2005 Minnesota Vikings off of the hook, you have to do the same with Tiger. He didn’t break a law for having and affair and he wasn’t in danger of causing physical harm to anyone while he was canoodling with other women. He definitely has familial issues that need to be resolved, but I bet there are a slew of other athletes that are in the same boat.

At the end of the day, I hate what this controversy does for the sport of golf. Surely, their ratings will take a massive hit while Tiger is gone and I can only hope that people will watch after he returns. None of the players on the PGA Tour asked for this and if their ratings take the hits that are expected, the Tour’s necessary sponsorship dollars and television coverage will certainly dwindle. So even if you can’t stand Tiger and never want him to win another tournament again, don’t let it stop you from watching what is the wonderful sport of golf. The other day, I saw a commercial that hyped the other players on the PGA Tour, specifically Phil Mickelson, Y.E. Yang, Sergio Garcia, and Stewart Cink. Though I chuckled a bit while watching a Tiger-less golf commercial, I was glad to see the other guys getting some hype. I have always loved that golf is such an international sport and that it has tons of characters that you don’t tend to see in other sports, where the guys seem to be getting more and more robotic everyday. After the positive news that came from golf becoming an Olympic sport, the loss of Tiger for a significant period of time was a massive hit. It was a hit that nobody anticipated and nobody could have stopped, and yet all of the players on tour will suffer as a result. Nevertheless, I will be watching while Tiger is gone and for the sake of the PGA Tour, I hope that others will too.

Sergio Garcia’s Injury Not Healed

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As all of the tabloids discuss Tiger, one can sometimes forget that there is still golf going on. In fact, the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, which boasts a field including Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, and Geoff Ogilvy, is only three weeks away. World number 11 Garcia’s appearance, however, may be in doubt as he has yet to recover from a sprained wrist that he sustained during the last month’s Dubai World Championship, in which he finished 7th. According to the Vanguard News, Garcia will see a specialist due to the injury.

“The hand is not well. I haven’t played for three weeks and I still feel pain. It’s not healing as fast as we thought it would. What’s clear is that even with the rest it’s not better and we’re a little bit worried,” said Garcia.

Sorry Ana

Well, now you have time to spend with Adam.

Venus will face Aggie Radwanska in the quarterfinals.

Ana and Adam..It’s On!

June 25, 2009 3 comments
Photo via AngelGlam.

Photo via AngelGlam.

The rumors seem to be true because Adam Scott was seen in Ana Ivanovic’s box today. The two of them have been linked since they were seen together at the beach just before the Australian Open. I guess she is taking her “Aussie Ana” title to heart!

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Quote of the Day: Adam Scott and Ana Ivanovic Still On?

Photo of Ana Ivanovic by Bruno Girin.

Photo of Ana Ivanovic by Bruno Girin.

“Word on the cart paths of Bethpage had it that Adam Scott has gone so flowing-mane-over-soft-spikes for Ana Ivanovic, the statuesque tennis player from Serbia who’s ranked 12th  in the world, that he will skip Tiger Wood’s AT&T National to attend Wimbledon.”

Golf.com on the Adam Scott and Ana Ivanovic pairing

I am definitely going to be looking for him….

Lucas Glover Wins the US Open

Photo of Lucas Glover via What's in the Bag.

Photo of Lucas Glover via What's in the Bag.

Despite the doubters, Lucas Glover was able to hold on to win the US Open, which was his first victory in a major. For a guy who, at one point, seriously thought about quitting the game, it’s an incredible moment. Glover didn’t play miraculously in the final round, but compared to 3rd round leader Ricky Barnes, it wasn’t bad at all. Glover shot a 73, to finish at 4-under, whereas Barnes had a 6-over 76, which dropped him to 2-under overall and left him in a tie for second with fan favorite Phil Mickelson and comeback kid David Duval. Tiger Woods finished in 6th, 1-under overall, and both Rory Mcilroy and Sergio Garcia finished in 10th.