Image Is Everything And Then It Can All Mean Nothing …………….

Well, in wake of the tidal wave of events that’s happened since the Tiger Woods’ story broke. It would appear that the whole world has begun to chime in with their thoughts on the matter. From psychologists to the print and visual media. Not to be left out of course are the members of sport’s talk radio universe. And it won’t be long before the likes of Oprah , Dr. Phil, the likes of Larry King , Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell , chime in, giving us all, their thoughts on the matter. And no doubt the paparazzi and tabloid press in particular, will be able to have a field day with this. ‘Sex sells, sex sell, I repeat sex sells ! Well, so to does lurid stories of homicide and drug use. But I doubt that Tiger will venture down that. Although, Elin his wife , might. I’d dare say, that she wouldn’t mind making Tiger or perhaps one his paramours, one her victims ?

Tiger Woods and  his  family ,  his  wife, Elin  children  Sam  Alexis , Charlie Axel  and  the  family  pets
Tiger Woods with his family, his wife, Elin, children, Sam Alexis (seated with Elin) , Charlie Axel and the family pets. picture comes courtesy of http://tigerwoods.com ..........

While there’s empathy there for Woods to a certain extent , one can’t but help ask what this is all doing to the immediate members of his family, from his mother Kutilda , to his wife Elin and their two young children ? And in the wake of Woods’ mother-in-law recently suffering what is alleged to have been a mild cardiac arrest. Let’s just say this all adds to the turmoil of the events that have recently taken place.

As each day comes into being, at least one other female comes to the fore with a story of infidelity concerning Tiger Woods. At this rate , if things go on as we’re seeing it could round out wherein that Woods will have notched up more conquests than he has ‘majors’ as well as official PGA Tour victories ? And by last count that tally stood at 71 official PGA Tour victories (including 14 majors). Forgive me for my acerbic wit ! The more I hear and read about this ongoing saga , the more I feel that it’s ripe to become a major Hollywood movie , if not a ‘tv movie of the month’ ? Are they still making those by the way ? No doubt Hollywood and many of the cable outlets that love this sort of thing are racking up man hours writing a draft capturing these events for a possible tv movie showing at a later date ? I mean, if they can do it with O. J. Simpson and Joey Buttafuoco. Then , why the hell not with Tiger-with all of his dark lurid secrets of sexual indiscretions and who knows what else ?

Courtesy of Associated Press & Yahoo Sports

Congressman drops effort to honor Tiger Woods

Washington D.C. (AP)—A California congressman is dropping his effort to honor Tiger Woods with a Congressional Gold Medal.

Democratic Rep. Joe Baca proposed legislation in March that called for the golfer to be recognized for promoting good sportsmanship and breaking down barriers in the sport.

Baca said in a statement Wednesday that “in light of the recent developments surrounding Tiger Woods and his family,” he won’t pursue legislation this session to give him the award.

Woods’ recent car accident has led to a media firestorm surrounding his personal life. The world’s No. 1 golfer hit a hydrant and a tree on Nov. 27, and he was cited for careless driving and fined $164.

The accident—and Woods’ refusal to answer questions about it—fueled speculation about a possible dispute between him and his wife, Elin.

Woods has been out of the public eye since the crash and subsequent allegations of extramarital affairs.
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Woods  and  his  agent,  Mark  Steinberg.   Steinberg, an  employee  of  sports' agency conglomerate  IMG ,  has  the sole  responsibility of looking after Woods.  As  IMG's largest  standing  client  in  terms  of  not  only  notoriety but  also the  marketing millions  that the  golfer   generates  as  an  endorser  for  numerous  Fortune  500  companies. Steinberg  now  has  to   quietly  try and  create  presence  whereby   he can  negate and  perhaps  curtail the  firestorm  that  has  entrapped the  golfer.  Woods  hasn't made it any  easier  by  refusing  to  make  a  public  statement.    picture  appears courtesy  of  ap/photo /  ...................
Woods and his agent, Mark Steinberg. Steinberg, an employee of sports' agency conglomerate IMG , has the sole responsibility of looking after Woods. As IMG's largest standing client in terms of not only notoriety but also the marketing millions that the golfer generates as an endorser for numerous Fortune 500 companies. Steinberg now has to quietly try and create a presence whereby he can negate and perhaps curtail the firestorm that has entrapped the golfer. Woods hasn't made it any easier by refusing to make a public statement. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo / ...................

The strange is , that in the midst of this all, Woods has remained increasingly silent and the only thing forthcoming from him , has been a rather innocuous statement posted on his website speaking of a private matter ….’my transgressions’. I guess if that’s what you’re going to call it, then that’s what you’re going to call it ? With that in mind ,his perceived actions and the advice that he’s either being given or acting of his own accord. I find it somewhat incredulous that IMG , the company which oversees Woods’ management, has not sat seen fit to sit their client down and ask to him at least make an open public statement. If only to stave off the onslaught of the press and other prying eyes. But then again , Tiger Woods marches to beat of his own drum and more likely than not by all accounts of his many so called conquests …’he knows how bang and beat that drum quite handily’.

Rachel Uchitel  one  of the several women   now said to  be caught  up  in  the Woods'  sexual  intrigue and  exploits.   Uchitel  works a  nightclub  hostess  in an upscale New York City nightclub.   picture appears courtesy  of  ap/photo / Ty  Zimmerman  .........
Rachel Uchitel one of the several women now said to be caught up in the Woods' sexual intrigue and exploits. Uchitel works a nightclub hostess in an upscale New York City nightclub. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo / Ty Zimmerman .........

As much as an admirer that I am and his accomplishments, I’ve got to admit that I am somewhat disappointed with his actions. Albeit , that they are of his own making. While he tried to maintain his pristine image for all of us to see and at the same time he was undoubtedly using his wealth and fame to highlight the plight of young kids. I can’t help but wonder what message Woods, himself was trying to send to these young kids at the time. He preached about the traits of honesty ,staying in school and to above all else an education as well as respecting ones’ peers. Somehow, Tiger has been living a lie and much of it comes down to him being amoral. I doubt that these were in fact the tenets Woods were instilled with by his late father, Earl Woods ! Here was a man who taught his son from a very young age to excel in everything that he does but at the same time to have respect for other and for your peers. He taught him the game from an early age and Tigers’ excellence was parlayed into appearances on a number of talk shows.
That being said , upon Earl’s death, it left a void in Tiger’s life. And while I’ve no doubt that Tiger was emotionally distraught , his actions to speak of now , place in something of a self destruct mode. And while there’s a chance that he may well be able to recover from this all. In all likelihood with his image now taking a battering from the press and public alike . It’s now time for Tiger to step up like a man and be held accountable for his actions. Rather than hiding behind that veil of secrecy ! He’s placed himself out there in the public domain with his exploits in the world of golf and his social and philanthropic efforts off it. And at the same time the whole world as well ‘Corporate America’ followed suit.

Tiger and  his  father,  Earl Woods  at  Torrey  Pines in  Southern  California.   picture  appears courtesy  of   getty  images /  Doug Benc  ....................
Tiger and his father, Earl Woods at Torrey Pines in Southern California. picture appears courtesy of getty images / Doug Benc ....................

Though this story isn’t necessarily thought provoking on the face of it, the actions by Woods and the allegations now of him having unprotected sex with many of the females that he’s alleged to have been in contact with and the level of promiscuity that’s said to have taken place. One can now only ask what the hell was he thinking ? But there’s no real saving grace here, as none other than former NBA great, Magic Johnson , has stepped into the fray , to offer his own words of advice to and for Tiger. This being ‘the same’ Magic Johnson who once boasted of his sexual exploits with a litany of women and who ended up contracting the HIV aids virus from those very same exploits. Whatever Magic advice thinks that he can now offer Tiger Woods at this juncture. I do believe that as of now, it’s all a little too late !

It’s been customarily said …’that time heals all wounds’. As to the depth and the vastness of this wound and what it has done to the Woods’ familial environment and even Tiger’s own psyche. No one can be absolutely sure at this juncture. But if nothing else we now know that ‘….image is everything and then it can all mean nothing’

Links here for pieces around the blogo-sphere dealing with the Woods’ debacle. Just click on the links shown below to view and if it’s your wish then by all means do leave a comment there.

‘What Kids Think’

Sportschump.net presents… Out of the (Tiger) Woods Driving School video

Tiger, Earl ,and Me: Redemption

Author: tophatal ...........

An avid sports' fans that's all !!!!!

14 thoughts on “Image Is Everything And Then It Can All Mean Nothing …………….”

  1. The insiders knew the truth. He is an empty suit. Tiger is a golfer.This maybe cold and cruel but I never hold stock in athletes or any other media creation. I admire their game but thats it. I hope he realizes how many lives he has wrecked.

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    1. bobby gee

      Tiger screwed up righteously and rather royally this time. And there’s no way of saving face now , not with it also coming out that he’s been having unprotected sex with many of these females. What the hell was he thinking to begin with ? He’s not impervious to catching or passing on any one of a number communicable , sexually transmitted diseases . What an a_shole he’s turning out to be !

      Alan Parkins

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  2. Not at all, my brother. I’m stoked for the free ESPN pub.

    I actually woke up early this morning, which as you know is a rarity for me.

    Mike and Mike were asking people to send in their thoughts on the Tiger situation. So I sent in the video you posted above.

    Next thing I know, I’m nominated for SportsNation’s site of the day. Currently patting myself on the back.

    Thanks for the love and support, man. Couldn’t do it without ya’.

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      Big ups’ to you Chris and like I said you’re completely deserving of it all !

      As for the support , I’m just reciprocating here man. Look , over at Fox it was the same way. We all scratched each others’ back by showing support. So why should it be any different here within this forum and domain ?

      Alan Parkins

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  3. Hi Al,
    In my opinion Tiger has been very foolish. As for the moral question, I do not wish to judge anyone. It is for Tiger to come to terms with his actions, as we all must. It is my hope that Tiger and his family can work through their problems and come away without too much damage.
    Be well my friend.

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    1. aero

      Foolish, naive ? Call it what you will. But as of now I’ll be looking at Tiger in a ‘whole new light’. He has shamed his family , himself . But above all he’s done irreparable damage to himself and that of his father’s legacy. I doubt that this is what Earl had in mind for his son. And I’m damn sure that he wasn’t taught to behave like this by Earl. So Tiger has no one else to blame but himself .

      As a role and a human being as of now he has proven to be a tremendous disappointment. I don’t know that the country or many of his fans can truly forgive him for this, at all. Not in light of the new allegations said to be coming out.

      Alan Parkins

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    2. aero

      It’s not a matter of judging as with anything we all have an opinion on a matter. Be it celebrity gossip or the asinine political climate that we’re now in. And more for that matter the continued bickering between the two sides of the political aisles. It’s not as if either side has any real answers or has come up with a solution . Instead they’d rather have a humongous pis_ing contest and revert to name calling. What does that ultimately solve ? Absolutely not a god-damn thing and this is what the US wants to exude to the rest of the civilized world ?

      At least here (Tigers’s situation) we can offer up something without denigrating a person’s character . That’s already been done by the actions they’ve committed.

      Alan Parkins

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      True dat ! Nonetheless the premise still remains the same. We write it, they come and read it , then offer up a comment. Nothing at all wrong with that. Except for those who bitch and whine because they can’t take constructive criticism.

      ‘I’ve nothing at all to say , just leave me alone’. Rachel Uchitel, one Tiger’s many conquests. Now we know why he was so special around the rough ?

      It’s not the velvet rope but I’m sure that Tiger tied Rachel down and gave her the ‘9 iron special’.

      Alan Parkins

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  4. Just goes to show you no man can resist the temptress mood of a beautiful woman. Perhaps if he had more faith and self control he could have resisted such activity. But alas that is not the case. Another rich and powerful man succombs to evil desires and destroys his name he worked hard to build.

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    1. Larry

      He could’ve resisted but he chose not to. And I like I said in the piece, I sincerely doubt that he was brought up that way by his father, Earl Woods. I think that the elder, Woods, instilled into his son all of the right virtues. This had to have been something that Tiger picked up with his entourage of friends , acquaintances and enablers.

      Earl must be spinning in his grave at this juncture .

      Alan Parkins

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  5. The whole story has become tiresome, but I’m still interested every time something new comes out in the story! I saw a funny clip yesterday on one of the late night shows where they were trying to find Tiger! He wasn’t where Elin and the fam were in Florida at their house. He is MIA, and they were asking people, pretty classic!

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    1. chappy 81

      I agree with that it has become tiresome. But I for one even more disturbing is now the allegations of Tiger having unprotected sex with these women. Not only that but more than likely than not , he was also still having sex with his wife. Furthermore it shows the sort of now gutless human being he is , by actually bringing these women into his home to have sex with them. And by all accounts one or more occasion with his children allegedly being in the home while his clandestine assignations were said to be taking place. Not much of a man, is he ?

      Alan Parkins

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    2. chappy 81

      MIA because the idiots at IMG couldn’t manage a cluster f_ck much less handle a simple PR job like this ? An initial statement then have Tiger follow up. What’s so friggin’ hard about that ?

      Alan Parkins

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