Get By…….Got To Get By ………..

‘Get By’ …. Talib Kweli

Being socially conscious and aware are well meaningful things that one can aspire to be. But it at all falls into anonymity if you act the fool. Creating an image just to get by does no one any good at all. But unfortunately too many of today’s athletes simply fall into that trap in order to create that falsehood in terms of an amenable PR image and persona for the public to gravitate towards to.

Woods first came to prominence, catching the public’s attention with an appearance on television with his father, Earl Woods on ‘The Mike Douglas Show’ in 1978.

Failings such as this , are what essentially brought the likes of Kobe Bryant and now Tiger Woods to their very knees. A complete lack of self control and being led by an entourage of what was thought to be well meaning friends and acquaintances. One tends not to go looking for trouble but when one tends to find it. Then the ramifications can be far reaching and seismic in proportions. A fellow blogger and correspondent has essentially said that the troubles that Tiger Woods has now found himself embroiled in , will blow over in time. Unless I’m mistaken , it has been two weeks and all that has happened , has been the never-ending saga of a multitude of women coming out of the woodwork to parlay their lurid stories of clandestine meetings and illicit sexual encounters with the golfer. Far be it for me to suggest to this person but Woods is far from out of the woods, as of yet. Pardon the pun there ! He (Woods) has yet to fully accept responsibility for his actions.

The once amazing , Woods shows his dexterity ,amazing shot-making creativity and ability around the golf course.

Instead of being themselves , both Bryant and Woods eschewed what was natural for them and sought to create an image that neither could ultimately live up to. Be it through sheer naivete’ or just narcissism and being condescending . Their fall from grace has shown us not only what the media can do to a celebrity when they’re on top. But what it can also do and will continue do when a celebrity or major sport’s star steps out of line and crosses the lines of moral decency. With age comes maturity but it’d appear for Tiger his actions have borne out the fact that this particular individual is still very much immature. Hiding behind the veil of secrecy and ignorance does nothing but infer those very traits. And seemingly not wanting to be held accountable for his own actions and apportioning blame elsewhere , rather than looking at the reflection coming from the mirror indicating, who , he really is.

An apologetic Kobe Bryant protests his innocence over the allegations that he sexually assaulted a female hotel employee in Eagle , Colorado. Though the case never went to trial , the player did settle out of court with the alleged victim.

Suddenly, that luminous presence that was once Tiger Woods and whose very essence, shone so brightly. In all but a few fleeting moments, that brightness has in fact become a dud. And all of this was done as a means for an end . Essentially just for him to get by. And get by , by his own means and needs . Never actually once heeding the damage that would be done to his image and that of shame that he’s brought upon himself and his immediate family. Woods now seeks the public’s empathy and sympathy. But in reality, once again it’s now about trying to resurrect that now, tarnished image in order to get by !

Lyrics in part to ‘Get By’ by Talib Kweli

‘Yeah.. my Lord.. yeah

[Verse 1: Talib]
We sell, crack to our own out the back of our homes
We smell the musk at the dusk in the crack of the dawn
We go through “Episodes II,” like “Attack of the Clones”
Work ’til we break our back and you hear the crack of the bone
To get by.. just to get by
Just to get by, just to get by
We commute to computers
Spirits stay mute while you eagles spread rumors
We survivalists, turned to consumers
Just to get by.. just to get by
Just to get by, just to get by
Ask Him why some people got to live in a trailer, cuss like a sailor
I paint a picture with the pen like Norman Mailer
Me Abuela raised three daughters all by herself, with no help
I think about a struggle and I find the strength in myself
These words, melt in my mouth
They hot, like the jail cell in the South
Before my nigga Core bailed me out
To get by.. just to get by
Just to get by, just to get by
We do or die like Bed-Stuy through the red sky
with the window of the red eye
Let the lead fly, some G. Rap shit, “Livin’ to Let Die”

Click here to read on further for the lyrics to this song…..

Author: tophatal

Born in the UK of Caribbean parentage.College grad with degrees in the following , Economic and Int'l Finance. MBA attainnee . I'm a former member of the British military (Royal Marines). Now residing in Central Fl. I now work within the corporate business division of a law firm . Where we specialize in the legal aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Avid martial artist and sports fan.

11 thoughts on “Get By…….Got To Get By ………..”

  1. To the readers , this is not a position that is unique to sports stars who happen to be of minority in persuasion , as it happens across the ethnic diaspora concerning the sports and ‘entertainment driven’ celebrity fields.

    Alan Parkins


  2. The entire tour and the idiots at ESPN knew all of this about Woods. They said nothing. This same thing happened in baseball. The baseball knows and knew who the juicers were. It was swept under the rug. Cansaco blows the whistle and the entire sports world goes nut. Why It was true.
    I read wjat Jason Whitlock had to say. This is very interesting. What Woods did was wrong now he came run for congress. This is a good resume enhancement. Sad but true . Look at Ted Kennedy. The governor of South Carolina. Bill Clinton.
    Woods will have to pay for his transgretion.
    But will Woods ask for forgiveness and seek help.


  3. Bobby Gee

    I wouldn’t put any credence in anything that Whitlock has to say on any particular subject. Even when it concerns his own race. He’s not that bright to begin with !

    This was his thinking on Don Imus’ firing. This as_hole has no sense of responsibility as to race and what this country and minorities have gone through. To an extent what he says about Sharpton and Jackson is true. But they’re not terrorists but self publicizing opportunists. I wonder if he’d be of the same opinion were it his mother who was the subject of this innate rant ?

    As for Tiger , he’s of the opinion that because of his status and the fact he’s beloved by many, he thinks that he can get away with his misdeeds. Well if anything he’s now finding out that it is not true at all. And it will end up costing him a great deal more than he originally bargained for, and that includes his immediately family and several of his corporate endorsers , close personal friends and also the public at large.

    Alan Parkins


  4. I think the loss of Tigers father contributed to this crap.

    There was no one around to keep him grounded anymore…All the people around him probably lick his feet so they don’t lose their meal ticket.

    His dad could tell him, “no son, don’t make those bad choices” and Tiger would listen because he respected him.

    As long as he stays out of the tabloids from now on and keeps winning, this too shall pass. Look at Kobe’s public image recovery…His rape charge was much worse than banging a few willing hoodrats.
    Winning is the cure-all.


    1. BleedLakersPnG

      There’s no doubt his father’s loss led to a change in Tiger’s demeanor. But in no way ought it to be excused as a use for his behavior. He knows right from wrong and he certainly wasn’t brought up that way. The outside influences no doubt may well have played a part in it all. His so called entourage and close circle of friends , obviously knew what he was about and up to. This isn’t something that can be hid for all that long , before word gets out as to one’s behavior.

      He’s got a great deal to answer for and he owes his immediate family , as well his sponsors a major apology.

      Kobe’s indiscretions asides , his pales into insignificance given the allegations against Woods. Unprotected sex with several of these women and then going home to his wife and having sex with her ? Not only that he also had these women in his home , while his kids were there but with Elin (wife) out of the home. So tell me which in your eyes is more egregious given the facts ?

      You seem to forget also that Bryant tried to blame others for his actions ? And by the way didn’t ‘Magic’ do the same thing as Tiger and now he’s offering his advice to Tiger ? What a joke ?

      Alan Parkins


    1. Chris Humpherys

      At first it’ll be the skeptics and the more curious who’ll turn out to see Tiger Woods back on the Tour. And then from there we’ll see whether or not some of his sponsors who’ve dropped him will return to the ‘fold’.

      Rick Reilly’s got it absolutely right !

      Hey Tiger, no ‘sistas’ amongst the chicks you’re said to have nailed ? What’s up with that bro’ ? Sista’s too good for you ? But a ‘skank’ is so easy to find isn’t it ?

      The PGA Tour is going to take a major financial hit , as will each of the broadcast entities that covers the PGA. All told it could be as much as anywhere between $70 million $100 million that could be lost by all parties concerned .

      Alan Parkins


    1. Ravenation LLC

      The only explanation Tiger needs to give is the long due and contrite apology to his immediate family and to the kids of his foundation to whom he espoused and preached the virtues of honesty to . Typical of most athletes when they get caught out they then try to apportion blame elsewhere for their own misdeeds. Woods isn’t a man or will he ever be man ! He’s too caught up in the hype and bullshit built up around him. He’s led a cloistered and sheltered life and that has been his problem all along.

      “Girls see this gun well there’s an even bigger one in my pants ? Anyone who wants to see it just send me a text and I’ll meet you at a rendezvous point where I can show it to you. Gotta go Elin’s calling me.”

      He can’t even truly identify with his own damn race !

      Alan ……….



  5. Ravenation LLC

    There are good skanks and then there are bad skanks. Tiger and Jessie James seemed to have chosen the bad apples in the bunch of skanks that are out there.

    “I gave Jesse what he wanted and he gave me a slice of heaven that I could’ve well done without with his pencil sized d_ck ” ! Michelle “Bombshell” McGhee

    It proves the ol’ adage “…..once you go black you never go back” . That’s not true with Tiger, ’cause he’s never had or been with a sista.
    Tiger’s roll call of skanks and ho’s .

    If Tiger had been my man I’d cut off his dick and fed it to the ‘coons.


    Alan 🙂 ……………


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