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February 20, 2010 - Al Stephenson
I must admit it. I did not watch Tiger's non-press conference live yesterday. Apparently I had more important things to do. I'm also guessing that I am in the minority on this issue.
In the sports world's biggest moment since O.J. took the stand, Tiger Woods publicly apologized for his myriad of affairs. I would guess that many people in this country (and many others) took in the live broadcast.
I did finally watch it at about midnight after my other commitments were concluded. It was interesting. It reminded me of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. Take one casual glance through the pages and then wait for the most fun part of it. That takes place a couple of weeks later when the letters start pouring in. Everything from "thanks for getting me through the winter" to "cancel my subscription" made for much better copy than the issue itself.
For me the speech is the same thing. For all the hoopla surrounding the event, the interesting part for me is reading people's opinions about it. For some Tiger was contrite and sincere. For others he was the same old Tiger - one who tries to control the media - sorry he got caught, not sorry for what he did.
I'm not sure it's possible to get into his head and his heart to completely know what he is feeling. It was a different Tiger than we are used to seeing, that much is sure. I can only imagine how difficult it was to read the statement, however scripted that it was. For those who think he fooled us once, he can fool us again - you may be right.
His life will go on, but it will never be the same. His marriage might be saved, though the damage done to it is immense. Elin wasn't there to show support. He did not sport a wedding ring.
The view from my seat suggests that time does heal most wounds. In this case it will take a lot of time. Tiger's life will get harder before it gets better and there is only one person to blame.
He admitted as much and now will have to live with the consequences of his actions.
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