Tiger Returns

Tiger Woods announced today that he will return to Augusta National to play in the Masters.  How nice…

The media is jumping all over this announcement, and we will be deluged over the countless, mindless pundits trying to predict how he will do, if his recent sex and marriage troubles will affect his game, and if someone, anyone, will harass him during the tournament.  I can pass on that mess…

There is no doubt that Tiger will do well, and that is to be expected.  Before he was exposed, he was the number one golfer in the world.  But it needs to be said that despite being the best golfer in the world doesn’t excuse him from his actions off the course.

But of a more observant note, just because you are the best in your field doesn’t mean that you are a wonderful human being…

How many musicians, actors, and artists turn out masterful performances and works, and yet they are completely screwed up?  Not a year or even a month goes by without some news report that one of the aforementioned people have entered rehab or has died because of an overdose?  Or an actor has a messy divorce, cusses out fans, or screws someone over in a business deal? 

It’s not limited to the Hollywood elite – as Tiger has recently demonstrated, sports figures are just as bad.  How many of these athletes have fallen afoul of the law or couldn’t behave themselves?  Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, and Dennis Rodman are a few of the basketball players that I can immediately think of, and there are many others in various sports.  Just mention Pete Rose, Lance Armstrong, and Tom Brady personal antics off the field & watch the discussions fly.

Let’s not even start with the fine, upstanding citizens that we call politicians…

The bottom line is that no matter how high we hold these people in esteem nor how the media paints them as larger than life, they are just as flawed as any human being.  And we, as a whole, tend to ignore these antics as somewhat normal.

Which leads to a very disturbing question:  Are we so desperate, so bereft of positive role models, that we will accept almost anyone as our “hero”, even those people that should not be any type of a role model?  I shudder to think of the answer…

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About Tom Roland

EE for 25 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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4 Responses to Tiger Returns

  1. mike says:

    Tom who really gives a rat’s ass? I don’t and could care less.It must be me but he is no role model but then I’m 66 years old and don’t need people of his ilk. Another words I have been there and done that.
    I have talked the talk and for sure have walked the walk.
    “Semper Fi”
    Mike

  2. BB-Idaho says:

    What Mike said. I’m older than young Mike, didn’t watch golf prior scandal, and won’t post scandal. Lordy, paying to watch someone golf would be like paying millions to watch me eat
    pizza!!

  3. Pete says:

    Great points Tom. I found that as I got older, I tended to care less and less about sports figures, and celebrities in general. I also became more successful and happy when I focused more on my own life. Unfortunately, many people are so unhappy with their own lives that they live vicariously through celebrity culture.

  4. Tom says:

    All – My father always told me not to put people on pedestals because they will always fall off. Tiger is the greatest golf player in the world right now, but that doesn’t mean he should be emulated from both a personal and professional level. And Pete is right – people should focus on raising their own personal level of excellence instead of of vicarious living.

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