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Offline Ngawang Drolma

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Tiger Woods still making news
« on: April 10, 2010, 12:44:51 pm »
Tiger Woods was in the news a lot for a while, and his story traveled in online Buddhist circles a little bit because he self-identifies as Buddhist.  And the more conservative news sources (like FOX) dug into the issue of him being a Buddhist in a way that seemed unkind.  I feel like we should really cut this guy a break and leave him to his business, what do you think?  I just saw this story today and felt surprised that his personal life is still under the microscope a bit and even being used as a tool to sell shoes.  His personal issues surrounding sex, addiction, spirituality, and so forth just seem so gossipy and unrelated to his athletic career.  But maybe that's just me.  So I'm posting the story, wondering what other people thought of the whole Tiger Woods kerfluffle.  Too much gossip?  Fair game for news reporters?  Just another day in American news?  :)

Tiger wants you to forgive, and to buy new Nikes
AP - Wednesday, April 07, 2010 By TIM DAHLBERG

Tiger Woods had gone home for the day by the time the cute little kids in green hats and white overalls scampered across the greens, and the trio of greatest living Masters champions got together for a sentimental reunion in the par-3 contest that is an annual tradition at Augusta National.

A shame, because even though his own kids aren't here, the gathering on the eve of the Masters would have been the perfect way to show off the new Woods that we've been promised. A time to show him having a few laughs with the guys and doing something Woods vowed to do just two days earlier -- give back to the fans.

A time to take some of the sting off a new tabloid report that, if true, makes him look even more despicable. Without going into detail, it included the words "21-year-old," "neighbor" and "sex."

Who knows why he didn't show. He may have had dinner plans or a session with his addiction sponsor.

He might even have been using the afternoon to work on his new cause -- helping other people who, like himself, suffer from the terrible affliction of not being able to keep their pants on when it matters most.

So he left it to the marketing people who made him a star in the first place. The making of a new image began not with Woods reaching out to fans at the par-3, but with an ill-advised, ill-timed Nike commercial.

It invokes the voice of his late father who wants to know if his son had learned his lesson. Woods, wearing a Swoosh on his cap and on his vest, also wears a soulful look -- as if he had just been taken to the woodshed.

It wasn't the first time Earl Woods entered the conversation this week. Woods brought up his father the other day, blaming the stress of his dad's final illness for his fondness for the sleeping drug Ambien.

But this was even more crass. This was even more calculating. This was flat out nauseating.

"I want to find out what your thinking was. I want to find out what your feelings are. And did you learn anything?" Dad asks.

There's no answer, but it could have been: "Yes, sir. I learned to be more careful when I send text messages."

Indeed, the attempt by Nike to begin trying to craft public opinion in Woods' favor is so cartoonish it's laughable. Selling shoes is one thing, but selling moral rehabilitation is better left to those who do it on Sunday.

Maybe the people behind the Swoosh are so worried they'll lose their franchise they're desperate to try anything. Or maybe they've just figured out they needed to do something -- and fast -- because people aren't buying what Woods says, either.

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Re: Tiger Woods still making news
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2010, 01:49:51 pm »
My neighbor was watching the tourney on the first day. The sportscasters were fascinated with Tiger's amazing sense of calm on what they presumed would be a highly stressful day. Will the media give Buddhism credit for this, or just blame Buddhism for Tiger's infidelities? Sigh...

For some reason, here in America love a good sex scandal. Other places in the world, it does not matter so much...

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Re: Tiger Woods still making news
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2010, 01:54:33 pm »
 Tiger's personal life... yaaaaawwwwn. How's his putting these days?
Sergeant Schultz was onto something.

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Re: Tiger Woods still making news
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2010, 05:44:10 pm »
He is after all, nothing but a golfer.

What makes that more important than a carpenter, or baker? Humans do, for a variety of odd reasons. His income and status be no better than those who labor in anonymity, without fans and adoration. How curious the Human animal .....
...i found there was no "i" anywhere.....

Offline dhammaseeker51

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Re: Tiger Woods still making news
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2010, 02:35:45 am »
Personally I think less valuable.
I can do without egotistical sporting superstars, but do need someone to collect the garbage every week and keep our streets clean.
But its part of modern life.
In the absence of gods, belief in humans will do..
Witness the rise of celebrity culture.

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