Criticizing Tiger Woods for Dubai fits narrow-minded American stereotypes
To take issue with Tiger Woods choosing Dubai as the location for his first celebrity architect design, you either have to be a long-time resident in fantasyland or a high school teacher stuck in 1950s Buffalo (wait, was that too specific?)
Dubai isn’t some little dust spot on the map. That kind of talk is the same type of attitude that has Americans living at McDonald’s when they’re on an overseas vacation.
People from Buffalo might want to expand their horizons beyond the Anchor Bar (great place by the way, of course you need a traveling spirit to experience it if you aren’t from Buffalo).
Dubai happens to be a burgeoning resort spot with the tallest hotel in the world, skyscrapers galore and an airport in which all the shops are open 24 hours (not just the Pretzel stand). In fact, it might have the coolest airport in the world, full of gadgets and ultra high-end shops.
I haven’t been there (yet), but my older brother spent some time in Dubai in the 90s when he was in the Navy. He still raves about the five-star restaurants and $2000-a-night hotel suites to this day. And this isn’t someone who only knows happy meals.
You can criticize Tiger Woods for a number of things. You can even rip on him for his course design philosophy - though it seems ridiculous to me to do this before anyone’s ever played or seen a Tiger Woods Design (call me crazy). But to belly ache that he chose Dubai over some spot in the U.S. for his first design is ridiculously simple minded.
And yes, the main reason is surely that Woods will be paid a Kevin Garnett $100 million contract easy, before this thing’s done. Heck, the Dubai government throws several million at Tiger - and anything else he wants - just to get him to come over and play in their tournament one week a year.
Here’s a newsflash: That’s one of the reasons you work to become the best golfer in history. To get paid ridiculously obscene amounts of money and end up with the smoking hot blonde. If that offends you, that’s your problem. Not Tiger’s.
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I haven't been to the North Pole yet, but my aunt's cousin's dog tells me that it's cold. The dog still raves about that incident with the frozen fire hydrant. Still limps, too.
Most likely, Ron Mon.
Ron Mon is funky.
Ron Mon isn't funny.
Ron Mon isn't sunny.
Way up north in Buffalo,
He's chilled and a little slow.
That's why writing earns him no money.
Roses are red, violets are blue,
Smails has no rhyme scheme
pitty that foo'.
or, how about...
I think that I shall never see,
a comment smaller than a flea,
writ by the mind of marching snails,
who think with more pace than Judge Smails.
Well, I'll keep at it.
Ron Mon the blogger
Obsessed with Steven Bowditch
Get a life, my son.
If you don't stand for something, you're gonna fall for anything.
Tiger should stand for something here.
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Chesterton said something in that vein far better. To wit: "When you cease to believe in God, it's not that you start to believe in nothing. It's that you'll believe in anything."
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