My Tiger Woods ploy right on the money
Pro athletes are so predictable. All you have to do is pick them to win, and they lose. Pick them to lose, and they win. It’s all about motivation and perceived respect – or disrespect. I’ve done this for years in my storied journalistic career, and it is a nearly infallible rule.
When I wrote that Tiger had taken himself out of the running at the Masters, after his initial screw-ups, I knew exactly what effect it would have. Now, I happen to know that, obviously, Tiger doesn’t read this blog, but a very close friend of his does. I can’t tell you who it is because he (or she?) is a source that has given me good information in the past, and sources must be protected. But, I will tell you this: he (or she?) is very close to the family. Not IN the family, but just outside it. The only other hint I will give you is that you would never suspect this person is a source, nor would El Tigre.
Anway, I’ve known this source for a long time, and years ago, back when I covered the PGA Tour, I was in a flap involving Tiger Woods. It involved a story I wrote about his personal life. The information came, in great part, from this particular source. The story was of a very sensitive nature, and I did something I rarely, if ever, do. I showed the story in advance to this source. To make a long story short, he (or she?) began to have second thoughts. If the story was published, Tiger would have had no doubt where it came from.
I did something else I rarely, if ever, do – I held the story. For a variety of reasons I can’t go into. So this source owes me. And you can bet I made sure he (or she?) read my blog about Tiger taking himself out of the running. He (or she?) let me know in no uncertain terms Tiger was made aware of it.
I apologize to you readers for duping you, but it was something I felt had to be done. And hey, isn’t that what great, once-in-a-lifetime athletes are about – defying expectations and bold predictions? I’m not arrogant enough to take credit for Tiger’s incredible Masters win, but in the interest of disclosure, I felt I should tell you, the readers, about my small part in it.
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When I read your (and those you attributed to Jennifer Mario) incredibly naive assertions that CBS had anything to do with the lack of 3rd round coverage, I initially let it pass. Keith called you out, anyway. But your cumulative stupidity on a number of subjects is now too much for me to bear.
Anybody who knows anything about golf also knows that Hootie and the other fogies that run the Masters "Tunamint" call all the shots pertaining to the times and duration of programming at Augusta National. But for the stale Magnolia Lane mantra of "preserving tradition," CBS would by now have installed hat-cams on all of the players if they thought it would give them any additional footage or angles to air. Hard to believe that someone as "in the know" as you claim to be would be ignorant of this truth.
Now you won't even stand up and admit to early-calling Tiger's demise. I thought he was out of it at that point, too. It's a testament to his mental toughness that he was able to bounce back from his early round mistakes and misfortunes and play the way he did this weekend. Just say you were wrong and move on! This crap about your "source" and your role as a tough-love cheerleader for Tiger's camp and cause is the lamest attempt at face-saving I can remember.
Even if there was a shred of truth to your farcical claim of motivating Tiger being your motivation, it would be the height of stupidity and arrogance for you to think that your obscure, insignificant musings would a) merit any conversations with Tiger this week as he focuses on winning a major and b) rank in his top 1000 reasons for wanting to raise his level of play.
You are a spineless, no-talent hack whose excremental "work" displays an utter lack of subject matter knowledge and integrity -- hardly the hallmarks of a storied journalistic career! Good luck with that.
win only tells me one thing... your 15 minutes are up. Time for a new career.
It was way too stupid to even respond to. It was clear by this explanation that you were a head case.
I'm the guy who started this whole dialogue with you in the first place. I replied to your "Tiger is out this year" comment.
I'm message 1-4 and then again no.6.
Take a look
Since those very first comments I wrote to you, I've visited your blog from time to time only to see that you are getting slashed alive, no one respects you or your comments and honestly I feel bad for you about that. This is not what I wanted to happen for you, that is why I suggested to you in Comment #4 to apologize. You needed to apologize so that you would not lose face or the respect of your readers. I really tried to make you see that although your Tiger theory was totally out of touch, you still could have regained your dignity, integrity and respectability by a heart felt, man to man, & to the women, apology from you to us. Not some long drawn out story like the one above.
You know, somehow because I'm the kind of person that gives one the benefit of doubt, I actually believe that you know a close source, or at least you believe that you know a close source to Tiger's camp.
Dude, I am originally from Hollywood, CA. I know plenty of people who know people. I myself even know a few well known celebraties. The last thing I would do to help inspire them is to basically say to them, "It's over. You suck and will not win this year. Sorry."
Anyway bro, I do feel a bit sorry for you. But you see I was a class clown as a kid. I always stuck my foot in my mouth. Only if I said stuff that was just totally a dumb ass statement, my mother would either slap me or I'd be sent home. It looks to me that your mommy is slapping the hell out of you right now.
Do the right thing and apologize to your readers. Do it like a man and we will all forgive you.
Won't we fella's? We'll forgive him right? We'll come back sometimes to say hello to our little friend who just got lost along the way.
I'm still trying to help you get out of this mess.
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