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The Tiger Woods Tale: Assuming is Nothing New

miller-article1I never thought a sports story could overshadow the news of Bobby Bowden’s retirement.

A legendary college football coach retires, and it plays second fiddle to a week-long saga from the golf world.

A golf story when the PGA Tour is out-of-season.

In addition to Bowden leaving Florida State, one of the most highly anticipated college football games, set to kick off this Saturday, has been relegated to the backseat.

Florida vs. Alabama has been replaced with Tiger vs. Elin.

Has the whole world gone completely mad?

No, we are just intrigued by a figure that many people admire and cheer as he dons red on Sundays while racking up major championships.

Of course, I’m referring to the Tiger Woods story.

If you’re just now learning of this news, then I’m guessing you are the last person arising from a long and restful Thanksgiving Day nap – good morning!

The Tiger Woods tale has turned into this month’s Rush Limbaugh owning the St. Louis Rams.

Every media outlet has covered it. Water coolers are being filled at a ridiculous rate. It is all anyone wants to talk about nowadays.

It’s safe to say that we love to discover newness. I know when I unearth a pair of pants out of the depths of my closet – even if I’ve owned them for three years – that I call them new.

This Tiger tale is that pair of khakis.

Anything new the public can discover about PGA Tour megastar Tiger Woods is juicy – because the public essentially knows nothing about Tiger.

He has finally brought newness to the public.

The list of things we know about Tiger is shorter than the width of the head on his nine iron.

We know when Tiger wins a tournament and how much the check is worth. We can list his sponsors and how much he has earned during his career.

Tiger is married with two children.

His father Earl passed away in 2006.

That’s about it. (I’m sure someone will correct me and/or e-mail me more information. I will thank you ahead of time.)

But, for the most part, those are the basics.

So when Tiger is involved in a tabloid-like story such as this, it’s only natural for us to assume what has occurred.

Assumption has been synonymous with Tiger Woods.

His yacht is named “Privacy” for goodness sakes.

It is perfect for the Tiger tale to continue with assuming and reassuming – purely for our amusement.

It’s how we have associated Tiger for all these years. Why would it be different now?

But, in a day and age in which most of us are desensitized to anything shocking, the Tiger tale startled us – at least the people I’ve encountered.

Now, professional athletes having affairs is not a groundbreaking topic.

What do you give the man who has everything?

You can answer it. I am on my best behavior because I don’t want coal in my stocking come December 25.

However, unfortunately, public celebrity affairs can pique our interest.

In my opinion, Tiger has and will continue to lose interest from certain people. On the business side, I do not see his sponsorships dropping like flies.

Nevertheless, a rocky marriage will ruin his perfect image, especially with all these alleged females coming out of the woodwork.

But, I’ll go back to the fact that we don’t know Tiger. He isn’t the first and only professional athlete we aren’t familiar with on a personal level.

There are thousands of them. We might watch them on television for three hours, then not see them for a whole week.

We could assume what professional athletes do until the Sun turns blue.

I think it’s best if we read the police blotter and stick to the facts.

On the Tiger front, that will never happen. He is too private of an individual – or was.

If I were Tiger Woods, after this incident, I would build a Superman-like Fortress of Solitude on a private island.

Tiger has the bank account to build such a place. And, we, the public, would be left assuming if Tiger is Superman.

My assumption is Tiger’s cape is in his golf bag underneath his black book.


Richard Miller is a national broadcaster for Jacksonville Jaguars’ home games on Sporting News Radio. Additionally, he can be heard on ABC 1320 WBOB in Jacksonville at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays with The Jacksonville Observer Radio Show.

Richard contributes to Inside the Game with Robin Valetutto every Saturday from 12-2 p.m.

Currently, Richard is writing David Lamm’s biography entitled Lamm at Large: The David Lamm Story, which will be available in 2010.

You can e-mail Richard at Richard.Miller@jaxobserver.com

2 Responses »

  1. Entertaining point of view. Still laughing!!

  2. Thank you, Richard. My favorite all time college football figure is and always be Bobby Bowden. I had very little football experience in high school, coming from a small South Georgia school that had championship girl's basketball teams. Then I became familiar with Valdosta Ga. high school football during the era when they were practically undefeated. So it wasn't easy to become involved with FSU at a time when they were losing more than they were winning. But Bobby's arrival and subsequently building winning teams made me a die hard Seminole fan! They have always been so flashy and you never knew what might happen. As much as I realize Bobby has to retire at some point, I will miss him immencently!! God Bless, Coach Bowden!! Play lots of golf and stay active and healthy for many more years!!