LARNED — Can’t you just hear Buck Owens singing the words to his famous song “I’ve Got a Tiger By The Tail?”
I am constantly amazed — no, make that dismayed — by the infatuation of our sports media with Tiger Woods.
It borders on obsessive!
Every PGA Tournament weekend the headlines are about Tiger Woods.
“Can Tiger Win Another Major?”
“Tiger’s Back Injury May Slow Tiger”
“Can Tiger Reclaim His Magic?”
The headlines go on ad nauseam.
To quote Shakespeare it is “Much ado about nothing.”
The guy is not even one of today’s top professional golfers and has not been for some time. Give it a rest!
A quick perusal of the Top 40 money winners this year on the PGA tour shows his name “missing in action.” Instead you will find names like Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia.
Tiger has been replaced by a new generation of terrific shotmakers but the press just can’t let him go.
Don’t you wonder why?
The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche might have grabbed the tiger by the tail some 150 years ago when he said, “Undeserved praise causes more pangs of conscience later than undeserved blame, but probably only for this reason, that our powers of judgment are more completely exposed by being overpraised than by being unjustly underestimated.”
This behavior by the press is not new, of course. They pick their heroes and put them on a white steed and ride them forever.
The Kennedy clan falls into that category along with the Clintons and Princess Dianna.
How many Americans REALLY care about the semi-annual trotting out of the Princess Dianna stories?
Tiger has been placed on that horse.
Isn’t it time to stop beating a dead horse?
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Charles Tabler is a contributing writer from Larned.