Friday, April 9, 2010
Save the Tiger
I've only played golf once in my life, and very badly. I'm not a golf fan nor much of a sports fan at all, but I must admit to some satisfaction at seeing Tiger Woods roar back into golf with one of his best games ever the other day.
I'm puzzled by the hand-wringing melodramatic public outrage over his marital problems. All this amazed horror over a womanizing athlete, like that's something new. There were athletes who did things far more outrageous than Tiger ever did. Anyone remember Ty Cobb? I'm especially disturbed at the pious bigotry over his Buddhism, a religion he inherited from his mother. I think that says far more about his detractors than it does about him. I'm getting really tired of all the smug schadenfreude around this story.
Tiger Woods has already made history 10 times over. He completely reinvented the game of golf, and popularized it way beyond the imaginations of the white old boy duffers who used to dominate the game. None of his pious detractors can claim anything remotely similar.
I think what really pisses people off is that a guy of mixed race now dominates a sport once notorious for WASP male privilege. Golf was to plutocrats what polo was to princes. Now, an everyman completely dominates the sport, shows the old duffers how it's supposed to be played, and throws the country club gates wide open.
Posted by Counterlight at Friday, April 09, 2010