Cameron Morfit, Senior Writer for Golf Magazine has a terrific piece called Tiger Woods is deciding which pieces of his shattered image he should pick up and which he should leave behind. Morfit asks the thought provoking question of whether Tiger the man can be separated from Tiger the brand.
And there’s a scathing quote from Stephen Ames:
Stephen Ames once questioned Woods’s erratic long game in the press. An angry Tiger responded by throttling Ames 9 and 8. But that game is over. Tiger won. “Who really cares if he comes back and kicks our ass or not?” Ames says now. “I’m still going to go home to my wife and kids at night, and he has to worry about that. It’s tough, but that’s the way it is.”
From this quote, though, comes the larger question: Will ANYONE care about Tiger any more? He’ll likely still break Jack’s Majors record, and undoubtedly will break Sam Sneads all-time-wins mark. But it own’t be a triumphal march.
And I also want to consider this question: Have we—as a society—learned anything about the hero worship of athletes?