Comments: The Two T's

and I wonder if it's even worse here in Orlando, since Windermere is one of our 'burbs. All Tiger all the time.

Posted by wRitErsbLock at November 29, 2009 09:15 PM

"Hate" is one those vastly overused words like "awesome" and "unique." I'm not sure that when we say it, we mean it by the true meaning of the word.

Nice post.

Posted by George P. at November 29, 2009 10:18 PM

Writersblock- It could be. He is building a home in our county now. We'll see if that has an effect, but we never got Celine 24/7 when she lived this way and now that she's back, we don't. The folks on Jupiter Island are very hush hush. I suspect he will get his seclusion there.

George- Much like my son's use of the word Epic. Oddy told him on Facebook that everything can't be Epic. But to him? Yup, it can.

Posted by Bou at November 29, 2009 10:30 PM

People simply don't think about these things. They never put themselves in these situations and wonder what they'd do if they were the center of the madness of the press and the voracious jaws of the 24/7 "news" (and I use that term in the loosest possible sense) cycle.

They never stop to consider if what they are hearing is true and even if it is, why it is something we should be hearing about.

Tiger Woods plays golf. Other than the fact that he was in an accident and is okay, that is the beginning and the end of my interest in the matter. Being human I wondered where he was off to at 2:30am for about 2 minutes after I heard the news. But does it really matter? Not at all.

All the other headlines I'm seeing, I try to ignore. I find the speculation of the "reporters" makes me want to gag. Good grief! They are like jackals. It's grotesque.

Posted by Teresa at November 30, 2009 12:13 AM

Re Tiger's problems. If it was a regular guy, the police would have left him alone. If I had to make a guess, I'd say his wife got upset over something she read in the bird-cage paper and he didn't find a way to calm her down. So she chased him out of the house with a golf club and beat up the car to boot.

Then he ran off the road because he was watching the virago in the rear view mirror instead of driving. It's not like people marry supermodels for their good nature, pleasant demeanor or intelligence. Now they're trying to keep her out of jail and him from being embarrassed.

Posted by Carl Brannen at November 30, 2009 04:19 AM

I'm just curious if Tiger is going to give her instructions on how to improve her swing. She obviously hooked or sliced because she hit a water hazard (fire hydrant) and went into the trees. I wonder what club she used? A nine iron?

Posted by Sticks at November 30, 2009 06:25 AM

pretty much covers it.

Posted by patti at November 30, 2009 07:00 AM

It's not the Tiger or Tebow these folks hate. It is merely the personification /media creation of these men,and all celebrities for that mater, that people "love" or "hate." I hate Tim Tebow. Of course I've never met the man, but his media driven persona on a saintly pedestal that the sports media has placed him on really makes me sick. That same is true of politicians too.

Just Damn!

Posted by Dax Montana at November 30, 2009 08:16 AM

Damn. This is the problem with my getting my email on my phone now. I'm on my way out the door and see Dax's comment and I have to stop and respond. Now my day will be 10 minutes off all day long! GRRR

Dax- I see where you're coming from. I do put politician's in a different light, however, as I see them as media seeking whores. Actually, they're just frickin' whores for anything, the limelight being one of many flames they are drawn to.

But for young men like Bradford, Tebow, Ingram, Tiger, it is not something they are out seeking. I know Bradford and Ingram aren't quite the same media spotlight as the Two T's, but I make my point with them becuase... hey, they could be too.

What we have are good people, excelling in a the public eye and people hating them for it... when they didn't ask for the spotlight, they were just doing their gig.

I think it would suck. I mean, think of Baby Dax. Let's say one day he is the beat all end all for some sport because we don't know it at age 2, but he's destined for athletic prowess on some field somewhere. Would you wish all this crap on him? Would it bother you and Mrs. Montana to some degree that there were folks who genuinely hated him just for being... Dax?

It's troublesome.

And I've been thinking of the media hype too... and I wonder... are they just looking for a hero? Amongst all the crap that is going on around us, front page headlines of the economy, families being shot at Thanksgiving dinner, cops being murdered at coffee houses, earthquakes with vast devastation, the suffering all over the world... and we are on them all the time about how they are so damn negative all the time.

We scream at the media, 'Where is the good news?"

And they give it to us... and we hate them for it. Perhaps it could be evenly spread a bit more. But... hey, Tiger and Tim do make feel good stories.

I just wish we'd relish in it a bit more instead of hating them for it... we'd wish them goodwill instead of waiting for them to fall.

Posted by Bou at November 30, 2009 08:42 AM

I have to say that sports figures in the least get a bad rap.

I live in an Upper Middle Class town, one which also happens to have 5 professional sports players living in it currently. All live within 1.5 miles of me.

They are normal people just like you and me, they keep their house up, do repairs and pick up their dog poop just like everyone else.

All are nice as can be, neighbors never have anything bad to say about them. They chat with their neighbors and complain about them the same as any other person in their hoods.

I think the media blows out of perportion things that happen to sports "stars" because it sells papers and generally people hate sports "stars" because they are jealous.

Posted by Quality Weenie at November 30, 2009 10:19 AM

On the media:
If we didn't buy it or watch it, the media would find something better to cover. But the media knows people are deeply interested (entertained?) by fluff. Put a detailed analysis of the budget or any the war on drugs next to one about Tiger Woods or the latest hit TV show and which do you think most folks would read first?
Time Magazine, a 'news" magazine, used to run a "people" page with gossip and blurbs about celebrities. They found out it was one of their most popular features, and thus People Magazine was born.
So everyone bitches about media "jackals" hounding sports and movie stars, ignoring the fact that WE'RE the ones who incite it.
Quit watching it, and the "jackals" will slink away.

Posted by George P. at November 30, 2009 11:44 AM

Considering I don't read any of those magazines, I don't watch any of those shows, nor do I read any of that junk via the web if I can help it at all... I'm not sure how much more I can personally do to get away from it without turning off all sources of information. Therefore I selectively ignore the garbage.

The organizations printing this drivel derive no income from me, I don't want to know about these people other than to watch them do their jobs (and I'm not even a golf fan so I've never watched Tiger Woods play).

I am only one person, obviously completely out of sync with the rest of the world that seems to hang on these stories for their entertainment - how detestable.

We have subscribed for years to the Wall Street Journal because they tended in the past to eschew this type of story. Unfortunately, since Dow-Jones sold it, they have become more and more like the USA Today with more drek than substance.

We have just switched to Investors Business Daily. Once our subscription runs out on the WSJ we won't renew. It's a shame because it used to be an interesting newspaper now I cringe whenever I look at the front page. When the gossip becomes more important than real news - that's when I tune out.

Posted by Teresa at November 30, 2009 01:34 PM