I am not a golfer and was never big a Tiger Woods fan, but I previously thought he was a pretty cool guy. It has been five months since his scandal broke and I figured the news outlets would have gotten this out of their systems by now, but I was wrong. I am getting sick of hearing about him lately.
A few days ago while driving in my car, the news updates kept flashing breaking news about his return to golf every 15 minutes. They even had a special theme song they would play every time it came up. I can understand making a theme melody for major events like 911, presidential elections, war updates, etc. but not for one guys return to golf after several months off, even if he is the greatest golfer of all time. They kept interviewing other golfers for their opinions and everyone was so concerned about what kind of reception he would get from the fans. WHO CARES! Yesterday he got more air time on the news (from what I could hear) than the mining tragedy in West Virginia and I wasn't listening to sports radio either.
It's not that I'm angry at Tiger Woods for his behavior or for letting fans down, although I think it was the dumbest thing he could have done. I am mad at the news stations for giving this story more attention than they would if earth were to be attacked by Martians.
I guess my gripe is also with the sport of golf. It seems kind of wimpy to be called a sport. It conjures up images of silly nickers and drinking champagne in the clubhouse more than it does athleticism. Everyone who plays it swears that it is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I just don't get it. I respect the skill levels, talent, and mental focus that the game requires, but it bothers me that pro golfers make so much money and don't even break a sweat. I would be a huge golf fan if there were American Gladiators running around on the course taking people out while they were trying to golf or if Vince McMahon was in charge of the sport and classed it up a little, but it just doesn't appeal to me in it's current state.