Daily Flogging: How Tiger treats his fans, Trump on Woods and more

Friday April 2nd, 2010

Tiger treats his fans like "his bimbos"Of the Tiger critics in recent months—and there have been many—Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post has been among the most vocal. In her latest column, she's at it again, ripping Woods for being disingenuous and treating his fans like "his bimbos."

As Woods prepares to play in his first major since he wrecked his car and his image, he sounds about as sincere as he did in those text messages suggesting, "You're the only one." Who does he take us for?
Jenkins also takes the Tiger-starved golf industry to task for "colluding" with Woods in an effort to help repair his image.
It's not good for business if fans decide Woods's "legendary focus" is just compulsion, his "competitive fire" is just epic selfishness, and his "quest for history" is just insatiability.
Hard-hitting stuff. Makes her old man look like Tiger's biggest fan. Trump: Golf made Tiger cheatFinally a sensible opinion on Tiger's wandering ways. It wasn't Tiger's fame, or insatiable sexual appetite, or even his sense of entitlement that led him astray. It was … well, golf. So says Donald Trump.
"I really think that there's tremendous pressure you wouldn't understand from the world of golf," Trump told the New York Daily News.
Sure, grind over enough five-footers, and you're bound to sleep around. Really, can you blame the guy? Woods needs to take a "moral stance"For an intellectual take on Tiger's comeback, check out The New York Times "Opinionator," in which NYT op-ed columnist Gail Collins questions Tiger's choice of Augusta National for his grand return.
Several years back there was a big flap over Augusta, in which women called on Woods not to play in the Masters unless the men-only policy was changed. At the time, Woods said that he thought there should be women members, but that it wasn't his decision to make, and that "everyone is entitled to their own opinion."
Now he's on a mission to change people's opinions, at least to the point where large corporations will start wanting to pay him to endorse their products again. Shouldn't he start by taking a moral stance on something that might actually cause him some inconvenience?
Just what Tiger's pining for—more inconvenience. If the dude can simply get back to his winning ways, bag a couple majors and stay out of trouble, the sponsors will come back in droves. There will be no need for moral stances, which TW has historically avoided like four-putts. An air ball for Dr. J's golf course investmentSad news for Julius Erving fans. Seems the hoops legend's Atlanta golf course is headed for foreclosure, according The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The golf course, which Erving renamed Celebrity Golf Club International, was not worth the $11 million loan Erving assumed, said Dorna Taylor [Dr. J's attorney].
"From day one, the business could not support the expenses," she said.
Tiger lookalike refuses to act like himIf you're wondering how the Tiger scandal has impacted the market for his lookalikes, the San Bernardino Sun has the story of Herme Chua, "who bears a striking resemblance to the golf pro and makes a fair income from it."
Most of the time, Chua has had positive receptions, but lately it has been mixed. "A lot of women do like posing for photos" with him, he said. But there's been nothing beyond that. "Probably my wife would like to hear that," Chua said.
Mrs. Chua is no doubt also grateful that her hubbie's business is brisker than ever, even if some solicitations have been coming from a new kind of clientele.
One such request was a simple e-mail asking him to appear in six different cities across the U.S. in six nights. The e-mail didn't identify the company, so Chua researched the e-mail address and discovered it was linked to a chain of adult nightclubs. Chua declined; he felt it wasn't appropriate for a Catholic man who is very active with his son's school to appear at adult nightclubs.

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