"We’re at that point in the Woods scandal where the news is so pervasive that a lot of smart people feel like they’ve got to weigh in or be left behind in the cultural conversation — it would be like trying to pretend Monica Lewinsky didn’t exist in 1998. But there’s a danger for those smart people in that trying to say something smart about something very silly, they’ll just end up looking silly themselves."... right as a certain old-media dunderhead just had to use his Globe & Mail space for a take on Tiger Woods and another OMD just had to have hers in the Toronto Star.
As a FYI to those who do not swing with post-hoc deductive reasoning, Diane Pucin points out some of Woods' sponsors reflexively stopped running ads Nov. 29, before all the reports about mistresses hit traditional media. One has little to do with the other.
It is 2010. People can take it if you told them the greater shocker would be if Tiger Woods didn't have some side action (Jason Whitlock is now saying this in not so few words: "The high-character values and morality we've ascribed to the male and female athletes who entertain us were a myth in the 20th century and a flat-out impossibility now ... Tiger operates in a cesspool. He's never portrayed himself as a religious holy roller. His values appear, like most, sexular."). The man is on the road, what, 275 nights a year. There are jock-sniffers and hangers-on of dubious virtue at every turn. A man might be able to get what he wants from Tiger by offering some hero worship, or financial incentive, a speakers' fee, a comped hotel suite, etc. A women mostly can only offer companionship (a polite term for "convenient hole"). Besides, from what we know about jocks, Tiger Woods is so in love with himself that in his mind, taking a woman-not-his-wife back to his room practically qualifies as an act of compassion.
You don't need to be told Tiger Woods' penis is no business of ours and what he does with it is, at worst, a victimless crime (sorry, Elin). Shame on anyone in the media for pandering to self-righteous moralizers and North America's juvenile attitude toward sex. Honestly, do you think this will matter in one, two, five years? It won't. Just ask Kobe Bryant or Bill Clinton.
Jeff Pearlman said the most profound, no-BS comment: "Why haven’t I taken a stance? What do I think? Truthfully, I think very little."
(Best non-sequitur from Deadspin: "(I) wanted to believe what we are shown on tv.")