Sunday Red: Tiger Woods


 

I’ve played three years of high school golf. Every time I tee’d off… every time I approached the green… every time I was ready to putt… I imagined that I was Tiger Woods. Tiger was the reason I started to have an interest in golf. Before him, I thought golf wasn’t appealing. I started to even question why golf was even a sport.

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Seeing Tiger play and dominate at a young age, provided me with a pulse for the sport. I began to watch him regularly during the summer and the majors on a regular. I made sure I was at home on Sundays to watch him cruise to victory after victory. He had overcome rivals such as Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh,  Rocco Mediate, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, and Jim Furyk. I even started to take notes of his game and tried to replicate his tactics.

Tiger Woods came out the gate destroying the competition. In 1997, Woods was the youngest to ever win The Masters at the age of 21 (win by 12 strokes). In 2001, he became the first golfer to be the reigning champion of all four majors. Tiger has won a total of 14 majors and 79 career PGA tour events. In every event that Woods has played in, you will see him wear the color red on Sundays. He said:

“I wear red on Sundays because my mom thinks that that’s my power color, and you know you should always listen to your mom.”

 

My favorite memory of Tiger Woods came at the U.S. Open in 2008 when he beat Rocco Mediate in a playoff to claim the major championship. What makes this major significant for Woods, and myself personally, is that he won this major on a bad left knee. He was shown grimacing and in discomfort while taking strokes (especially while teeing off). Shortly after taking the crown, Woods had reconstructive surgery on his ACL on the same left knee. He was out of action for over 9 months. With this injury, came a domino effect of different and reoccurring injuries.

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Tiger Woods vs Rocco Mediate (2008 U.S. Open)

The scandal in December of 2009, when he openly admitted to cheating on his (now) ex-wife, did not help his status of trying to return to “Vintage Tiger”. Woods eventually started to lose endorsements such as Gillette, AT&T, and Gatorade. You add this with the chronic injuries, you have a recipe for failure for anybody’s image and career.

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Even with the scandal that has stained his imaged and lost some of his endorsements, Tiger Woods will always have a major influence on my life and my others. The recent news of him returning to golf at Safeway, after being out more than a year due to injuries, has given me hope that maybe (just maybe) he might be able to show his dominance one more time. I know it’s wishful thinking, but I’ve seen crazier things happen in sports. Either way, I’ll be following him again on his return to golf. I just want to see that signature fist pump one more time.

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JGOOD

Post March Madness


Congratulations to Marcello for winning
the JGoodWithSports March Madness contest. His prizes are on his way.

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That game was one of the best that you will ever see in any sport so don’t take it for granted. I have the same emptiness when the Superbowl ended and football season was over (luckily we’re getting closer to the NFL draft).

In other sports:

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NBA – My Bulls are about to be officially eliminated from playoff contention. This has been one of the most disappointing seasons that I can remember. It’s basically the same team as last year (adding Bobby Portis). The only thing changed is the coach and culture. We lost our defensive, gritty, and resilient identity. I’m not sure what will happen in the offseason but I wish we’ll get our defensive, gritty, resilient identity back.

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NFL – The season is still some months from here but the NFL Draft is only a couple a weeks away. “Draft Town” will be in Chicago for a second consecutive year (a 3 day event for fans to meet former players, participate in activities, food, prizes, and have a chance to win tickets to the actual draft blocks away) and guess who’s going?? (Wait for it… You guess it.. It’s me!) I’m very excited. I wanted to go last year but didn’t have the courage to skip work for it. I will let you know how it goes.

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MLB – My Chicago White Sox has started the season off on a positive note by winning 3 of 4 in Oakland against the A’s. Even though the Chicago Cubs are the talk if the town as the World Series favorite, we’re are projected to make a run for the AL Central. We added some much need bullpen help in the winter. Hopefully that’s enough to get some extra wins.

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NHL – The Blackhawks are set to defend the Stanley Cup. The Dallas Stars and the St Louis Blues have been consistent all year. The Washington Capitals are looking like the favorites to meet of those 3 teams in the Stanley Cup. Personally, I want to see Patrick Kane and Johnathan Toews against Alex Ovechkin.

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The Masters are underway this weekend. Honestly I’m not sure who will come out on top. I just hope it’s a close finish on Sunday (preferably down to the last hole).

JGOOD