Friday, December 4, 2009

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright...

I don't know about the rest of you, but I am really tired of hearing about Tiger Woods, his accident, his indiscretions, and the rest of the "scandal" that has been the hot topic on TV, the newspapers and magazines, and online for the past week. Given Tiger's status as a sports celebrity, the story has been fodder for news programs, the various sports talk shows, and the "entertainment news" shows, making it virtually impossible to have the TV on for an hour without someone mentioning his name.

Is it news? No, it's just gossip...on a grand scale.

Imagine that someone you work with is having an extra-marital affair and that secret is discovered by another co-worker. How long before the story spreads through the company, the topic whispered about in the copy room and the coffee-maker? The only relevance it holds, however, is if it affects how your co-worker does his or her job. If it doesn't, then it's nobody's business.

In the case of an elected official (like the one who claimed he was off hiking in the Andes or whatever), the question is, again, does the situation affect how the job is performed. If the answer is "yes," then we have a right to be concerned, though only to the extent that it affects the responsibilities to the public. If the answer if "no," then, again, it is nobody else's business.

But in the case of a sports figure like Tiger, whose "job" is to win golf tournaments, why should any of us really care if, as a result of his "transgressions," he can't concentrate and never wins another one? He's just another in a long line of celebrities who has managed to screw up his life.

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