Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Tiger says "They'rrrrrre lame!" to hockey

Oh, that's nice.

The world's top golfer appeared via teleconference on Monday, promoting August's PGA Championship at Oakland Hills in suburban Detroit.

Woods was asked if he was rooting for Detroit or Pittsburgh. Woods started to laugh, then landed a zinger. "I don't really care. Let's talk about the Dodgers," the California native said. "I don't think anybody really watches hockey anymore."

There is many reasons why Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer in the world, and one of those is both glaring and unmentioned: he is easily the best athlete in golf. It's a huge advantage over the rest of the relative pudge-pots who tour with him.

To wit, picture this: Phil Mickelson or John Daly handed a baseball bat and standing in against Randy Johnson. Riiiiiiight. Now picture Tiger up there. Johnson would definitely get him, but Tiger would never give in to him; and had he played baseball in his youth instead of hockey, I have little doubt that, given his drive and physical gifts, Woods would be a Dodger himself, probably a regular, and possibly even one of their better players.

But Tiger will have to forgive me for calling shenanigans on his opinion of the Lord's Own Hockey. He's marvelous to watch but his chosen profession is a game, not a sport - however demanding and technical it is. For one thing, nobody plays defense. For another, he is allowed to demand utter silence while he performs, to the extent of snarling at cameras snapping in the background.

It would be much harder sinking that five-foot putt with Daly whacking him with his putter and Mickelson trying to knock the ball aside, while 18,000 people shrieked at him. Oh, and while skating on ice.

PS - from DJ Gallo at ESPN. Heheheheheh.

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