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Tiger Woods Says Nothing in ESPN, Golf Channel Interviews

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 22nd 2010 10:28AM
Tiger WoodsSo, did you see the interview that Tiger Woods gave to ESPN and The Golf Channel yesterday? It was ... odd. It was one of those interviews that had the appearance of telling us a lot, but after it was over you realize that you learned exactly nothing and your opinion on the matter didn't change one bit.

Woods talked to ESPN's Tom Rinaldi (the interview that I saw) for five minutes and to Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman for five minutes. The rules were he could be asked anything but the interviews had to be held at the Isleworth Country Club in Florida and they had to be held to five minutes.

Maybe it was because of the five minute time limit, but the Rinaldi interview came across as wooden, robotic, and not very interesting. I've always thought that Woods is kind of a detached person anyway, but there didn't seem to be anything in his answers that we haven't heard already. He's working on his marriage, what happened the night of the accident is private, he hopes fans forgive him, etc, etc.

I'm not exactly sure what sort of answers I was looking for from the interview, I just know that I didn't get them. I didn't expect (or want) Oprah-level revelations and crying and pleading forgiveness, I just expected something a little more blunt. Something without certain words a PR person told him to repeat. But in the long run, does it even matter?

At the Masters, where Woods will resume his golf career, he'll win or he'll lose, some fans will like him and some won't, and either his marriage will work out or it won't. He's just like you and me. Except for the whole "richest athlete on the planet" part.

(Side note: the logo that The New York Daily News is using for Tiger Woods stories at the link above is both hilarious and sad.)

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No matter what he has done in his private life, you can't take away the fact he is a great golfer one of the best ever. I hope he gets through this with his family intact, I believe he is sorry and wants to move on. As do most of his fans. Go get'em tiger.

March 22 2010 at 8:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The only thing I wanted to know from him after The Incident was when he was going to play another professional golf tournament. I know the answer. The rest of this is just nonsense.

I am in alternating fits of laughter and boredom about all of it. These interviews seem weird because I don't get the impression anyone involved really knows what they are supposed to be doing. Man cheats on wife...that's a unique and tragic story, right? Now what? ...

March 22 2010 at 1:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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