You want insight, not gushing, when it comes to Tiger coverage
If you watched the AT&T National this weekend, you saw a lot of Tiger Woods, and heard more than enough unctuous praise of him. One had the feeling periodically that announcers were trying to get back on--or stay on--Tiger's good side. If you finally screamed "Enough!" at your television set, you weren't alone.
Dear Editor: I'm giving up watching golf on TV when Woods plays. The commentators are just so one-eyed and completely biased that I can't stand it anymore. I'll just switch over, look at the score and out, although I can keep track on my iPod and not have to listen to all the waffling that they carry on with. There are a lot of people out there that think the same.
Ron Field, Morton. WA
For less flattery and more insight, we recommend Thomas Boswell's column
in the Washington Post this week, "Woods rewards close listeners." Boswell suggested that Tiger, when talking about other athletes such as Lebron James or Michael Jordan, as he did Tuesday, might really be offering insights into himself. His column is perhaps even more interesting reading post victory, as is the Tiger interview itself
. Writes Boswell:
When Woods dissects how his friend Michael Jordan coped with eroding skills as he aged, he’s also telling us how he hopes to adapt his golf swing, after four knee surgeries, so that he can be a champion again.
When he celebrates the often-berated LeBron James, his words, surely, must reflect his own wishes: that he eventually be seen as a man capable of identifying and improving his weaknesses, ignoring criticism and prevailing.
Ignoring criticism and prevailing
. Ignoring praise, too, I imagine.