This Tiger Woods thing has caused a song lyric to keep playing over and over in my head. It's the old Simon and Garfunkel tune that poses the question; "Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you."
On the surface Tiger Woods is just the latest scandal involving a high profile name, but we own a part of this too. We are a celebrity fixed culture that gets obsessed with Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole, and even John and Kate.
Don't get me wrong – most of this mess belongs to Tiger. This amazing athlete got famous, and made his money in a sport that ironically demands integrity and self-control. Golf is the one sport where one must learn to play within themselves.
That's why what's happened these last couple weeks is almost impossible to ignore. How could a man who seemingly had it all together, let everything slip so far out of control?
As we learn of yet another who was admired by many now falling from grace - that tune keeps playing just like it did forty years ago. "Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you."
That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emailed responses from viewers:
I'm really sick of hearing about it. So some guy cheated on his wife? Big news. Isn't that pretty common behavior these days?
I think you were very gracious on Tiger Woods. A public fixture, household name, role model, etc. that sets such a bad example as this should not be treated so nicely. Let's face it, it is his talents that made him famous, but it is people like you and I who made him rich. This opens another can of worms which is salaries in professional sports. Athletes would not make a dime if it were not for the general public supporting them. It is through ticket sales, endorsements, and us buying the products that sponsor the athletes and teams that keep them financially where they are today. In today's economy, imagine how much it would help the average family if the cost of the services and goods we purchase would come down. This could happen if professional athletes would feel the economic impact that we are feeling????
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