Tiger Woods choice for Athlete Of The Decade is the stupidest of all time

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on December 16, 2009 4:35 pm

Did Tiger Woods use incredibly poor judgement in regards to his personal life with Swedish skier babe Elin Nordegren – yes.  Should that have anything do with him getting the Athlete of the Decade award from the AP – no.  Should the fact that Tiger Woods was in very close proximity to a performance enhancing drug scenario – grey area?  We do live in a country where you are innocent until proven guilty.  At least for the most part.  

56 of the 142 AP member editors voted Tiger the Athlete of the Decade.  The fact that half of them voted after the car crash is irrelevant.  What is relevant is the fact that Tiger is a golfer and golf is not a sport!  There I said it.  Golf is a game.  It’s the game of golf, not the sport of golf.  Feel free to push the hate below in the comment section.  I am not remotely saying that Tiger is not an incredible talent.  He just hasn’t been tested at an athletic contest and therefore should not remotely be getting this award.  It is a complete farce!   If instead of him bedding every girl that worked at Hooters for the past 3 years, he was spending his time helping old ladies cross the street…it would still be a complete farce.  He might as well have been playing checkers or chess to get the Athlete of the Decade Award.

On any given day Tiger Woods could lose to John Daly at his sport (game,) golf.  Would Roger Federer lose a tennis match to John Daly or his tennis equivalent?  Would Lance Armstrong lose a bike race to John Daly or his cycling equivalent?  Would Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller, Tanner Hall, Gretchen Bleiler, Kobe Bryant, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, the Williams Sisters or any one of a thousand other great athletes lose to their John Daly equivalents?  Not even close. 

You could take a good basketball player on a high school team and they would never lose to their John Daly equivalent in their sport.  Woods made more money than the field, but that is not a metric for athleticism.  And if Golf was a sport, which it isn’t, Tiger’s accomplishments still don’t put him over the hurdle.  Roger Federer won 15 Grand Slam Championships in tennis all in this decade.  Tiger has won 14 majors, but only 12 in this decade.  Tiger is clearly second place in that paradigm.

More importantly, Federer had to win truly International Events.  He had to beat the entire world 15 times.  Golf is simply not nearly as international as tennis is.  Golf is not nearly the international sport that cycling is.  It isn’t as international as downhill skiing is.  Currently the top 7 PGA money leaders are from… you guessed it  – the good ol’ US of A.  Is that pretty international?  Winning a golf major is not nearly the accomplishment of winning a tennis grand slam.  Last time I checked there were about 250 Million people in George Bush’s country and about 8 billion people in the world.  After consulting my abacus, that means that the pool is about 32 times more populated in tennis than in golf.

Golf is a great game.  It is an outdoor activity and nothing short of wonderful.  Tiger is a spectacular talent and certainly up there with one of the most talented people of the decade at his craft.  But he simply is nowhere near the athlete of the decade because he really has not even entered the race.

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