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Who do we look up to now, Tiger Woods?

Posted: March 8, 2010 2:10 p.m.
Updated: March 9, 2010 4:55 a.m.
I am outraged by Jim Mullen's column ("Tiger's tales no surprise," March 3). In it, he condones Tiger Woods' philandering by observing many, if not all, professional athletes regularly succumb to the charms of groupies as a fringe benefit of their fame.

I hold that golf, and Woods in particular, is special.

Golf is special because it is characterized by athletes who actually call penalties on themselves, as opposed to soccer players who writhe with phony injuries in an attempt to draw a foul.

Golf galleries are quiet and respectful while baseball crowds shout cat calls and roar to distract the players. Yes, Mr. Mullen, golf is special.

Woods was special because he epitomized achievement through dedication and hard work.

Vastly more importantly, he served as a role model for all of us as a superb golfer and an ethical man. He set an example for us to reach for, particularly our youngsters.

As a nation, we were proud of him. But now are we to claim that moral values shift at the whim of the majority?

Is the most preposterous behavior okay if everyone does it? Shall we follow the lemming's precedent and follow the crowd over the precipice?

Are solemn wedding vows to be discarded because a sot in a bar brags about his conquests? Is deceit and moral duplicity to be embraced? Are we to ignore the hurt to Woods' wife, Elin, and their children Sam and Charlie?

Yes, we are all tempted to err. Many of us do. But Woods had a special place in our collective psyche and an obligation to help steer our youth.

Sadly, he's sunk into the abyss with all the others.

Who are we to look up to now?


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