Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Interviews...

In evaluating the value of tonight's two, five-minute, restriction-free Tiger interviews, I've analyzed them in the most basic of ways. By asking one simple question:

What did we learn?

That is, after all, the purpose of an interview, yes? To get answers to questions the interviewee has yet to answer.

Okay, good. With that in mind, here's what I came up with:

--Tiger's nervous about fan reaction when he returns.

--Tiger has a new bracelet which he will wear for the rest of his life.

And.... yep, I guess that's pretty much it.

I'm really not trying to be cynical here, and correct me if I'm wrong, but this was the only new information, yes?

In light of this, I think it's a little difficult to compare this to David Frost sitting down with Richard Nixon.

I don't want to look like one of those people who will never be satisfied with anything Tiger says, but when you can't be straightforward about the type of treatment you've been receiving and still won't give even the most general of explanations regarding a very bizarre late-night car crash, he makes it hard to move on.


Adam Goss said...

I agree, that's ten minutes of my life I can never get back!

courtgolf said...

That's about the must succinct breakdown of the two interviews I've heard so far. But seriously, did you really expect anything different ?

What exactly are you needing to move on from ? He's a golfer - a great golfer (who has already inspired great literature !) The only laws the guy has broken are traffic laws - and the rest is personal.

If this was someone you were dating and this was how they were treating you...would it be a difficult decision on whether to continue or break up ?

Anonymous said...

I dont get i!!!,Why is it so important to know what illness/condition Tiger is being treated for? Does it affect the world, you? Also what difference would it make in anyone's life outside of the Wood's family to learn what happened before the Car accident?I almost feel I am back in history in America when "black" folks were property and the "Master had a right to know everything.

catcher at Rye said...

they should have had nick faldo interview him! However, what more does he really owe us, except to get back asap!

Bob, can you help me you know the name of those golf spectator viewfinders circa 60'70's///long rectangular boxes with mirrors, or direct me to a link with pictures??? thanks

BOB SMILEY said...

I don't need answers to make me feel good, though what I said could give that impression. The problem is that there has yet to be any rational explanation given for the late-night car crash. There may be one, but based on what we do know, only three possibilities seem possible:

1) He fled a (deservedly) angry spouse.
2) He was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
3) He was sleepdriving.

Let's rule out #3 because it's insane.

If the answer was #1, I'm not sure how that harms his wife's honor. No one, especially my wife, would fault her for being angry to the point he would flee.

If the answer is #2, then he was not forthright with the Florida Highway Patrol and should be charged accordingly.

As for the "why are you in therapy?" question, I'm stumped. What is so private about saying: "I'm in therapy to treat my adultery and/or a dependence on pain medication following my 2008 knee surgery."

When he spoke on TV last month, he told ME (I know this b/c he looked at the camera when he said it) "I'm sorry." What Rinaldi's question essentially was asking was this: "FOR WHAT?" It's a fair question and deserves a response.

courtgolf said...

You're leaving out #4 - They really did need more Pampers ! :-)

Why is that just because someone has a press pass in their wallet, they "deserve" answers to whatever happens to pop into their mind ?

Anonymous said...

Bob, again, What happened before the accident should not affect your life.If the Police believed or knew he was under the influence, then they should have taken his blood. Since you are not the Pol, leave it alone. Where is it manadated that it is your business to pry into people's privacy, eg. asking what disease,illness, condition that is being treated.The Bill of Rights prevent you from seeing someones medical records. The press want to keep getting their ounce of flesh up to all of Tiger's body (mentally and physically)Then they keep laughing all the way to his grave?

BOB SMILEY said...

I guess I'll reiterate my point. Obviously Tiger has not legally done anything wrong at this point in the eyes of the FHP. I think the FHP did a shoddy job, but that's a different argument. And again, YES, Tiger doesn't HAVE to say another word about this. My point is that the continued dodging of basic questions will make Tiger's desire to win back the trust of his fans more difficult.

Even if his reasoning is that he has no legal obligation to do so, it gives the impression he is hiding and misleading, which would seem to more closely resemble the man he was than the man he wants to be.

Anonymous said...

Bob,I am not trying to beat a dead horse. But I guess journalist/columnist/writers think differently from other people in the population.You have jumped to the conclusion that the reason Tiger or anyone for that matter who refuses to divulge information that is deemed private, to the general population, is that, they are hiding something or misleading the public!!!That is absolutely disingenious!!!But I think I get you all perspective----"Ferret out the "story", because Tiger of the abominable behaviour,no longer has any right of privacy, since his "private" life is tabloid fodder" Who does he think he is anymore?
By the eay Bob, I loved reading your quirky blogs