This morning on ESPN I heard the most naive statement made by anyone in sports, Corey Pavin who is the captain of the USA Ryder cup team, actually said he would treat Tiger Woods like anyone else when deciding who to pick for the cup team.
I guess Mr. Pavin doesn't understand the "Tiger Woods" concept in golf, everyone knows he is not like anyone else and that's how he should be treated.
The PGA is making more money by not treating Tiger Woods like everyone else, the marginal pro golfer can now afford to sleep in hotel rooms rather than in their cars because Tiger Woods is not treated like anyone else.
Mr. Pavin is probably making a better living and everyone in Pro-shops throughout the country is doing better financially because Tiger Woods does not get treated like anyone else.
We actually can say this about many superstars in various sports.
Lebron James does not get treated like anyone else, Wayne Gretzky did not get treated like anyone else, Michael Jordan did not get treated like anybody else.
In NASCAR Dale Earnhardt jr. does not get treated like anybody else, in this case not because he is a great driver but because he is the most popular figure in the sport.
I don't have to be a genius to figure out what all those players have in common, lets see if you agree with this concept.
Tiger Woods and others like him deserve to be treated different because they have made their sport better, and when I say better I don't mean a dime better but millions better, not to mention the worldwide exposure they personally provide to their sport.
Their impact has changed their sport, so "they are not like everyone else"
Can we agree on that?
Why would Corey Pavin or anyone else even have to think twice about picking Tiger Woods for a golf team.
Are you kidding me!
It is golf and he is one of the greatest golfers alive, there should be nothing to think about, half of Tiger is better than no Tiger at all.
Am I wrong?
Point is simple, Tiger Woods is like no one else in golf, you could say he's had the biggest impact on a sports since "the great one" (Gretzky) had on the NHL.
He is "the great one" of golf, so treating him like anyone else is totally unacceptable.
Mr. Pavin pick the Tiger, that's a cat you can't do without.