Demain Event: Just let the man play golf
I never thought I'd miss the ridiculous amount of over-saturated NFL draft coverage.
You know, the fast-talking Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay batting it out, debating over whom the Bills are going to draft in the third round or which sixth-round offensive lineman will see playing time in his rookie year.
That's usually what we're watching on ESPN this time of year, but stop the presses! Tiger Woods had a club sandwich for lunch and 20 minutes later he used the restroom at Augusta!
That's right, the Tiger is unleashed and he's running rampant. Can you believe it? He's playing golf.
Let's put things in perspective folks. Tiger Woods is one of the most universally known athletes who transcends sports into the homes of those like my dear grandmother.
He committed adultery and now he's returning to golf ... hmm, what's the story?
I get it, he's famous. He has seven bodyguards lurking nearby at all times during the Masters. That's a morning jog for President Obama.
But on Wednesday morning, you could tune into ESPN, ESPN2, the Golf Channel and FOX News to watch the parking lot of Augusta as the stations stood by for Tiger's entrance. Come on!
Then writer Ryan Klocke informed me that Nickelodeon interrupted SpongeBob to show Tiger practice on the 18th green. I'm not sure what he was doing watching SpongeBob, but I digress.
Obviously, Klocke was exaggerating, but the point is clear — the coverage of Tiger Woods from the start has been blown out of proportion.
Apparently, Tiger's press conference security was enforced like a speech from the White House lawn. Even ESPN's Rick Reilly couldn't get a press pass, ABC reporters had to purchase tickets, and when we went to put in for our credentials, Augusta scoffed — can you believe that?
If this were Todd Hamilton, Fred Couples or even Ernie Els, you think the coverage would be like this? No.
Now given, Tiger is Tiger, and his media appearances certainly didn't help his cause, but it's the principle of the matter.
He didn't do anything that would affect his game. He didn't break any laws and the only thing that would rattle him this weekend is the overbearing amount of media coverage.
If anything is going to push a putt, hook a drive left or carve out a chunk of fairway grass, it's the 18 camera men in his face, not his wife or personal matters.
I understand the argument of when you're a star you have to deal with the paparazzi, but just let the guy play golf. I, like many others who follow sports, don't really care if he had a club sandwich, what he tweeted or what his wife is doing. I just want to see how the guy bounces back ON THE COURSE after being thrown into the spotlight for personal matters, not golf.
On the other hand, I would like to know who the Dolphins might pick in the fifth round.