This past Sunday was comeback Sunday for a couple superstars in the North American sports world. The biggest of course was Tiger Woods’ first tournament win in 749 days. Now that he’s got his first win since the hullabaloo from 2 years ago under his belt expectations will soar for next year. As I’ve said previously, a healthy and winning Tiger is the most important thing in golf. I’m going to be a bit bold and predict Tiger comes back strong in 2012 and wins his first major since 2008. With a strong 2012, the media and fans will start to forget about his wrongdoings and re-focus on his quest to be the best golfer of all time. We’ve seen how success in sports can quickly overshadow off field/court controversies (Vick, Bryant, Ray Lewis, etc.). Tiger will climb back to the top eventually and his 2 years of public hell will be all but forgotten.
In the hockey world, arguably the most maligned goalie in the NHL, Roberto Luongo, made his first start since November 13. It was probably the best possible comeback scenario for Luongo as he was playing a team in Calgary that he has more wins against than any other team in the NHL. The Flames were also a tired team playing their 3rd game in 4 nights. Luongo wasn’t dominant, especially in the early going when he let in a weak goal from below the goal line. However, he was solid after that goal and this could be the beginning of a strong string of games from a hungry Luongo. This is the first time Luongo has had genuine competition in goal and this could be just the thing that will light a fire under him to prove to his team, the fans and media that he is the top dawg between the pipes.
With solid competition behind him, will this push Luongo into elite status?
This whole Steve Williams vs. Tiger fiasco is ridiculous. It ruined an amazing performance from Adam Scott, who played out of his mind this weekend en route to winning the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. The media is to blame for this whole soap opera. Egging Williams on to give venomous quotes to fuel some controversy to get people to watch golf is just sad. Just shows how the media loves to f#@k with people’s perceptions and beliefs. I find it funny how the media turns on Woods, golf’s golden ticket, so easily. He is the most important player to the PGA. It’s a fact, more people watch golf when Tiger is playing well. It’s definitely the only time I watch golf. It’s time for the media to stick to interviewing the guys who play, who actually swing the clubs and put the ball in the hole. Not the guys who carry a bag and wipe down balls. Best week of your life eh Steve? Wow, thanks for saying it 6 or 7 times in the video above.
I’m no golf expert, but I’m sure caddies lose their jobs on a regular basis. So what’s the big deal? Should we all feel sorry for Williams because Tiger fired him? Boo hoo! Do you know how much money Tiger made this guy? Does Tiger owe him anything? Other than the house he lives in, the car he drives, the clothes his wife wears, the toilet he poops in (too much)? C’mon now! This whole view that this weekend was some kind of grand vindication for Williams is ludicrous. I wanted to throw things at the TV when the gallery was chanting Ste-Vie Will-iams when Scott walked up the 18th.
Here’s hoping Tiger uses this garbage as training motivation. I’m pulling hard (sounds wrong) for him to get back on form and shut these haters up. Who’s with me???