Wednesday, April 1, 2009
No Need to Be Ridiculous
Sometimes our love and expectations of Tiger Woods can get the best of us. We sit in our comfy little couches thinking up new and interesting ideas about what Tiger can do (I heard he can lift a Mini Cooper with one arm!) and a lot of the time, they are even incredibly ridiculous even for Woods.
Damon Hack of Sports Illustrated had a shot of over-Tigering Tiger in his latest article, with this paragraph that nearly made me choke on my Chipotle burrito.
After more than a decade of chasing and breaking records, the arithmetic for Woods comes down to this. If he peaks during those four weeks, he could tie Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 professional majors — Woods's holy grail — and at the same time match the Grand Slam that Bobby Jones claimed 79 years ago. The hazards are many, and the competition on the Tour may be the deepest Woods has ever faced. The math, however, is right.
Hey, I'm not one to sit here and knock Hack. He is expected to write about golf and the Grand Slam isn't nearly as crazy as saying Woods could do 4,000 push-ups in a row or dunk on Dwight Howard. The point is, sometimes, even us foaming at the mouth at Tiger's accomplishments can overstep our allotted boundaries.
Woods won last week. It was incredible. He even surpassed my expectations. If he wins at Augusta in two weeks, it would be absolutely incredible. Why don't we just accept what he's done for us and not pile on all this Grand Slam weight just because he had a good week.