Peter 'Fish' Case: Tiger's comeback is historic - but is it medal-worthy?
Here's a column I haven't written in a while. It's about golf, well, sort of about golf; okay, it really only starts out as golf and ends with the same condemnation of a certain leader of a certain free nation in which both you and I reside.
First off, congratulations to Tiger Woods for clawing his way back to the top of the golf game. He shot a minus 13 at Augusta to take home the 11 and a half million-dollar purse, not bad for a few days work. Truly an incredible story and another brilliant example of perseverance. He's certainly had his ups and downs over the last decade, much of it can be squarely placed on his own shoulders, but still, it looks like for the moment he's righted the ship and he's sailing smoothly. And Lord knows I'm a fan of a comeback story, especially one like this. Let's face it, we all had pretty much written the guy off. Sex scandals that involved dinner waitresses and porn stars, rage incidents, drug induced ramblings, DUI videos, crippling injury; he's really put himself through the paces, but it all washed away (at least for us) when he won the Masters and climbed back to the top. So, to Tiger, I say again, congratulations.
But let's not forget that because of his bona fides he's been making a living, even at his lowest point. At the end of his day, he's doing his job and his job is to play a game. I'm not knocking it, I'm merely pointing out that Tiger's decision-making skills over the last decade have not been stellar, but they are his own. Here's where I go down the rabbit hole of condemnation of a buffoon that soaks up the same sun you and I do yet manages to turn an uncomfortable shade of orange. Because of Tiger's win, Trump took to the Twitterverse and made a public proclamation: "Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday's @TheMasters, & to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!"
I'm not suggesting that Tiger isn't deserving of the medal; after all, it's been awarded to athletes before. But it does beg the question: If he hadn't won the tournament would he have been awarded the medal? The answer is no, 100% no. The man that sits in the people's house reacts to a situation much like the screaming teenage girls at Shea Stadium during the Beatles' first appearance in 1965. His previous medal winners include Babe Ruth, Roger Staubach, Alan Page, Orrin Hatch, Miriam Adelson, Antonin Scalia and Elvis. Three of those were posthumous and the rest suited his agenda. Not to say that when Obama awarded Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom it wasn't serving Obama's agenda, but at least you can make a strong case for Biden.
Again, I'm not trying to cheapen the offer for Tiger; I think from any other President it has meaning. I think from any other President it comes from a more thoughtful place than just being caught up in an emotional moment for a former golf buddy. Yes, Tiger and the Trump have knocked around golf balls together. But that goes back to when Trump was just an idiot business man and not an idiot President. I should also remind you that Tiger spoke at Barrack Obama's first Inaugural weekend, something I'm sure Trump has forgotten. I can't say for sure, but I have a feeling that if Tiger was given a choice of who he wanted to hang the medal around his neck it wouldn't be Trump. After all, while Notre Dame was burning, Trump tweeted out, "So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!" Yeah Trump, maybe Donald, Mickey and Goofy from the Disneyland Fire Department can help out too!
Congrats Tiger! The nation applauds you, it's good to have you back.
Peter "Fish" Case is a man with an opinion. He offers up a weekly podcast discussion that can be heard at theearspoon.com. Questions, compliments and complaints can be sent to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The opinions expressed by columnists do not necessarily reflect the views of the Brattleboro Reformer.
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