Volume 47, Number 10 - January 19, 2010

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On Tiger Woods named Athlete of the Decade: Nay

By Alexandra Kramer

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What did Tiger Woods do to deserve this award? Besides whoring around, that is.

Athlete [ath – leet]   (noun): a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical skill.

Golf is a mental sport. It only requires a limited amount of physical ability.

With that said, I would like to congratulate Tiger Woods for pulling of a great scam for being voted as Associated Press Athlete of the Decade.

Without yet mentioning Woods “extra-curricular activities”, he should not have won the award because golf isn’t a sport by definition.

But I’ll humor you.

Let us ponder the question: in this decade, what did Tiger Woods do to deserve this award? Besides whoring around, that is.

He won 12 major championships, and holds 14 majors under his belt. Big deal! He still needs four to surpass Jack Nicklaus, who holds the record.

Let’s take a look at the other real athletes who were being considered: Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor who won the Tour de France six times this decade, and Roger Federer, who has won more Grand Slam singles titles than any other man.

There were other candidates who had an incomparable decade of excellence in their sport and were not involved in scandals that break morals. One of them should have been picked.

America makes their athletes out to heroes to many. They get paid like heroes and they get put on cereal boxes for all to see.

Some might say, “it’s not what he does off the field but it’s what he does on it.”

First, Woods is not a great athlete; he is just the master of the game, and secondly, the Athlete of the Decade should demonstrate admirable qualities on and off the “field.”

Woods was the epitome of a clean image and now he is nothing more than a lie and a fraud; unfortunately for Woods what has happened off the golf course overshadows anything he has ever done on it.

And according to AP, Woods has not been seen since the accident and has issued only statements on his Web site. He was also not available to comment about the award.

What a great guy.

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