Throughout my lifetime sports has produced many heroes, and some of them have fallen. I met O.J. Simpson on two occasions, even sharing coffee with him on one. I grew up in L.A. and followed his career at USC, and his professional career with the Buffalo Bills. Watching him run for a season’s record 2000 yards on a wintry day brought a smile to my face. When he was arrested for the murder of his ex-wife, I was saddened. Although he was not convicted of two murders, there is no doubt in my mind he committed them.
Lance Armstrong is the latest disappointment and has become an anti-hero. Simply because of the numbers of fans worldwide who had their faith crushed, he leads the pack of villains.
Now we could be seeing the fall from grace of Oscar Pestorius. I know all sports fans will be following his trial, most likely beginning in June.
The day after Thanksgiving in 2009, news services reported that Tiger Woods had crashed his SUV just outside his Florida home and received minor injuries. Television and print news was buzzing all day. Investigations revealed that Tiger had been unfaithful to his wife Elin Nordegren. When the extent of his infidelity was known, it seemed that he must have had a girlfriend in every town where he played in a tournament.
The one difference between his failures and those of the others is that the affect was personal. He ruined the life he had, and those of his wife and children.
I am a ‘Tiger’ fan, but I found what he did both sad an irreprehensible. He may never be the golfer he was prior to 2009, but he is still one of the best to have ever put a ball on a tee.
TMZ has taken pictures today of Tiger and his ex-wife and children.
Sources say that Tiger showed up to a youth sports event in Jupiter, Florida, with his two children. About an hour later Elin arrived. When their paths crossed they chatted together for about half an hour. When they were spotted, they left together in Elin’s car.
This may mean nothing other than that they have decided to be friendly and attempt to make their children feel secure. But, I’m an old romantic. I believe that at one time they were in love, and maybe still are in spite of Tigers many transgressions.
Those of you who read me know I’m a “cockeyed optimist”.
Columnist-The Guardian Express