Stop writing legacies too soon
Posted August 18, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — Tiger Woods puzzles me. The entire story just leaves me scratching my head. I am not sure exactly what has happened to his golf game. I don’t get how a guy who was seemingly unstoppable keeps hitting the ball into the water. I don’t understand how no one knew what was going on in the guy’s head. I also don’t find it fun to watch a human being unravel in front of the entire world.
In doing some reading about Tiger, I found a column written in 2006. If you want to step back in time, you should read it. It is truly fascinating.
If you don’t have the time to read that, I will share one quote with you that will pretty much sum things up:
"If I had a daughter," Bill Murvin, one of Tiger's high school teachers in Anaheim, once told me, "I'd want her to marry Tiger Woods even if he'd never picked up a golf club."
I am just betting no guy would say that about his daughter today. It brings me to my overall point. We should probably stop trying to write the legacies of our sports stars before their careers are over. You could not have found many people to say a bad word about Tiger Woods in 2006. Now the guy can’t shoot par and it’s hard to find anything to like about him.
In 2006 we were all wondering just how long it would take Tiger to surpass Jack Nicklaus. Now we wonder if the guy will win again, let alone another major.
It is an extreme case of writing the story too soon, but it happens every day in the constant need for instant analysis.
I remember when Jeff Francoeur was called up to Atlanta. The guy was wearing No. 7 and hit a home run in his first major league game. There were people talking about the Hall of Fame and wondering if he would be the greatest Brave ever. Turns out he’s a journeyman.
There are plenty of things to debate and analyze in sports. Why do we waste so much time talking about what will happen and so little time talking about what is happening? Maybe that’s why we miss things.