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Tiger, over and out

Hard to take him at his word on sabbatical

It's an ugly thing sometimes, being so overserved with skepticism.

I realize it's an occupational hazard after all these years -- I've simply sat in too many news conferences listening to too much spin/damage/reputation control -- but it doesn't make it any less easy to deal with the auto-response that kicks in whenever I hear someone use words like I'm hearing coming from Tiger Woods right now.

In case you missed it, Tiger announced on his Web site (of course) that he's taking an indefinite leave of absence from golf to repair his marriage and resurrect his damaged reputation.

My first auto-response: "Repair his marriage. Yeah, right. If his marriage was all that important to him to begin with, he'd have kept his pants zipped and his libido stowed. It really isn't that hard."

My second auto-response: "He's taking an indefinite leave of absence because his sponsors are starting to bail on him. and for no other reason. This is a total P.R. move to try to protect his bottom line."

MY third auto-response: "Oh, wait, there is one other reason he's doing this, come to think of it: He's running away. it's a no-guts move to avoid facing the inevitable ridicule you-know-what storm that would come raining down on him the second he showed his face at a golf tournament. Sorry, Tiger. If you're gonna play the music, you need to man up and face the music."

Ben Smith's blog.

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