THE TIGER GALLERY. Yeah, it's just another placeholder. This
week, the U.S. Open will be played in the Philadelphia area.
Predictably, the Philly arm of ESPN, led by Mike
Missanelli, has been bashing Tiger and all his supporters, Big
whoop. Nobody but fat dilettante plutocrats is interested in Tiger
Yadda yadda yadda. So tiresome I could barely stir myself to
document it. The only reason I do is the bright fandom of my
one-winged wife. There's a lesson here that goes far beyond golf.
You see. ESPN should love Tiger. He's not just ratings. He's ratings
squared. Fat plutocrats who make more than $250K a year can't make a
blip in the ratings. Not enough of them, and face it, they're mostly
in the gallery. But ESPN hates Tiger anyway. I won't play the race
card they always use. I'll play the greatness card instead.
Sportscasters are overwhelmingly lefties.
Which leads to the notion that certain sports are the exclusive
province of the privileged rather than the talented. Philly's WIP
SportsTalk moron Rob Charry is an excellent case in point. (Go
ahead. Read the whole
post. Well worth it in laughs and bile.)
Charry, who is exactly my age, is,
perhaps needless to say, an obnoxious halfwit I've grown to loathe
for his canned diatribes -- whenever call traffic is slow -- about
how neither golfers nor racecar drivers are athletes, as well as
his not very well disguised bias against any athletes who admit to
being conservatives. He can't quite explain, for example, why he
dislikes ex-Phillie Curt Schilling, who never dissed Philly even
after moving to Boston. He just doesn't like him. You know.
No, golfers are not athletes. Exhibit
A. Nor are
racecar drivers, even though anyone who has ever driven a
racecar for more than a few minutes is exhausted by the experience
and more racecar drivers have been killed in their sport than any
other. These are indicators of the real prejudice. Which is against
greatness. ESPN has no brief against Tiger for his personal life.
They excuse violence, rape, murder, and everything but religiosity
in other sports stars. What they can't stand is the few who don't
need them to craft the public narrative of their careers. There are
a very very few who are above the opinion, spin, and obsessions of
the media. That's Tiger's real sin. He doesn't care what any ESPN
glunk thinks of him. Why they feel the compulsion to Occupy Tiger.
Gotta get that one one-hundredth of one percent that makes us all
smaller beyond compare. What the mediocre are endlessly trying to do to the rest of us.
Same with the truly great racecar drivers. Yeah, the interchangeable
stars of NASCAR may need the differentiations offered up by
SportsCenter. But the truly great ones of the Grand Prix circuit,
the Mille Miglia, Le Mans, and old-time Indy never did. Everything
about them was bigger -- from Juan Fangio to Wolfgang von Trips to Stirling Moss to
Nikki Lauda to Danny Ongais to Shirley Muldowney -- to the extent
that their death defying achievements in machinery no common man
could ever afford actually offends the egalitarian mentality that
enables sportscasters to condescend to LeBron James and A-Rod.
Tiger refuses to be accountable to them, to apologize, to plead for
their approval. Bear this in mind. Why the missus is Tiger's
foremost defender and fan. When he's on, he just gleams. She knows
that's the rarest thing there is. If you can't see it, or wait for
it hoping to see it, your soul is just a little bit dead.
I'll close with two stellar tips. Watch this movie.
And check the other site for my next post on the stuff that really