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By Reader Poll  |  February 19, 2010; 6:01 AM ET  | Category:  Crime , Michael Vick , Plaxico Burress , Reader Poll , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The fact is that athletes don't matter.- They are people who have spent their lives perfecting a game others play for fun.

When one is extremely good at the game, and nice looking- and personable, it inspires people to believe in "a healthy mind in a healthy body" -perfectibility in man.

Money can be made from this hope-and it is. When it is dashed the least the multimillionaire disappointment can say is "Sorry".

The disappointment matters-the apology really doesn't.

Posted by: VivienneGilbert | February 19, 2010 11:07 AM

The apologies only matter when the time comes to face your fans on the playing field. While hissing and booing in football or baseball dissipates eventually in the din of the crowd, on the fairway or putting green, it will be a game changer. Woods is used to cheers and glory as he descends the fairway, and silent awe on the putting green. It is unlikely he will enjoy such respect in the future.

Posted by: merrill1 | February 20, 2010 8:25 AM

you know, we have rituals, that change over time. it used to be that men all wore hats, and then JFKennedy declined to do so: wearing hats fell off. It used to be we didn't hound presidents about their sex lives (some exceptions), but now the sex lives of prominent politicians, regardless of impact on job performance, become fodder for media cameras.

I really do believe the media has had a great deal to do with this change: the media is not just a reporter, and needs to quit claiming innocence. What the media reports is important, and when media sales depends on attracting the attention of buyers, prurient or otherwise, I think the perspective of media decision makers begins to shade towards the titillating rather than the newsworthy, and that seems to me to have been a deadly spiral around the drain.

Does Woods owe an apology? If he threw a match in return for money, or really for any reason, yes. If he cheated in golf in some other way, like steroids or illegal clubs, or kicking his ball out of the rough, yes. but for indiscretions in his personal life? do they give him an unfair advantage on the course? if not, then no.

perhaps the media should apologize to all for pumping up an incident out of all proportion to its importance, whether the original incident or this apology. (did you see the number of articles aggregated by Google on the press conference? more than ll thousand).

after all, there are a lot of guys with wonderful families who are faithful and loving husbands, but we don't watch them play golf because they have an 18 handicap. and if they did fall as Woods did, we would not have heard about them, and we would not have been waiting for their apology.

Posted by: bozozozo | February 20, 2010 1:49 PM

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