Tiger has made the news a little more interesting since the holidays. Violence, sex and religion. All of these are things that move papers and sell advertisements.
Then self righteous started preaching that Tiger needed to convert to Christianity to find forgiveness. Tiger didn’t respond. His handlers didn’t respond. Nobody connected to Tiger responded! This was both good and bad. Good – It showed us that snappy rebuttals don’t always solve the problem. Bad – The media frenzy it would have caused didn’t happen. I wanted entertainment! Oh well. Aside from the parade of women something entertaining was bound to happen, right?
The apology arrived. While Tiger was busy apologizing I was busy making sure the company wide webinar the CEO was putting on was available to the 600 or so workers in my home town. By the time I was done working Tiger was done apologizing. I hit the news sites to see what I missed. Did his wife get up and throw a shoe at him? Did another woman run in holding a baby and announcing Tiger was the father? Did Fred Phelps stand up with a sign that said “God Hates Tigers” ? Nope! Nothing exciting happened.
I spoke to a couple of co-workers about it and we all agreed that we didn’t really care what Tiger did in his off time as long as it didn’t affect us and he managed to keep putting the little ball in the little cup.
Then it began. A separate group of co-workers would say he didn’t need to bring up Buddhism. They pointed out that Buddha had nothing to do with this and that Tiger was using his faith to avoid the issue. Then I started hearing about it in the news. Then Fox News did it’s thing.
Oh yeah baby! It’s about to be ON! I knew we were about to see a rush of Buddhist news, merchandise, conversions, conventions, town halls and who knows what else all over the place! Buddhism, in all forms, was about to break out!
And then it didn’t. Even with the Dalai Lama in the US there was no grand Buddhism movement taking place.
In a way I’m happy that Buddhism didn’t have a grand moment. If celebrities had jumped on it like they jump on rehab I think it would have done more harm than good.
In a way I’m sad that Buddhism didn’t have a grand moment. A lot of people would have investigated. A lot of people would have tried it. A few of the many may have found comfort with it.
In the end I think one guy handled this whole fiasco better than the rest of us. To paraphrase “Tiger who?”
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