Tiger Woods, arguably the world's greatest golfer, but no longer one of the world's greatest sports role models, undoubtedly can relate to the words of Frank Sinatra's 1966 hit song That's Life, written by Kelly Gordon and Dean K. Thompson:
That's Life, That's Life, that's what all the people say,
You're riding high in April, shot down in May,
But I know I'm gonna change that tune,
When I'm back on top, back on top in June"
Tiger, though, has little chance of being back on top anytime soon, if ever, in the eyes of his many millions of once-admirers all over the world. There are profound lessons for all of us in Tiger's fall from grace, lessons that have little to do with philandering and despicable misconduct. Since the Winter Holiday Season, in all major religions a time for lessons, is now upon us, here are some insights into the rise and fall of Tiger Woods:
1) Truly, from those to whom much is given, much is expected. Tiger Woods was not just perhaps the best golfer of all time, he was the poster boy for the American dream, rising from ordinary origins to his exalted status by dint of innate talent, much hard work, and clean living. His many fans, and even the general public, feel betrayed now that Tiger's dark side has come to the fore, fed by rumor and innuendo as well as fact.
2) From the very beginning of the Tiger Woods revelations, he has handled his problems atrociously. How could he have been so naïve as to ever think that his pleas for privacy would do more than whet the sleaze-media's appetite to expose every detail of Tiger's misdeeds? How could he possibly believe that failing to cooperate with the Florida State Police would be to his advantage? How could he leave a trail of emails and phone messages that would inevitably come to light as the scandal escalated? To say that Tiger Woods has been indiscreet is like saying the Titanic was poorly piloted.