VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The joyride express for the U.S. had been cruising without one international incident during the Winter Games. Without
And then along comes an ugly American to disrupt the feel-good vibe:
So now, after three months of silence, just at the TMZ lens had turned toward
He'll reveal to the audience what they already know: He's a lout with a helluva swing. Apparently self-awareness was not part of Tiger's rehab during exile. In deciding when, where and how everyone will accommodate him, Tiger has brought his A-game again. A as in asinine -- or something like that.
Beleaguered as they are, the golfers will live. They have other events, more paydays, with or without Tiger schooling them on the course. For most Winter Olympians, this is the only moment they have to break through the crowded sports landscape. This is their only chance to be seen and heard and celebrated after years of obscurity and sacrifice. When else are we going to give a little love to
The Olympic athletes deserve a break, particularly those from the U.S. Over the years they've performed in front of global audiences that weren't especially warm to them. In Athens in 2004, Americans heard boos from crowds who held Bush's Iraq policy against them. In Turin in 2006, American athletes were ridiculed for being brawlers (aerialist
The Americans have been above it, hovering on clouds. The front-runners have lived up to incredible expectations by winning with grace, and a few unknowns have grabbed onto the magic carpet, too. "We've had great success," said
The Americans have earned their enthusiasm, and all the coverage and headlines that go with it. Now Tiger wants to eclipse their sunshine by crashing their bash with his own pity party. "An athlete of this level," Rogge said of Tiger, "must realize that his personal life is indelibly linked to his professional life."
The athletes in Vancouver seem to get this. The days of seeing the Americans through the prism of Olympians Behaving Badly have seemed a scene of the past at these Games. Then Tiger, the nation's gold-medal bad boy, surfaces, demanding equal time. Once again, Tiger couldn't help himself.