Should We Write Off Tiger Woods?

Tiger Woods had another under whelming performance in one of golf’s majors bringing his winless streak to 18 majors.  Not only did he not win, but he was never in contention.  This comes on the heels of a 7 shot win the week before, so many are disappointed.  After blowing away the field, people were hopeful that the old Tiger was back.  They want the old Tiger they need the old  Tiger, so when he let them down in their eyes they turned on him.  Today Tiger is a bum and he will never win again, but is that logical or just emotion from disappointed fans.

Tiger is held to a different standard because of his previous success, and he is held to the standard of the greatest.  That being said he did win 5 times this year.  People will point to the fact that he didn’t win any majors, but you have to crawl before you can walk.  He wasn’t winning as consistently last year, so it is still a step in the right direction.  Plus people seem to forget that Tiger has been injured and that is not even considering the infamous car accident.  Tiger had re-evaluate everything in his life, and golf is a mental game, so it is no wonder that he has struggled to regain his form.  But that doesn’t mean he can’t get it back.  We are used to Tiger dominating, so its hard to see him struggle, and it seem like the sky is falling.  What people fail to realize is that he doesn’t need to be the old Tiger again, he just needs to play decent in majors.  The first one is the hardest and the new Tiger just needs to get that first one and the floodgates will open.  Maybe this is a motivational tool to get Tiger to work even harder this off season because golf needs Tiger more than Tiger needs golf, but whatever the reason it’s still too early to write Tiger off in majors.

 

Carlin Isles: USA Rugby

Carlin Isles has made a remarkable transformation from track to rugby in one year.  Isles, from Massilon, OH was a football and track star in high school, and he continued football and track at Ashland University.  Isles has aspirations of making the 2012 Olympic team, but as the 2012 Olympics approached,  Isles was the 36 ranked sprinter in the US, and his career was at a crossroads as he started to realize that Olympic dreams were slipping away.  It was then that Isles discovered rugby and decided to give it a try.  As expected, there were growing pains as there would be with anyone  picking up a new sport as an adult, but even though he didn’t know the nuances of the game, Isles had that game changing speed, plus he was hungry to make it work because he didn’t have any other options.

Carlin Isles has come a long way with a game he just took up about a year ago.  Isles is a member of the USA Eagles Sevens Men’s Rugby Team and he hope to be part of the USA Rugby contingent in 2016.  Isles has a chance to concentrate on his 2016 Olympic dreams because he recently signed a 4 year sponsorship deal with Nike.  A sponsorship is necessary in non-revenue generating sports in the states  because those additional funds are necessary for the athletes to survive.  The Nike deal helps Isles because it gives him time.  Isles was considering a move to French Club and Heineken Cup Champion Toulon, but decided not to do it after signing his Nike deal.  That time may be the difference between Isles becoming a superstar versus a failure.  The professional rugby game is very different and it is wise for Isles to continue to hone his skills and bulk up before making the jump.  In the 7 on 7 game his speed is more deadly, but in 15 on 15 (what the pros play)  the more people on the field will mean he can’t get by on just speed alone, plus I don’t know if he’s ready for that pounding because no matter how fast you are, eventually the odds say you will be caught.

Whatever happens Carlin Isles has made it and he should be an inspiration to us all.  He thought outside the box, put in hard work, and it paid off for him.  He will have to work hard to keep it, but at least he is still on a path where is in control of his own destiny.  Isles never gave up on his Olympic dream, so it would be nice to see him get rewarded.  His story is one of humility and hard work, which is something that many of us could stand to learn more about.

 

Terrell Owens is Once Again a Pro Bowler

Terrell Owens just wants to compete. The six time NFL Pro Bowler has once again earned this distinctive title, except not playing football. T.O. made his professional bowling debut earlier in May for the United States Congress Open Championship.  Owens is part owner of the Dallas Strikers, one of eight five player teams in the new Professional Bowlers Association League. He is not bad either, posting a score as high as 185.

Although he has shown interest in bowling, T.O. is still working hard in attempt to make his way back into the NFL. He has been working out with Chad Johnson at Santa Monica City College in California. The word is that both still have some tread left on their tires, but many wonder if teams will be willing to deal with the drama and media circus that comes with both of these wide receivers (see Tim Tebow.)

Although I didn’t watch any of Owen’s reality television show, what I heard from it was not positive about the former wideout, so it’s good to see him back competing in sports and moving forward. Who knows, maybe T.O. has enough celebrity status to make a positive impact in elevating the sport of bowling. Then again, maybe not. Here’s to hoping we can see you on some team’s football field again before having to watch you in the funny shoes sliding across a bowling alley.

 

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