Tiger

And of course everyone has a opinion.

Please do note this piece by Bobili Vijay Kumar (click here) in the Times of India. It says pretty much everything about my view on this subject.

I would vehemently say that cheating is wrong and every self-respecting woman should leave her husband if he cheats. However, not the self respecting gold-digger. And the ones who fall onto a celebrity for either the sue-money or the 15 seconds of fame. Yes he is famous, yes he has the money, and yes he is desperate for some company (and maybe some sex). but taking advantage of somebody’s desperation … that’ wrong, no?

However, Accenture is right in rescinding Tiger’s contract, and stopping their sponsorship of Tiger.  This is what I mentioned on an ex-senior-colleague’s blog.

Well, as an ex-employee (and otherwise) I would say that’s warrented. If you are sponsoring, thereby showing someone off as your spokesperson so as to say, you would expect an absolutely clean image to go with champion performance (and mind you, before this recent revelation, Tiger was almost too good to be true….. Sachin-esque, with worldwide scale and scope).

It’s Accenture’s money, not Tiger’s. Whatever Accenture’s past might have been ***, it is solely Accenture’s decision how it wants itself to be perceived. and if it is that of a group that does not support infidelity or dishonesty in its spokesperson’s personal life, then right or wrong, that’s Accenture’s choice.

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*** Accenture (the business consultancy organization, which now also does Technology and Outsourcing) was formed, as a separate business entity from the Tax and Audit consultants Arthur Andersen, a few good years before (as opposed to after) the Enron controversy. The name change was because the consultant organization could not be called Andersen Consulting (as it was originally called as part of Arthur Andersen) due to copyrights on the Andersen name. Enron happened with Arthur Andersen, the Tax and Audit organization which had been a separate legal entity from Accenture for a while before the incident. Implicating Accenture of Arthur Andersen’s crimes is the same as hanging a man because his cousin is a murderer.

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Norman at the Open

maybe it is all about Chris Evert…. Remember, Chris Evert never ever choked a match…

Maybe the Great White Shark will be able to keep it all, this time….

Chances for both Padraig and Choi too…

And do take note, Anthony Kim is at T5, three strokes behind. Chinese-American, confident, has a big game, can be one for the ages. Well, yes, it is indeed too early to say, but do still remember the name.

Golf. Cricket.

In Golf – the size of the course (thereby the distance from the tee to the hole) has increased by about 20 to 30% from the early 1900s. That is logical. The players have become more brawny, the golf clubs have become more sophisticated, the balls have got more carry…. logical.
Now here’s what isn’t logical. 
Similar developments have happened in cricket too. The players have become more brawny, and the bats have become way more sophisticated.
And yet, the cricket grounds have actually reduced in size from the early 1900s.

And yet, we complain about weird stuff like the game becoming a batsman’s game, and that quality spinners are a dying breed, and what we have left are dart throwers like Bhajji and Afridi!

Isn’t it an obvious development?

Perfection.

Westwood has missed his shot, and Rocco Mediate has already played the few rounds of his life, and has all the chances to be the upset story in sport, for the year …. It’s only he that stands between Rocco and the US Open…

The last hole, potentially, of the tournament. an 8-footer.

All eyes are on him, the maestro….

The maestro waits. And waits some more.

He practices his putt a few times.

Okay, all ready.

He plays his putt.

 Tiger!

There’s a moment where perfect theory meets perfect execution. And it was then.

I saw perfection.

No, you cannot go on, and be a Tiger. He is one for the generations. And be happy that it is our generation that got to see him play.

We are blessed.

(p.s. And he goes on to win it all the next day. If Nicklaus was better than Tiger, he must have been pretty exceptional. I’m sure he was phenomenal, but I’m sure too that he wasn’t as good. As good as Tiger? Nope. That’s impossible.)