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An Open Challenge to all Male Professional Athletes

Posted in Sports off the field with tags , , , , , on April 21, 2010 by nathanelwell

Dwight D. Eisenhower once said the following about accountability: “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both”.  Seeing that Eisenhower was once our President, he may have actually known what he was talking about.  After watching the unfortunate outcomes of Tiger Woods, Ben Roethlisberger, Santonio Holmes, Matt James, etc etc etc, it makes me perplexed and frustrated to see professional athletes continue to make the same poor choices again and again.

Don’t get me wrong – I am sure that being a professional athlete presents challenges that many of us would never understand.  You are considered a god, and get attention and affection that a normal Joe like me would never get.  Drinks, clothes, cars, ladies, everything that would make most men quiver with anticipation.  You get endorsements, media attention, for some of the lucky few, political recognition.  But lets not forget that whether Ben Roethlisberger likes it or not – he is immediately thrown into the “role model” arena by being a professional athlete.  Teenage football players aren’t looking up to Anthony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, or Zig Zigler – they’re looking up to all the football players who have made it to the big show.  And for every Michael Oher success story, we seem to get three or four miserable failures.  I’m not saying that male athletes should sew themselves in a potato sack and vow to be sober for life.  What I am saying is, “DON’T BE STUPID”.  We may never know what really happened to Roethlisberger in the bar bathroom in Georgia.  But what on earth was he doing at a bar, with trashed women in the first place?

I liked what Herm Edwards said on SportsCenter, when asked about what he would say to Tiger Woods after the whole scandal became public:

#1 – The 12am rule – nothing good ever happens after midnight

#2 – Have only one of everything – one car, one house, one piece of jewelry, one wife, etc etc

#3 – Leave a good legacy

At the end of the day, will people remember a guy like Ben Roethlisberger because of his athletic prowess, or because of his barroom affairs?  Will they remember Matt James because he was a talented football recruit, or because he fell to his death after having too much to drink?  Will they remember Tiger Woods for being a golfing phenom, or because he has a loose zipper?

Are we sacrificing values because we are entitled to whatever we want?  Are we sacrificing ideals for instant gratification?  As human beings, we don’t like rules, authority, or discipline.  But living without these things doesn’t promote a life of freedom, but a life of anarchy.  And anarchy will only bring a life of poor choices and self-destruction.  Why so serious?

Tiger

Posted in 1 with tags , , , , on March 4, 2010 by twonateshow

The word “Tiger” will never be remembered the same way.  Before, when you heard the world “tiger” you may have thought of the tasty breakfast cereal.  Or perhaps you thought of the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.  But whenever the word “tiger” is mentioned on tv, it is most commonly linked to an addictive professional athlete who took a liking to any woman other than his wife.

You no doubt have seen Tiger’s news conference video, the first public display since the “Tigergate” scandal outside his home on Thanksgiving:

Many journalists will argue as to whether or not Tiger’s speech was genuine.  Was Tiger sincere?  Was Tiger uncomfortable?  Was the hug he gave his Mom staged?  Will he return to professional golf?  I do believe that we must throw these media-induced sensational questions to the side and deal with the issue at hand: It is always difficult to watch a life that has gone astray.  Did Tiger make this mess?  Yes.  Does he deserve all the media attention?  Probably.  But the bottom line is, if you or I were in his position, we probably would have already been checked into the local mental hospital.  It will be interesting to see where his golf career ends up.  But for his own personal sake, I do hope that he has learned from his mistakes, and that he has placed boundaries in his life to keep him from making these same mistakes again.

Miguel Cabrera on road to recovery

Posted in MLB with tags , , , , on January 21, 2010 by nathanelwell

Tiger Woods is a sex addict.  John Edwards has a 2 year old daughter with his videographer (shocking).  Mark McGwire really did take steroids (gasp).  In the midst of all of the public scandals in sports and politics, its nice to see a story of redemption every once in awhile.  I am so hesitant to even turn on the news because negativity is often in the spotlight, and causes nothing but fear.  But I’m glad to hear that Miguel Cabrera, first-baseman for the Detroit Tigers, has successfully completed 3 months of rehab for his alcohol abuse.  I am a huge believer of rehab.  Whether its physical, mental, spiritual, substance abuse, etc.  We all have dysfunction, its just some of us decide to actually deal with it.

Cabrera’s issues became public last October when he became drunk late one night and came home to scuffle with his wife.  Fortunately she called the police, and fortunately he was sent to the police station.  Ok, so Cabrera made a poor decision.  He had too much to drink, said some things he shouldn’t have, and let his entire team down.  BUT, he chose to do something about it.  Cabrera says that he hasn’t had a drink since that fateful night when he was hanging out with Jim Beam and Jack Daniels.  Good for him.

My hope for Cabrera, is that he stays off the bottle and focuses on his game.  He is such a talented athlete, a lifetime .311 avg, 209 HR.  I can only hope that Cabrera will be a motivation to other baseball players who struggle with the same issues.  Side note: Cabrera currently has a contract with the Tigers that is over $152 million.  Why would someone in the athletic spotlight with that much money choose to waste his time and energy on the bottle?  Why does misery seem to follow money? Weird.

Tiger or G.O.A.T.?

Posted in Golf with tags , , , on June 17, 2008 by nathanelwell

 

As Tiger Woods tapped in his last put to win the U.S. Open yesterday, I couldn’t help but feel goosebumps.  In my opinion, it was one of the most memorable sporting events that I have ever followed.  “A golf event being memorable?” you ask…  You could call me crazy, but to see one of the world’s most dominant athletes battle through a severe injury (a leg injury, I might add!) to triumph reminded me of an athlete by the name of Kirk Gibson

Tiger woods triumphed on Monday, after a grueling 19 hole playoff against aged veteran Rocco Mediate.  Not only did Tiger win his 14th Major golf tournament, but he did it in miraculous fashion.

3rd Round

It all started during the 3rd round on Saturday, on the 13th hole, as Tiger sunk a 60 foot eagle.  He followed on the 17th hole by hitting his approach shot into the thick rough next to the green.  But in typical Tiger fashion, he hit the ball out of the rough and straight into a hole for a birdie, to Tiger’s disbelief.  Tiger capitalized on the 18th hole by sinking a 20+ foot putt for another eagle, to put him in the lead by 1 shot going into the 4th and Final round.  Going into the 4th round of a Major tournament in the lead, Tiger is undefeated

4th Round

Tiger started the 4th and final round with a one stroke lead, which didn’t seem much for someone that was doubled over in pain for half of the round.  Tiger, who was visibly in pain throughout the Sunday round, somehow managed to stay close to Rocco Mediate going into the 18th and final hole only down by one stroke.  Then, he sinks a putt to tie Rocco Mediate, to force an 18 hole playoff on Monday.  This finishing put seemed to roll around the entire hole for eternity before dropping into the hole.

 18 hole playoff

Tiger Woods matched up with Rocco Mediate for an epic mano a mano battle to the finish.  Tiger went into the 18th hole, again, down by one stroke, and was somehow able to scratch back against Mediate, to tie him for yet another sudden death playoff hole.  And the rest is history.  Tiger sinks a par putt and he wins his 3rd U.S. Open, and now is only a Grand Slam away from tying Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 career Major tournaments.

As I contemplate Tiger’s performance this past weekend, I ask “is Tiger the Greatest Of All Time”? (G.O.A.T.).  You may ask, “in comparison to who?”.  As I look at the entire spectrum of sports, I believe that Tiger Woods is the greatest athlete ever to walk the face of the earth.  I remember watching Tiger win his first Masters tournament when I was a sophomore in high school.  He won by 12 strokes to become the first minority to win a Masters tournament.  And lets not forget Tiger’s chip during the 2006 Masters…  Sure, there are several athletes out there worthy of the G.O.A.T. designation: Babe Ruth, Muhammed Ali, Jackie Robinson, or Michael Jordan.  But in my opinion, based on sheer adversity faced during a sporting event, I feel that Tiger has proven, again and again, that he is the G.O.A.T.  Like Michael Jordan lighting it up when he has the flu, Tiger proved to us yesterday that he was able to gruel through a major injury to win a Major tournament.  And like Kirk Gibson in the 1988 World Series, there was plenty of fist pumping at Torrey Pines…

 

One of the most storied tournaments in the world…

Posted in Golf with tags , , , , , , on June 12, 2008 by nathanelwell

Imagine yourself standing on a small grass box overlooking a narrow grass field and in the background lies the Pacific Ocean.  In your hand is a long titanium stick and at your feet is a small white ball.  What is your goal?  To hit the ball with the stick (straight I might add) and to hit it over 400 yards to a 4.25 inch diameter hole in the least number of hits possible.  You are wearing trousers and a polo shirt, maybe a hat, and maybe a metal bracelet that supposedly brings you balance (does it really?).  And to make matters worse, it could be 90 degrees outside.  After enduring 4 days of this torture, you turn in (and sign) a small card with a bunch of numbers on it.  In what man’s mind would an activity like this ever be sane or creative?  Now lets also imagine that in this same crazy activity, a $7 million purse is waiting for the participants, the winner taking over $1.25 million.  Now thats what I’m talkin’ about!

As the U.S. Open begins today at the treasured Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, CA, we will see a field of 156 golfers, all of whom (to a degree) hit the stick and ball very very well.  The U.S. Open has been notorious for fast greens, thich rough, and blown chances.  Both Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie needed a par to win or a bogie to tie on the last hole in 2006.  They both failed, and Geoff Ogilvy won the Open as the first Australian to win since 1995 (Aussie, Aussie, Aussie…OY OY OY!!)

As the U.S. Open has been around for 113 years there has been a diverse history of victors.  Bobby Jones won the U.S. Open 4 times, all 4 times as an amateur.  Then came Ben Hogan, who won the Open 4 times.  The Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus has also won the tournament 4 times.  And along came the Tiger, who has won the US Open twice, both on public courses.  Tiger has traditionally fared quite well on Torrey Pines – he has won 6 tournaments there as a professional, and he won the Junior World Championships when he was a wee laddy.  And there there is Lefty…  Phil Mickelson grew up in San Diego, and has dreamed for the U.S. Open to be at Torrey Pines.  Mickelson’s first challenge will be one of the partners he is matched with on Thursday and Friday – Tiger Woods.  Tiger has always done better under pressure against Mickelson.  The advantage for Mickelson could be that Tiger is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery after the Masters this spring.  But the disadvantage for Mickelson could be down the stretch. 

As the press pays constant attention to Tiger and Lefty (as I have right now), I’d like to rank my top 5 potential winners at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines:

1) Sergio Garcia

 Sergio has never won a Major tournament.  I saw him compete with Tiger at Medinah Country Club in Illinois, and he gave Tiger a major run for his money.  Fresh off his win at the Players Championship, expect Sergio to play hard.

 

2) Stewart Cink

 Stewart Cink has had 8 top ten finishes in Major tournaments over the last 10 years – 3 of them have been in the US Open.  

 

 

3) Colin Montgomerie

 Colin has had 5 top ten finishes in the US Open, but has always been bothered by the US fans.  Last year he was cut from 3 of the 4 Major championships.  He has always had the talent, but couldn’t seem to overcome the pressure around him.  Will Montgomerie prove himself this year at Torrey Pines?  He has never won a Major championship.

 

4) Vijay Singh

  Vijay has won 3 Major championships, and has placed in the top 10 at the U.S. Open 7 different times.  You won’t see him on the front pages of newspapers, but this guy can play.

 

5) Pat Perez

 Pat has claimed to have played Torrey Pines Golf Course over 1,000 times.  Need I say more?