I was on a plane from
Immediately after landing, I turned on my smart phone and read what Tiger said online.
I thought it was just about perfect - until I saw the video.
It's just my opinion, but Tiger's wooden performance on camera dulled the impact of his words. He looked like a politician looking into the camera as he delivered his closing comments at the end of a televised debate.
But if you ignore the stilted delivery and read the text, Tiger apologized for his behavior, defended his wife, vowed to be a better person, and asked for our forgiveness. What else was he supposed to do?
As a reporter, I would love to interview him. I want to know how he got caught and for how long he's lived in fear that he would get busted. I'm interested in what he thinks this has done to his legacy as one of the greatest athletes of all time.
But I completely understand why he didn't hold a news conference and I'm amused by media members that seem offended by that. He's dealing with incredibly embarrassing issues for himself and his family. Who knows what a reporter from TMZ or the National Enquirer would ask?
Tiger's behavior has cost him millions of dollars, but he has plenty of money left. He might never get his wife and kids back, not to mention the respect and admiration of millions of fans.
He's said enough for me.
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I was honored to serve as master of ceremonies for UC's Legion of Excellence celebration on Friday night that saw three all-time Bearcat greats enter the James P. Kelly Athletics Hall of Fame: Track legend Mary Danner Wineberg, Soccer All-American Andrew Kean, and Football Star/Basketball Sub Brad Jackson.
Wineberg, who won a gold medal in the 4 x 400 meter relay in the 2008 Olympics, told the audience that she hopes to compete in the 2012 games in
Kean wore a traditional Scottish kilt and spoke in a thick brogue about what it meant to come to the
In addition to the new Hall of Fame class, Jack Drake, Dr. Frederick Haffner, and Carl Lindner were inducted into the Order of the Black Blazer, which recognizes individuals for their contributions and support of UC Athletics. Presentation of the Strubbe Distinguished Service Award went to John Courter and Sue Stephens Jones.
It's always a first-class event. Kudos to everyone who did a magnificent job of putting it together.
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Sunday's home game against
Tuesday night's offensive performance at USF was ugly, but the NCAA tournament committee doesn't watch every minute of every game, they only go by results and a road loss at USF isn't a deal-breaker.
Every bracketologist - without exception - has
Let's hope the 'Cats seize the opportunity beginning with critical back-to-back home wins over Marquette and DePaul.
Hope to see you at Fifth Third Arena.
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