Bubba Watson said earlier this week that he thought that Tiger Woods was heading in the “wrong direction” with his game. Also said that he was just stating an opinion…. Also said that he considers Tiger a “good friend.” Watson merely expressed an opinion, a popular one at that. But apparently it’s not cool to say anything about Tiger unless the opinion happens to be one in which 90 percent or better involves ass kissing. Even if it comes from a “good friend.”
When Woods was asked about Bubba’s comment, he said, “We’ll talk.” The only thing missing was a wink and a nod.
“We’ll talk.” It takes on an authoritarian tone. A father gets a call from the high school principal, informing him that his son has been warned about texting on his new cellphone in class on 3 different occasions. The father tells the principal, “It won’t happen again. We’ll talk.” A reporter asks the President, “Mr. President, one of your own party members voted against your 2011 spending plan. Can you comment on that?” The President replies, “Yes, it’s disappointing, I thought we were all on the same sheet of music. But I can assure you that we’re going to sit down over the next few days and we’ll talk.” A mother tells her husband that their son came in an hour past curfew last night, and he wasn’t cooperative when she tried to get him out of bed and off to class this morning. The father says, “That’s not going to be tolerated. We’ll talk.”
The examples above suggest that “we’ll talk” means that there is need for some type of corrective action. So it begs the question: What type of corrective action is Tiger going to administer to Bubba Watson? Is he going to remove his “Friend” status on Facebook? Why can’t someone just answer a straight forward question with an honest opinion and not have to worry about offending someone? Better yet – why is Watson jumping through hoops to clarify his comment to Tiger? And why is he concerned about it? Can no one say anything about Woods anymore unless it’s flattering praise of some sort?
And lastly…. where the hell does Sean Foley get off on entering the fray? I’m beginning to think that his ego is bigger than Tiger’s, if that’s fathomable.
“He has the right to his own opinion but you probably shouldn’t make comments about a guy who has won 69 more times than you and you are virtually the same age. You know what I mean? I wouldn’t say angry. I would just say, bud, you won three times the last 10 months, I am really pleased for you. You have worked hard and I think it is a great thing that you are playing so well. But why do you feel the need that you have to get the attention? What’s the use in making that comment? Let the guy do what he’s doing and you do what you’re doing and it will be fine. There is absolutely zero need for him to make that comment. But you know, Bubba loves the camera anyway so, I mean, whatever.”
He is entitled to his opinion, Foley. As am I. I not only happen to agree with Bubba, but I also think that an instructor would be well served to stay out of the ruckus, unless of course you love the camera too. And it’s obvious that you do.
You just can’t make this stuff up….