Tiger Woods: The Trump Card

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Tiger Woods: The Trump Card
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The Elite 8 did just finish, right?

The Final Four is set and ready to go in Detroit, right?

But guess who’s on the homepage of ESPN and FOX Sports right now?

Tiger Woods.

Five strokes back to start the day? No problem.

Fifteen foot birdie on the 72nd hole for the win? No doubt.

In an otherwise ugly day of basketball, Tiger was Tiger.

When Michigan State gives Louisville a dose of its own Big East medicine by playing more physical and running straight through all the Louisville players, Tiger bullies his way back to the top of the golf world in roaring fashion as he frightens off the competition.

Michigan State didn’t have home-court advantage with Louisville playing 90 minutes away from home but gets to play the Final Four in their home state of Detroit, the first time this has happened since Duke in 1994.

It doesn’t matter where Tiger goes though. He has fans cheering and rooting for him everywhere. If Tiger goes to the Final Four and is shown on the JumboTron it won’t just be Spartan fans cheering, everyone in attendance would be.

Where North Carolina has more overall talent than Blake Griffin and Oklahoma allowing them to double team Blake, the rest of the golf world combined can’t keep Tiger down. If they all stood on the golf course, I’m confident he’d find a way to bank his shot in.

Today’s win put the Tar Heels in the Final Four for the 18th time, breaking their tie with UCLA for most Final Four appearances. I don’t need to mention what Tiger has done and is on pace to do as he completed his 66th victory today.

While the Los Angeles Lakers had one of those games where they couldn’t make a shot finishing at 35 percent field goal shooting, Tiger made clutch shot after clutch shot, none bigger than his 15-foot birdie to win on the last hole.

Kobe Bryant played through a jammed tendon in his foot, a torn tendon in his pinky and an upset stomach but couldn’t overcome it all to find a way to win.

We already know what Tiger did last year, winning the U.S. Open on a knee that required reconstructive surgery.

A common theme between the Mamba and Tiger?

Stealing the spotlight.

On Jan. 22, 2006, Kobe scored 81 points, taking the attention away from the NFL Playoffs and the upcoming Super Bowl.

Today was supposed to be all about March Madness and the Final Four but Tiger takes the headline.

The difference between Kobe’s and Tiger’s?

Kobe seemed to hit a series of home runs to win a game while Tiger hit those same homers and topped it off with a walk-off with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to win it all.


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