Why Do We Care About the Tiger Woods Scandal?

Richard ZowieCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2009

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 21:  Honorary Standford Cardinal captain Tiger Woods holds his daugher, Sam, and stands next to his wife, Elin Nordegren, on the sidelines before the Cardinal game against the California Bears at Stanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The whole Tiger Woods debacle makes me wonder something.

Many foreign dignitaries and many American celebrities, such as former Vice President Al Gore and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, traveled to the Climate Summit in Copenhagen in private jets, putting much exhaust into the atmosphere. I don't think Bigfoot could've left a bigger carbon footprint.

There are now growing reports that more and more scientists and professors are openly skeptic about man-made global warming, and that the data used to "support" MMGW has been twisted.

In Michigan, we're still struggling to get the economy back on track thanks to leadership that all but encourages businesses to take their businesses elsewhere.

We have to deal with terrorists along with the situations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In the Middle East, a powder keg is awaiting to go off like a time bomb as many nations want to finish the job on Israel that Adolf Hitler began. Then there's Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who insists the Holocaust never happened. (I've heard two Holocaust survivors and interviewed one of them. Sorry, Ah-Mad, but I'm not convinced).

With all these pressing issues in the world, why do we really care about Tiger Woods and his personal failures?

No, I'm not saying this because I don't care for golf. (I find golf boring, but I know it takes incredible skill to get into a single-digit handicap, let alone a world class golfer).

Woods cheated on his wife. So what? He's not the first athlete to do this, and I'm certain he won't be the last. Other notable cheaters include Wade Boggs and Babe Ruth. And, during the Kirby Puckett scandal, one Minnesota Twin from the 1987 World Championship team said of all the players on the team, the only ones who didn't cheat on their wives were the devout Christians.

"But Richard!" you say. "Tiger Woods is supposed to be squeaky clean!"

Yeah, riiiiight. Wasn't Steve Garvey squeaky clean?

I know, it's intriguing: man is the world's best golfer, makes tens of millions annually on endorsements, is looked up to by aspiring golfers who are minorities, has a Swedish wife who's as beautiful as Law and Order's Mariska Hargitay (the daughter of the late Jayne Mansfield, by the way), and despite this, still cheats on her.

With all these pressing world issues at hand, perhaps it would be better to let Tiger Woods and his wife privately sort through issues. After all, don't we all have enough problems of our own to worry about Woods' personal life?

That is all.