Tiger's Back: Don't Say I Didn't Warn You

Alex GobleContributor IMarch 17, 2010

WINDERMERE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Tiger Woods practices golf outside his home on February 18, 2010 in Windermere, Florida. Woods will make a statement at the PGA Tour headquarters this Friday morning (February 19, 2010), according to a notice on the PGA Tour's web site.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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So Tiger's back. We'll that just swell. Any one who thought they had a chance to step into the lime light in Mr. Wood's absence should consider a new line of work or start refreshing their resume. Tiger is the world's best golfer and now he has something to prove. Good luck

Let's hop on the Magic School Bus and take a trip back to 2003. Kobe Bryant had just made the worst decision of his life and was paying for it dearly. He had his sponsorships pulled, dropped four million on a "sorry" ring, and was being booed as public enemy no. 1 everywhere he went. Anyone who had a breath to spare would tell you that Kobe was done for. Kobe was already a polarizing figure in the NBA, and his actions that night did little to help his cause. All that being said, just when everyone thought he would crawl in a hole and disappear forever, he started to player better. And better. And better. Kobe Bryant played better when he was public enemy no. 1 because he wanted nothing more than to show people that no matter what they said or did, he was still the best there is. Jeers turned to cheers, boos turned to claps, and all of the sudden "M.V.P." was being chanted during his free throws. Now, Kobe Bryant is back on top of the world as the NBA Finals M.V.P.

Tiger is a different case, but not as much as you may think. Both cheated, admitted cheating, worked relentlessly to keep their families together, and both returned to their respective sports with a clear head.

Anyone watching golf the past year or so could tell that Tiger appeared frustrated all the time. While most of that is due to his intensity to his sport, it is hard to look back and think that he wasn't walking around with a soul crushing secret. Yes, he did bring it on himself by his actions, but anyone knows that a small lie can snowball in the blink of an eye. What may have started out as one bad decision then turned into many more, leaving Tiger with a sense that the walls were about to come crashing in on him. Then they did...

Now, he has nothing to hide. His image in shattered, his ego gone. He must do everything right in order to keep what little dignity he has. Now it comes back to golf. He can rebuild his image the same way Kobe did. Win and win often. It's no secret that everyone loves a winner, and that time heals all wounds. If he can come back and win a few tournaments, and smile once and a while during the competition, he will remind people that they love Tiger Woods for what he does on the course. Not who he is off it.