Tiger Woods: Is He a Better Villain Than a Hero?

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistNovember 22, 2010

Tiger Woods: Is He a Better Villain Than a Hero?

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    Tiger Woods will soon be celebrating the first anniversary of that eventful day after Thanksgiving when his SUV crashed, and his life literally turned upside down.

    Since then, he has struggled to regain his reputation and has been widely cast as a villain almost everywhere he is mentioned.

    Which begs the question: Is he a better villain than hero? 

    Let's find out.

5. No — Golf Needs Him To Be a Hero

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    The game of golf needs him to be a hero.

    Before that accident, Tiger was at the top of his game.  He was the world's No. 1 golfer.

    At 34-years-old, Tiger has already won the PGA Player of the Year award a record 10 times. 

    Tiger took his 20 weeks off to figure out his personal life and hasn't been the same player since.

    Who knows what would have happened had he never strayed away from his marriage.

5. Yes — He's More Entertaining as a Failure

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    This shouldn't come as a shock to anyone but just as much as people enjoyed watching Tiger play at an elite level, it was just as entertaining to watch him struggle to regain his form.

    The constant updates about Tiger's various extramarital affairs got a lot more media airtime than any of his previous accomplishments.

4. No — He Was in a League of His Own

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    Since turning into a professional, Tiger has played at a level of his own. 

    He became the youngest player to ever complete a Grand Slam and already has more career major wins than anyone in history.

    It's a fact, he was making his mark in history as possibly the best golfer we have ever seen.

    Tiger, at times, made playing the game look easy, and it was fun to watch.

4. Yes — Humility Is a Good Thing

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    The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

    On October 31, 2010, Tiger Woods fell from the standings as a world's best golfer.

    Now cast as a villain with a broken psyche, Tiger's diminished talent has somewhat leveled the playing field among for his competition.

    Before, they were fighting for second.  Now that Tiger is a shadow of his former self, first place can be had, once again.

    Through all this, Tiger has had to deal with humility, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

3. No — He Was a Great Product Spokesperson

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    With his seemingly perfect image and ummatched talent, Woods was the perfect candidate to endorse almost anything.

    From golf clubs, to sports drinks, to management consulting, Woods was the man to help sell your company.

    As a hero, Tiger could sell anything.

3. Yes—SNL Commercials Were Hilarious

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    However, those SNL commercial were hilarious.

    Just as much as he could sell and endorse products as a hero, Tiger had the same ability to draw attention as a villain.

    In fact, spoofs from Saturday Night Live became viral as millions of Internet viewers became addicted to laughing at Tiger's demise. 

2. No—The Perfect Family Man Will Be Missed

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    He had it all.  The Woods clan appeared to be a perfect family.

    With a beautiful trophy wife and two young children, Tiger Woods looked like a very lucky man.

    People looked up to him for his greatness on the golf course.  His great family man image was also a great draw for golf purists and enthusiasts. 

    Then he threw it all way.

2. Yes—The Scandal Captured the World

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    Before the accident he was a star widely recognized around the world, but that cheating scandal made his name known to even more people.

    If anything his school children, housewives and other ordinary people that aren't wrapped up in golf got to know Tiger even more.

    People took an interest in him because the personal failures of celebrities are often addicting.  For entertainment value alone, Tiger gave everyone plenty to talk about.

1. No—He Was A Role Model

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    As a hero, he was a great role model.

    Tiger was the perfect example of someone completely dedicated to his sport. 

    We remember Tiger as first appearing as a child prodigy, appearing as a two-year-old on the Mike Douglas Show, putting against Bob Hope.

    He kept on working on his craft and under the tutelage of his father, ultimately succeeded.  First, becoming a phenom at Stanford and eventually taking the golf world by storm as a pro.

    There's a clear lesson to be learned from him as a hero—hard work and dedication does reap rewards.

1. Yes—He's a Better Role Model as a Villain

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    He may be a good role model as a villain, but it can also be argued that he also provides a clear cautionary tale of what can go wrong.

    Tiger's tale gives everyone something to learn from.

    No matter how great you become, it can all be taken away in an instant.

Conclusion: Villains Still Get Plenty of Attention

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    Villains still get plenty of attention.  Ask LeBron James.

    Yes.  Tiger Woods is a much better hero than he is a villain.

    If it weren't for his downfall, ordinary people wouldn't have received a friendly reminder not to take anything for granted like he did.

    Now he's not even the best golfer in the world anymore, and he's still continues to struggle rebuilding his image and his golf game.