Tiger Woods: Trying To Win Back Fans or Simply Doing What He Has Always Done?

Ron FurlongAnalyst IIDecember 23, 2010

NEW YORK - JUNE 25:  TV Personality Jimmy Fallon (L) and Professional golfer Tiger Woods (R) attend the EA SPORTS Showdown on Broadway - Tiger Woods vs. Jimmy Fallon at Miltary Island in Times Square on June 25, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for EA Sports)
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It is difficult for most of us to imagine how it must be to be at the top of particular sport. And I'm not just talking about the top of a big hill or a small mountain, but to be at the peak of, let's say, Mt. Everest.

That is where Tiger Woods was standing before the matter of a little car crash about 13 months ago.

Thus, it is equally just as hard for most of us to imagine the fall one would take from such an unimaginable height. How would one survive falling, and not just falling a few hundred feet, but falling nearly to the base of the giant mountain?

That is what happened to the world's most dominant sports figure. A fall nearly as big as anyone has taken in our time.

So it leaves me wondering, how can so many claim to know exactly what this man is going through or what he is feeling? How so many can know what his intentions are when he does something, considering none of us has been where he has?

How, exactly, can anyone put themselves in this position?

Tiger Woods survived his great fall. He is still with us. He is still doing what he has always done, and that is playing the game that he loves and has dominated since he was five years old. He is trying to make his way back up that big mountain.

He's finding, no doubt, that it isn't as easy as it was the first time up. The mountain has changed. There are more obstacles, and of course more men climbing with him. That mountainside has become a crowded piece of real estate.

Recently, Tiger has made the rounds, appearing on radio and television talk shows as well as making public appearances. This has led many to assume this was an orchestrated PR move made to win back fans.

The fact is, this is not that unusual for a golfer in the offseason, nor is it unusual even for one Tiger Woods. In the past he has often spent the months of December and January making the talk show rounds. This would be of course not including last year, when he was understandably lying low.

But we're led to believe that this is the first time Tiger has ever appeared on a talk show or spoken at a public fundraiser. Apparently never before has Tiger appeared on a television program smiling. Never has he spoken on the radio and laughed with the hosts.

This is, of course, not true.

Sure, Tiger may have more reason than in the past to make these appearances. He may even be trying to reinvent his image. Frankly, I don't know. I don't know because I never stood atop that mountain before.

But the fact is, Tiger knows as well as anyone that he is unlikely to win fans back by talking with Mike and Mike on the radio or Oprah on TV. Tiger likely knows as well as anyone the damage he has done, and appearing on a few shows is not about to change people's minds.

He has appeared on these shows in the past, and he'll be on them in the future.

Is Woods trying to win back fans he probably never had in the first place? Somehow I can't believe this is high on the man's Christmas list.

But then again, I wouldn't know. I've never climbed Mr. Everest.