Tiger gets a rare weekend off

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Tiger gets a rare weekend off

Post by Barry » Fri May 13, 2005 3:14 pm

I don't know if anyone else on here cares about this, but one of the greatest streaks in sports has come to an end.

For the first time in 142 starts and about seven years, Tiger Woods has missed the cut of a golf tournament. I believe the next longest active streak was over 100 starts behind Tiger.
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Post by Ralph » Fri May 13, 2005 10:49 pm

Great! I hope he caught up on listening to classical msuic.
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Re: Tiger gets a rare weekend off

Post by Corlyss_D » Sat May 14, 2005 12:30 pm

Barry Z wrote:I don't know if anyone else on here cares about this, but one of the greatest streaks in sports has come to an end.

For the first time in 142 starts and about seven years, Tiger Woods has missed the cut of a golf tournament. I believe the next longest active streak was over 100 starts behind Tiger.
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Post by Ralph » Sat May 14, 2005 6:01 pm

Apparently he's trying out for a AA farm team in the American League next month.
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Post by Barry » Sat May 14, 2005 10:26 pm

Remarkable run by Tiger is finally over

By Mike Lopresti USA TODAY
5/14/2005

The worthy feats do not always come with a trophy, or seven-figure paycheck. His lesson, the most valuable one that Tiger Woods teaches, is not in all the green jackets hanging in a clubhouse in Georgia. Not in all the riches or endorsements or magazine covers or championships.

It is in a number that few people outside his sport had even noticed. Not until Friday. Not until he failed.

Victory and its spoils are easy to see, simple to measure. This lesson is as important, if not as telegenic. It speaks to the will, and to the unshakable conviction never to give in. Which everyone talks about, but not that many truly have. Not every day.

And so on Friday, there was big news from Texas, when Tiger Woods missed a cut in a golf tournament. That hadn't happened this century. Hadn't happened since 1998, or 1997 if you take out the technicalities.


Seven years. An eternity for Hollywood marriages, and making every cut in golf.

The final streak was officially 142 tournaments. For perspective, consider who owns the longest active streak now. Ernie Els. With 20.

And when the long run was over, ruined by one last bogey, Woods tried to describe what had created it in the first place.

"I fight all the way," he said in his news conference Friday. "That's how I am.

"I should have missed many cuts by now. But you somehow figure out a way."

Most of the great streaks come from unstoppable talent. Joe DiMaggio's 56 straight games with a hit. Orel Hershiser's 59 scoreless innings. Jerry Rice's 274 games in a row with a reception. UCLA's 88 consecutive victories. Spectacular, all.

But the records of longevity speak to a different quality. Something indefinable, in-tangible. uncommon.

How is it that Cal Ripken could get himself through 2,632 straight baseball games? Not taking a day off in 16 years, when most guys in his sport take one every few weeks?

How is it that Brett Favre could start 205 straight games as an NFL quarterback, playing a position that every second is in imminent danger of being crushed by a ton of angry linebackers and defensive ends? Reporting to work through injury, sickness, even the death of his father?

And how is that Woods could find enough of his game in 142 straight tournaments, in a fickle and merciless sport where 10 bad or indifferent minutes can doom a man?

If the weather was a cold front out of Alberta, Woods still found a way. If the course was an ogre, chewing up scorecards and belching them out, Woods still found a way. If his putter turned into an unresponsive polo mallet or his drives spent more time in the woods than Smokey the Bear, Woods still found a way. Through thick and thin and double bogeys. For years and years.

Never mind, for a moment, all the titles. That is Woods at his most dominant. This, in its way, has been Woods at his most impressive. Other golfers will win multiple Mas-ters. Others could even win four majors in a row. But 142 might be safe for eons.

"This is more intestinal fortitude than anything else," Woods said Friday. "Days when you just don't have it, you don't mail it in, you don't pack it in, you give it every-thing you've got.

"You should always have the switch on. You can't turn it on and off."

Not the easiest creed to play by, and there are ample examples of athletes in every sport - even champions - who don't.

So Woods has the rare weekend off. Someone wondered what his plans were. He said he'd be working on his game.
"If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee." - Abraham Lincoln

"Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed." - Winston Churchill

"Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement." - Ronald Reagan

http://www.davidstuff.com/political/wmdquotes.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pbp0hur ... re=related

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Post by Kevin R » Sun May 15, 2005 2:22 am

As a certified golf nut, Tiger's miss cut is big news. Barry is 100% right, this has to go down as one of the greatest streaks in the history of sports. I really can't see this record ever being approached (the new leader in cuts is Els with 20!). But I thought the same thing about Jack's 18 major victories.....so you never know.
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Post by Ralph » Sun May 15, 2005 8:18 am

Query: does this downturn in Tiger's career mean his endorsements are gone? He has no future in commercials? He'll disappear like Kobe did from Sprite ads (but for a different reason, of course).
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Post by jbuck919 » Sun May 15, 2005 9:23 am

Sigh, the inevitable tragic outcome. I wonder what he'll do now that the Windfalls from Profiting from Useless and Boring Talents Act will confiscate all his back earnings.

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