Today is an exciting day for me. If I try hard (and this is a huge stretch folks) I can say that I have something in common with Tiger Woods. He’s back to swinging his clubs and I’m back to posting after a 10 day mandatory rest period (otherwise known as Report Card Season for you fellow teaching types).
To date history would indicate that his comeback to golf is much more significant than my mediocre ramblings, however in my own mind it’s nice to think that you have something in common with a living legend. It’s quite possible that Tiger Woods will be one of my last sporting heroes.
As the calendar flips by and I continue to get older I’m feeling a greater disconnect with the sporting stars of today. It’s not to say that I don’t respect the careers to date of some up and coming superstars, it’s just that I don’t have that emotional attachment to them like I once did. As a kid it was easy to submerge myself into a players career, like I did when I totally immersed myself into anything to do with Wendel Clark. However now that most of the athletes are younger than me it’s harder to look up to them. It might be an age thing, but I like to subscribe to the theory that it is just a right of passage and most men my age go through this.
I could be wrong (knowing my track record it’s a good bet) about this theory of mine, but for now I’ll enjoy watching Tiger stalk the leaderboards on the PGA for as long as I can. Welcome back Tiger. Here’s ESPN’s live blog coverage of his first round match today.