Tuesday, March 16, 2010

360 News & Comment: Tiger Woods, Edwards & Their Mistresses; Marcus Aurelius

We're not being accusatory. We'll save that for the 'holier-than-thous' - we all screw up sometime and we all make terrible decisions. However, at this point, who cares about Tiger, John and their extra-curricular main squeezes? We surely don't, although we know full well the search engines and the news forums will seek us out now that we've finally come around to mentioning anything.

Tiger Woods said yesterday he will return to golf next month at the Masters, ending a four-month hiatus brought on by a sex scandal that shattered his image as the gold standard in sports. He was in a Mississippi clinic from Dec. 31 until Feb. 11, then went to an Arizona clinic for a week of family counseling. He returned to practice when he got home to Isleworth, and swing coach Hank Haney joined him last week.

Woods hasn't competed since Nov. 15 when he won the Australian Masters for his 82nd victory worldwide. Twelve days later, he crashed his car into a tree outside his Florida home, setting off shocking revelations that he had been cheating on his wife.

Woods says he's undergone almost two months of inpatient therapy and he's continuing his treatment. What is it they are treating - being a horndog?

Granted, Woods has been the biggest draw at the Masters ever since he became its youngest champion at 21 in 1997, when he broke the tournament scoring record with a 12-shot victory.

But his world came crashing down on Nov. 27 when he fled his house in the middle of the night and ran his Cadillac SUV over a fire hydrant and into a tree. About that time, allegations of womanizing began to emerge, and Woods' silence was replaced by rumors of what happened that night and how, as the world's most famous athlete, he could keep so many affairs a secret.

He eventually confessed to infidelity and said Dec. 11 he would take an "indefinite break" from golf. Woods spoke publicly for the first time on Feb. 19 at TPC Sawgrass, where he confessed to cheating on his wife, Elin.

This raises even more questions. What man in their right mind would/could ever cheat on someone like Elin?

We'll save that for the therapists treating Tig-er.

Now save that thought in your head for a moment while we move to Edwards and his sweetie.

Every knows about John Edwards: Dem Presidential Candidate, U.S. Senator, loathsome attorney.

Edwards' former mistress, Rielle Hunter, is back in the news for posing in GQ. Hunter, who worked as a videographer on Edwards' presidential campaign before giving birth to his daughter, did a photo shoot for the magazine in which she shows her legs while apparently wearing just a man's shirt and shows her midriff while holding her child.

She didn't get much sympathy from another host of "The View."

Whoopi Goldberg, said, "She's with us now, like foot decay!" Amen, sister.

Hunter said that Edwards' marriage was dysfunctional before she came along, therefore she can't be called a home wrecker. It seems a home wrecker is a home wrecker - forget defining it chronologically. We didn't know there were already set criteria for cheating. You mean there are dos and don'ts when sleeping with someone's husband? Hunter clearly needs to take some amount of personal responsibility. Heaven help her child.

She said he told her after their first night together that he could really mess up his plans to be president.

And that was before she took pictures in bed with stuffed versions of Kermit the frog, Barney the dinosaur and Dora the Explorer. We'll never look at Kermit the same way ever again. Dora the Explorer? Are you kidding?

But all this about Edwards and Hunter raises even more question. What man in their right mind would/could ever cheat with her?

With all this in mind, one thing is certain, success cannot be handled by some. We think success is not only measured by accomplishment but also the ability to deal with it. To people like Woods, Edwards and even actors and sports stars, success has insulated them to the point that they believe they can do anything; it is that thinking that got them there in the first place. A successful person knows when this thinking is rational and when it isn't; when to use and when to cut it off.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (26 April 121 – 17 March 180) was Roman emperor from 161 to his death in 180. Every day he would stand proudly in front of the citizens of Rome or ride front and center in parades to the shouts and cheers of his greatness. The emperor employed a slave boy whose job was doing one thing and one thing only - to trot behind Marcus Aurelius whispering, "You're just a man. You're only a man"

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