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Photo: Tiger Woods Shirtless on February 2010 Vanity Fair


Tiger Woods is getting "raw" in a never-before-seen pre-scandal Annie Leibovitz shot.

"In the end it was the age-old clash of image versus reality, the compartmentalization of two different lives that inevitably merge at some certain point, whoever you are. He exhibited the same superhuman confidence off the golf course that he exhibited on it, apparently convinced he would never be caught despite the stupid sloppiness at the end—text messages, voice-mail messages. He deluded himself into thinking he could be something that he wasn’t: untouchable. The greatest feat of his career is that he managed to get away with it for so long in public, the bionic man instead of the human one who hit a fire hydrant."

And as long as we're on the topic, FOX News' Brit Hume says that for Woods to recover from all this he needs to switch from Buddhism to Christianity, AFTER THE JUMP...

(image via just jared)

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  1. That quote is spot-on. Hubris is always a dangerous thing.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jan 4, 2010 11:18:21 AM

  2. This whole Tiger Woods scandal is just pathetic. A sports figure cheats on his wife and we should care? As if that hasn't a million times previously. The "outrage" and "disappointment" are ridiculous.

    People need to get a life and stop pretending that they have some relationship with celebrities. Woods is the greatest golfer in history. His personal failures are between him and his family. This talk about Woods letting down his fans is nuts. When did he ever guarantee to pristine?

    Listening to the mistress du jour pop up to decry her victim hood is just the latest version of a gold digger trying to find away to make a buck off someone else's sorrow. If any of these women had an ounce of class, then why did they bother committing adultery? They knew Woods was married and had children.

    Listening to the mistresses complain about how their affairs has hurt them and their families is the epitome of stupid. The majority of these people would have been unknown had they never come forward to brag about their exploits.

    Of course Woods is a great source of income for the media who desperately need some scandal to drive ratings, page clicks, and ad dollars.

    Posted by: David | Jan 4, 2010 11:29:22 AM

  3. Adultery is so hot.

    Posted by: Feral | Jan 4, 2010 11:36:47 AM

  4. The Milkman,

    The greatest "hubris" I've seen in the Woods scandal has been that of the pundits and other fools who wag their finger at Woods. We have scum like Rush Limbaugh who opined that Woods is a cheater because he's black (even though Woods is actually more Asian than African) or Brit Hume, who suggested that Woods become a Christian to improve himself. Yeah, how does Hume know that Woods isn't a Christian and when did all Christians suddenly become immune to adultery?

    Save the moral outrage. It's wasted and unwarranted.

    Posted by: David | Jan 4, 2010 11:39:08 AM

  5. David's post was the very best piece of information I can agree with. I'm commenting on the fact that I enjoy his opinion and I wish people would see it in the same light. Thanks David!!!

    Posted by: Luv Me N E way | Jan 4, 2010 11:40:29 AM

  6. Agree with everything "DAVID" said. Well put.

    Posted by: Jedi | Jan 4, 2010 11:49:17 AM

  7. What do Tiger Woods and baby seals have in common?

    They both get clubbed by Norwegians.

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 4, 2010 11:49:30 AM

  8. Thank you, DAVID!! Spot on! Now let's see if this thread devolves into a cesspool of racist idiocy.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Jan 4, 2010 11:56:10 AM

  9. Nonsense.

    Posted by: malo | Jan 4, 2010 11:58:09 AM

  10. hair around the nipples is such an unusual thing..whywhywhy?

    Posted by: todd | Jan 4, 2010 12:19:40 PM

  11. Soulbrotha,

    I'd like to hope that this thread wouldn't devolve into racist crap.

    Sadly, this whole scandal reeks of race panic. Ultra wealthy "black"/brown man with a beautiful blonde white wife and more sex? Really, look at the idiots who wonder why Tiger isn't dating "black" women. Hello? As if it would be a compliment to anyone to be a home wrecker.

    Although I feel sorry for Tiger's wife and family, it's not a horrific tragedy. She's going to walk away with tens if not hundreds of million of dollars. I feel more sorry for the millions of people who are broke, worried about foreclosure, or are homeless.

    Posted by: David | Jan 4, 2010 12:28:50 PM

  12. Oh, dear, tiger has a little man boobage...

    This is an interesting hip hoppish image of Tiger Woods that I could well break it down in a disturbing way...

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jan 4, 2010 1:00:23 PM

  13. I agree with some of your points David but *some* people in failed marriages start affairs, actually tell the truth to the person he/she is having an affair with and leave their spouse and stay with/marry the second person. So yes, one or some of these women could have actually had their heart broken. Is it the ideal situation? Absolutely not. But *some* do stupid things when the ole' heart gets in the way.

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 4, 2010 1:07:29 PM

  14. What the hell is Brit Hume doing on TV advising Woods to convert to Christianity? Oh, sorry I forgot, that was on Fox News.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 4, 2010 1:09:54 PM

  15. I mostly agree with David, with one objection: Tiger put himself out there as an endorser of all sorts of products and services that have absolutely nothing to do with his unparalleled skill as a golfer (Accenture, Gillette, AT&T...) These advertisers wanted you to think that Tiger was a cool person and you should try to emulate him in every way. And Tiger went along with that. So, if you ask me, he made his personal character a matter of public concern (and made big bucks off of it) -- it's a little late to say, none of your business. Now, of course, this hardly makes him unique and the racial angle does seem hard to escape.

    Posted by: Glenn | Jan 4, 2010 1:32:50 PM

  16. JackM, Christianity is the faith for people who want material success. I read an article a few days ago about Prosperity Theology that teaches the importance of wealth and more wealth.

    Posted by: SmartVac | Jan 4, 2010 2:12:23 PM

  17. Mr Hume is right.

    Tiger should be a good Christian like right winger Larry Craig and the noble gov from South Carolina.

    Is is there anything more tiresome than right wing Christian blow hards? The Romans should have crushed that sick cult 2000 years ago. The world would be a much better place.

    Posted by: mike nyc | Jan 4, 2010 2:20:39 PM

  18. one must always mark the calendar if their is a shirtless man of color on towleroad :)

    Posted by: Astro | Jan 4, 2010 2:27:58 PM

  19. Glenn,

    I disagree. All of those companies played on Tiger's sports success and his ability to be a supremely successful master. Accenture is a management consulting company. Their ads played off Tiger's excellence not his personal life.

    None of Tiger's endorsement played off him being some sainted family man. Moreover, Woods never said that he was the epitome of family life while damning others who didn't adhere to his life choices, like a ton of supposedly religious and moral celebrities and politicians.

    Those companies made a ton of cash off Woods. This is just another phony controversy.

    How many people will go to bed homeless in the U.S.? What's the stats on domestic abuse? How many soldiers were wounded in Iraq?

    Again, some rich guy cheated on his wife. BFD!

    Also, I still don't buy this crap that we continue to hear about athletes being role models and having to live perfect lives to appease their "fans." It's 2009, there's been a sex scandal or some other scandal each year that features a sports figure, movie star, or politician.

    Tiger Woods doesn't owe his "fans" anything other than being a good golfer.

    Posted by: David | Jan 4, 2010 2:33:50 PM

  20. He looks much better here than his uptight whitebread image in the ads.

    Posted by: niles | Jan 4, 2010 2:52:05 PM

  21. Yes Brit, the Christians have done such a fine job ... ask Jimmy Swaggart, Ted Haggard, Jim Bakker, etc., etc., etc., ... you can have morals WITHOUT being a Christian or member of any (dis)organized religion. If I want religion with my news I'll watch the crazy Pat Robertson ... Hume should be fired, but then again it's Fox so it isn't really news anyway.

    Posted by: ChrisM | Jan 4, 2010 3:41:27 PM

  22. Gross. He looks like The Grinch.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 4, 2010 4:36:52 PM

  23. well said Astro. LOL.

    Posted by: Drew | Jan 4, 2010 6:47:25 PM

  24. Tiger woods as a sex symbol ain't gonna work. ET phone home. The scandal and those concerned with it are subcognitive.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 4, 2010 6:56:02 PM

  25. Tiger Woods: blah.

    Posted by: omi | Jan 4, 2010 7:18:01 PM

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