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Wednesday, March 03, 2010
On a Pedestal
Every morning we have the radio on in the car. It’s set to our local NPR station. For the first half of the ride, we don’t listen as Sera keeps us quite entertained. During the second half, we catch a little news on our way to work.

This morning we heard Frank Deford’s opinion piece on whether or not athletes should be held to a higher standard than other famous people. While I think this could be a worthy discussion, he sure picked two bad examples.

Tiger Woods


Charlie Sheen

Both have been in the news lately for less than stellar reasons. One is an athlete, and one is an actor. I concede that the media has given Tiger Woods a much more difficult time.

I don’t think the reason is because he’s an athlete. Let’s look at their reputations. One has a 20+ year reputation as a wild child who is a womanizing, drinking, drug abusing, party guy. One has built a reputation as a golden boy who does no wrong and rarely fails.

Who was on a pedestal? Who were we just waiting for the other shoe to drop?

Is it any surprise that the story with legs is Tiger’s and not Charlie’s?



Blogger She Writes said...

Foolishly I was shocked by Tiger. Foolishly.

Blogger Tammie said...

I hate to say it, but I wasn't shocked by either Tiger or Charlie. Tiger was long held up as an example of the perfect young man. I don't believe that he was given a shot at being human. As for Charlie, with a dad like Martin Sheen & a brother like Emilio Estevez it was going to be hard to be anything.

Either way, actors & athletes are no role models for my daughter. Who are? Teachers, doctors, nurses. The real heros.

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