Woods’ interviews lack ‘wow factor’
Sunday, March 21, 2010
First reaction to the dueling one-on-one interviews with Tiger Woods that aired Sunday night on Golf Channel and ESPN:
What a coincidence, he was able to find a spare TW hat and Nike swoosh sweater. Surprised he wasn’t holding an EA game, too, just to pay complete homage to those are still sticking by him.
- Yes 25%
- No 73%
- Undecided 2%
975 total votes.
Anyway . . .
It’s easy to pounce on Kelly Tilghman and Tom Rinaldi for what questions they didn’t ask – and surely some good ones weren’t pursued – but best to keep in mind that they had but five minutes. It’s impossible to think they could have asked every question to satisfy everyone’s appetite, but we surely could have been spared Tilghman’s ridiculous ending: Asking Woods about the Buddhist bracelet.
Really, really weak, Kelly.
Beyond that, can’t say that anything made me say, “Wow.” Much of it sounded like the previously televised apology and it remains to be seen whether Woods uses the Golf Channel and ESPN interviews to say to future questions, “I’ve already answered that.”
My guess is, he will. Which might frustrate reporters, but it could be a brilliant strategy.
A few other highlights:
• Woods’ reaction to a question about what happened last Thanksgiving evening and the accident early the next morning: “It’s all in the police report.”
Oh, yeah, perhaps the most poorly conducted investigation this side of Barney Fife. Lots of information there.
• Explaining to Rinaldi what the past four-plus months have been like, Woods said, “A lot of ugly things have happened. I’ve done some pretty bad things in my life. But now, after treatment . . . I’m getting back to my old roots.”
Back to his old roots?
Some were hoping he’d try a new approach.