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Tiger’s Knee Repaired

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Tiger Woods Knee

The most famous ACL on the planet was surgically repaired yesterday and the procedure was considered a success. The ACL reconstruction (welcome to the club, Tiger) was Woods’ second knee surgery this year. His first cleaned up some cartilage issues he was having, although, these may have been caused while performing on an injured ACL.

Woods indicated he injured his knee while jogging after last year’s British Open. This means Tiger has been playing with a torn ACL since last summer. The doctors who performed the procedure don’t foresee any lingering effects for Tiger and feel the surgery shouldn’t impact his ideas for longevity:

“We were confident going into this surgery, and I am pleased with the results,” Dr. Thomas D. Rosenberg said in a statement released by IMG, Woods’ management company.

“There were no surprises during the procedure, and as we have said, with the proper rehabilitation and training, it is highly unlikely that Mr. Woods will have any long-term effects as it relates to his career.”

There’s been no word on when El Tigre’ will begin his rehabilitation, either at his site or in the various news reports. Unfortunately for Tiger fans, the PGA and sports fans in general, the surgery will keep Tiger off the PGA Tour for the remainder of the year. There was an opportunity to continue your Tiger enjoyment but sadly, that time has passed: Yesterday, you had a chance to buy Tiger’s apple core.

Unfortunately, the auction has ended.

Maybe some aspiring Oliver Wendell Holmes type will try and clone him if his DNA is still intact.

Update: Could it be the apple auction was fake? Surely you jest.

Tiger Talks, World Listens

It’s hard to deny Tiger Woods’ appeal. It’s also something that’s really easy to measure. We all know about the ratings for golf when Tiger plays as opposed to when he doesn’t. We’ve also learned about the Church of Tiger Woods — which is exactly what it sounds like.

With all of that in mind, it’s easy to see why “Tigerbole” is well on its way to becoming part of the nomenclature. Tiger has become such an integral part of society — even beyond sports — that when he talks, people listen. Like, for instance, this interview he did with Kenny Mayne discussing his knee, his US Open victory and whether or not he participated at Torrey Pines:

Tiger, for some reason, I kind of doubt your father would ever call you a “stubborn ass,” or whatever it is you said there.

In other news, addressing the whole “Tiger is the best athlete on the planet” talk. From my limited perspective, I view Tiger has one of the most skilled athletes out there but probably not the “best.” Can he run and jump like Kobe? Doubtful? Can he catch like Randy Moss or throw pinpoint bombs like Tom Brady? Again, it’s doubtful. Can he run like Usian Bolt? I’d have to say no.

But can any of those above athletes hit a golf ball — over and over and over and over again — with the skill and surgical precision Tiger demonstrates? i think you know the answer here.

And because of that, I have no problem calling him the “most skilled athlete” of this new era.

Tiger’s Torn ACL Is Better Than Your Healthy One


If this is what you call faking, I can’t imagine how the same peanut gallery would describe Shaun Livingston’s knee mishap. Only a “minor injury,” perhaps? As most you already know, Tiger is shutting it down this particular PGA season in order to get the ACL in his left knee reconstructed.

When the reports first broke, there was some confusion as to whether or not Tiger would be at his next two scheduled appearances. In fact, they seemed to indicate Tiger would be fulfilling his obligations at those events. Fortunately, this has been cleared up.

Tiger is out for the year and probably won’t be swinging the clubs until 2009, a fact that has to have the PGA incredibly nauseous right now. It’s not easy seeing the deity of your sport shutting it down earlier than expected. However, can you imagine the marketing blitz they’ll have when Tiger returns next year? I’d say it will rival the Super Bowl’s.

Besides reconstructing one of Tiger’s left knee ligaments, the time off will allow Woods to heal a double stress fracture suffered a couple of weeks before his magnificent US Open win. Speaking of Torrey Pines, the news about Tiger’s left leg only magnifies just how incredible his performance really was. I mean, how many US Opens have you won with a good knee (and a non-stress fractured leg)?

If you are like most of us, that answer would be zero.

Here’s another question — how many 300-plus yard drives have you hit on two good legs? Again, if you are like most of us… well, you know the answer. But wait, there’s even more. ESPN compiled a list of Tiger’s accomplishments since his ACL was injured. It’s most impressive:

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational – Won
PGA Championship – Won
Deutsche Bank Championship – 2nd
BMW Championship – Won
Tour Championship – Won
Target World Challenge – Won
Buick Invitational – Won
Dubai Desert Classic – Won
WGC-Accenture Match – Won
Arnold Palmer Invitational – Won
WGC-CA Championship – 5th
Masters – 2nd
U.S. Open – Won

For those of you counting at home, that’s ten wins, two second place finishes and just to prove he’s (kinda) human, one fifth place finish. Talk about slacking.

Ten tour wins.

One good leg.

Is that even fair?

Is that something that’s even POSSIBLE — provided your name isn’t Tiger Woods?

Speaking as a fellow ACL reconstructee, I was happy when I could strike a soccer ball with some pace. I couldn’t imagine competing — let alone winning — ten PGA-style golf tournaments without it being whole.

I guess that’s why my name isn’t Tiger Woods and his is.