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Now Is Time for Tiger to Fulfill Father’s Prophecy January 13, 2008

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Golf, Sports.

Here is an interesting article from ESPN.com written by Scoop Jackson. Scoop gives his opinion on how he felt Tiger Woods should have handled the racist remarks made by Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman:

In the words of his late father, he was put here to change the world.

“He will transcend this game … and bring to the world … a humanitarianism … which has never been known before. The world will be a better place to live in … by virtue of his existence … and his presence.”

What Earl Woods foretold for his son in that Sports Illustrated article in December 1996, most of us have been privileged to witness. Not just on the golf course, but also in the way Tiger Woods handles life. Not only his, but life in general. He has been, if you look beyond the apparent, the perfect “Cablinasian” of Jordan, Oprah and Obama. Not only in skill, but in character, and in having the almost innate ability to make race — specifically his race — a nonissue. As Greg Garber once wrote on ESPN.com, “In the end, Woods has served as an example of racial harmony simply by being himself.”

Now comes the hard part.

When the Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman used the phrase “lynch him in a back alley” to describe how young players on the PGA Tour should overcome Tiger’s dominance, it was the latest in a long line of inconsiderate and inappropriate comments that have been made about people of color (especially African-Americans) in the world of sports.


Tiger Woods Isn’t Like Mike… He’s Better October 17, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Golf, Sports.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is definitely not a better athlete than the great Michael Jordan, but as unbelievable as it may sound, Woods is superior than Jordan when it comes to endorsing a product.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re probably saying to yourself there is no possible way that Tiger Woods could endorse a product better than “Mr. Endorsement” himself, the great Michael Jordan.  However, Gatorade begs to differ. 

On Tuesday, Gatorade announced that they would be doing an endorsement deal with Woods, and would be giving Woods his own brand of drink called “Gatorade Tiger.”  The flavors of the drink will include cherry blend, citrus blend, and grape.  The deal is Woods’ first U.S. deal with a beverage company and his first licensing agreement. 

Deals of the agreement were undisclosed, but there are reports that Woods will make $100 million dollars off the deal.  With this deal, Woods is moving very close to the $1 billion dollar mark off of endorsements alone. 

While Jordan endorsed Gatorade products almost his entire career, he was never offered or given a licensing deal.  Jordan’s deal with Nike was a reported $47 million dollars over five years, while Woods’ deal with Nike pays him $100 million over 5 years.  Lastly, Jordan has never come even close to reaching the billion dollar mark with endorsements and his NBA contract combined.

Like Mike? I’d rather be like Tiger.