Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again!
All that remains of Humpty Dumpty is the image of an egg sitting on a wall somewhere in England. Actually, the legend most likely began with powerful cannon, nicknamed “Humpty Dumpty,” mounted on a wall, blown up by enemy fire somewhere in England. That was before the internet.
Golf is a sport where grace and tradition rule. As there is no crying in baseball, there is no bad behavior in golf. The display of emotions falls within a range of an expressionless face to lifting an eyebrow. Tiger Woods epitomized the best of the sport: the athleticism, the competitiveness, the ability to lose well, and the talent to win big.
Tiger lifted the sport to new heights. Non-golfers, urban kids and stay-at-home moms knew his name and followed his career. He had personality, a Madison Avenue smile, and an unprecedented game of golf. Until November 27, 2009, his image dominated the sports world for all the right reasons.
Somehow, the skeptical public intuited there was more to the story of his SUV meeting a fire hydrant in Windermere, Florida then a straightforward traffic accident. Call them jaded, but the public quickly absorbed the background noise of possible violence, drugs and sex intrigue and pronounced the scandal not only plausible but likely.
Is Tiger Woods the new Humpty Dumpty? No. Tiger blew himself off the wall. With money and access, he abused his power and chose bottom-feeding over soaring. No, Tiger is not the new Humpty Dumpty, because Tiger’s story is not the legend of a powerful cannon demolished during battle. Tiger’s story is of a human who failed miserably, but who has a soul with redemptive and restorative powers.
Lyrics describing the fall of Tiger Woods would go more like this.
Tiger Woods stood proud on a wall.
Woods stepped off and had a great fall.
All of his handlers and marketing men
Couldn’t put Tiger together again!
Woods, one morning, sailed out to sea.
As a Swede, he though, I am free.
I’ll lay down clubs to heal my soul
To start over will be my goal.
No, Tiger Woods is not the new Humpty Dumpty. While Eldrick Tont Woods, nicknamed “Tiger,” was free-falling off the wall he meticulously crafted through achievements and marketing savvy, internet writers documented every fact, rumor and confession. The story won’t become urban legend even in 200 years, unless a techno-geek finds a way of selling an internet amnesia pill that can erase targeted information from cyberspace.