As I’ve said on this blog numerous times, I am a big New York sports fan. Growing up, I was also a fan of Mike Tyson. As a little kid watching this man demolish people as if he was a super hero was something special to see, and one that I will never forget. Whatever your opinion on the trial of Mike Tyson, and there are are many, he was found guilty and was sentenced to six years of prison in Indiana. After serving three years, he was released, and looked to be in incredible shape and was itching to get back in the ring. I remember vividly one of the first days of my freshman year of college, Tyson came back on August 19, 1995 to face Peter McNeeley. I walked to a house where I knew not a single person, but had to see the fight. Tyson destroyed McNeeley. He went on to win four more fights, but then faced Evander Holyfield. After losing to Holyfield, they had the rematch in which Tyson bit a piece of Evander’s ear off. From that point forward, his career went straight downhill, and I turned into the biggest Tyson apologist/excuse maker on the planet. I actually travelled to Louisville to see one of his last fights where he lost to Danny Williams in 2004, when he was a shell of himself. I think it was at that point that my delusions of grandeur finally faded away.
Fast forward to 2015, I’m starting to have the same thoughts about my favorite golfer, Tiger Woods. Since his insane Thanksgiving night over five years ago, I have been the first to say, ‘he will be back’. The facts are that probably the greatest golfer in history hasn’t won a major since the US Open in 2008. While he did win five tournaments in 2013, his last six starts on the PGA tour contain three withdrawls, two missed cuts, and last place in his own tournament. He is now taking and ‘indefinite leave of absence’ from Golf while he sorts out his injuries, his head, and his game. Tiger has always said that he wants to surpass the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, now that he is quickly approaching the age of 40 with 14 majors under his belt. Just about everyone doubts that he can even be competitive on the PGA Tour again, let alone win five majors to get past his idol.
This goes against everything said about possibly learning something about the way I felt about Tyson getting his career back in line, but I have full confidence that Tiger Woods is going to come back, and maybe not be ‘better than ever’, but get his body in good shape and win five more majors, including this year. Yes, I may be drinking the Kook-Aid, but the man is one of the most competitive people on earth, and if there is anyone who wants to show his detractors that he still has it, it is him. I know I will be watching next year at the Masters.