said "Some men just play the game and others are Game Changers".
Think of your favorite sport and who has changed that sport over the
years. I think of how Babe Ruth dominated the game of baseball
with his larger than life persona on and off the field.
Dominating batters when he was on the mound and making pitchers cringe
when he was at the plate. How about Wilt Chamberlain, or Michael
Jordan, in basketball? Wilt was the first man-child before Shaq,
he was un-guardable in the paint, and when his teammates got him the
ball it was a guaranteed two points. Jordan was the first guard
that could do it all, and do it all better than anyone else. He
could shoot, pass, rebound and play defense with anybody.
When I think of tennis I think of Venus and Serena Williams, sure there
have been dominant tennis players over the years (Martina, Sampras
etc.) but Venus and Serena have managed to make tennis
mainstream. Physically they are put together like artwork, the
outfits they wear have revolutionized the sport, and oh by the way they
dominate on the court as well.
The reason I am writing this article though, is to talk about one game
particular. One who I think stands head and
shoulders above the rest: Tiger Woods. Tiger has done more for
the game of golf than any player ever has. I know we can't
consider him the best-ever yet, because he has a ways to go to catch
Nicholas, but Nicholas didn't have the effect on the public that Tiger
As a young African-American male growing up, I was not exposed to golf
at all. I don't believe I even picked up a club until I was in
college. I couldn't tell you what a bogey was from a birdie; and
then came Tiger. He stormed on the scene as this energetic,
stylish young man with awesome ability. Finally, not only was
there an African-American on tour, but he was bad to the bone.
All of a sudden it was cool to play golf, talk about golf or even watch
it on TV. How about the PGA championship this past weekend, when
TNT followed Tiger on every hole even though he was 5-7 over most of
the day? The media cared more about Tiger almost missing the cut then
they did those moving up the leader board. Not only do I watch
Tiger play golf nowadays, I even find myself watching when he isn't
even playing. WOW! What a difference one man can make.