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TIGER COME BACK, PLEASE!
African American news from Pasadena - Sports WatchingI can't speak for anyone else, but I can't wait for Tiger Woods to come back. His behavior was a surprise and a big disappointment to me. It broke my heart. I really wish that he had been the person that we all thought he was. However, he was more human than any of us would have believed.

I miss those weekends, when I watched him on television. Before he came on the scene, I had never watched an entire televised match, and I could not understand why anyone else would watch one either. Then along came Tiger; he was just out of his teens. He seemed so fragile and so alone in the hostile world of the golfers. The golfing establishment considered him a nuisance, and they did not want him to succeed. They patronized him by saying that he had a lot of talent, but that he would not be able to withstand the pressure of PGA tournament play.

He was much tougher, and more disciplined than anyone could have believed. He had the absolute will to win, and he fought hard in every match. Sometimes he had to come from way behind to ultimately win his matches. When he was on the course, every other golfer was nervous. Tiger was there! Tiger scared them! Tiger wanted to win! Viva El Tigre!

As one success followed the other, I could notice changes in Tiger's behavior. In many cases, the self-assurance turned into arrogance. In addition, I could hear him swear when he failed to make a good shot. I never saw that happen when his father was alive. He respected his father, and he knew that his father always wanted him to be on his best behavior.

Tiger cannot undo the mistakes that he has made. We can all hope that he won't repeat them. Most of us are hoping that he can unite his family, and that together they can put these bad days behind them. Whether that happens or not is still uncertain. Golf needs Tiger Woods, and Tiger Woods needs Golf. The likelihood is that he feels so disgraced, that he is not yet prepared to meet the public. His actual location is a well guarded secret, but he has to be someplace. I suspect that his next match, whenever he decides to come back, will likely be in Europe or in Australia. That would be easier on him, I think. Tiger come on back, we miss you!

The Lakers have something of an interesting dilemma. They won three straight games while their superstar Kobe Bryant was injured and unable to play. Was the team better without him? Will they start losing when he returns? Will some of the other players assert themselves and challenge his absolutely control of the team? These are some of the issues that the team will have to face. The rest of the season doesn't matter much, but the Cavaliers and the Magic are waiting for them in the Playoffs.

Michael Jordan is attempting to buy majority control of the Carolina Bobcats from Owner Bob Johnson. The team is losing money and the Bobcats are in 6th place in the Eastern Conference. As it stands right now the Bobcats would make the NBA Playoffs. They are higher in the standings than either Miami or Chicago. This is a surprise and is further evidence, of the coaching genius of Larry Brown. It has been reported that Jordan doesn't take his ownership responsibilities very seriously. That was also the knock on him, when he was a Minority Owner of the Washington Wizards. He likes to be on the golf course as much as possible. They should be able to live with him in Charlotte, the way we live with Donald Sterling.

USC lost its basketball coach, and some of the recruits who had planned to attend the school. Their upcoming season seemed that it would be a disaster of major proportions. To make things even worse, the team is suffering from a self-imposed probation. So, it is unbelievable that this decimated group of Trojans would sweep the Bruins. Back in October, no one would have believed this, and the Trojans were picked to finish last in the Pac-10. This is just a reminder of why they actually play the games.

Terrell Owens is selling fitness equipment on the Internet. I have become one of his customers, and very soon our physiques will be identical.

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