Previous   Next

Does Tiger Woods deserve to be voted Athlete of the Decade?

Asked at Wayne and Larry's Sports Bar, 933 Iowa on December 17, 2009

Browse the archives

Photo of Darren Mitchell

“Sure, because he is the best, the most well-paid, performs the best.”

Photo of Adam Toles

“Definitely, he is a fantastic athlete and is poised to be the best golfer of all time.”

Photo of Adam Bitton

“He definitely should have been … he is a great competitor. No one can compete with him in golf.”

Photo of Bethany Masters

“Yes, just because you cheat doesn’t mean you’re a bad player. It’s not like they voted him ‘Husband of the Decade.”


dr_k 5 years ago

Bill Clinton got to keep his job. Lew Perkins screwed KU and he still has a job. What difference does it make.

Flap Doodle 5 years ago

autie's already made the best post of the day.

A20271 5 years ago

The women you've bagged, spacehog? That's kind of creepy..

jonas_opines 5 years ago

No one else in any sport has been as dominant as him, I'd say. I suppose maybe Kobe, maybe.

Of course they both cheated.

Of course, so would us.

jonas_opines 5 years ago

bah, it looked wrong when I posted it but I was talking to somebody. Stuck on it, now.

So would we? cripes

Leslie Swearingen 5 years ago

It is disheartening to read how men think of women. Spacehog, I really don't like you very much. I know, I know, you don't care, but I just wanted to let you know. Multi, you are not helping much with your bawdy attitude. I agree with some of the Muslims about this is that a little more modesty might lead to a little more respect between the genders. Yes, of course he should be athlete of the decade.

Mel Briscoe 5 years ago

sure. skanks deserve awards, don't they?

woxy 5 years ago

No one else in any sport has been as dominant as him, I'd say. I suppose maybe Kobe, maybe. <<

Micheal Phelps?

JimmyJoeBob 5 years ago

Not if he is linked to this doctor who has been distributing HGH. Sounds bad for him now professionally

Sigmund 5 years ago

jonas_opines (Anonymous) says… "No one else in any sport has been as dominant as him, I'd say. I suppose maybe Kobe, maybe."

How about Lance Armstrong who after beating cancer did pretty well winning 7 consecutive 2,000+ mile bike races (including 22 stage wins) and in his spare time founded a a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support for people affected by cancer. His book, "It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life" frankly and graphically details his struggle with cancer and the impact it had on his family and career. The autobiography even today has a rank of #3,565 on Amazon.

Here are some highlights of his racing career: 1999: Tour de France Yellow Jersey Overall Winner 2000: Tour de France Yellow Jersey Overall Winner 2001: Tour de France Yellow Jersey Overall Winner 2002: Tour de France Yellow Jersey Overall Winner 2003: Tour de France Yellow Jersey Overall Winner 2004: Tour de France Yellow Jersey Overall Winner 2005: Tour de France Yellow Jersey Overall Winner 2009: Tour de France Third in Overall

parrothead8 5 years ago

You left out the marathons and triathlons Lance did so he wouldn't get bored. Yeah, I would have voted for Lance. In my opinion, he's an actual "athlete." I'd like to see Tiger ride a bike 2000+ miles over some of the most brutal cycling terrain in Europe.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years ago

Lance Armstrong would be a better choice.

Flap Doodle 5 years ago

"I agree with some of the Muslims about this is that a little more modesty might lead to a little more respect between the genders." You'd characterise how women are treated in the Islamic world as respect?

Venom 5 years ago

cheerio (Anonymous) says…

"Golfers aren't athletes."

Go play a round swing a club at 130+ mph and you will have a different out look on things when you wake up the next morning. The average golfer swings under 100 mph. I'm a heavy hitter and swing 115-120 mph max, it's take a athlete to swing a club 130 mph not some big guy with a stick.

nut_case 5 years ago

Sounds like he is quite a 'playa' and you'd have to be pretty athletic to keep up with 10 chicks, so why not?!?!

It's not like the award is the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize where only highly distinguished and honored individuals with a long history of....what, Obama won that? office 12 days?....oh... Well, anyway, I guess these 'awards' aren't what they used to be!

HINULB45DAD 5 years ago

Spacehog: I keep hearing that is endurance and stamina are exceptional.. I haven't heard anything negative but I have not done any... research.. I don't remember hearing those accolades being thrown around with anyone else in the past... and has anyone else been in double digits?? Surely athlete of the decade... We will see what the effects are on his marriage and income and he might also be considered fool of the decade as well.. He would get my vote!

gogoplata 5 years ago

Golf is more of a game than a sport. I don't think nascar is really a sporting event either. Its a car race. Golf falls into the bowling, darts, and billiards class of sports. They all seem more like games to me.

Fighting/Wrestling seems like the ultimate athletic sport. 1 on 1 competition, no balls or equipment really, to find out who is the better fighter or wrestler. I'd rank running competitions right up there with fighting/wrestling.

So I'd give the athlete of the decade to Fedor Emelianenko. The best fighter in the world.

jonas_opines 5 years ago

That's a good point about Armstrong, I didn't think of biking.

Kirk Larson 5 years ago

For a run-down on his "athletic" performance:

Otherwise, I'm of the school that golf is a good walk spoiled.

Yeah, I'd vote for Lance Armstrong although didn't he cheat on his wife, too?

Mel Briscoe 5 years ago

i was just about to suggest lance armstrong.

i do agree w/ another poster who said that it isn't so much that he cheated on his wife but that he had this boy-next-door charm and that is one of the qualities that made him so likeable (and marketable). paint wally cleaver a nice shade of beige and that was tiger woods. now tho, seems like the brown wally cleaver has effed up big time. again. and again. and again. so much for the wholesome image...

gogoplata 5 years ago

I'm good with Lance Armstrong over Tiger Woods for the athlete of the decade. Cycling is certainly an athletic sport.

DB Ashton 5 years ago

A few weeks ago, this isn't even a question. Of course Mr Woods is the athlete of the decade. He transcended his sport, even sport itself, much like Muhammad Ali, another controversial figure whose character came into question. As a performer, Woods was sublime, once-in-a-lifetime, Secretariat. Woods may also be the hypocrite of the century, the Kevorkian of the sportsman as imaginary role model (for which he deserves our thanks) and a serial killer of disproportionate, fraudulent and self-delusional sports marketing in general (more thanks).

denak 5 years ago

Before this whole scandal, I probably would have been ok with Tiger Woods being voted Athlete of the Year.

Now however, even if he deserves it, it would be in bad form to win this acknowledgement. By winning this, it would imply, correctly or incorrectly, that his repeated cheating (and flagrant disregard for the health of his wife and children) was ok. I also think it would just give more for the tv commentators to talk about and quit frankly, I am getting tired of turning on the t.v. and hearing about another mistress.

I say give it to Lance Armstrong. Not only does he seem like a genuinely nice guy (can't remember if he has ever cheated) but he beat cancer and sparked the "Live Strong" movement. In other words, his actions have had a positive, tangible impact on individuals and that should be celebrated.


Newell_Post 5 years ago

Maybe it should have been "sportsman" of the decade, to use an old-fashioned term.

Alexander Neighbors 5 years ago

IF he can keep 13 different women + his wife on his payroll that is raw skill.

happy_go_lucky 5 years ago

"All other golders see 20/20" umm no they don't. Eye sight depends on the person, I used to have 20/15 from birth. People have better, some have worse. Everyone can have their eyesight corrected with surgery.

And someone pointed out "there are no Dailey's in cycling" You sir are behind, Dailey lost some 80-100 pounds I believe. Step your game up, before you open your mouth.

dani36921 5 years ago

there is more the game than just plain ability... how about sportsmanship? not for tiger... i vote no

arizonajh 5 years ago

Isn't this about the decade? Lance won one of those "consecutives" in 1999 not this decade and he stopped after 2005 and then returned in 2009. For three years of the decade he didn't do anything major in his sport. Woods between 2000 and 2009 won 56 PGA tourneys and 12 of those were master's events. I see a lot of people saying golf isn't a sport. That's B.S. If you play once a month it isn't bad but play it three and four days in a row every week for a year and tell me it isn't a sport. He's as much an athlete as any baseball pitcher, kicker in football, or goalie in hockey. He'll take more steps in a round of golf than Shaq will take in three games. Golfers take 60 -70+ swings of the club every round were as a baseball player will swing his bat maybe 20 times a game if he's lucky. Different sports require different skills. If you want to get technical I could say biking isn't a sport. There is no real skill other than pedaling and staying in line with your team. Incredible endurance but little skill. Running Marathons? Just one foot in front of the other, repeat. Baseball players say NASCAR isn't a sport they never get off their butts. Football players say baseball players have no contact on regular basis so it's not a sport. Hockey players say football players wear to many pads so it's not a real sport. Fighters say team sports are not true sport because you rely too much on other teammates. We all like to feel superior and the say the other guy has it easy compared to our hero. Tiger was in my mind the most dominant athlete in his chosen sport over the last decade. Though I will admit Emelianenko is one bad mofo. He did have a hell of a decade, but if AP had named him AoD 90% of people would be saying Fedor who?

Sigmund 5 years ago

arizonajh (Anonymous) says… "Isn't this about the decade? Lance won one of those “consecutives” in 1999 not this decade and he stopped after 2005 and then returned in 2009."

Point taken, only 6 of the 7 'on the trot' Tour de France wins came in 2000-2009, but the Tour de France is just one bicycling event, although the best known in the world. Below is a more complete list.

1999 1st Overall Jersey Tour de France 1st Prologue 1st Stage 8 1st Stage 9 1st Stage 19

1st Prologue Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré 1st Stage 4 Route du Sud 1st Stage 4 ITT Circuit de la Sarthe 2nd Amstel Gold Race

2000 1st Overall Jersey Tour de France * 1st Stage 19

1st GP des Nations 1st Grand Prix Eddy Merckx 1st Stage 3 ITT Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré 3rd Bronze Individual Time Trial 2000 Summer Olympics

2001 1st Overall Jersey Tour de France 1st Stage 10 1st Stage 11 1st Stage 13 1st Stage 18

1st Overall Jersey Tour de Suisse 1st Stage 1 1st Stage 8

2nd Amstel Gold Race

2002 1st Overall Jersey Tour de France 1st Prologue 1st Stage 11 1st Stage 12 1st Stage 19

1st Overall Jersey Critérium du Dauphiné * 1st Stage 6

1st Overall GP du Midi Libre 1st Profronde van Stiphout

2003 1st Overall Jersey Tour de France 1st Stage 4 TTT 1st Stage 15

1st Overall Jersey Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré * 1st Stage 3 ITT

2004 1st Overall Jersey Tour de France 1st Stage 4 TTT 1st Stage 13 1st Stage 15 1st Stage 17 * 1st Stage 19

1st Overall Tour de Georgia 1st Stage 3 1st Stage 4

1st Stage 5 Tour du Languedoc-Roussillon 1st Stage 4 ITT Volta ao Algarve 1st Profronde van Stiphout

2005 1st Overall Jersey Tour de France 1st Stage 4 TTT 1st Stage 20

1st Jersey Points Classification Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré

2008 2nd Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race 1st 12 Hours of Snowmass 1st Individual Time Trial Tour de Gruene 1st TTT Tour de Gruene

2009 1st Nevada City Classic 1st Colorado Pro Cross-Country Championships 1st Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race 2nd Overall Tour of the Gila

3rd Overall Tour de France * 1st Stage 4 TTT

7th Overall Tour of California 11th Overall Giro d'Italia

But there is more intangibles here to consider. Bicycling saves the planet while only rich Republicans who exploit the Poletariat are golfist and in the near future golf pastures will be considered theft of the peoples property and a waste of the citizen workers water!

leedavid 5 years ago

Athlete of the Decade? Heck if you can golf the way he does and have affairs with 9 to 12 different people and none of them know about each other.....ought to be something of the decade.

leedavid 5 years ago

I don't think he should consider driving for NASCAR anytime soon. LOL!

mom_of_three 5 years ago

Oh, Multi, I think your posts were hilarious! The world needs a little bawdiness once in a while.

riverdrifter 5 years ago

Dang, Py:

"The best athlete, hands down, in the last 100 years (or possibly more): Secretariat."

Another horser! I was on the infield at the wire when he came by at Churchill. It was my first race. The ground absolutely shook when he went by. His eyes were totally glazed back and you could feel the wind from him. He was a total locomotive. The girl next to me said, simply, "Jesus Lord." Been to 2 Super Bowls & a World Series game, NFL playoff games, college bowl games & so on. Nothing compares. Secretariat.

Eh, in the mean time give this lame deal to Tiger.

Sigmund 5 years ago

sierraclub (Anonymous) says… "Bicycles save the planet? How do they all get to France? Swim?"

That might have been a bit overstated, but I swear the part about only rich elitist exploiters of the Poletariat are golfist and in the near future use of a golf pasture will be considered theft of the peoples property and the waste of the citizen workers ground water. It will be punishable by 10 hard labor at below living wages at The All Natural, Organic, People Garden and Progressive Whole Foods Cooperative followed by probation at a locally owned Al Gore Re-education Camp.

TopJayhawk 5 years ago

Of course you have heard that Tiger is thinking of changing his name. To either: Lion Woods or Cheetah Woods. Of course he is athlete of the decade.

gogoplata 5 years ago

Golfer of the decade sure. But because golf is not a sport that requires much athletic ability there is no way he is the athlete of the decade. Golf is a game like bowling or billiards. You use a similar motion on almost every swing except putting, hitting a stationary target, with no practical time limits. Many 70 year old men and women still golf because it is a game not a sport.

sfjayhawk 5 years ago

Yes, he was the best athlete of the decade. no question about it.

pumpkinpatch 5 years ago

Men and women all through the ages have been stepping out on their partners. Why do we need to drag a persons private life into the lime light? If a person is good at what they do in their profession, then they should be recognized for it. Most athletics/business person of high performance have some dark secret that they'd rather the world not know about. Why should what they do in private be an open book. I know I don't want all I do, to be viewed by all. It's high time we just pull our noses out of other peoples private business and wipe it clean. I love watching Tiger play golf.

Richard Heckler 5 years ago

So many women are attracted to rich and famous men usually knowing whether or not they are married. The part that has me puzzles is what makes so many women admit to having an affair after a situation becomes big news

Many men may well be attracted to rich and famous women usually knowing whether or not they are married. The news never covers these stories.

It is my speculation that a politicians other sex life is revealed not out of morality but out of a low life plan to destroy a political life so another politician can win..... this sucks. So how much is the repub party paying the national enquirer?

Isn't there some kind of invasion of privacy issue here? I am surprised that the national enquirer is still in business.

And who the hell are these camera toters poking around into the private lives of others? Are these people not trespassing somehow? Where are the lawsuits and restraining orders?

Richard Heckler 5 years ago

Then again why is it sex lives of others gets more attention and fanfare than matters that wreck millions of lives? Where are the investigations and courtroom hearings?

About matters such as:

The republican party are masters at putting millions upon millions upon millions of people out of work. All they do with a remarkable degree of consistency is wreck the economy,initiate huge movements of shipping jobs abroad aka the Reagan-Bush Global Economy and try to wreck social security and medicare.

Is there a definite pattern? Absolutely!

  1. The Reagan/ Bush Home Loan Scandal

  2. The Bush/Cheney Home Loan Scandal

  3. What did Bush and Henry Paulson do with the bail out money?

  4. Why did GW Bush Lie About Social Security?( This would cost taxpayers $4 trillion and wreck the economy)

  5. Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts

All of the above displays reckless economic behavior that which drains the cookie jars and puts many millions out of work that which can destroy so many many many lives.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.