That is truly the only word that came to mind watching Tiger’s win at Augusta. It was an impressive performance, even if it didn’t require him to shoot a lights-out round as he watched his nearest competitors dump ball after ball into Rae’s Creek on #12. We will leave out the editorial comments on their shot selections aimed at the far right of the bunker, instead of playing for the middle of that green with the tournament on the line—shocking mistakes for players that have been around long enough to know better.
As the accolades for Tiger poured in over the last few days (all well-deserved), it got me thinking about how unlikely it was. Not Tiger’s performance, but the fact that so many people wanted to see him do well. As a society, we often hear about the desire to see someone comeback from a past mistake.
But the sidelines are littered with athletes, entertainers, coaches, media members and others whose mistake was one simple act or misstatement. Most of them do not receive the same type of support.
We see millions of Americans who have been through the criminal justice system. Virtually none of them are given much support in their second chance efforts.
Why is that? What distinguishes the cases in which a person is crucified for life for one small mistake, and another is seemingly easily forgiven for his transgressions?
Addiction cannot be the answer because many of the individuals who are ex-communicated from college and pro sports teams were arguably facing the same types of addiction issues.
I do not claim to have the answers to this question, but I do find it fascinating. I wonder how much more we could accomplish as a society if employers, schools, spouses, sports leagues and media companies would grant this same level of forgiveness and support to those in their midst who needed it.
So each time you hear someone cheering on Tiger, take a minute to think through your own life and see who could use that support from you!!