Bigot? Why, you bet I am. I'm utterly intolerant of people with poor behavior.
When I see a guy who sits on top of the hill of world admiration throwing his club and screaming "SH*T, G*D D*MN IT, F**KING PR**K" for the world to see and hear it disturbs me. I know there are millions of people out there that will love and worship this guy, because of his great skill in the game, who will minimize, condone and defend this behavior and thus society will become ever more desensitized to it. I see this as a problem, the degradation of the emotional maturity of society.
Your aggressive personal attack on someone who dared to point out a particular flaw in one of your heroes only serves as evidence of the legitimacy of my concern. SG, in allowing yourself to become a victim of the contagium you become part of the problem.
So we meet again on the field of battle!
Fastman, I don't know whether you have actually ever watched a golf broadcast, however, I think Woods Tiger is no more prone to angry outbursts than the average PGA professional. Keep in mind he gets a good deal of airtime due to his place on or near the top of the leaderboard.
I have viewed many broadcasts Rusty, it's all that's on my non cable TV on the weekends. Well, that and auto racing. I've never gone to witness a tournament in person, so your right, my knowledge of behavior on the tour is limited to what the broadcasters choose to present. Perhaps poor behavior is more rampant on the tour than I realize, but that's irrelevant. Most people who watch golf do so from my vantage point and thus will be presented with the same image of the game, and of Tiger. Most will process that image like Ski & Golf has done, I know that, and it's what concerns me. Immature behavior will become minimized, accepted and defended.
If I didn't know better I would question whether the basis for your obvious disdain isn't something we all abhor.
Rusty, I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume your referring to racism.
Rest assured, I'm an equal opportunity bad behavior bigot. I was just as disgusted with John McEnroe and the generation of tennis brats his behavior fostered. I chastised Tomba to my racers for his LOOK AT ME finish line theatrics, boasting, and off slope behavior.
My beliefs show consistent in the manner in which I guide my racers. I've pulled bibs from racers and sent them to the lodge for the day for emotional outbursts. I've had racers sit out of future races because of bad behavior. I've had kids walk up the side of the race slope and apologize to the TD, the chief of race, and every gatekeeper on the hill for their poor behavior.
But I'm sure many out there reading this thread have, like you, questioned my racial tolerance. That's the present day risk someone assumes when they dare to criticize someone of color who achieves success.
Rusty, you suggest I stick to teaching counter rotation.
As I've indicated above there's more to coaching in my mind than teaching a kid how to ski. I attempt to help kids develop into highly refined success oriented young adults who possess the achievement skills necessary to reach their goals in any area of life they pursue. I use the forum of ski racing only as a class room to teach more important life lessons and I consider emotional development as an important element in that formula, so I'll continue to include it in my teachings. But thanks for the suggestion.[ April 21, 2004, 12:34 PM: Message edited by: FastMan ]