Tiger and Rory: About the Only Time You’ll See Them Together This Week


Which doesn’t make this a bad commercial, although I am far less gushy about it than many others I’ve read. I guess I don’t really care for the actor-laiden recreation of Rory’s childhood and family, no matter how accurate. I also don’t know just how far his idolization of Tiger went. Did he REALLY have posters and such, tacked to his wall?

Maybe. Who knows?

The funny thing is this: despite Rory being the world’s current #1 player – and a phenomenal talent – the gulf between the two players remains as wide as the Atlantic Ocean. Not only is the young Irishman NOT “pacing” ahead of or even with Tiger Woods on major championships at his age, but he falls short in about every other metric, short of “likability”.

In his first 24 majors, Rory had nine top 10s, six top 3s and three wins. In his first 24 majors, Tiger had 12 top 10s, eight top 3s and six wins.

So yeah, I object to Tiger being in Rory’s Nike ad, because Tiger is a sullen, delusional, people mis-treating prick. And a cheater. I object to Rory being in Tiger’s ad, because Rory couldn’t carry Tiger’s ball-retriever even pre-scandal, or pre-steriod usage.

But hey, good job on the those actors Nike. And the obligatory shot that proves you’ll never be a champion – in any sport, even BOWLING – unless you practice maniacally in the rain.

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Steve Czaban is a 25 year sports radio veteran, who hosts an afternoon drive show in Washington D.C. "Czabe" also writes and edits his own commentaries for www.czabe.com and other on-line and print publications. He can be reached at czabe@yahoo.com.


  1. Just another good reason not to support Nike. Ever since the short lived, and badly thought out, ad with Tiger’s dad’s voiceover, I’ve never thought twice about passing up their brand in shoes, shirts, hats, clubs, whatever. Already not a big fan of the “sappy” approach in ads, I also think that Nike’s appetite for athletic apparel dominance has made it a lesser product. Extra money for their logo only feeds the monster that gives us this tripe.

    • LOL. Point taken. I do get worked up from time to time. I just really hate Nike. I am a sports fan but not like a diehard anything. Maybe cheering for the Saints all of my youth has hardened me!!


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