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U.S. congressman latest to abandon the S.S. Tiger Woods

Dec 9, 2009, 5:30 PM EDT

As Tiger Woods’ public image sinks slowly into the icy waters of the north Atlantic (with all of his alleged mistresses occupying the same nearby life boat), now comes word that a U.S. congressman is writing him off as well. Joe Baca, D-Calif., is canceling his efforts to award Woods with a Congressional Gold Medal, citing Woods’ “past transgressions.” Who is Joe Baca? Only the winning pitcher for the Democrats, who ended an eight-year losing streak to the Republicans in the annual Roll Call weekend baseball game in June. But I digress.

Baca proposed legislation in March that called for the golfer to be recognized for promoting good sportsmanship and breaking down barriers in the sport.

Baca said in a statement Wednesday that “in light of the recent developments surrounding Tiger Woods and his family,” he won’t pursue legislation this session to give him the award.

But Baca also has blemishes on his record. He was listed as one of Esquire’s 10 worst members in Congress in Oct. of 2008, with this explanation:

As chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Baca steered CHC funds to the campaigns of his two sons. When Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez called him on it, he did the mature thing and called her a “whore.” Nice. So Baca’s corrupt and venal.

Time to get some Windex on that glass house, Joe. Meanwhile, in other Throwing Tiger Under the Bus news, the Nielsen co. is reporting that Tiger Woods ads are nearly extinct from prime-time television.

The research firm said the last prime-time ad to appear featuring the golfer was a 30-second ad on Nov. 29 for the Gillette Co. That commercial aired eight times during November, spokesman Aaron Lewis said.

There have been no other commercials since then on all broadcast networks and 19 cable networks during the evening news, prime-time, late-night and during weekend sports, he said.

Gatorade is also discontinuing its Woods drink, Tiger Focus; although that decision was made a couple of days before Woods’ Thanksgiving night car crash.
Tiger shouldn’t be too worried iin regards to endorsements, one expert told Out of Bounds.
“If you don’t count extraordinary cases as with O.J., in this business everybody gets a second chance,” said Chip Tuttle, a partner in the Boston-based marketing firm of Conover Tuttle Pace. “There may be a short-term impact with Tiger, but provided that he conducts himself professionally, and keeps winning majors, there will be no big net effect.”
Tuttle also predicted that Tiger will come up with some sort of big mea culpa, whether it be to Oprah Winfrey or somewhere else, that goes beyond what he’s released on his own web site.
“Ultimately you have to fess up if you want to turn the page,” he said. “Kobe has done it, and some others. It’s not too late for Tiger but he has to play it smart.”
Rep. Baca says he won’t pursue effort to give Tiger Woods a Congressional Gold Medal [Los Angeles Times]
Congressman in California drops effort to honor Tiger Woods [USA Today]
Tiger Woods TV ads vanish from prime time [MSNBC]

  1. don - Dec 9, 2009 at 7:56 PM

    Who cares? Who really realy cares? Life will go on. Tiger will continue to win tournaments. Sponsors will wait it out as they are doing now and then jump back on the bandwagon. Elin will stick it out. The children will live a privileged life. Tiger will cheat again, only not right away and will be more cautious in the future.
    As I said, Who cares”

  2. Don - Dec 9, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    I forgot to mention. Baca is a real A-hole trying for his one day in the sun. Baut then again, Who cares?

  3. maven - Dec 9, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    Well said Don. I agree with you in everything but that you do care otherwise you wouldn’t read the article and comment… like a zillion other posters have!

  4. Toniana - Dec 10, 2009 at 1:23 AM

    I am so saddened regarding all these articles regarding tiger, it seems that the only error he made, other than his transgressions is not talking to the media, now they are having a field day with his reputation, but these same people will be the ones who will be interviewing him again in the future. I’m pretty sure they have lives to, such hypocrites, I can only imagine how many mistresses they are hiding….I am only concerned with how tiger plays on the greens..He will be back and better than before, tiger will pass Jack nicklaus, then it will all be forgotten…except for his wife who carries the scar. I can’t wait for 2010 when he plays, until then I am not interested…Tiger brought a whole knew level of Golf to the field. I am not interested in his personal life, everyone should move on and enjoy there own lives.

  5. bob - Dec 10, 2009 at 2:02 AM

    who cares ??? people who dont consider tiger as god !!! don, do you have a tiger shrine in your house?, do you wear a red t shirt on sundays in honor of your lord and master?? will you sacrifice your first born for him.. the answer is yes to all of that. i am sure
    the thing is, if you earn all that money because you are public figure heck you owe it to the fans. tiger, want some privacy ?? stop playing, stop signing all those endorsements. stay out of the public eye, then we will leave you alone. until then lights, camera, tiger !!!!!
    unfair?? what if tiger played golf and nobody watched ??, do you think he will earn as much, get those endorsements ??? of course not. do you think tiger would chase jack’s record if nobody was there to watch it, heck no. tiger enjoys the limelight (golf that is), and every time he wins he wants it to be known around the whole world. but guess what tiger, if you screw up we want to know it too. that is the trade off to your luxurious life style. want out?? quit then. until then, expect scrutiny..

  6. bub - Dec 10, 2009 at 7:01 AM

    This whole picture stinks. I agree with most of the comments posted. Since he is such a high profile person, making millions of dollars, the media will continue to have a field day until he addresses all of the issues publicly. I also agree that someone’s personal life or internal issues are their own issues, however, since he is the greatest in the world he will never have peace until he comes forward. I feel for his wife, I don’t wish that kind of pain on anyone. I think that all of these woman that are coming forward are doing so just for the money and publicity. It is too bad for all people involved. Tiger will never be looked at the same. He may break all the records, but there will always be someone reminding us of the day “when”

  7. Skidder - Dec 10, 2009 at 7:33 AM

    Don, nothing like someone from Congress to be holier than thou, either, right?

  8. don - Dec 10, 2009 at 7:34 AM

    thanks for your comment, but I read all sports and am pretty much up on all sports. Reason for my remark? It was intended for all the bleeding hearts who knock him and praise him. They’re the ones who really need to get help, but then again, Who really cares?

  9. don - Dec 10, 2009 at 7:41 AM

    no, Bob, I don’t wear red and I don’t have a shrine and my first born’s son is a sophmore in college and my response to Maven pretty well describes you and others who either defends Tiger or rails on him.
    Bottom line, Bob, Who really cares? No offense intended, so let’s see if you can contain yourself in not whining back