Galley Friend P.G. offers an interesting thought: "I've always thought of Tiger as our Ruth (not Ali or MJ). Turns out, he's more Ruthian than Ruth."
Is there a place in our culture today for a superjock who doesn't try to create a lovable public facade and instead just lets it all (or most of it) hang out? I'm trying to think of one, but the only examples that come to mind are more marginal greats, like Namath, Reed, Iverson.
Maybe Pete Rose? Maybe Wilt. Though I don't know that Wilt's lifestyle would today be considered so hip and funloving.
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