FINISH LINE: Tiger’s apology gets mixed reviews at Olympics

  • Sat Feb 20th, 2010 12:05am
  • Sports

Tiger? No, give me curling

There was a pardon-the-interruption moment at the Olympics on Friday in Vancouver, B.C.: Tiger Woods was apologizing.

Fans and athletes briefly turned their attention to the golfing great Friday, then returned to more pressing matters.

Like curling.

“I’m less concerned with Tiger Woods as I am finding somebody to explain the rules of curling to me,” said Bob Burke of Alamo, Calif., who had front-row seats for the women’s match between the United States and Russia.

Woods made his apology from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., with millions worldwide watching on television. In Vancouver, Woods spoke at 8 a.m., before the day’s competition began. Some athletes were sympathetic, albeit cautiously.

Snowboarder Shaun White said he respected how Woods tried to “pick his words very carefully and apologize. … I don’t think it takes away from his athletic side in the slightest. I’m a big fan of his. Pretty soon we’ll realize he’s a pretty good guy deep down and he made some bad calls.”

Figure skater Evan Lysacek said: “Tiger, on the golf course, has always been a positive role model and I think he will continue to be.

Alpine skier Julia Mancuso was plenty dubious. She posted on Twitter: “do we think this is coming from the heart or the paper! come on Tiger! give us some reality here.”

PARTING SHOT

“Looked like a deer in the headlights — the kind of expression people have when they’re playing with him on the golf course.”

— Jimmy Roberts

The NBC Sports personality on Tiger Woods’ televised apology Friday.