Saturday, November 28, 2009

Curiouser and Curiouser

I'm trying to get a handle on the matter involving golfer Tiger Woods, and I don't seem to be doing a very good job.

At first, I guess I was something of a victim of misleading information. It was yesterday afternoon that I heard, on a local sports radio station, that Woods was in "serious condition" following a late–night auto accident outside his Florida home.

Subsequent reports indicated that Woods had been in a "minor accident," which made me wonder, how does one sustain "serious" injuries in a "minor" accident?

That question was later answered, by the local sports radio guys, who said it was SOP when someone was involved in an auto accident and had to be transported to a hospital by ambulance to say that the patient was in serious condition — even if, as appears to be the situation here, the person who was transported suffered nothing more serious than lacerations.

Or did he?

Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren, says she used a golf club to break one of the windows of Woods' SUV and pulled him out of the vehicle. Apparently, he lapsed in and out of consciousness while waiting for police, and then emergency medical personnel, to arrive on the scene.

Woods' condition does not seem to be the issue, though. From what I've heard, he was treated at the hospital and released.

From the first report, I've heard it continually mentioned that alcohol was not a factor in the accident. Then, today, I heard reports that the accident was not due to some sort of domestic issue.

Those seem like answers to questions I haven't heard anyone ask.

Maybe it's routine to suspect alcohol and/or a domestic dispute when an auto accident happens in the early hours of the morning. And providing those answers upfront is a way of cutting to the chase.

(Well, I've often heard that nothing good happens after midnight.)

But answering those unasked questions suggests to me that there may be a history of one or the other, which might lead investigators to wonder about their potential influence.

I haven't heard reports that Woods has had problems with alcohol in the past. Of course, there is a first time for everything.

And I haven't heard many reports that Woods and his wife have squabbled in the past. But at least one web site — — says this was a domestic dispute.

But that just underscores a problem that is identified by Gary Van Sickle for — until Woods tells his story, most people will get their information on this case from media that specialize in entertainment, not news gathering.

Perhaps we will get some answers when we hear Woods' side of things. But investigators are having trouble interviewing the golfer.

This is getting — as Alice often said during her Adventures in Wonderland"curiouser and curiouser."

Mike Lupica writes, in the New York Daily News, that Woods owes the public an explanation of what happened.

There may be, as Lupica writes, a "simple explanation" for what happened — but "[w]e sure don't have it yet."

Curiouser and curiouser.

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