Shanoff's WUC: Tiger Woods Still Doesn't Get It

Today's Calls: Tiger vs. the "Media," Lindsey Vonn vs. Shaun White vs. Shani Davis, LeBron James vs. Antawn Jamison, Donte Stallworth vs. Jamal Lewis, Purdue vs. Northwestern and More. ↵

↵Tiger WoodsThe Opening Pitch: Tiger Woods still doesn't get it. ↵

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↵It doesn't matter what Tiger says or how contrite he wants to seem. The mere fact that he and his handlers won't let reporters ask any questions at his "press conference" tomorrow undermines his credibility and underscores what got him into this mess. ↵

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↵It wasn't the cheating. It was the cover-up. It wasn't the hypocrisy. It was the idea that he lived in a world of no accountability. ↵

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↵And so tomorrow, Tiger will be speaking to friends and associates — in other words: toadies, who will nod their heads solemnly, pretending to accept his apology on behalf of the rest of us. It begs the question how they can see the podium from their particular angle of obsequiousness. ↵

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↵Included in that group is the "media" — Tiger's hand-picked sycophants who are allowed to attend the event, but will be humiliatingly shunted off to a side room, unable to ask questions. Why bother picking soft media sympathists to "participate" if he won't even allow the charade of letting them ask a few softball questions? ↵

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↵It is a farce that any self-respecting news media would accept his invitation to cover the event — actually, to say "cover" is to rob the word of any legitimate meaning. Then again, that would be par for the course as it relates to golf media covering the Tiger scandal. ↵

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↵The bottom line is that traditional golf media desperately wants to move on, and the superficial stagecraft of this apology — can we at least call it an "apology," in sarcastic quotes? — will give them that narrative. ↵

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↵Amazingly, after all he's been through: This is the same old Tiger. The only thing he's missing is the harem in the background. ↵

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↵NBA Trade Deadline: Cavs get Antawn Jamison. The Wizards' fire-sale is the Cavs' gain, and the stat of the day is that the Magic's Rashard Lewis shoots 38 percent when matched up with Jamison. This is about getting through the Magic in the East finals. (And about showing LeBron they'll do what it takes to win.) ↵

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↵I'm sorry: Sebastian Telfair is way too close to an NBA championship ring. ↵

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↵Rockets get Kevin Martin for T-Mac: Another terrific move for Houston GM Daryl Morey, who appears to have gotten maximum value for T-Mac's expiring $22M contract. I'm sure the franchise is sad to see Carl Landry go; he was one of the core players who epitomized the team's "Moneyball"-esque style. But Martin can be a devastating scorer and will be a terrific 1-2 punch with Aaron Brooks. ↵

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↵Today is the last-chance deadline to make a move, and the biggest name out there is Amare Stoudemire, who apparently will no longer be going to the Cavs. If the Heat want to make a statement to free-agent-to-be Dwyane Wade, this would be a good one. ↵

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↵Hot Winter Olympic Action! ↵

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↵— Your Star of the Day: Lindsey Vonn, who became the first U.S. woman to win the women's skiing downhill. And after all that drama about her balky shin! Maximum mythic value. ↵

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↵— Your Co-Star: Shaun White, who continues to revolutionize (and popularize) the snowboard halfpipe, making it one of the most visually thrilling events in the Olympics. Another Olympics, another gold. ↵

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↵— Your Co-Co-Star: Shani Davis, who defended his gold in the 1000M from 2006 that made him the first African-American to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. Shame he's overshadowed by Vonn and Shaun. ↵

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↵CBB Mania: Purdue has just made its case to be in your Final Four when it's time to pick the brackets. That was a fantastic win at a previously unbeatable Ohio State. ↵

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↵(Don't buy the Kansas State hype! File away their escape at home against lightweight Nebraska.) ↵

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↵Northwestern Dance Wagon: It's over. The only solace is that it's not like they were snubbed by the Committee — any self-respecting would-be Tourney team that loses at home to Penn State doesn't deserve a Dance invite. ↵

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↵(Then again, even Northwestern fans can pity Texas fans, who have seen their team go from Final Four contender to late-sliding underachievers. This isn't Arizona in '97; there will be no magic Tourney run for this team.) ↵

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↵NBA Injury Watch: Dwyane Wade's calf. ↵

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↵NFL Offseason: The Ravens are apparently so desperate for help at receiver that they'll take the recently unsuspended Donte Stallworth. ↵

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↵Browns cut Jamal Lewis: Beyond Lewis being cooked, there was the Jerome Harrison sensation to make Browns fans forget all about Lewis. ↵

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↵CFB Scandal: LaMichael James, Oregon's sensational freshman RB — and arguably the most dynamic back returning in college football next season — was arrested for domestic battery, giving the Ducks the most-arrested backfield of the season. (Top RB recruit Lache Seastrunk's decision to join the crowded Ducks backfield suddenly doesn't look so misguided.) ↵

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↵Golf: It's not quite a 16-seed beating a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament, but top seed Steve Stricker losing to No. 64-seed Ross McGowan still feels like a pretty big deal, even if it isn't even the first time it's happened in the Match Play tournament (in fact, Tiger himself was on the wrong end, back in 2002). ↵

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↵MLB Last-Minute Dealing: All Johnny Damon wanted was to be loved by more than one team ... enough to create a little more traction around his value. First the Tigers ... now, apparently the White Sox want to swoop in and swipe him from their division rivals. Scott Boras must be pleased that the White Sox feel so desperate for relevance in the AL Central. ↵

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↵Pitchers and Catchers ...: 20 pitcher story lines to watch. I think Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay — intertwined in history, if not the same league — are the biggest pitching story lines in the AL and NL, respectively. ↵

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↵NFL Draft: Kudos to Ndamukong Suh, who will reportedly participate in all of the on-field workouts during next week's Draft Combine. The usual routine is for the top prospects to skip out, for fear of hurting their stock. Suh is so confident — and so good — that he doesn't mind showing off. ↵

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↵Remains to be seen if this pressures any of the other projected first-round picks to also participate. Says here that if they (or their agents) had already decided to skip the Combine workouts in favor of the more controlled college "Pro Day" workout, they won't change things now. (See Sam Bradford.) ↵

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↵Business: Michael Phelps is now endorsing Under Armour for his out-of-the-pool training. Feels like a good fit of athlete and corporate brands. ↵

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↵The Last Word: Sincere thanks to Dan Levy, who did a great job pinch-hitting yesterday. ↵

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↵Dan Shanoff writes The Wake-Up Call every weekday morning for SportingNews.com and blogs daily at DanShanoff.com. Got any comments, questions or feedback? Email Dan at shanofftsn-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/danshanoff. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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