The Evolution of Tiger Woods Continues …

~ To conclude that Tiger Woods is struggling right now would be a severe understatement. There is slumps and then there is epic meltdowns. It’s not just raining on Woods and his career right now, it is a storm that remains to be seen if the one-time face of his sport can get out of.

 The latest downpour on Woods comes from the PGA Championship where he missed the cut. Instead of moving on in the tournament, Woods is headed home. The questions are beginning to pile up from the critics, the fans, the media, and even some who don’t even pay attention to golf. Can Tiger regain the dominant hold he once held on the sport?

I’ve read the phrase major meltdown whenever associated with Tiger Woods most recent outings on the golf course and I do feel that is a little extreme. Woods has been struggling for most of the last two years with his play and it’s been uphill since the news broke of his marital problems. This struggle that Woods is going through is a struggle that any of us could go through if put in his position the last 24 months.

 Woods is paying a severe price right now for being in the spotlight for so much of his adult life. The sport of golf thrived on the marketing power that came with every Woods victory. It now seems to thrive on the adversity that is now following him.

 Woods every move is being strongly dissected in the media. He is distancing himself from a lot of people who have played roles in his career and even that has been looked upon negatively.

 At the end of the day Tiger Woods for all of his faults and poor decisions that he has made, is still human like the rest of us. Change is inevitable with all of us. We are not exempt to it. Sometimes it takes a series of growing pains to trigger that change. Woods is a public figure and is going to always be open to criticism as such. However maybe it’s time to start putting the focus on Tiger Woods attempting to mature as a responsible man.

It would be great to watch Tiger Woods dominate a golf tournament like he’s done in the past. His current struggles have not reached the point of a major meltdown. It could very well be the evolution of Tiger Woods, professional sports athlete into Tiger Woods, the man.

NFL > The Buffalo Bills Trade Lee Evans To Baltimore Ravens

 

 

~ Lee Evans is on his way to the Baltimore Ravens and if you ask me, the Buffalo Bills did that man a favor. The Bills have traded Evans to the Ravens for a 2012 4th round draft pick, according to ESPN. The seven-year veteran wide receiver will now get a chance to contribute to a team that has a more realistic chance of making the playoffs than he has ever had while in Buffalo.

 

On the outside looking in this deal looks like a steal for the Ravens. However, the Bills needed to move on in the long run. Buffalo is in a major rebuilding phase (if they know it or not remains to be seen) and moving Evans out of there gives them one less headache to deal with as far their salary cap management.

 

Evans is a talented wide receiver with dangerous deep-threat skills and knows how to help stretch the field. He’s also in the prime of his career and going to Baltimore gives him a chance to play some meaningful games in November and December. He’s coming off of his worst season statistically in the pros. However he was also playing for the Buffalo Bills who have spent the last decade trying to solve the huge question mark they’ve had at quarterback.

 

 The Ravens needed to make this move once they found out Evans was available. They let go Derrick Mason and Todd Heap which left hols in their passing attack. Pairing Evans with Anquan Boldin gives quarterback Joe Flacco some comfort and more options on offense.

 

They also get a well respected player in the locker room which is one reason why some of the Buffalo Bills veterans didn’t respond to the news of the trade so well. The perception is that Buffalo is giving up on their season before it even starts by trading away one of their team leaders and it’s a valid perception to have. However, in the highly competitive AFC East, Buffalo knows they need to start properly preparing for the future because right now it’s hard to envision them seriously keeping pace with the rest of the division.

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