Tiger Woods had a remarkable 2009. He won 6 of the 17 PGA tournaments he entered, finished 2nd three times, and earned over $10.5 million in prize money. Forbes estimates that he also made $100 million in endorsements. In addition, Tiger managed to bed a host of smoking hot party girls and wanna-be celebrities. If not for the fact that Tiger was married with two small children, his 2009 would have been a year for the ages. Instead, all this remarkable success was overshadowed by his wife taking a golf club to both him and his Cadillac Escalade.
So why does the Hangover name an apparent moral degenerate as its person of the year? For the simple fact that in 2009 Tiger’s actions benefitted all married American men. No matter what faults we may have, at least we’re (presumably) not Tiger Woods, out banging skanky chicks while our devoted, unsuspecting wives remained home caring for our innocent children. No other action (short of bringing home an STD) could anger the average American woman more than that. Tiger has made the rest of us look good. Really good.
You give your wife a vacuum cleaner for Christmas. Your wife thinks: “He may be an idiot, but at least he’s not Tiger Woods.”
You lose your job. Your wife thinks: “Well, he may be an unemployed lout, but at least he’s not Tiger Woods.”
You blow the rent money on an impossible five team parlay that busts on the Colts’ loss to the Jets. Your wife thinks: “He may be a degenerate gambler, but at least he’s not Tiger Woods.”
Your wife catches you checking out her sister. Your wife thinks: “He’s on the couch for a week, but at least he’s not Tiger Woods.”
You get drunk and crash your car into a tree. Your wife thinks: “He’s a drunken idiot, but at least I didn’t have to go out in this cold and beat him with a golf club. He’s no Tiger Woods.”
Whatever the rest of us may do this year that our wives may deem ignorant, idiotic, or nearly unforgivable, it won’t seem as horrible to them as what Tiger Woods did in 2009. Tiger has made the rest of us appear better than we actually are. Thank you, Tiger Woods–the Hangover’s 2009 Person of the Year.
Tiger’s 2009 in Pictures: