It was big news when Tiger Woods announced that his first golf tournament since his scandal broke in November would be the Masters on April 8-11. One British bookie has already made Woods the 4-1 favorite to win.
The Masters is as tightly controlled as an old Soviet politburo meeting, so Woods won't be asked a whole lot of pesky questions about his sexcapades and whether Mrs. Woods cracked him upside the head with a 9-iron. And don't expect ESPN (which has the first two rounds) and CBS (the final two rounds) to do anything to rock the boat -- this event will be ratings gold.
"I think the first tournament Tiger Woods plays again ... will be the biggest media event other than the Obama inauguration in the past 10 or 15 years," CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus said.
Bigger than 9-11? Yeah, right.
But do you care about the Tiger rehab tour? I have virtually zero interest in golf and even less in Woods, whom I thought of before as the most boring and uninteresting famous person in the world (his scandal makes him more interesting, but in a creepy way). So I can see myself not tuning in save for a cursory glance, but I know I will be in the minority.
I am curious as to whether people will watch to root for Tiger or against him or just for the spectacle. And will your views of Woods the golfer be affected by all you've come to learn about him?