Saturday the sports world woke up to yet another controversy concerning the best golfer in the world, Tiger Woods.
It seems, according to the droning on and on by ESPN radio, that Tiger took a drop after his ball struck the flag pole and went into the water and put the ball where he wasn’t supposed to gaining some imagined advantage.
All of this was not seen by the multitude of fans, onlookers, and officials standing right there in Augusta National, but by a television fan who texted or called or emailed it in to officials.
All of this after the officials had viewed the tape and found nothing wrong.
There is a lot wrong with this picture.
First, let us not start a precedent where fans can call in and get a decision overturned.
If we do that the last less than five hour college basketball or football game as been played.
Can you imagine the number of calls officials of high profile games would get especially from fans who really do not like one of the teams or from fans of teams who can do no wrong?
Baseball umpires would only wish that there was a replay for them.
But the fan called or whatever and the rules committee decided that they would apply rule 33.7, which says in essence that if a player is important enough to the game and he makes a slight mistake that he doesn’t realize that he is making then he does not have to be disqualified, but another more just penalty can be given.
This rule is also called the CBS rule and now is also called the Tiger rule or Tiger Rules.
What this rule allows is basically for “important players” to be allowed to break the rules if someone watching on television calls in and catches the officials letting said “important player” break a rule.
Now, I like Tiger Woods when he plays golf, which is as close that I have ever been to him and also about as close as the vast majority of people who do not like him have been to him. I and they see him on television.
He appears aloof and unfriendly to the unwashed masses and therefore a jerk to his detractors.
He also cheated on his wife, which while egregious does not make him one of a kind. It also does not have one thing to do with his ability to play golf and should not be taken into consideration when deciding his fate on a penalty or the accusation of a penalty.
The facts are that CBS will call the shots for a major sporting event that the network is broadcasting just like ESPN and CBS dictates the times of college basketball games.
If the networks didn’t dictate the times, why would colleges be playing games at 11:30 p.m. or 11 a.m.?
It certainly is not for the convenience of the players or the fans.
So rule 33.7, if that was what it was, is used in many different occasions. It is not always called that, but in reality rule 33.7 pretty much dictates where sporting events are played, who plays in the games and what rules are followed.
In NASCAR’s case, television even ruled out some venues for the races. Rockingham, N.C., let me introduce you to Rule 33.7.