Video: Bootleg Tiger Gatorade Prank

Posted on January 11, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , |

Bootleg labels on bottles of Gatorade are popping up around the Denver area that have replaced Tiger Woods’ slogan “FOCUS” with the word “UNFAITHFUL”:

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EA Sports to Stick with Tiger Woods

Posted on January 8, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , |

Finally some good news for Tiger Woods, who must have felt like the whole world turned against him since he admitted certain “imperfections”. Video games company EA Sports announced it would launch a new online game, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, later this month and the company CEO, Peter Moore posted a rather supportive entry on his company blog, explaining why he had decided to stick by the superstar golfer:

“Our relationship with Tiger has always been rooted in golf. We didn’t form a relationship with him so that he could act as an arm’s length endorser. Far from it. We chose to partner with Tiger in 1997 because we saw him as the world’s best, most talented and exciting golfer. We struck that partnership with the assumption that he would remain near or at the top of his sport for years to come.

By his own admission, he’s made some mistakes off the course. But regardless of what’s happening in his personal life, and regardless of his decision to take a personal leave from the sport, Tiger Woods is still one of the greatest athletes in history. At EA SPORTS, we make authentic sports simulations. When we say “It’s in the Game,” it is not just a tag line but a statement about the quality and authenticity of the game experience. Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online is truly representative of that rallying cry, and a game that all of us at EA SPORTS are proud to be delivering this month to sports fans around the globe.”

So it looks like EA is putting their money where their mouth is and keeping Tiger’s name around a while longer.

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Tiger Woods loses AT&T as sponsor

Posted on December 31, 2009. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , , |

Tiger Woods has suffered a fresh blow with the announcement that a third sponsor, AT&T, has withdrawn its support for the world No1. The US mobile phone giant joined other major sponsors including Accenture and Gillette in dropping or cutting back their association with the shamed sports star.

AT&T’s logo appeared on the golfer’s bag. The company did not comment on its reasons for dropping Woods, but said it would continue to sponsor the AT&T National PGA event in July.

In a statement, AT&T said: “We are ending our sponsorship agreement with Tiger Woods and wish him well in the future.”

The deal had been billed as a “multi-year” agreement when it was announced at the beginning of 2009.

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Videos: 20 of the Top Sporting Moments of the Decade

Posted on December 29, 2009. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

With 2010 fast approaching, here is look back on some of the greatest sporting moments of the past ten years and in no particular order:

Michael Phelps’ eight gold medals at Beijing Olympics

August 2008: Michael Phelps claims eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, a feat that had never been achieved before.

Michael Schumacher wins seventh title

August 2004: Michael Schumacher wins his seventh Formula 1 title.

Tiger Woods wins the 2008 US Open

June 2008: Tiger Woods wins the US Open in an 18-hole play-off with Rocco Mediate.

Sea The Stars Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2009

On October 4th 2009, 6 months since his win in the 2000 Guineas, Sea The Stars won Europe’s most prestigious race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in France.

Lewis Hamilton wins F1 world title

November 2008: Lewis Hamilton wins F1 world title at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Jonny Wilkinson’s World Cup winning drop goal

November 2003: Wilkinson wins the world cup for England with 20 seconds left to play with a long range drop goal.

Chris Hoy wins triple Olympic gold

August 2008: Chris Hoy wins Olympic track cycling treble

The 2008 Wimbledon Men’s Final

July 2008: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 in an epic Wimbledon Final.

Lance Armstrong wins seventh Tour de France

July 2005: Lance Armstrong wins seventh straight Tour de France.

Lennox Lewis knocks out Mike Tyson

June 2002: Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson, for the WBC, IBO and IBF heavyweights championships of the world.

England win the 2005 Ashes

September 2005: England holding out for a draw in 5th Ashes Test. The final result was a 2–1 series win for England, who succeeded (for the first time since 1987) in their biennial attempt to win the urn.

Liverpool win Champions League in Istanbul

May 2005: The ‘Miracle of Istanbul’, Liverpool win the Champions League 4-2 on penalties.

Arsenal complete ‘Invincibles’ season

Arsenal win the Premier League title without losing a match

British and Irish Lions second Test in South Africa

June 2009: South Africa 28 British and Irish Lions 25

Zinedine Zidane’s Champions League final winner

May 2005: Zinedine Zidane’s volley wins the Champions League.

Usain Bolt double sprint gold in Beijing

August 2008: Usain Bolt smashes both world records to win 100m and 200m gold.

Michael Owen’s hat-trick in Munich

September 2001: Michael Owen scores a hat-trick during the famous 5:1 win for England against Germany.

Kelly Holmes’ double Olympic gold

August 2004: Kelly Holmes wins 1,500m and 800m gold, 2004 Olympic Games.

Steve Redgrave wins fifth Olympic gold

September 2000: Steve Redgrave wins fifth Olympic gold.

David Beckham’s free-kick against Greece

October 2001: David Beckham books a World Cup place with last minute free-kick.

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Tiger Woods affairs cost sponsors up to £7.5 billion in lost wealth

Posted on December 28, 2009. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Tiger Woods’ marital infidelity has destroyed as much as $12 billion (£7.5 billion) in stock value, according to two US professors.

The University of California economic academics, Christopher Knittel and Victor Stango, found that Woods’ sports-related sponsors suffered the most from the public outing of the golfer’s “transgressions”.

“Our analysis makes clear that while having a celebrity of Tiger Woods’s stature as an endorser has undeniable upside, the downside risk is substantial, too,” Professor Stango told McClatchy Newspapers.

The men studied how share prices in Woods’ sponsors performed compared with the broader market in the two weeks since the golfer’s car crash.

“Mr. Woods’ top five sponsors (Accenture, Nike, Gillette, Electronic Arts and Gatorade) lost 2-3 percent of their aggregate market value after the accident, and his core sports-related sponsors EA, Nike and PepsiCo (Gatorade) lost over four percent,” the authors write in their paper Shareholder Value Destruction following the Tiger Woods Scandal.

“The pace of losses slowed by December 11, the date on which Mr. Woods announced his leave from golf, but as late as December 17 shareholders had not recovered their losses.”

Overall, they say the losses ranged between $US5 billion (£3.1 billion) and $US12 billion (£7.5 billion).

The authors warn that their results are statistically “noisy” due to the study method they use and the fact that most sponsors are divisions of larger listed companies.

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Golf Digest suspends Tiger Woods how-to column

Posted on December 25, 2009. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , |

Golf Digest is suspending Tiger Woods’ monthly golf instruction column until the U.S. golf star returns to action in the PGA Tour, the magazine has said.

Woods said this month he would take an indefinite leave from professional Golf while he works on personal and family problems that came to light after he was injured in a car crash in November.

“We respect Tiger’s decision to take a break from professional golf and focus on his family,” Bret Hopman, a publicist for Golf Digest, said. “Tiger’s bylined instruction articles will not be published in Golf Digest during his time away from the game.”

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Timed Out: Tag Heuer Drops Tiger Woods

Posted on December 19, 2009. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , |

It was only a matter of time (no pun intended): Swiss watch company Tag Heuer has announced they won’t be using Tiger Woods in any of their upcoming adverts in the USA.

Tag Heuer CEO Jean-Christophe Babin told the Swiss paper Le Matin: “We recognize Tiger Woods as a great sportsman but we have to take account of the sensitivity of some consumers in relation to recent events.”

The company, which is owned by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, joined Accenture, Procter & Gamble and other companies that have decided to distance themselves from Woods after reports surfaced that he had engaged in extramarital affairs.

No more Tiger Woods vs F1 car commercials then…

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Tiger Woods: The (Porn) Movie

Posted on December 17, 2009. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , , |

As if it couldn’t get any worse for Tiger Woods, now an x-rated flick of his escapades is being produced in America and will be released in January, heaping yet more embarrassment on the golf superstar. Explaining the storyline of “Tiger’s Wood” is probably rather pointless, but it looks as if it will contain a scene involving a black SUV and a golf club swinging woman – no expenses spared here then…

Tiger's Wood

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Tiger Woods to take ‘indefinite’ break

Posted on December 12, 2009. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , |

Scandal-hit Tiger Woods has decided to take an “indefinite break” from golf after admitting his infidelity for the first time.

The 33-year-old, who is married to Elin Nordegren, has been swamped by a series of affair allegations since crashing his Cadillac in mysterious circumstances on November 27.

In a statement on his official website, www.tigerwoods.com, the champion golfer said: “After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf.”

The accident left him needing hospital treatment and immediately raised questions over the circumstances which surrounded it.

He added: “I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children. I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness.

“It may not be possible to repair the damage I’ve done, but I want to do my best to try.

“I would like to ask everyone, including my fans, the good people at my foundation, business partners, the PGA Tour, and my fellow competitors, for their understanding.

“What’s most important now is that my family has the time, privacy, and safe haven we will need for personal healing.

“I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person. Again, I ask for privacy for my family and I am especially grateful for all those who have offered compassion and concern during this difficult period.”

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Another Tiger Woods Song: you could have been like Derek Jeter

Posted on December 11, 2009. Filed under: Fun & Games | Tags: , , , |

There’s been plenty of talk about how Tiger Woods could have avoided a lot of his current image problems if he had simply never gotten married. No one makes this argument sound as acoustically pleasing as Ryan Parker:

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