Last week, I was laid up in my house with kidney stones (uh, don't ever, ever, ever, every get 'em) so sleeping and watching TV were my two hobbies.
The US Open brought me some quiet relief as I got to just chill and listen to the soft sounds of the great game. DirecTV (you aren't a sports fan unless you have it) had a package of four channels covering the event ... with one of the channels devoted to "the premiere group".
Needless to say, that premiere group included Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott on Thursday and Friday.
I am like many sport-lovin' Americans: I like golf, but don't really sit and watch it like that. I will admit that I'm more apt to tune in to Sunday's final round if Tiger is involved than if he wasn't. I hate that I'm like that ... but it is the truth.
So, this weekend was great. Friday's action was tremendous ... I didn't get to see much of Saturday's play ... but Sunday afternoon I got in Tiger's back 9 and saw some great golf. Monday's drama was great and -- for once -- all the post-hype around it is very deserved. If only the people who were hooked in would stick around.
Since Tiger is done for the season, there will be a ton of fans that will be lost for the year too. They, like me, want to see the Big Bad Tiger and all his greatness dominate (or pull out the tough victory). Most don't want to see ... well ... those other guys.
That is a shame ... and a reality.
I just hope that someone or a couple of someones do something extraordinary during this Tiger-free season. Just as the NBA went a few seasons without Michael Jordan ... we need to see someone else try and take that place near or at the top of the golf world. Maybe when Tiger comes back, someone will have the cojones and confidence to challenge him on a weekly basis.
As the whole Rocco Mediate Love Fest shows you, fans do long for someone to walk beside Tiger and make him ... at least ... work to win.
Hopefully I will stick around and watch. I honestly will try to do so.