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Tiger on Romo, MJ and MJ

By Rob Carr - AP

Today's Tiger Woods press conference was a celebritpalooza. I mean, Dan Hellie AND Lindsay Czarniak?

No no no, I mean the questions. Tiger got questions about Tony Romo, Jim Brown, Michael Jordan, Roger Federer, Michael Jackson, and Barack Obama, among others. Nothing about Ovechkin, sadly. Some of his better answers are transcribed below.

As for the most important stuff--the Romo pairing at tomorrow's Pro-Am--Tiger did not have an acceptable answer. Admiring Tony Romo does not justify playing with him in D.C. when Jason Campbell is on the same course. Operation Heckle must be joined tomorrow morning. Tiger may be the most popular athlete in the world, but even popular athletes can make mistakes, and when they do, they should suffer the consequences.

On Tony Romo: As far as him coming here, we're very lucky to have him here, to have him come out and have Jessica [Simpson] come out and sing the National Anthem is gonna be pretty special for all of us. For him to come here to D.C., certainly I didn't realize it was gonna be THIS big a deal. He's a big golf nut, and loves to play golf, has tried to qualify for U.S. opens before, and loves to play and understands how to play. I've always wanted to play with him and he accepted our invitation to come out and play, which was awfully nice of him. It's gonna be a fun round, but also an interesting one. He's used to being booed. It is what it is.

On whether he'll see Obama this week: I have no plans. Certainly I've put out an invite for him to come out here. He's a little bit busy. There might have been a couple things on his plate.

On the death of Michael Jackson: I think everyone here was a Michael Jackson fan. One of the, if not the greatest entertainer that's ever lived. I know my entire generation was influenced by his music, and just the entertainer and the songs, we listened to him, whatever, it was always happy, you always wanted to listen to his songs. And his legacy is one as the greatest entertainer, one that his draw, his appeal, and his influence on all the artists following him. You know, you watch these guys, how they pay tribute, how they perform, how they dance, how they sing, their mannerisms; you look at Usher, look at Justin Timberlake, their moves. They're Michael's moves.

On Jim Brown's criticisms of Tiger: Well, I think I do a pretty good job as it is. What were trying to do with the foundation, we have this event here, what we do with the Chevron World Challenge, our Jam in Vegas, and our block party in Orange County. You know, how many kids we've helped. What we're trying to do, not just here in the United States, but what my mom's doing in Thailand. All these different things that we've done, and I want to do it right. Not just do it. But do it right. And that takes time. And you have to understand, you don't just jump into something, you want to do it right, you want to have a plan, and I think what we've done so far has been very good, very efficient, and has helped a lot of kids. And has taught a lot of kids how to give back, and learn, learn how to lead, learn how to give back, and learn how to teach others, have confidence in themselves to do all these different things and have these attributes going forward. That takes time, and I think we've done it right.

On Tiger: I love being a greedy host. It is fun winning your own event, no doubt, it is awfully fun to do that, and hopefully I can do that again this week.

On Jordan: Michael going into the Hall of Fame, that was a given. That was a no brainer, wasn't it? Greatest basketball player to ever live. You know, getting to know Mike over the years has been a lot of fun. I call him my big brother. To be able to call him and pick his brain on anything at any time, and we've done that. He doesn't sleep, like me. SO he may give me a call or text, I may give him a call or text at odd hours, and we're both up and we'll talk for a while. That's just something that has been very special, to get to know him, especially when he was playing, to see how hard he worked off the court, away from the cameras, away from the game time. You can't believe how hard this guy worked.

People think he just showed up and scored 45. That's not what happened. I mean, it is what happened, but to get him to that point, god, this guy worked hard. You know, the countless hours in the gym, shooting and shooting. I said Mike, it's 1 in the morning. He's say I'm not ready yet, kept shooting and shooting and shooting. And I'd feed him the ball, just watch him go over drill after drill after drill. Then you get to watch him in gametime. You know, he made that look pretty easy, it was just like he did in practice, he just rehearsed it, again and again and again and again til he had it. It's fun to watch and watch him dissect games. That's been a lot of fun to get to know him over the years from a player but also from a person. He's helped me a lot.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 30, 2009; 1:48 PM ET
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Go Romo! I'd say he was an excellent choice for Tiger's pairing, someone with national appeal.

Posted by: nafspac | June 30, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

@nafspac: You ain't from around these parts, are you?

Posted by: EdTheRed | June 30, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

"@nafspac: You ain't from around these parts, are you?"

He's never been to Dallas either

Posted by: JDB1 | June 30, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Tiger on Romo: "He's used to being booed"


Posted by: Barno1 | June 30, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"@nafspac: You ain't from around these parts, are you?"

He's never been to Dallas either

Posted by: JDB1 | June 30, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Cowboys fans from DC = Worst people on earth.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 30, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I love the fact that a guy with a Nike contract said, "I want to do it right. Not just do it. But do it right. "

Posted by: eprice29 | June 30, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Actually, not a 'he' at all, and born and raised in VA, lived in Loudoun County all but 2 of my 38 years. Been to Dallas twice for Cowboys games, also traveled to Carolina to see them as well (before kids took precedence over such traveling).

Posted by: nafspac | July 1, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse



"For him to come here to D.C., certainly I didn't realize it was gonna be THIS big a deal."

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 1, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I suppose it is safe to say you have a certain disconnect with the region you may not even be aware of, nafspac.

Posted by: sitruc | July 1, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

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