Tiger Woods, Cigar Guy and the greatest sports photo ever (well, almost)
Some are calling it the greatest sports photo ever. While we're partial to Ali-Liston (or just about anything taken by Neil Leifer), the one of Tiger Woods that was snapped by Mail on Sunday photographer Mark Pain on Saturday during Ryder Cup play ranks pretty high on the list for four significant reasons:
1) Pay attention. The photographer's name is Mark Pain.
2) It immediately plants that "holy bleep I'm going to die because that golf ball has my name on it and I don't mean Nike One Tour" notion in your head.
3) Photoshop photoplay was spawned across the internets, thanks to No. 4. (Caution: last photo in the Pickle's link is NSFW.)
4) There's Cigar Guy. Upper right corner.
The shot, both Tiger's and Pain's, came on Woods' final hole. The photographer, who was snapping pix just where he was supposed to be, was unhurt. Woods' shot, according to the Mailonline, was "badly struck." So it was all Tiger's fault.
But, really, forget all that. Cigar Guy has become an internet sensation and is now appearing in galleries and classic shots everywhere. (It was inevitable that Sad Keanu meme would try to get a piece of the action. Sadly, there are no Sad Don Drapers yet, but Cigar Guy has moved to classic album covers. And ... who is this guy anyway?)
You could add yours, you know. Or you could decide who you think he might be.
| October 6, 2010; 5:15 AM ET
Categories: Golf, Tiger Woods
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