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Just Listen -- "All Is Forgiven Tiger"

Posted: 04/08/10 11:16 AM ET

Q: What do Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant and Bill Clinton all have in common?
A: The best revenge -- and a parole after a fall from grace -- is performing well.

When you're a superstar performer and you've mainly humiliated yourself (and your family) and haven't done anything to directly betray or cheat your adoring fans, all you have to do is let time pass to allow your ADD followers to "rubberneck" some other star's or celebrity's personal train wreck, then come back and perform superbly and not only will you be forgiven, you may be re-anointed as a hero.

What we're seeing with Tiger Woods has less to say about him than it has to say about us. And what is says about us is that we are so hungry, smitten and impressed by performance that it doesn't matter at all whether we respect the performer as a person.

No longer does a prodigal son have to repent, they just have to repeat as champion.

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