If there’s anyone who speaks with more conviction than Colin Cowherd, it’s Stephen A. Smith. Coincidentally, Stephen A was sitting in for The Herd yesterday. Two topics in particular made up the show.
One was Tiger Woods and his recent struggles on the golf course. The other was Ohio State’s appointment at NCAA headquarters. Not surprisingly, SAS was passionate about each. His takes were nearly diametrically opposed.
Regarding (his friend) Tiger, he basically said the difference between Woods then and Woods now is his . . . sex life. Smith thinks that Tiger might feel more comfortable walking off the course after his round and having a “hottie” there to give him a kiss. That now he’s now trying to play the good guy instead of just being himself. “He’s a man who made mistakes. Mistakes a 30-year-old who made a billion dollars would make.”
“Say What, Stephen A?” Have you shared your philosophy on your meaning of marriage vows with Elin? Or any other woman? Or man whose wife makes a bil? Does it have to be a billion or would someone pulling down a zero or two less also qualify for a little “strange”? SAS claimed he was only saying what was needed to be said. As he always does.
He topped that rant off by piling on (non-friend?) Jim Tressel (a guy who certainly deserves everything that has happened and is coming to him). But, as Stephen A tends to do to make his point crystal clear, he disparaged Tressel by calling him a liar and referring to a him in one of his press conferences as a “paragon of virtue - up there with his vest on.” How is this different from a guy speaking so glowing of his wife and two kids after winning a tournament - with his Sunday red shirt on? SAS also commented on Tressel as a guy who made $21.7 million, inferring that was a great deal of money.
Maybe he would have been more compassionate if Tressel had cheated on his wife. The difference between Smith’s feelings in each situation can be summed up with the following (long) quote:
“Your friends are your friends, not because they have no faults, but because, even though they have faults, you can overlook them. Your “enemies” are your enemies because they have faults you can’t overlook. Keep in mind that your friends are someone else’s enemies and your enemies are someone else’s friends. So don’t deify your friends or crucify your enemies. Just try to understand everyone.”