Tiger Woods Seriously Considered Retiring To Become A Navy SEAL, According To Hank Haney

Could you imagine if he had done this during his prime?  The only historical equivalent I can think of is Ted Williams.  Pat Tillman was a very good player, but by no means the most dominant athlete in his sport.  From Golf Digest:

“Tiger was seriously considering becoming a Navy SEAL. I didn’t know how he’d go about it, but when he talked about it, it was clear he had a plan….I thought, Wow, here is Tiger Woods, greatest athlete on the planet, maybe the greatest athlete ever, right in the middle of his prime, basically ready to leave it all behind for a military life.”

Now THAT would have been a story.  Apparently the same bum knees that are preventing him from dominating golf again also curtailed his dream of being a SEAL.

[Golf Digest]


Most Brutal Coach Ever Recruits Preps To His School, Lets Them Live With Him, Kicks Them Out After Winning State Title

You can’t make this stuff up, and it’s not even in the great state of Texas either! From the Star-Ledger:

In what amounted to an open secret on the team, Ascolese had been not only coach to Leitch’s son, Denzell, for the previous 15 months but landlord as well. Ingram Leitch had been paying $300 a month for his son to live alone in a one-bedroom apartment on the second floor of a house owned by Ascolese, next to the coach’s own home in North Bergen.

A second player arrived when Eric McMullen and his mother, Debra Johnson, took over the downstairs apartment this past summer. Both players were key to North Bergen’s championship run, and college recruiters have targeted both.

Along with their parents, the players say Ascolese and his family recruited them to play for the Bruins, promising attention from college coaches, setting them up in the apartments and ignoring rent payments when the families fell on hard times financially. The boys also said they were at times showered with hospitality and home-cooked meals.

Until football season ended.

Just hours after the title game, Debra Johnson said, she was told she and Eric would have to move. Eleven days later, the Leitches said, Ascolese was even more blunt with Denzell, telling him he had five days to pack and get out. Coach Ascolese, in a brief interview, cast the conflict as nothing more than a mundane landlord-tenant dispute, but Ingram Leitch sees things differently.

“Heartless,” he said. “He used my son, and then kicked him to the curb.”

Big time sports, everybody!