June 17, 2008

Thanks to one of the greatest fathers ever

This commercial, which aired this past weekend, is a guaranteed tear-jerker (if you don't get emotional, you're not human -- sorry):

What makes the Woods' story so special is remembering the era in which Tiger's father Earl grew up. And this aspect is best exemplified -- and immortalized -- by Samuel L. Jackson's character in "Changing Lanes":

"I hope you don't mind, but I was intrigued by your conversation. I just thought you were in advertising. So I want to give you my dream version of a Tiger Woods commercial, okay? There's this black guy on a golf course. And all these people are trying to get him to caddy for them, but he's not a caddy. He's just a guy trying to play a round of golf. And these guys give him a five-dollar bill and tell him to go the clubhouse and get them cigarettes and beer. So, off he goes, home, to his wife and to their little son, who he teaches to play golf. You see all the other little boys playing hopscotch while little Tiger practices on the putting green. You see all the other kids eating ice cream while Tiger practices hitting long balls in the rain while his father shows him how. And we fade up, to Tiger, winning four Grand Slams in a row, and becoming the greatest golfer to ever pick up a 9-iron. And we end on his father in the crowd, on the sidelines, and Tiger giving him the trophies. All because of a father's determination that no fat white man - like your fathers, probably - would ever send his son to the clubhouse for cigarettes and beer." (Link.)

If you live in a cave, Tiger Woods won his 14th major golf championship yesterday in a 19-hole playoff. With a very painful left knee.

Posted by Hube at June 17, 2008 08:55 AM | TrackBack

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it is a great commercial. the only thing i would have liked to have seen would for nike to add the tag "Happy Fathers Day" on sunday.

Posted by: arthur at June 17, 2008 09:54 AM

Except that Tiger's father was a US Army Colonel. I imaging that no one would mistake him for a caddy on a military golf course.

Posted by: Homer at June 17, 2008 11:42 AM

Why's that, Homer? Did he wear his uniform everywhere he went even after the service?

Posted by: Hube at June 17, 2008 01:32 PM

Good commercial but Homer does have a point about the "dream sequence" story...having been a colonel in the Army he wouldn't have had to wear his uniform or insignia everywhere he went. It's a pretty safe bet he just wouldn't have stood for being patronized by anyone, anywhere. ;)

Posted by: Nancy Cleveland at June 18, 2008 06:53 AM