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William C. Altreuter

Sunday, December 06, 2009

I don't care that much about the Tiger Woods flap: Tiger is interesting to me as an athlete, not as a cultural phenomenon, or as some sort of personal paragon. However, I think it is worth passing on this, from Charley Pierce: "Listening to Tiger explain how he'd managed to hit two stationary objects within thirty yards of his driveway — and how his plucky wife pulled him from his non-burning vehicle by smashing the back window with a golf club — was like listening to Peter Lorre telling Bogart in The Maltese Falcon, "I certainly wish you would have invented a more reasonable story. I felt distinctly like an idiot repeating it.""

Of course, I'm a sucker for a well-placed Maltese Falcon quote just about any time, and Pierce's Saturday morning commentary on "It's Only A Game" is usually one of the highlights of my week. There aren't many writers working today with Pierce's skills-- there haven't been that many ever. A.J. Liebling comes to mind.

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