But how often do we get to see someone be the absolute best at what they do? I’m not talking about watching Drew Brees light up defenses, or Peyton Manning winning multiple MVP’s. The best NFL player will always be debatable in my opinion. Tiger, by many people standards, is already considered the greatest golfer of all time. If Tiger wins 19 majors and 83 golf tournaments he will be the undisputed greatest golfer of all time. So in actuality, it’s my own selfishness why I want to see Tiger win on Sundays. I want to be able to say that I saw the greatest of all time play and win right in front of me. Michael Jordan was a little before my time; before I could truly understand what was going on. His Airess, although disputed by an extremely small minority, is the best basketball player in the history of the plant. I wish I was a little older watching Jordan in his prime, I would have been able to appreciate it so much more. Being able to witness true greatness, complete mastery of a skill, is a gift worth absorbing. Take for example horse racing; I never watch horse racing. However, if a Thoroughbred was in the gates at the Belmont with a chance to win a Triple Crown…absolutely I would be watching. All time greats are few and far between, and they usually only happen once, so don’t miss out.
These guys, the all time greats, possess a certain characteristic that sets them apart from the rest of the crowd. We can all say that we want to be successful (me included), and we can want it badly. But I don’t believe our “want” or “thirst” for success will ever be the caliber of guys like Tiger or MJ. Tiger doesn’t just want to win, he wants to embarrass you; MJ doesn’t want to score, he wants to highlight dunk over the top of your head- and then tell you about it. Just like the video I posted earlier, guys like Tiger and MJ want success as bad as they want to breathe. I envy this quality, and strive for it all the time, but don’t know if ill ever master it like these greats have.
All in all, Mickelson is a great golfer and the youth in the game right now is exciting, but Tiger’s only real rival is history. So i’ll watch The Masters again this weekend pulling for Tiger to win. Being able to watch and experience the absolute best is a rare event; don’t miss out.