Tiger Woods spoke today while the world watched and listened.
The one thing about Friday morning statements is that they give the working world something to talk about. And Tiger was all the buzz today. When Tiger Woods stepped out from behind the blue curtain for his statement at 11:00 a.m. ET, fans and non-fans alike grouped themselves around the nearest television and computer monitors.
While Tiger's 13-minute statement was aired live on numerous networks, including our own, the most active community of viewers were online. Ustream has reported that their live stream of the event drew 683,000 views while Trendrr counted 93,000 tweets about the broadcast before noon.
Of course, many of those tweeting about the spectacle were fellow athletes providing interesting perspectives into the world of Tiger. Some, like Blake Griffin, were as curious as the average viewer:
@blakegriffin: is anybody else excited for this tiger woods press conference? i feel like i shouldn't be but i am...
Others, like Chad Ochocinco, mixed their anticipation with practical advice:
@OGOchoCinco: Tiger Woods speaks in 40 minutes, any bets on tears flowing as part of the apoligy? Tears worked for me to get an ex back n 1995.
Once Tiger appeared on camera and began his statement, he apologized for his cheating ways and said he was unsure of when he will return to competitive golf. Meanwhile, the live opinions of his confessions began to roll in via Twitter from the likes of a supportive Ray Rice,
@RayRice27: Get em tiger tell em how u feel we all make mistakes
and a somewhat less approving Darrelle Revis,
@Revis24: This tiger woods interview is crazy. It doesn't look realistic.
Revis wasn't alone in his assessment - Bill Simmons quickly cranked out a column describing Tiger's first appearance in months as a "borderline train wreck" and compared the man himself to both C3PO and Arnold Schwarzenegger from "Terminator 2."
However, other reactions around the sports world were more positive, including those of Tiger's fellow PGA Tour players and a poll of SportsNation viewers. As Tiger heads out for more treatment and therapy starting tomorrow, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel and an opportunity for him to one day be welcomed back.
Which brings us to what Jason Sobel noted was the biggest sports news to come out of the whole thing: we still don't know when Tiger will be back on the PGA Tour. But while this question lingers, and Friday afternoon fades into the weekend, it's only a matter of time until this whole episode recedes into the background.
As former NFL offensive lineman Willie Anderson suggested,
@WillAnderson79: Ok! Let's move on! Back to educating our children, finding Americans jobs, improve economy, Protecting against terrorist, and feeding th ...
And just like that, it was over. Well, at least for those of us paying attention. Some, like Kevin Durant, missed the whole extravaganza:
@KevinDurant35: All these tweets about tiger! What happened? we on da plane I can't c...
Meanwhile others, like Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh, remained blissfully unaware:
@JimHarbaugh: If anyone knows how to reach them, I'd like to reunite my all-time favorite band Hootie & The Blowfish to perform @ Stanford game this fall.
Come to think of it, perhaps Harbaugh is far more perceptive than we are giving him credit for. After all, Hootie & The Blowfish did serenade Tiger and his wife, Elin, at their wedding reception. And, no doubt, Tiger would love to have this whole mess in his cracked rearview mirror.