Tough times for GM, so Tiger loses $7 million

Bobby Curran
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Friday - November 28, 2008
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Tiger Woods: Bye-bye, GM

Times are tough all over. General Motors announced it is dropping its $7-million endorsement contract with Tiger Woods. Heck, Woods hasn’t made a cut since the U.S. Open. So what if he hasn’t played since then? What have you done for me lately, pal?

A mega-success like General Motors can’t afford to be associated with a guy who hasn’t sniffed a win in six months. Meanwhile, GM shares are worth around 35 cents. Go figure. Is there anybody out there who would bet against Tiger coming back next year and owning the PGA Tour?

So much for family life interfering with Tiger’s mojo. With the Woods’ expecting a second arrival, Tiger will probably feel the need to win an annual major for each child and maybe throw in one for their mother. Maybe GM will come crawling back with those bail-out bucks in hand.

* Since the start of the state championship format for high school football, I can’t remember a final four so wide open. Kahuku-Leilehua look pretty evenly matched in the 4 p.m. game on Friday. Kahuku can really run the ball, and the Mules can fling it around. Similarly, the nightcap with Farrington-Punahou will feature the ground attack versus the air show. Not only should the games be toss-ups, they promise to be very entertaining as well.


* Saturday night’s action at Aloha Stadium will be just as significant. Hawaii faces Washington State out of the Pac 10, and a Warrior win means bowling on Christmas Eve. Ironically, the only win for WSU against an FBS (formerly known as Division 1A) opponent came last Saturday in the Apple Cup against Washington. Consequently, the Cougars are feeling better about themselves than they have all season.

The Cougs will need more than good feelings against the Warrior offense. The emergence of Greg Alexander at QB has made a huge difference in Hawaii’s ability to move the football and score. He is playing with increasing confidence, has tremendous composure and is more trusting of his own eyes each week. Against Idaho, Alexander went 14-24 for 264 yards and three TDs. He also ran for one.And that was with taking most of the fourth quarter off. * It looks increasingly unlikely that Hawaii will face a Pac 10 opponent should they win on Saturday and receive an invitation to the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. If two teams from the Pac 10 go to the BCS, the bowl has to go to the at-large pool. Even if only one goes, it would still require either Arizona State or UCLA to win out; both are significant underdogs in their final game of the season.

Start getting comfortable with Buffalo or Western Michigan. Ironically the MAC is not wild about sending a team to Hawaii. Apparently the finances outweigh the prestige. The MAC is located in the Rust Belt, where the economy is especially hard hit, making it tough for fans to travel in large numbers. That means the ticket-buying requirements for the participating team could put it way into the red, and nobody is thrilled about losing hundreds of thousands of dollars on a bowl trip.

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