Tiger scrubs up his image

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:13 AM ET

In summation, regarding Tiger Woods' Escalade escapade: It was Elin Nordegren, with the iron, in the laundry room.

As Tiger aired his dirty laundry, Elin got steamed ... swung the iron ... and, lo and behold, she creased the Cadillac Kid.

Good approach

Woods made a wise choice yesterday in releasing a statement in which he regretted his transgressions.

The quickest way for a public figure to diffuse a sensational story is to come clean ... which Woods did, in a veiled sort of way, on his website.

Denying or hiding from the truth only invites further scrutiny. A lot of celebrities don’t grasp that, and hence the story grows.

Woods, in his statement, smartly expresses remorse and says he will strive to be a better person and husband and father.

And, bingo, he drums up sympathy for himself.

You have to respect that. Even if you don’t like him.

Ear-ie injury

Florida Panthers goalie Tomas (da Vinci) Vokoun needed at least 10 stitches to repair his left ear, which was sliced, inadvertently, by frustrated, stick-swinging teammate Keith Ballard on Monday.

Ballard has apologized profusely. Vokoun has said it’s no big deal.

“Soon as (Vokoun) can stand the pain of getting the helmet on and feels comfortable taking some shots, which I think will be sooner than later, he’ll be back in there,” Panthers coach Peter DeBoer said yesterday.

Hopefully, Ballard won’t be first in line to take those shots.

The defenceman, who was swinging for the post when his stick made contact with Vokoun, has one goal in 26 games this season.

So, apparently he doesn’t hit the net very often.

Kidman’s kicks

Nicole Kidman is “the face” of Australia’s bid to hold the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.

Okay, but I can’t actually imagine the pallid actress on a soccer pitch.

As for “the face,” doesn’t it seem that every time Kidman is photographed she’s wearing the expression of someone with a mouthful of mustard?

Ah, well, good luck to them.

Meantime, England is using an actual soccer player, David Beckham, to promote its bid for 2018. What, you’re thinking they would use Posh?

Say what?

“I was playing ‘hooky’ from school, and the principal spotted me. I just took off running — the principal later said all he could see was my red jacket. The next day I got about 12 licks and was told to report to the football coach.”

— Legendary receiver Jerry Rice, telling Dear Doctor magazine how he got into football.

“I used to drink Hennessy (cognac) ... at halftime.”

Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest, to the Sporting News, talking about the wild, early days of his NBA career.

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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