Tiger Woods is “dorky,” Lindsey Vonn told Katie Couric.
Couric had the Olympic gold medal skier on her show Tuesday to talk about several matters. Vonn expressed excitement about preparing to compete at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, a year after destroying her right knee in a fall at the world championships in Austria. She talked about disclosing her problem with depression and recommended that viewers seek help if they are depressed. And Vonn recognized the sacrifices her family, but especially her mom, Lindy Lund, made to accommodate her skiing career. Other Olympians joined Vonn to thank their moms during this segment on Couric’s show, which airs weekdays at 2 p.m. on KSTP and is the subject of broadcasting rumors that it may not have a long run.
With, “He’s so interesting. Obviously he’s incredibly talented but he’s still a bit of an enigma. What’s he like as a person?” Couric tiptoed up to the delicate Woods question.
“If there’s one thing I can say, he’s funny,” said Vonn. “Like dorky. He’s probably not that excited that I just said that.”
To Couric “he seems like a cool” guy. And then Couric went you-know-where: “I know you clicked instantly and I’m just curious: Were you hesitant at all because obviously he was involved in a very high-profile divorce? It was fairly scandalous. Was there any piece of you, Lindsey, that said, ‘I might not want to go there?’ ”
There it was: The Aren’t-you-worried-about-him-cheating-on-you-too question.
I half expected Nemer Fieger’s Molly Mulvehill Steinke to come on stage and indicate to Couric that the interview was a wrap. Maybe it’s just me, but I thought Couric’s question lacked the panache of: There’s little doubt that monogamy means a lot in a devoted couple’s relationship. What is it about your new relationship that makes you confident fidelity is part of the foundation?
Vonn did not belittle Couric’s question as weird, but with less personality than shown during the dorky confession she said, “We were friends for a long time before anything ever got going. And I don’t know — it’s just something special and everyone deserves a second chance.”
“And he makes you happy, clearly,” said Couric.
“He does,” said Vonn. “Very happy.”
For the first time there was something about Vonn’s demeanor that has me questioning whether this is a romance or a business arrangement. Time will tell.
Making sense of the Dolphins’ mess
Bryant McKinnie is still living in his own world.
And wearing a Super Bowl ring when he wants to, he might sassily tell me.
The former Viking and Raven and current Dolphin was asked about this bullying nonsense in Miami involving teammates Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito.
“I thought they were friends,” Mc-Kinnie told USA Today.
Martin left the NFL team after no longer being able to tolerate Incognito’s offensively extorting money, in the name of apparently hazing and toughening him up, and leaving threatening, vile, racist voice messages.
This story may have as many layers as an onion beyond the hazing for profit, which I suspect the NFL commish will end with a memo.
As black Dolphin players side with the Incognito bully, I expect more stories examining whether these teammates simply couldn’t relate to someone of Martin’s intellectual and social sophistication. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Martin, who would’ve become the fourth generation of his family to have attended Harvard had he not attended Stanford instead, studied “ancient Greek and Roman classics.”
He’s probably unaccustomed to playing football with so many teammates who can’t even spell the word “history.”
“Another World’s” Cass Winthrop is at the Guthrie until Monday, playing a lead in “Tribes.” You won’t see him chair dancing “The Dougie” in that play, but you will in Part 2 of my interview with the delightful Stephen Schnetzer.
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