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The apology on Tiger Woods' Web site says a lot more than simply the confessions of a star athlete proving human. For me, the bigger story is the stark reminder that, as Charles Barkley once pointed out, athletes aren't role models.

In other words, Tiger's transgressions may just be the final straw that breaks the back of those of us who still believed in heroes.

I like to consider myself a realist, someone who understands that sports is a game and a business concurrently, but that no one player is perfect. Yet, I must admit that I found myself believing in Tiger.

For that, shame on me. Shame on all of us.

Sure, Tiger has no one to blame but himself if he cheated on his wife. But our belief that sports stars can rise to heroic proportions and elevate themselves beyond mere mortal status is something that we, as fans, must never be guilty of again.

Well, you can certainly count this fan as one who will never believe in an athlete again.

I know this is patently unfair since there may be plenty of sports stars who do live their lives as honest, decent, hardworking people. For...

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