Tiger Woods's father, Earl, underwent successful heart bypass surgery last week, but that didn't stop him from announcing that he and his wife, Kultida, will turn the house in which they raised Tiger—a single-story, three-bedroom tract home on a quarter-acre lot in Cypress, Calif.—into a "historical monument" as a way "to preserve what Tiger has accomplished for history." Says Earl of the proposed museum, "I hope it becomes a place that will serve as an inspiration to young people."
The highlight of this golfing Mount Vernon, by the way, will be Tiger's boyhood bedroom, in which a time line Tiger kept to compare his feats against those of Jack Nicklaus at the same ages hangs over the bed. Nicklaus has his own museum in the works at his Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. It is set to open next year. Nicklaus is 57. Tiger just turned 21.
Looking for a Few Good Arms
The current crop of NFL free agents may be the most bountiful ever, but you'd never know it from the slim pickings at football's marquee position. Consider the options open to Kansas City Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson, whose team is just a topflight quarterback away from Super Bowl contention. After declining to outbid the Oakland Raiders for Jeff George, who was considered the best signal-caller available despite a 30-54 record with the Indianapolis Colts and the Atlanta Falcons, Peterson had to choose among two free agents without significant starting experience, Elvis Grbac and Heath Shuler, as well as journeyman Chris Chandler. Castoffs Jeff Hostetler, Erik Kramer and Warren Moon loomed as even less enticing alternatives.
As of Monday, the Chiefs were leaning toward the 26-year-old Grbac, an occasionally effective San Francisco 49ers backup during the last two seasons and a player the Niners deemed not worthy of succeeding Steve Young. Grbac's stiff style of play is suspiciously like that of Steve Bono, who sputtered as the Chiefs' starter the last two years. And Grbac would be the Chiefs' third straight former San Francisco quarterback, a streak that began with Joe Montana in '93. "If we go with Grbac," Peterson said last weekend, "our fans will perceive it as, Oh, no, three in a row."
In a league in which Jim Everett, Bobby Hebert and Dave Krieg finished last season as starters, the Niners—who desperately want to groom a quarterback of the future—and the Falcons are among several other frustrated, quarterback-hungry teams. Chandler, 31, has played for five clubs and would be viewed as a stopgap. And though Shuler, the third pick of the 1994 draft, is physically gifted, he was a washout with the Washington Redskins. "There may be a guy who takes off with a change of scenery," says Peterson, "like Brett Favre or Mark Brunell did. But you just don't know."
San Francisco, with the 26th pick in the draft, and Atlanta, with the third, are both hoping to make a run at Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning should the coveted junior enter the draft. If he does, each team will try to overwhelm New York Jets coach Bill Parcells with a package of draft picks and defensive players to secure the Jets No. 1 pick. In 1993 Niners president Carmen Policy, in an effort to get Rick Mirer when he left Notre Dame, offered San Francisco's entire draft to Parcells, then New England's coach, for the No. 1 pick. It could take even more to get Manning. But given the dearth of quarterback talent, the Niners or the Falcons might have to consider betting the farm on him.
Reebok had been selling its Incubus women's running shoes for about a year with no complaints until an ABC television report last week pointed out just what an incubus is—an evil demon that has sex with sleeping women. While the company scrambled to recall the 18,000 boxes of unsold Incubi currently in the hands of retailers (the name doesn't appear on the shoe itself), Reebok spokesmen were left trying to explain why no one in the marketing department had bothered to look up the term in the dictionary.
Then again, paying attention to what a name means doesn't seem to be standard operating procedure at Reebok. How else can one explain the fact that what a company press release refers to as one of the "key new offerings" in Reebok's fall 1997 line of basketball shoes for women is called the Jackal'? Merriam Webster's defines jackal as (in addition to a small carnivorous canid) "a person who performs routine or menial tasks for another," and as "a person who serves or collaborates with another esp. in the commission of base acts."