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Tiger's Interview With Maria

When a third person sent in Tiger's CNBC interview with Maria Bartiromo I figured I better watch knowing that I was risking five minutes I'll never get back.

I'm not sure what to call this other than awkward. From the questions about Lance Armstrong "coming back" to her persistence in learning Tiger's stake in FUSE to the FUSE guy reeling off a series of amazing bits of scientific jargon, it's a wacky five minutes.

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That was indeed a waste of 5 minutes.

Who prepped the scientist?! He gets time on TV next to Tiger, and he rambles on about things no one can understand!?! How can that possibly happen. Give credit to Maria for asking hard questions, but she had no chance in getting TW to answer.
10.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGregSF
It was an awkward interview, they seemed at cross-purposes. Tiger was uninterested in talking about himself (shocking) and was there to talk FUSE, Bartiromo clearly had little interest in FUSE and wanted to talk business of Tiger and scandal.

Tiger stonewalled some of the questions, business interest in FUSE. Others I have no clue how he could answer, can Lance recover?
10.23.2012 | Unregistered Commenterelf
@ GregSF, I don't think that was just 'a scientist,' I believe he is the CEO of Fuse Science. Tiger didn't do a very good job either, he stumbled over his sentences and got all tripped up a few times. The way he said "and it works!!!!' didn't do them any favors in the credibility department either.
10.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
Gawd that is hilarious. Outside of golf and golf journalism, we can see here why his Q rating is so low with advertisers.

Maria "The Money Honey" Bartiromo plows head first into how long it takes for sponsors to comeback after a scandal. THAT is how the general public still views him upon hearing his name or seeing him on TV.

Kudos to her for asking the tough questions - went beyond Alex Miceli. However, because she is a financial/general media reporter, Tiger's threatening with a bully retort doesn't work here like it does with golf journalist.

"Maria, you're a beauty. You know that? Have a good day."

10.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob
It helped the interviewer ask hard questions because she realized she wouldn't realistically get another interview with him. She had one shot and didn't care if she made his minions mad.
The interview was quite awkward in the beginning, but then Tiger got into his normal non-answer flow of things after he was allowed to regroup with the CEO talking about stuff that made little sense without seeing the actual product.
10.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohnB
You can apply it transdermally and sublingually?

Sounds like a BALCO testimony.
I actually fell asleep watching/listening to this BS, and I am a big fan of (looking at) Maria, though she, like all these charlitans (sp) are just evil.
Sad when a good looking woman can be part of a 5 minute plug, so boring it puts one to sleep.

Tiger has the neck muscles of a steroid user, very obvious in the screen trap in the post. Just sayin', sorry to say.

I thought FUSE was a music cable channel, and I thought Tiger was gettin' jiggy wit it. My bad, sorry to say.
10.23.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
From Tiger's website:

"Fuse Science Inc. is a company made from leading scientific minds and consumer product industry experts with a common goal: to raise the standard of product performance through science in key multi-billion dollar categories. We leverage our global leading science to completely change the rules of the game. We've discovered through a combination of pending patents and trade secrets that we can now encapsulate nutrients, actives and other molecules at a far greater concentration than any time in history ... What use to require consuming an 8 oz. energy drink can be done with safer formulations and faster results in a single drop. Fuse Science breakthroughs can deliver energy, nutrition, medication, skin care and an endless number of other products with faster absorption, quicker results and better efficacy."

Uh huh. And someone needs an editor.

Wait, it gets better:
10.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Maria didn't ask tough questions. She asked stupid questions.
10.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
It's a company with a small market cap and no money. Either he has an stake in it or he's doing this pro bono.
10.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric
Of course he's got a piece, he's probably got a scary number of shares, that's why they did this dog and pony show on some business show. Trying to spike the stock price up and make some moola.
10.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
There's a general perception amongst some if Tiger gets asked about scandal it's a hard question and that golf media don't do this (this of course ignores reality that they all asked back in spring of 2010, sort of silly to keep asking the same question for two years). If you have a reason to ask about scandal (rather then just to sensationalize) there's still a difference between a hard question and a stupid one:

Hard question: Tiger since the scandal what has been the hardest thing or biggest hurdle in dealing with sponsors both new and old?

Stupid question: Tiger how will Lance come back from scandal

One Tiger can answer (but prob wont), the other Tiger has no ability to answer.
10.23.2012 | Unregistered Commenterelf
''how will Lance come back from scandal''

On a bicycle?

Lance was in a big shitstorm in Austin with his neighbors over some green issues, and he was not very nice or neighborly. I believe it has all been resolved, but it was lawyered up. I did business with the Foundation a while back, but it was with a buyer there, not him.

For all the musicians and movie people I would see in SW Austin regularly, I never saw him and he lives out that way. I wish he was not guilty as to the doping, but it sure doesn't look like he played fair.

Aside: Robert Plant lives in my old neighborhood. Dazed and Confused has found its home.
10.23.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
@elf - Bartiromo did ask a "Hard" question as you categorize it - after the Lance question, she asked "what happened with you" in relation to sponsors returning.
10.23.2012 | Unregistered Commentersgolfer
10.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEkslar
I thought Maria's questions were honest and fair, if somewhat imperfect. Stuff a normal TV host would ask. And she didn't really give a damn that he was Tiger Woods. She was just a tough, Italian Jersey girl throwing out her questions they way she would to some hedge fund manager or economics prof or government bureaucrat. And she was operating under the assumption that Tiger, like all her other guests, 1) wanted to be there, and 2) would be responsive. What was interesting was Tiger's complete stonewalling, his rudeness, and general "eff you" attitude toward the entire process. Her other guests NEVER respond to her like that, which is what made this so jarring. And remember Fuse ASKED to be on this show! The average golf fan is seldom exposed to this brand of brusque Tiger unresponsiveness, because many in the golf media long ago gave up asking him tough questions - not necessarily because they fear him or are sucking up to him (although both are true to some extent) but because they know he's never giving anything up, period. Bottom line, he represented himself as the complete jerk that he is. Here's hoping Rory keeps on kicking his ass with a smile on his Irish face.
10.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLA Man
@sgolfer I actually thought the follow-up on fuse ownership was a good hard question, the one post Lance was better than the Lance question, but felt more like an awkward follow-up.

As a general rule (in my opinion) a hard but good question is one that the interviewee may not way to answer or discuss, but a question that they have the capability of providing a good answer too. Whereas one type of bad (or stupid) question is one that the interviewee can't give a good answer too.

A good interview should generally have a mixture of harder and easier questions. Also if it's a 5 minute interview it should prob stick to one subject, not bounce around like me in a chocolate store.
10.23.2012 | Unregistered Commenterelf
digger, if you ever got a head to toe in person look at Maria you might have an opinion the spirit of all hallows, think pumpkin.
10.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Some of us like "back", Del. Some of my friends find Maria hot but I've never seen it.
10.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBig John
Tiger would do well to contemplate Lance Armstrong's predicament, and how Lance might try to extricate himself from same.
10.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCOB
I guess Maria Bartiromo reserves the tough questions for the business leaders on her show. No that's not right - she usually kisses up to the biggest business leaders with a fawning that has to be seen to be believed.. She is not a journalist. She is a an unabashed Wall Street promoter.
10.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephenP
So that would be checking out the ''bottom line''. Maybe she's just promoting the bell curve.

StephenP, nailed it on her position. So is that bald guy who screams, called out by Jon Stewart, though his is another show that is unwatchable, with hack bad comedy, once the opener is done.
10.23.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Watching the PGA Grand Slam in Bermuda I noticed that Harrington has "GoFuzed" stitched on the front of his hat.


I am conFUZED.
10.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
Lance is not 'coming back' from this 'predicament' he is in.
He's got lots of money and his life will be fine, but they are stripping him of his 7 tour de france wins and he will forever be remembered as a cheater and a liar. (not my personal opinion, just the way the story is playing out) He was never considered a nice guy, or someone you'd like to hang with, he was always respected for his athletic achievements and coming back from the cancer. He will fade away into history quietly is my guess.
10.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
If he is smart that should be the option he chooses. But one wonders with that type A personality,if he can just let it be.
10.24.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Lance's problems financially are far from over -- he is being sued by several organisations that HE sued back in the day for suggesting he doped, and similar issues, for recovery of their losses. I hope he saved his lawsuit "wins."

As for Tiger, typical that he would say zero about a product in which he clearly has an investment, but what else would one expect? I don't know many people who would divulge their prercise financial interest in a company on cable TV. For the rest, I thought he kept his cool in light of some rather imprecise and impertinent -- in both senses of the word -- questions; have any of his sponsors "come back?" I don't think he was particularly rude, and I am astonished he didn't walk off the set -- surely he would never have agreed to a sitdown on Lance Armstrong's or his own sponsorship issues -- this was about Fuse.

Unless he agreed to an open-ended interview (Tiger? Not even at gunpoint) I think it was the interviewer who was rude.
10.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
she came off unresearched and boorish...

and made Tiger look very good in the process...
10.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSpinster

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