Tiger Woods, the Dalai Lama, and Bad Bananas.

You know what’s really weird? I had NO idea Tiger Woods was a Buddhist!  As I wrote in an earlier post, I knew he was a golfer, and that’s it.  It’s just that I was kind of annoyed Obama had that secret meeting with the Dalai Lama yesterday. Sensitive issue, or secrets exchanged? I  don’t know, but I like to know about these things ahead of time. No last minute surprises. So that was on my mind.

And then, it’s been building all week that Tiger Woods had his big announcement coming up. So… like any good cartoonist, I decided on a mashup of sports and an icon of a major religion. I had NO idea that Tiger would mention religion in his speech today…the religion of the Dalai Lama…and that my cartoon would be almost prophetic!!

there are no bad bananas cartoon

From CNN:

“People probably don’t realize it,” he said, “but I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years.”

“I like Buddhism because it’s a whole way of being and living,” Tiger Woods told Sports Illustrated. “It’s based on discipline and respect and personal responsibility.”

Fox News Channel host Brit Hume stirred controversy by publicly advising the golf pro to become a Christian.

Thanks for that little nugget, Brit.

From the LA Times:

As expected, Woods did not reveal when he would return to playing golf, saying he will return to therapy Saturday “for guidance on the issues he is facing.”

Wearing a dark blazer and a blue shirt, Woods often had tears in his eyes during his statement, telling a group of reporters he was responsible for the scandal that has engulfed his family.

UPDATED: 8:47 a.m.: Woods also appeared angry when he asked the media to respect the privacy of his family.

The LA Times cares about your feelings.

(another version of this cartoon after the jump)

In LA for his trip to the US the Dalai Lama was joined by Sheryl Crow.

I do recognize the name of Sheryl Crow.  Apparently, she and the Dalai are “just good friends.” I don’t have a cartoon of Sheryl, but will an artistic image of Sheryl Crow using for commissioning a Genuine Oil Painting of Sheryl Crow in highest professional quality, completely 100% hand-painted by high-skilled oil portrait artist. Art style: art-nouveau do?

I knew the Lama would say something short and sweet for this cartoon, and I am one of the very few (seemingly) who believe Tiger Woods was hung up by his toes for his very personal issues. I hate hate hate what happened to him. I wouldn’t read anything about it. Jimmy Kimmel’s jokes were stupid, and I never laughed. I DON’T CARE WHAT PEOPLE DO IN THE BEDROOM. And who am I to judge his marriage dealie? Maybe they had an open marriage.

And…yes, I was cutting up a banana that was just this edge of bad while the ideas swirled in my head.  I laughed hysterically. And it’s not just what you think, although it is that, too! I mean, bananas go bad faster than any other fruit, and then they’re useless, and they smell bad. Bad bananas.

So the Dalai Lama is the type that won’t judge bananas. Or Tiger. Nor will Slate, and they usually get all my cartoons first.

But newspapers are not like Slate, not yet, so I had to clean it up a little, below

tiger woods and dalai lama cartoon

Good thing, because LA Daily News is buying it for Sunday, so you can get your copy there.

There may be more comments on the cartoon here. (Sorry, no link now. Uclick threw away 2 years of my cartoons on Slate, Gocomics and Yahoo News when they kicked me out of Gocomics.)

Cartoon caption: SECRET MEETING – DALAI LAMA AND TIGER WOODS. There are no bad bananas. Alternate ending: Silence is Golden.