Dear Tiger: Shut Up And Play Ball : Tell Me More Say what you want about the 18 holes Tiger hit during his Tour-de-Whores, he is still "The Man," and Nike proved that in 30 seconds.
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Dear Tiger: Shut Up And Play Ball

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Tiger Woods is better than you and always will be. Yes, he is human and fallible, but he's still capable of annihilating the entire golf world with just a few strokes.

He also has another mean "stroke" where he can kick your butt and take your girl on just three hours of sleep and a Red Bull. Don't act like you didn't already know.

A series of raunchy text messages and a slick porn star can't undo what this man has accomplished. That's exactly what Nike and the marketing geniuses at Wieden+Kennedy, wanted you to feel from the 30-second minimalist — yet creepy — ad that debuted on the eve of the 2010 Masters Golf Tournament, Tiger's comeback stage.

With each word that his father Earl Woods (whose voice eerily resembles Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) spoke, I forgave Tiger for each of his infidelities.

At the 15-second mark I had forgotten about the Perkins restaurant waitresses, the 21-year-old neighbor and the porn star.

By the end of the commercial, I was ready to see him put on that Masters green jacket and pump his fist, so that I could share some tears on the phone with my daddy. It was just that moving.

Say what you want about Tiger, he is still "The Man," and Nike proved that in 30 seconds.

Lips are zipped and so are Tiger's pants. Let's shut up and play ball.

The greens are freshly mowed in Augusta and it's time to let Tiger do what he does best: Be the Masters' master.

Guest blogger Adena Andrews is a sports and entertainment reporter based in Atlanta. Follow her on Twitter (