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Hang your hat on Woods' supremacy

Hang your hat on Woods' supremacy

The sign of our times went up Monday just inside the entrance to Isleworth. It was actually a banner welcoming home Tiger Woods.
You'll understand if none of the residents even realized it was there. The way things are going, they're more likely to notice if the sign is missing.
In case you haven't heard, Woods now wins every time he shows up. The Accenture Match Play was his fourth PGA Tour win in a row, he's won six straight worldwide, the Navy used one of his drives to shoot down a satellite last week, blah, blah, blah.
We ran out of appropriate praise long ago, so here's an idea. Instead of making a banner every time Woods wins, they should install a permanent sign at the entrance:
Home to Tiger Woods, the Greatest Athlete in History.
By great I don't mean he could outrun Jesse Owens or out-dunk Michael Jordan. I mean for sheer superiority over all comers, who compares?
The only others worth arguing about are Babe Ruth, Wilt Chamberlain, Wayne Gretzky and Sir Donald Bradman. Yeah, I didn't know who that last one was either.
A little research revealed Bradman was a cricket god. To quote one Web site, "He made 211 centuries, played 80 tests for Australia, made 6996 test run and had an excellent average of 99.94, which could have been 100 had he made just 4 runs in the last test but unfortunately got out on a duck."
Good enough for me. Like Sir Donald and his duck, the others reset the boundaries of their sports.
With Wilt, get back to me when Kobe or LeBron averages 50.4 points a game for a season or has a 55-rebound night. Same with Gretzky, who won eight straight most valuable player awards.
As for Babe, all you need to know is his 60 homers in 1927 were more than any other entire team hit that season. Alex Rodriguez would have had to hit 232 home runs last year to match that feat.
You can't argue with statistics, but you can debate their meaning. Ruth came along before integration. Chamberlain faced mini-George Mikan wannabes. Gretzky was defended by a lot of Canadians.
There's always something. But a good way to gauge greatness is by how much better a player was than everyone else. By that measure, Woods is obscenely superior.
His latest point average in the world rankings is 21.24. I have no clue what that means, but Phil Mickelson is next at 10.12. That means the gap between been No. 1 and No. 2 is larger than the gap between No. 2 and No. 1,377.
While comforting news to Alexey Afanasiev, it can't make the rest of the list feel very good.
It is encouraging news for Orlando's banner industry. Isleworth gets its banners from Event Source. Talk about the steadiest job in sports. The banner maker got two orders this week, since Paula Creamer won the Fields Open in Hawaii.
Isleworth has been hanging the banners since 1998, which means it has about 57 of them in storage with Woods' name on them. He's so superior that people are talking about him going unbeaten this year.
The mere fact people are discussing a perfect season shows how omnipotent Woods has become. Whether you drive into Isleworth every day or not, you shouldn't take the signs for granted. We will never see anything like Tiger again.