Carrie Underwood Releases Wedding Details

Carrie Underwood to Serve cupcakesWord is that pop superstar Carrie Underwood is way too busy to do the whole beautiful wedding cake shtick and so she does what all brides in her position would do. No, dont buy the wedding cake from Publix, you do something that’s even MORE time consuming than a cake.  Cupcakes!  Where you have to make dozens of little cakes instead of one big one. Yes, that makes sense. Much more time efficient.  However, some are saying it has nothing to do with time.  It’s just what she wants to do.

Carrie has been with her fiance, hockey player Mike Fisher,  since 2008.  She initially shared some details about the wedding when she stated, “I‘m Southern. I like big hair and eyeliner. I want my wedding to be me, so I’ll probably be rocking some big hair and eyeliner… I want the dress to be pretty traditional. I think I want flowers on it – not real flowers.  The designer will probably be someone I’ve worked with before.”

We know that the wedding will most likely be Fall or Winter themed since Carrie is currently on tour until the end of July.  So, we have cupcakes for the reception, a wedding dress from a designer she’s worked with before that will have fake flowers on it, and that will most likely take place in Fall or Winter.  We’re going to call Fall, because as a Georgian, there isn’t any place more beautiful in the fall than the Georgia mountains.

Tiger Woods Ticks Off Ernie Els

Photo from Creative CommonsThe first time since the bizarre unraveling of one of the most covered stories of 2009 and even into 2010, Tiger Woods is set to make a public apology (which we’ll post a link to here after it’s over, of course).  It is being done at the TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA tour, to a very limited amount of people described as a group of friends, family and colleagues, and only a few members of the press.  The remainder of the uninvited will have to watch via satellite over a mile away.  Not surprisingly, Tiger will not be taking questions.

While that alone may seem like news itself, the timing of the event is greatly in question as a possible swipe from Tiger Woods to Accenture.  This weekend is big for Accenture since they are the sponsor for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona that will be in the middle of its third round when Tiger makes his apology.  As you may recall, Accenture was the first to cut Tiger from their sponsorship roster when the scandal broke.

Photo obtained from Creative CommonsNone were as annoyed as Ernie Els.  The former U.S. Open and British Open Champion didn’t mince words as he told Golfweek magazine,  “It’s selfish. You can write that.  I feel sorry for the sponsor.  Mondays are a good day to make statements, not Friday.  This takes a lot away from the golf tournament.”

Tiger’s agent Mark Steinberg said that the announcement will be done well outside of their TV window and that Accenture officials were notified in advance that this was occurring and there were no issues.  Even PGA commissioner Tim Finchem said that it most likely would have a positive effect by drawing crowds in to see what “this game of golf is about.”  Besides the fact that people will watch simply to hear the inevitable commentary.

Regardless, Tiger has to win back the hearts and minds of fans again and even PGA officials agreed that there has been a huge financial hit with Tiger out of the mix.  A near 50% drop.  When he eventually decides to come back, the level of his fame will have severely dwindled along with a greatly diminished draw.

The saddest of it all is the children that have watched the rise and fall of their hero, which is a crying shame.    There probably isn’t a way to recuperate from that aspect and it’s the worst of all of the fallout from this fiasco.   Tiger’s image is tarnished and it could have been salvaged if he either waited to get married until he got it all out of his system, or simply maintained control of himself.  Either way, hindsight is 20/20.

Tiger Woods Downward Spiral

Tiger Woods Mad

Photo obtained from Google images

It seems that the Tiger Woods debacle is just getting worse and one has to imagine that all of the deity status that most had with Tiger are about to get majorly tarnished and that Tiger is human after all.

The trouble started last week when Tiger Woods wrecked his truck into a fire hydrant and then a tree where he then needed medical attention.  Tiger was taken to a hospital and treated for his injuries which also included “scratches on his face”.  What would seem like a self inflicted minor accident then started presenting red flags as Woods refused to speak to authorities to address their questioning for days after the accident.  Many were trying to assess the cause of the accident and then a rumor arose that it had something to do with an altercation between him and his wife Elin Nordegren over an affair with a New York Club Manager named Rachel Uchitel which possibly explained the scratches.

Rachel Uchitel - London Entertainment Photo

Rachel Uchitel denied the allegations that she was having an affair with Woods, but sources say that Uchitel frequently bragged about having an affair with not only Woods, but also Yankees players Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, as well as actor David Boreanaz.  Being “overwhelmed” with all of the attention, Uchitel hired “lawyer to the stars” Gloria Allred to keep the wolves at bay which is really not working too well and only adds to the speculation that things are about to get really bad before they get better.

Meanwhile, Florida authorities had no choice but to subpoena certain traffic and hospital reports and aspects of the events to put the traffic part of the case to rest.  They ended up charging Tiger with a non-criminal charge which will cost Tiger $164 in fines (pocket change), but will also cost him 4 points on his drivers license.  As far as the authorities were concerned, the case was closed.

Then another “mistress” appeared out of the woodworks named Jaimee Grubbs, a cocktail waitress that he met in Las Vegas in 2007.  Not only was she not denying a relationship (excuse the double negative), but she also came to the party with text messages and even worse, voice mail recordings of Tiger pleading with her to remove her name from the cell phone ID because his wife was becoming highly suspicious.

Jaimee Grubbs - Photo from People.com

The voice recording is unmistakably Tiger’s voice pleading, “Hey, it’s Tiger. I need you to do me a huge favor. Can you please take your name off your phone? My wife went through my phone and may be calling you. So if you can, please take your name off that.  Just have it as a number on the voicemail. You got to do this for me. Huge. Quickly. Bye.”

Grubbs reported to a British tabloid The Sun that they had 20 sexual encounters spanning a 2 and half year time period with the first one being literally days before the birth of Tiger’s son.   She quoted Woods as telling her that “quietly and secretly we will always be together.”

As expected, with so much evidence verifying the allegations as truth, Tiger has had no choice but to try and come clean to some extent, but insisting that it’s a family matter with his statement on his site saying, “I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.”  Which in some cases is true, but he is a public figure, paid by the public (via tournaments and attendance), but even more damaging adored by the public both young and old.

Tiger Woods & Wife Elin Nordegren - Photo by Regina H. Boone / Detroit Free Press / AP

Tiger’s statements on his website do everything but admit to the affair which included statements such as:  “I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect.” and then finally, “Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions… I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves. For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology.”

In closing, one would simply have to say that while, yes, this should be a private matter, he made it into a public matter by refusing to speak with authorities which caused all kinds of rumors and allegations to spawn from what started as a simple traffic violation.  One also has to be concerned that this may possibly be just the beginning of a slew of women that may come forth digging this hole deeper than it is now.  If there were two, there most likely are many more.

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