The Long Con

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Clarifying the 'Long Con' using the example of Tiger Woods

What it is

A Long Con is a complex scheme which is so crafted as to fool outsiders into believing in its validity and the bona fides of those who operate it.

A Long Con takes time, money, careful construction and attention to detail so that the victim, (also called the mark or dupe) believes in the swindler and his scheme without question.

Unlike the guy trying to sell you a 'gold' bracelet (which isn't gold) or going door to door to sell magazine subscriptions, the practitioner of the Long Con creates a persona of such quality and condition that you have absolute confidence in him and his scheme.

The word 'Con' comes from the first syllable of Confidence; for that is a hallmark of these frauds, your Confidence.

Tiger Woods; the Image

He was a quiet, (some used the term repressed) young Black man who played golf. The novelty of a young man playing this old man's game was enlarged by him being a Black man.

Unlike other sports stars he wasn't flamboyant, didn't have any wacko philosophy, and was probably the most boring celebrity ever interviewed by Oprah.

He talked and walked and thought like a middle aged conservative white man. There was nothing about him, (perhaps his reluctance to be categorised as black) that in any way suggested he was not the perfect role model.

The Success

Tiger Woods was an incredibly successful golfer. He not only won most of his tournaments handily, but did so with controlled restraint and at all times maintained the image of an urbane, sophisticated, quiet gentleman, suitable to be the poster boy for upscale products and services.

He was squeaky clean. He was held up as the best that one could aspire to. Any tournament in which he participated was treated as a major event, and his ability to win became legendary.

It Was All A Con

On December 11, 2009, Woods, due to public disgrace, loss of sponsorship announced he would take an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.

It was revealed that he had multiple infidelities with over a dozen women of extremely low to non-existent character.

The sordidness of his life exploded and the public realised it had been duped by the ghetto corner 'Ho Daddy who had, since 1989 run a successful Long Con on the world.

Far from the contained gentleman, Woods was the guy the lowest form of rapper pretended to be. A guy who had sex with anything female in an orgy of promiscuity.

Were Woods a loud mouthed 'producer' or wild basketball player, one would not have expected 'better' so would not have been all that upset by hearing another notch was on his belt or his wife was divorcing him.

So incensed was the public at being Conned by this man, the opprobrium reached hysterical proportions.

Now To the Con Man

What inspires Con men is the 'Game', they are invigorated by fooling their marks and ride the high, needing to accomplish greater Cons to get it.

What inspired Tiger Woods was riding that Con. Knowing the world saw him as a decent man, a father and husband who happened to be a great golfer.

Taking away that Con, leaving Tiger Woods exposed as nothing more than the Ho Daddy whose brain is in his gonads destroyed his golf game.

From the exposure to the present, Woods has won no tournament, and is currently ranked 19th in the World; this from the #1 position he held for many years.

The Psyche of the Confidence Man

To be able to exploit characteristics of the human psyche such as greed, both dishonesty and honesty, vanity, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, naïveté, is the addiction. As long as the Con Man is fooling his marks he is on top of the world. He can do anything.

The image the Con Man projects is the man he wishes he was; so the play acting becomes a psycho-drama in which he exposes the finest sides of the character he would like to have.

Once exposed he is less than the Wizard behind the curtain; no great power but a nobody, less than others.

The decline in Tiger Woods golf game is not due to 'injury' it is due to the fact that the public now looks at some trashy guy who can't keep his pants on, correction, some trashy Black dude who can't keep his pants on.

As Tiger Woods has never wanted to be Black, had created a persona shorn of all 'black traits' to be exposed as the 'ram goat' destroyed the facade which can never be replaced.

Once the Con Man's Game is exposed he becomes even less than he is.

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Con, Fraud, Ponzi, Scam, Swindle, Trick

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author avatar Vernazoa
13th Oct 2011 (#)

This is a wonderful presentation of Tiger. I am glad you wrote this. I had no idea of what the real Tiger looked like.

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author avatar kaylar
13th Oct 2011 (#)

I always found him a bit odd, until the revelations of 2009. What I had picked up from him was the great effort he had exerted in hiding his natural proclivities

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author avatar Retired
13th Oct 2011 (#)

Tiger Woods was one of the greats legends of history when it came to golf but he used the fame that he had gotten to break his moral and ethical values of marriage to the most beautiful woman in the world who bore him two kids. It is usually said behind every successful man there is always a woman and the same goes behind the unsuccessful man he has the woman again and we all know the story for Tiger Woods.
Any way she is now married in a surprise show of love but socialites do change.
Well the main thing that inspires people like Tiger Woods is not sex addiction as they claim it to be but more to be "Because I am famous and I know I can do it" syndrome.
If Tiger had even one ounce of guilt he would have turned back and tried to win the wife back. They tried to make things work but contamination of the relationship with multiple partners is betrayal of trust and a bad example to the children. Elin did well by leaving a scumbag like Tiger and the result is seen clearly now, he is off the Top 50 ranking for the first time since he first entered the professional scene.
Good One...

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author avatar Retired
13th Oct 2011 (#)

BTW he was called the Goat of Golf which means he was a genius when it came to how he Putt the ball. Think he used the same genius off the feild too... Scored some and lost the prized wife too...

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author avatar kaylar
13th Oct 2011 (#)

What I saw with him is that 'to fool the people is his only thought'....
Many Con Men fall apart when they are exposed.
People who pretended to be Rockerfellers and were epicurean, have, when exposed,become homeless slobs.

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author avatar amberdextrous
13th Oct 2011 (#)

An excellent dissection of Tiger Woods' character, Kaylar, although I don't think he was entirely a "con". He certainly made golfballs do some amazing things!

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author avatar kaylar
14th Oct 2011 (#)

what he was is a con man; a man who get's his enthusiasm and edge from fooling the public. Nothing got him higher than knowing the world thought he was squeaky clean while he was slamming pigs 50c wouldn't touch

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
17th Oct 2011 (#)

too funny!

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author avatar Funom Makama
18th Oct 2011 (#)

Insightful, deep, nice and just what we need to read in such a community. My sense of values sometimes comes from such articles. Keep it up!

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author avatar kaylar
18th Oct 2011 (#)

thanks guys

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