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Tiger Woods jokes hit sports TV mainstream

As NYT golf scribe Larry Dorman points out here, Tiger Woods suddenly has become one of the things image makers fear most: The butt of jokes on late-night talk shows, "Saturday Night Live" and the like.

But I found it even more interesting - and devastating for Woods - to hear Joe Buck mercilessly making fun of him Tuesday during the monologue that kicked off his HBO show.

Buck said the show tried to land Woods as a guest, but, "He said no. So then we went to the next best thing and tried to book all nine of the women who have come forward . . . The problem was we could only book eight. One of them couldn't change her shift at the pancake house."

Yikes. This was Joe Buck, a mainstream sports media fixture from a major broadcast network, on a show featuring major sports figures such as Pedro Martinez, Michael Strahan and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Yo, Tiger, you've got a huge problem on your hands. Oprah, save him!

Photo: AP

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