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Tiger Woods reportedly has a bulging disc, sports anchors everywhere terrified (videos)


Golfweek’s Jeff Rude reports that Tiger Woods has a bulging disc in his back according to a source with knowledge of the golfer’s condition.

The source also stated that the nagging injury will not require surgery. While that is good news for Tiger, who has had two tournaments — Honda Classic and WGC Cadillac Championship — derailed with back spasms during Sunday rounds. Tiger also withdrew from this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational because his “back spasms and the pain haven’t subsided.”

Still, yet another battle with an injury is nevertheless an ominous sign for both the long and short-term future for Woods as he chases Jack Nicklaus’ majors record and his desire to compete in the Masters in a few weeks.

Tiger’s bulging disc issue also is an ominous sign and foreboding issue for sports anchors who now will have to go on-air to report on Tiger’s condition.

The term “bulging disc” is rife with the possibility of an epic verbal gaffe, lest we forget Steve Levy’s infamous reporting on Maurice Hurst suffering from the same malady during a “SportsCenter” broadcast:

More specifically, we mustn’t forget how Win McMurry struggled with tongue-twisting condition during a Golf Channel report about how Tiger Woods had to withdraw from 2010’s The Players Championship due to a bulging disc in his neck when she said, “[Woods] says he’s been playing with a bad neck for about a month and thinks it could be a bulging dick.”

Practice the script, sports anchors, practice that damn script, lest you end up on YouTube like Levy and McMurry. Not that we would complain about it. But your boss might.