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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – He came out from behind the curtain like the Wizard of Oz, no longer the great and powerful one, just a man diminished, not quite as handsome as he once was and not nearly as imposing.

Tiger Woods is far better with a putter in his hands than a script and he was miles out of his comfort zone.

There’s been so much focus on how he delivered his message. Perhaps it was too choreographed or too wooden. But really there weren’t any great surprises in what he said, nor were there when he’d finished, because our media playbook was rather predictable.

As is so often the case in these breathless events where we all stop to watch, when it’s over we interview each other – CNN talking to Golf Channel, Golf Channel talking to Entertainment Tonight, ESPN talking to Golf Channel – and all of us pundits and self-styled character experts, a legion of soap boxers in tailored suits, ask each other what we think.

What do you think? What’s your take? Did you love it or hate it? Call in and sound off. We’ll blog and Twitter and post and chat and we’ll all tell each other what we think. We’re such a country of deep, deep thinkers who bring such serious collective national thought to all these crucial affairs like Tiger Woods and Michael Jackson.  

If form holds in the conventional arc of these modern tales, Tiger will be excoriated on “Saturday Night Live” and we’ll have had a good laugh. And then this nation of deep thinkers and pundits and character experts will move on to the next subject.

Because, as you know, there’s a whole new round of shows starting Monday, and so much important thinking to do.