It is devastating to lose a loved one. That said books like especially for
mormons can be especailly morbid. Someone dying to get poing across. The guy
that sacrifices son for strangers on train, Bill saving siblings from fire and
dying, someone dies because of hunting or gossip. What is the redeeming value
in morbid fiction?
Singers, actors, politicians and athletes generally have huge egos that require
attention.It behooves reporters to verify any backstories they are
supplied. Ink-hungry celebrities have been known to embellish their biographies
for personal gain.Swing down to Lee Benson's cubicle and have a chat.
Here is someone who continued telling his "narrative" even after
(supposedly) finding out that his "girlfriend" was fake. Why? Because he
is, like so many in the world today, starved for attention. I have gotten to the
point where if I see another feel good story I wonder "why tell this?" I
would much rather read where an athlete just walked away from the
microphone/tape recorder. I miss John Stockton.
I'd love to see more inspiring stories, but from different places. From
people of science, philosophy, or service. They're out there, those
stories, but we ignore them. We prefer our celebrities and pro
'athletes'. People who, essentially, entertain us. They're
distractions. It may be a mistake to expect them to be inspirational on a
One drop of tar can ruin a bucket of honey. Armstrong still had to work very
hard to achieve what he did. Drugs can only do so much. Guessing about 1-2%
above what you could get naturally. It is good, though, that we hold athletes to
a high standard of fairness and honesty in competition. The standards are very
strict. When you start a serious race, the officials make sure your foot is not
even an inch beyond the starting line. A woman in a competitive marathon is not
allowed to have a man take water from the aid station and give it to her.
Drug-test urination into a cup with an observer present is a frequent ritual.I do wish, however, that the same standards applied to other
occupations. In business and law, for example, doing an equivalent of grabbing
your fast competitor's shirt as he begins to pull away from you is
considered perfectly acceptable.
I agree with Hutterite, There are so many interesting people it
baffles me why so much of society spends so many hours arguing and discussing
the other people that play sports. When did we become a country of voyeurism?
Play your own sports man!I loved playing football, baseball and
basketball as a kid. I never watch professional sports. I'm kinda busy with
my own interaction with the world.
These two athletes are nothing alike! O e duped everyone and one got duped. I
believe Manti Teo. We have been through a similar experience. If heis guilty of
anything it is humiliation. That is what drove him to keep playing the
"game" if that is indeed what he did.