|Saying goodbye to ‘The Man’ and ‘The Grouch’|
|Thursday, January 24, 2013 3:12 PM|
Another hero from the Boys of Summer is gone with the death of Cardinal great Stan “The Man” Musial.
He retired before I entered this mortal coil, so I can only speak from watching past films and such, but he was still a hero to many of us — even Reds’ fans! — growing up.
He did it with class, even if he wasn’t the most “sound” player.
We wanted to be like those guys — current and retired — playing in the backyard or at the park and we had their baseball cards.
Needless to say, I didn’t do so well.
It was fun and a way to pass the summer time.
Speaking of the Orioles, the long-time former manager and bombastic one, Earl “The Earl of Baltimore” Weaver, also passed away.
Those were some of the greatest Orioles’ teams that regularly contended for the World Series, back when they did it the “right” way: build through the farm system so that when someone did leave because he wanted what was thought to be too much money (in those days), they had a replacement.
They and the Reds were the first teams that I can really remember seeing (of course, I couldn’t root for the Dodgers since I hated them!), which is why to this day I am a fan of those teams — no matter how rotten they have been at times.
As Jim Palmer was quoted the other day, no one but his wife could have called him a teddy bear.
I have a friend who is a big Notre Dame fan and he is of the opinion that I am going to write a hit piece on them regarding the Manti Te’o situation.
Perhaps the story did get him more Heisman votes but until they poll the voters, no one will really know. Besides, since it’s so skewered toward the quarterbacks to begin with — think about how the rules have changed so much that if your QB ISN’T putting up big numbers, what’s wrong with you? — that you almost need shenanigans to get a defensive player to even be considered. Should Notre Dame have come clean about this earlier? Yes, but I am not going to act as if they committed an act of pure evil.
What gets me about the story is how the media beat itself up about the fact that no one looked into this to make sure it was true, that they were so enamored of the story that they fell for it hook, line and sinker.
Then they blamed the fact that no one had the “time” to really do the background check because of the quick-hitting nature of our culture, how everyone wants to get the story NOW and “hope” it’s accurate. That’s what happens when you forget your objectivity and let your emotions, views or whatever get the best of you. It’s a lesson that needs to be learned.
As I wrote last week about Lance Armstrong, his confession to Oprah Winfrey was as advertised.
I join millions of my followers — OK, 25! — in still asking the question: why now? You “lied” for all these years, you somehow beat every test — which should be damning evidence of how the tests are flawed — and spent all this money fighting the system and now you’re coming clean?
I do believe he is also looking out for the best interest of his LiveStrong! Foundation and that this might be the best thing to do to keep that organization viable. It’s work that is truly needed but it doesn’t justify a “lying” life.
However, with the cynicism and skepticism I have grown to have in my life, much needed now after the above Te’o scenario, methinks it isn’t that clear-cut, that there is something behind the scenes we don’t know about.
He claims he had no help in beating the tests but if this is true, this man is a scientific genius.
The sport’s governing bodies want him to come fully clean and I wonder if this isn’t the first salvo in a “give me this and I’ll give you that” scenario: I’ll name names if you … We know he wants to compete in competitions; that’s just who Lance Armstrong is.