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Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Friday, July 31, 2009


The news that David Ortiz tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug doesn't hit me as hard as some because I'm not a member of Red Sox Nation, although I had come to admire Big Papi for his clutch hitting and for being a seemingly upright role model.

Not like Manny.

But when you add his name to that of Manny -- and of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick -- you have a pretty solid local foundation to what is really a very sorry national reality. Despite what your mother told you, cheaters do prosper, even if they eventually do get caught.

Sports, politics and finance seem the worlds that breed the most dishonesty in modern America (hello Mark Sanford and Bernie Madoff). But it's especially tough to take in sports, which is supposed to be where you learn the values of honest competition and and yes, good sportsmanship.

It's especially disheartening now when you need to plunk down three figures for a ticket, a hot dog, a beer and parking -- all to pay for the sky high salaries of the "heroes" who are teaching you about how to win and more particularly lose, with grace and dignity.

The image of New York Giants quarterback Y.A. Tittle on his knees in personal pain after losing the NFL title now seems like a quaint relic indeed about the lessons that sports can provide.

Ortiz will be a loser in the tarnish his once-solid image will take -- especially after his tough words about juicing earlier this year.

But we are all the losers when the games we enjoy for fun and relaxation become tainted by real world realities like drugs and cheating. Heck, why do we need to pay the outrageous costs for a game when we can get that stuff simply by reading about Hollywood, Washington or Wall Street?

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Blogger Daniel said...

"Especially tough to take"...and infinitely less important than the rampant corruption in politics and finance.

July 31, 2009 6:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Tittle photo is actually from a 1964 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

July 31, 2009 9:51 AM  

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