Earl Warren once said, “I always turn to the sports section first. The sports section records people’s accomplishments; the front page nothing but man’s failures.”
Unfortunately, it’s been one of those weeks in sports. It’s been a week where the sports headlines have been front page fodder and for none of the right reasons. It’s been a week where man’s failures have left man’s accomplishments like a Ferrari Enzo against a minivan on a flat stretch of empty road. No matter where you turn, whether it’s the big dogs on ESPN, or the everyday Joe with a sports blog, you just can’t shake it. It’s disturbing, depressing and downright bad for the psyche.
But, don’t let it get to you. Don’t let it influence your perception. It sounds trite, but good people do exist. For every negative story in the sports world, we can share with you five stories that will ground you, warm your heart and have you believing that all that once was good, can be good again. From teens giving up medal dreams to help capsized foes, to the Orlando Magic hosting fitness clinics and donating athletic wear and school supplies to the students who attended. From NASCAR’s Ray Evernham pledging 1 million dollars to the Ronald McDonald House, to the Calgary Flames and their charitable arm touching the lives of thousands. From teams visiting kids in the hospital ( Patriots and Royals), to USF’s baseball coach donating his kidney. The stories go on and on.
No matter what negative things you see on TV, read in the paper, or run across while surfing the web, just know that positive things are happening much more often. After all, John Wooden once said, “Sports don’t build character. They reveal it.”
You just have to look.
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