Selasa, 18 Juni 2013

Steve Gleason and the triumph of hope over hatefulness

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Today s Big Topic Steve Gleason

The kind of inhuman loathing showed by those idiotic Atlanta sports radio DJs it is a disservice to publicize them by even offering their names while applauding their firing is counterbalanced by the grace of Steve Gleason.

Beyond the universal rejection of these clowns the right response is to ignore the abhorrent noise of these and other talk radio shock jocks.

What is a better use of your energy For starters read Gleason s inspiring column in which he pinch hit for a vacationing Peter King. Gleason types with his eyes the 4 500 word column took him 4 hours to blink out.

It is easy to see the subsequent story and feel outrage. It is harder to read Gleason s account of his ALS but it is as life affirming as the Atlanta DJs behavior was soul sucking. Gleason in his own words

So how does a person react when he or she learns there are two to five years left with which to live

Denial. Frustration. Anger. Despair. But at some point I understood that acceptance of this diagnosis was not admitting defeat. That was critical for me personally. I think our lives are enriched when our own death is a conscious thought. I am not saying we should obsess over this but it can be useful because it makes you focus on the things and people you truly love. After that realization I started to dig in to look forward to what might be in my future.

Because ALS research is underfunded and under resourced patients end up fading away quietly. I did not want to fade away quietly.

The immediate upshot was a few more nitwits no longer given a platform to spew more invective. Hopefully people take the opportunity to read Gleason s column learn more about the man his mission and the battle to cure ALS. The rejection of the DJs hateful speech is only one piece of this. Hopefully the raised profile of Gleason and his cause can allow our collective sense of humanity to win.More of today s big winners

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Tahiti soccer Way to go team.

Danny Green Get the backstory on the NBA Finals biggest breakthrough.

Udonis Haslem Will the Heat switch up the starting lineup

Zack Wheeler Mets top pitching prospect makes his MLB debut today.

Phil Mickelson No one in golf is willing to second guess like Phil.

Jay Z The real MVP of Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Max Scherzer 10 0 not bad.

Brittney Griner If not THE athlete of 2013 definitely on the short list.

John Abraham Best remaining NFL free agent

Derek Keif Best baby themed college football recruiting commitment ever.

Duke No. 86 on Paul Myerberg s ultimate college football countdown.

Zach Adams 9 year old golfer shoots a 58. (h/t Yahoo Sports)

Derek Jeter Leads all time All USA baseball team.

Awesome The best non traditional at bat walk up song choices (via FTW s Ted Berg).

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