We love our sports heroes. We probably demand a little too much from human beings who are uniquely gifted athletically. That’s why it was tough for some folks to hear Lance Armstrong confessing that he had cheated by using dope in his world bicycling championships. He also admitted that he’s lied about it consistently over the years, and he’s bullied people to keep quiet.
I’m sorry to see this because I believe Armstrong has done good work in the area of cancer awareness and fund-raising.
A sports hero from my youth died recently, his reputation completely unblemished. Stan Musial played 22 years with the St. Louis Cardinals, won seven national League batting titles, and was named to the All-Star team 24 times. “The Man” averaged .300 or better 16 straight seasons.
In retirement, he was a champion for the Cardinals, St. Louis, and baseball.
He was a modest, friendly man.
Stan Musial was a true hero in every sense.
Our thought for today is from Benjamin Disraeli:
“Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”