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Too Much Sports Hype

Ok, I’m an injury lawyer in New Hampshire; that’s how I make my living. But I’m an avid sports fan, and living in New England I follow closely the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, and Patriots.

We’ve had many heart-breaking and lean years, so it’s nice to be part of championship years.

I’m a little tired of the sports’ media, especially in New England.

A bunch of Monday morning quarterbacks, who have all the answers. Most never experienced any success at all on the field.

They remind me of most law school professors, and remember, I said most, not all. Fact is most never had a real, live client in their office. It’s the difference between theory and practice.

I was listening to a radio station this morning and heard all the questions to Randy Moss about being sent home because he was late for a team meeting.

Who really cares?

Only in New England can the media get so much mileage on such a story.

I suppose there’s nothing else to talk about.

You would think it was a real big deal.

They wanted to know: will you apologize to your team-mates; will this distract the team; what did the other players say to you, and on and on, as if this were the story of the century.

Kind of silly this whole thing is.

The same can be said of the big deal they made of missing a 4th and 2.

I love sports, but sports has been elevated to a religion in our country, and that is a dangerous situation.

Sports are sports. Pure entertainment.

Look at the circus around Tiger Woods. The man’s a golfer and maybe the best of all time, but when any person is deified ( made to be a god), there will be disappointment. We all fall short.

But the media loves it and has a field-day. In fairness to them, it is only because we, the public, have a voracious appetite for this trash.

I suppose I can hardly blame them because if we were not so consumed by it, they would have no incentive to produce it. We’d reject it. In a real sense they are doing their job, I suppose, and we all have to make a living.

How about real stuff?

Where is our country headed, and how much more will we allow our leaders to mislead us– on both sides of the aisle?

What about our trash culture, and the kind of garbage our kids are being fed at school?

After 26 years of working with, and getting to know, victims of auto accidents, personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice cases, I’ve seen more than my fair share of needless and very real suffering.

It’s hard to think of Randy Moss’ being late for practice and being sent home as a major issue.

If we devoted as much of our time, effort and energy on the things that matter most, as we do on sports, then we would be better off as a country.

And, I do believe better days are coming.

During this Christmas season let’s always remember the less fortunate, and those who nobody to turn to for a hand.

Keep your strength.

Charlie Donahue
injury lawyer
New Hampshire

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