Wednesday, January 30

Antler Spray, Calf Blood & Catfish

What happened to sports heros? You know, the guys and gals who kids can look up to, strive to be like, mirror their play and practice after? Where did they go, or at least why don't we hear all about them?

Today the ESPN talking heads chant about those who admits to using performance enhancing drugs, those who lie about using the boosters and one idiot who was "catfished" (liar). It is heartbreaking that these morons and thugs are what our kids are shown as folks to look up to. Really? I don't want my son looking up to someone who was once involved with a murder and who uses banned substances, no matter how great he plays football. I don't want him looking up to a cyclist who sues people for accusing him of using 'roids when he actually was. And I REALLY don't want my son looking up to someone who is either a part of a huge scheme OR is just an idiot.

Am I wrong that I want MY son to strive for more? To strive for something so much greater than any of these low lives could ever achieve? No. I'm a mom who wants the best for my son - especially his heros. I want people my son can look up to for guidance and structure, for greatness and so much more.

Sadly the mediocrity of today's society calls for kids to excel but lie and cheat while they do it. Not my kid. No way. I'm setting his standards higher than you Ray Lewis. His goals bigger than you Lance Armstrong. His smarts years ahead of you Manti Teo. You three are today's news but there are others... There are so many others.

It's time kids AND adults learn to ask more of their heros and sports "idols". What are you asking for?

1 comment:

  1. Voila! Une homme: WHEREAS, Master Sergeant Charles Homer Owens served as a guardian of this nation's freedom and liberty with the United States Marine Corps, valiantly and courageously protecting his fellow Americans during three major wars; and

    WHEREAS, Master Sergeant Owens joined the Marines at the age of 15, lying about his age so that he could join in America's fight against oppression and tyranny during World War II; and

    WHEREAS, he fought in the Korean War, where he was shot by an enemy sniper at Bunker Hill which earned him a third Purple Heart Medal for being wounded in combat; and

    WHEREAS, after the Korean War, Master Sergeant Owens served as a drill instructor for new Marines and retired from the Corps with 20 years of honorable service in 1962 as a Gunnery Sergeant; and

    WHEREAS, in 1966, Master Sergeant Owens was called to active duty to serve in Vietnam, where he participated in numerous operations, including the defense of the insurgency at Dong Ha, Operation Cimmeron, Operation Buffalo, Operation Hickory Nut II, Operation Kingfisher, Operation Medina, Operation Liberty II, and Operation Osceola; and

    WHEREAS, he retired from the military for a second and final time in 1968, with decades of military service that demonstrated a deep personal commitment to protecting democracy and a willingness to sacrifice his own personal safety and comfort to ensure the well-being of his fellow man; and

    WHEREAS, Master Sergeant Owens was recognized with numerous honors and accolades during his military career, including a Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V Device for Valor, a Good Conduct Medal with four Bronze Stars, an American Campaign Medal, a Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, and a Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars just to name a few; and

    WHEREAS, Master Sergeant Owens embodies the spirit of service, willing to find meaning in something greater than himself, and it is abundantly fitting and proper that the outstanding accomplishments and sacrifices of this remarkable and distinguished American be honored appropriately.

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES that the members of this body express their most profound appreciation for Master Sergeant Charles Homer Owens and all members of the United States military who stand ever ready to lay the ultimate sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of Representatives is authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to Master Sergeant Charles Homer Owens.