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  •  Just a thought: many NFLers get involved w/o (3+ / 0-)
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    trying to get a lot of publicity.

    One example of this is Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, from an interview with Jim Brown:

    I don't compare myself with anyone. Let me tell you about someone I do admire. Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots has contributed more to the work I surround myself with than any black athlete in modern times—financially, intellectually, every way. He's been in the prisons with me. He's met gang members in my home; he's met gang members in Cleveland [where Belichick coached the Browns from 1991 to '95]. He's put up money. He's opened up areas of education for us very quietly and very strongly. Imagine what would happen if Michael Jordan did the same thing.

    We don't want our country back, we want our country FORWARD. --Eclectablog

    by Samer on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 07:57:49 AM PDT

    •  My point about the above is not to castigate (3+ / 0-)
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      Eason. It's simply to point out that there's a lot that happens that we never hear about.

      We don't want our country back, we want our country FORWARD. --Eclectablog

      by Samer on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 07:59:29 AM PDT

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      •  Of course. No one would think you were.... (5+ / 0-)
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        ...castigating Nick Eason.

        And you were right. A lot of good happens and we never hear about it.

        When my Down syndrome brother was attending St Anthony's School for Exceptional Children, he came home one day and simply said, "Franco and Rocky. At school." Lewis did not speak in complete sentences and we were unsure exactly what he meant. Only when we asked his teacher did we learn that Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier stopped by to spend some time with the children. There was no publicity.

        It is amazing how a sports hero can bring joy to a child, whether in a school setting or - even more so - in hospital.

        Myron Cope used to tell how - when he asked Franco to visit a kid in the hospital, Franco's response would always be "what should I bring?" If the kid had made a request, Franco would do his best to bring a football, jersey, picture or whatever.

        And David Maraniss, in his book on Roberto Clemente, writes how Roberto would visit children's hospitals in every city in the league during the season. Kids, he writes, seemed to have an underground and knew how to get him to visit. Perhaps it was doctors and nurses who knew someone who knew someone who called Roberto. Rather than sit in his hotel room all morning during a road trip, Roberto would rather visit a kid in the hospital. And so he did.

        We know you're not castigating Eason, Samer. You are just doing what I am doing. We are celebrating the fact that others share his sense of kindness and giving.

        •  Not much to add to this (5+ / 0-)

          except to say that Clemente is the truest of heroes and Maraniss's book is a literary gem.

          "I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil." ~Bobby Kennedy

          by Grizzard on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 09:34:09 AM PDT

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        •  I'm a Broncos fan (0+ / 0-)

          and they and the Steelers have had more than their share of playoff battles through the years, but I know who Myron Cope was. I know how warm-hearted he was, and I know his distinctive voice and sayings were legendary.

          I would have paid to have been allowed to sit in the booth and hear him, Hilgrove, and Tunch Ilkin call a game. Listening to him and Jack Flemming probably wouldn't have been so bad either.

          You weren't the only ones who turned the TV volume down to hear Myron and his "Hmm, haa!!!" or "Double yoi!". We had a true professional radio announcer for years in Bob Martin. Martin was the opposite of Cope, in that he wasn't colorful. He was a professional's professional (not that Cope wasn't professional). He and color analyst Larry Zimmer (who himself succeeded Martin with play-by-play duties) had a way of describing the game that was so easy to understand, but the two of them weren't condescending about it.

          liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

          by RockyMtnLib on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:15:49 AM PDT

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    •  At the same time though, (0+ / 0-)

      getting publicity might be the best way to raise more money for the groups they work with -- if you or I asked for money for cancer victims we might get a strange look, but if you're a football fan and Nick Eason asks for money, you might be more likely to open the wallet because you've heard of the dude.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 10:49:32 PM PDT

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