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Metcalfe's Musings

By JIM METCALFE

Sports Editor

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Three deaths in the last week or so caught my eye for different reasons.

The first was about Lacey Holsworth, who I had written about not too long ago.

The 8-year-old girl had befriended Michigan State star Adreian Payne and had become a “fan” favorite of not only the player but his teammates and even the Spartan fans.

Her death came hard to all her newfound friends and supporters because they — like I and I am sure many, many more — were hoping she would win this fight.

There is something about a child dying that affects us — we ask all the questions and, quite frankly, there is no “answer” this side of The Veil; you just have to hope there is one that we will eventually understand and it’s all part of a Divine Plan that we cannot possibly comprehend.

 

The second death was that of famed surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe, he that pioneered the elbow procedure that came to be dubbed “Tommy John surgery.”

Most definitely, it didn‘t “bother” me as such because he was 88.

He lived a long and fruitful life as a surgeon, basically saving the careers of many a pitcher.

A lot of people may or may not remember John as a member of the Los Angeles Bums … er, Dodgers … in 1974 when he ruptured the medial collateral ligament in his left (pitching) elbow, an injury that before Jobe’s innovation meant retirement. He pitched 14 more years and won 164 more games and, surprisingly, never missed another start because of an elbow injury.

The Dodgers held a memorial service at Dodgers Stadium presided over by long(long/LONG)time broadcaster Vin Scully.

An aside here: I would love to listen to a game broadcast by Scully and Marty Brenneman, wouldn’t you?

The third was that of WWE legend The Ultimate Warrior, the former James Hellwig.

I am not sure any one word could describe him in his ring persona: crazy, colorful and maniacal come to mind.

I think a lot of people already thought he was dead, especially with all the rumors of steroids, etc., that have been as much a part of professional wrestling in the last two decades as its legendary stars, as well as a long documentary about his self-destruction.

Whatever you think about professional wrestling, good or ill, without him and other legends, like Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Andre the Giant, pro wrestling would not be what it is today.

Rest in peace.

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Then this matter caught my eye as well.

It seems that there are many New York Jets’ fans — heck, maybe these aren’t even Jets’ fans! — that don’t want recently-signed quarterback Michael Vick to report to their team’s training cap at SUNY-Cortland this summer due his dog-fighting crimes in 2007.

These people believe that should this event occur, the team will be complicit in the crimes of this “monster and disgrace.”

I wrote about what I thought about what he did then — he was a monster and disgrace and got what he deserved — but he served his time and I believe has done everything in his power to atone for those sins.

As far as I know, he has not gone back into that life since, so to me, that ends the matter.

Does he or does he not deserve the chance at forgiveness or not? We forgive other people in the spotlight for things that are as bad or worse, so why should this be any different?

Mr. Vick has earned it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:44 PM
 

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