Baseball has lost a couple of iconic figures.
Lance Armstrong has lost whatever credibility he had. Notre Dame lost its pride after Alabama whipped them all over the field for the national championship. The Super Bowl is set with the brothers Harbaugh — John and Jim — manning different sidelines in the Big Game, and Notre Dame’s fabulous linebacker Manti Te’o losing his imaginary girlfriend in some kind of goofy internet hoax.
Man that’s a lot to digest.
To the baseball world, which is my favorite anyway, Cardinal legend Stan Musial passed away at the age of 92.
Stan “the Man” was one of the all timers on the field and just as good off the field.
Fellow legend Willie Mays said he had never heard anyone say anything bad about Musial and his exploits between the lines speak for themselves.
The Orioles lost fiery little manager Earl Weaver, one of the games more interesting characters to say the least. Weaver was known for a volcanic temper and a salty vocabulary. Weaver guided his 1970 O’s to a World Series win over the Cincinnati Reds in one of the best Series ever.
Lance Armstrong will now be forever remembered, I hope, as a cheater and a liar. He joins the ranks of disgraced celebrities whose hubris ultimately led to their downfall.
One would think that after Richard Nixon, Pete Rose, Bill Clinton, etc... these guys would get it.
I hope that the Super Bowl is more about the two teams and the stories of the players than it is about Jim and John Harbaugh.
As for the Te’o story, when someone figures this thing out, call me and very slowly explain it to me.