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#1: Mesi's return garners mixed emotions

Posted on 2006-04-02 04:53:14 by HardCell

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JOHN D'ONOFRIO: Mesi's triumphant return garners mixed emotions

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How the media chooses to portray an athlete's comeback from injury certainly
plays an important role in shaping &quot;public sentiment&quot; and the Baby Joe Mesi
saga is the perfect example of hypocrisy.

I don't understand how the return of one athlete from the jaws of death -
like New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi - is portrayed as &quot;heroic&quot;
and another comeback - like Mesi's return to the boxing ring tonight - is
criticized.

You can't have it both ways - or can you?

When Bruschi returned to the National Football League last year after
suffering an offseason stroke, I saw nothing but tear-jerking Rocky-like
documentaries smothered in inspirational music and flowery commentary from
former players and teammates. One NFL game (I think it may have been a
Sunday Night Football contest) was so pro-Bruschi tainted that I had to turn
it off just to stop from gagging.

I still don't get it. The guy can't even spell his own name right.

Now, suddenly, here comes Baby Joe out of a suspension from professional
boxing that's never been quite proven right or wrong by anybody on either
side of the multi-million dollar coin, and he's some kind of fool for
risking his life?

Are you kidding me?

I've got a better idea if you really want to kill yourself. Suffer a stroke
like Bruschi, then play pro football again a few months later and try
tackling Jerome Bettis head on.

Does that mean that Bruschi should have hung it up after suffering a stroke?

Of course not, and in fact, I support his comeback as enthusiastically as I
support Mesi's.

The point is both men have the God-given right to decide for themselves what
they want to do with their lives. This is still America, after all.

If they want to risk their lives competing in a particular sport - ahem,
like NASCAR drivers every weekend - then that's their prerogative.

Seriously injured guys should never compete again?

Try telling that to guys like Jack Youngblood, who played in a Super Bowl
with a broken leg, or Nextel Cup drivers who strap themselves into the front
seat of a land rocket every Saturday or Sunday.

They're not heroes. They're just extraordinary human beings .

And Mesi's comeback spells nothing but better days ahead locally.

Throughout his amateur and professional career, he's served as a positive
role model for youths, as a positive spokesman for countless local
charitable causes and overall, as a positive sports ambassador of the people
of Western New York.

Baby Joe is back - and not a minute too soon.

Contact John D'Onofrio at 439-9222, Ext. 6247 or <a href="mailto:donofrioj&#64;gnnewspaper.com." target="_blank">donofrioj&#64;gnnewspaper.com.</a>

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#2: Re: Mesi's return garners mixed emotions

Posted on 2006-04-02 05:35:02 by Ruddell

On Sat, 1 Apr 2006 20:53:14 -0600, HardCell wrote
(in article &lt;<a href="mailto:BvqdnSiFro6CobLZRVn-rw&#64;rcn.net" target="_blank">BvqdnSiFro6CobLZRVn-rw&#64;rcn.net</a>&gt;):

&gt; <a href="http://www.tonawanda-news.com/sports/gnnsports_story_090234153.html" target="_blank"> http://www.tonawanda-news.com/sports/gnnsports_story_0902341 53.html</a>

Interesting point and I tend to agree with it. Things are a bit two sided
far too often and this is one of them when you look at it like that.


&gt; Contact John D'Onofrio at 439-9222, Ext. 6247 or <a href="mailto:donofrioj&#64;gnnewspaper.com." target="_blank">donofrioj&#64;gnnewspaper.com.</a>


I'm assuming the area code is 716?


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#3: Re: Mesi's return garners mixed emotions

Posted on 2006-04-02 05:41:15 by Melanie Ley

On Sat, 1 Apr 2006 21:35:02 -0600, Ruddell
&lt;<a href="mailto:ruddell'Elle-Kabong'&#64;canada.com" target="_blank">ruddell'Elle-Kabong'&#64;canada.com</a>&gt; wrote:

&gt;On Sat, 1 Apr 2006 20:53:14 -0600, HardCell wrote
&gt;(in article &lt;<a href="mailto:BvqdnSiFro6CobLZRVn-rw&#64;rcn.net" target="_blank">BvqdnSiFro6CobLZRVn-rw&#64;rcn.net</a>&gt;):
&gt;
&gt;&gt; <a href="http://www.tonawanda-news.com/sports/gnnsports_story_090234153.html" target="_blank"> http://www.tonawanda-news.com/sports/gnnsports_story_0902341 53.html</a>
&gt;
&gt;Interesting point and I tend to agree with it. Things are a bit two sided
&gt;far too often and this is one of them when you look at it like that.

I agree that every adult has the right to choose what they do
with their lives. I don't agree that if Mesi really had bleeding of
the brain that he should return to the ring. Just my opinion.

He can be a better role model to the kids alive rather than
dead or in a vegatative state.

Mel

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#4: Re: Mesi's return garners mixed emotions

Posted on 2006-04-02 06:56:05 by Ruddell

On Sat, 1 Apr 2006 21:41:15 -0600, Melanie Ley wrote
(in article &lt;<a href="mailto:srhu229fr2sr8ooc42rrmi9etlakf7n8a5&#64;4ax.com" target="_blank">srhu229fr2sr8ooc42rrmi9etlakf7n8a5&#64;4ax.com</a>&gt;):


&gt; I agree that every adult has the right to choose what they do
&gt; with their lives. I don't agree that if Mesi really had bleeding of
&gt; the brain that he should return to the ring. Just my opinion.
&gt;
&gt; He can be a better role model to the kids alive rather than
&gt; dead or in a vegatative state.


Yes Mel, the common sense approach is usually the best route to take ;-)


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#5: Re: Mesi's return garners mixed emotions

Posted on 2006-04-02 07:26:12 by Melanie Ley

On Sat, 1 Apr 2006 22:56:05 -0600, Ruddell
&lt;<a href="mailto:ruddell'Elle-Kabong'&#64;canada.com" target="_blank">ruddell'Elle-Kabong'&#64;canada.com</a>&gt; wrote:

&gt;On Sat, 1 Apr 2006 21:41:15 -0600, Melanie Ley wrote
&gt;(in article &lt;<a href="mailto:srhu229fr2sr8ooc42rrmi9etlakf7n8a5&#64;4ax.com" target="_blank">srhu229fr2sr8ooc42rrmi9etlakf7n8a5&#64;4ax.com</a>&gt;):
&gt;
&gt;
&gt;&gt; I agree that every adult has the right to choose what they do
&gt;&gt; with their lives. I don't agree that if Mesi really had bleeding of
&gt;&gt; the brain that he should return to the ring. Just my opinion.
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; He can be a better role model to the kids alive rather than
&gt;&gt; dead or in a vegatative state.
&gt;
&gt;
&gt;Yes Mel, the common sense approach is usually the best route to take ;-)

Common sense? Did you really say common sense? 8-P

Mel

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#6: Re: Mesi's return garners mixed emotions

Posted on 2006-04-02 08:02:46 by Ruddell

On Sat, 1 Apr 2006 23:26:12 -0600, Melanie Ley wrote
(in article &lt;<a href="mailto:sdnu221422b9l8q890u18cflob6bgvmi3s&#64;4ax.com" target="_blank">sdnu221422b9l8q890u18cflob6bgvmi3s&#64;4ax.com</a>&gt;):

&gt; On Sat, 1 Apr 2006 22:56:05 -0600, Ruddell
&gt; &lt;<a href="mailto:ruddell'Elle-Kabong'&#64;canada.com" target="_blank">ruddell'Elle-Kabong'&#64;canada.com</a>&gt; wrote:
&gt;
&gt;&gt; On Sat, 1 Apr 2006 21:41:15 -0600, Melanie Ley wrote
&gt;&gt; (in article &lt;<a href="mailto:srhu229fr2sr8ooc42rrmi9etlakf7n8a5&#64;4ax.com" target="_blank">srhu229fr2sr8ooc42rrmi9etlakf7n8a5&#64;4ax.com</a>&gt;):
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;&gt; I agree that every adult has the right to choose what they do
&gt;&gt;&gt; with their lives. I don't agree that if Mesi really had bleeding of
&gt;&gt;&gt; the brain that he should return to the ring. Just my opinion.
&gt;&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;&gt; He can be a better role model to the kids alive rather than
&gt;&gt;&gt; dead or in a vegatative state.
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; Yes Mel, the common sense approach is usually the best route to take ;-)
&gt;
&gt; Common sense? Did you really say common sense? 8-P


Yeah, you're right. It's a crazy concept and nobody really should take it
seriously ;-)


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#7: Re: Mesi's return garners mixed emotions

Posted on 2006-04-02 18:16:37 by Melanie Ley

On Sun, 2 Apr 2006 00:02:46 -0600, Ruddell
&lt;<a href="mailto:ruddell'Elle-Kabong'&#64;canada.com" target="_blank">ruddell'Elle-Kabong'&#64;canada.com</a>&gt; wrote:

&gt;&gt; Common sense? Did you really say common sense? 8-P
&gt;
&gt;
&gt;Yeah, you're right. It's a crazy concept and nobody really should take it
&gt;seriously ;-)

Whew - you had me scared there for a minute!

BTW - the US is sending a team to the Ken Goff Memorial this
year. Puleeze tape it for me!


Mel

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#8: Re: Mesi's return garners mixed emotions

Posted on 2006-04-02 19:14:48 by Ruddell

On Sun, 2 Apr 2006 10:16:37 -0600, Melanie Ley wrote
(in article &lt;<a href="mailto:s4uv22dctegfqtb4ue0ntvj0i55lm6n2p7&#64;4ax.com" target="_blank">s4uv22dctegfqtb4ue0ntvj0i55lm6n2p7&#64;4ax.com</a>&gt;):

&gt; On Sun, 2 Apr 2006 00:02:46 -0600, Ruddell
&gt; &lt;<a href="mailto:ruddell'Elle-Kabong'&#64;canada.com" target="_blank">ruddell'Elle-Kabong'&#64;canada.com</a>&gt; wrote:
&gt;
&gt;&gt;&gt; Common sense? Did you really say common sense? 8-P
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; Yeah, you're right. It's a crazy concept and nobody really should take it
&gt;&gt; seriously ;-)
&gt;
&gt; Whew - you had me scared there for a minute!
&gt;
&gt; BTW - the US is sending a team to the Ken Goff Memorial this
&gt; year. Puleeze tape it for me!


Yeah, I still haven't fulfilled my obligation from last year. I'll keep an
eye out and likely get tickets as well. I believe it's on May 12th so still
some time to make plans...



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#9: USA-Canada Tape

Posted on 2006-07-17 01:54:45 by Melanie Ley

&gt;Yeah, I still haven't fulfilled my obligation from last year. I'll keep an
&gt;eye out and likely get tickets as well. I believe it's on May 12th so still
&gt;some time to make plans...

Ummm - it's July 16 and still no tapes???? };-&gt;


Mel

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#10: Re: USA-Canada Tape

Posted on 2006-07-17 03:55:54 by Ruddell

On Sun, 16 Jul 2006 17:54:45 -0600, Melanie Ley wrote
(in article &lt;<a href="mailto:kbklb2l3e8i0j9vs6j7e56h4j7fdboo2rh&#64;4ax.com" target="_blank">kbklb2l3e8i0j9vs6j7e56h4j7fdboo2rh&#64;4ax.com</a>&gt;):

&gt;
&gt;&gt; Yeah, I still haven't fulfilled my obligation from last year. I'll keep an
&gt;&gt; eye out and likely get tickets as well. I believe it's on May 12th so
&gt;&gt; still
&gt;&gt; some time to make plans...
&gt;
&gt; Ummm - it's July 16 and still no tapes???? };-&gt;


I've completely missed it. Guess I'll get on the phone tomorrow and put
something in action. Sheesh, in old age I'm getting slower than I was in my
youth...




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