Just some thoughts:
THERE ARE SUCH THINGS
I don’t watch much television now days. Golf yes, “The Pickers,” maybe a magazine show or two and Sunday Morning show on CBS. But the other day I was watching a bit of a University of Tennessee football game. (That can be a bit painful at times.) Our oldest grandson is a graduate of UT and another grandson is currently a freshman there.
During a game time out they went to a commercial. The commercial was one doing public relations for the NCAA. They were pushing the idea to the viewers of the idea of the “student athlete.” Often seeing that commercial I “snicker” a bit at such.
But not too long ago I had something happen that made me think a bit. A college professor attends church where my wife and I do. Previously he had seen me at a college game where he teaches. “I’ve seen you at a lot games over the past couple years,” he said to me. (Not unusual I probably see 50 plus basketball games a year) He then called the name of one of the team’s players to me and asked, “Do you know this young man?” I told him I did and on occasion I sat with his parents at games. The family is from Indiana near where I once coached and they often drove down to see their son play.
The professor said to me, “He’s a good kid, I’ve got him in class. Good student, takes his role as a student very seriously. His schedule causes him to miss some classes but he always sees me before such and never fails to make up his work. He’s a pleasure to have in class.” By the way the prof does not teach “basket weaving.”
I have a couple that I met a few months back at my coffee shop. They have a grandson who is currently a star running back for a major college football team. Was one of the most sought after high school football players in the state three years ago. In watching a recent game in which he had scored the announcer referred to him as “a thoroughbred.” I had ask them what the recruiting of him was like. One of the things they shared with me was the academics at that school was a major factor in his going there. They shared with me his commitment to his college classes. “He will make it a point to graduate on time and he is already thinking about graduate school.”
So you know….I guess with all the chaos, hypocrisy in this world that one often sees, I need to be reminded there still are some “Abe Lincoln’s walking a mile to return a book, or a George Washington telling his parents ‘Hey I cut down that tree.” Yes. there are still such things as student athletes.
Recently I saw a young teenage boy made to feel badly when someone made some blanket statements regarding law enforcement, “My dad has been a policeman for twenty-five years and has never fired his gun.” I felt for the kid. So Larry think a bit before you want to make “blanket” statements or evaluations.
To steal a line from the old Tommy Dorsey, Piper Pipers and Frank Sinatra song:
“There are such things.
October 23, 2019