August 2, 2010 by David Gillaspie
Everyone loves a winner?
We like sharing the glow of victory. Basking in someone else’s achievement gives us hope. Cheaters may not prosper but the winners who cut corners in their drive for success are still in the record book.
Future historians compiling lists of winners often overlook certain details. When they don’t they are called spoiled sports, hacks, muckrakers.
Winning the right way is less important than winning, but it’s the way to pay tribute to the competition you’re engaged in.
Ben Johnson ran a miraculous 100 meters in the ’88 Olympics. He was the fastest man in the universe for three days until the lab test showed his miraculous run came with help from stanozolol.
Johnson’s coach came to his aid, saying he couldn’t possibly test positive for stanozolol because he preferred the steroid furazabol.
That’s the sort of help you can’t buy at any price.
There’s no place winners have cheated their game more than MLB. With help from Major Lab BALCO, the home run king wearing body armor at the plate replaced a man who received death threats for being black when he replaced a fat man who looked like he had to hit a homer to make it to first base.
The icing on that cake came with the current home run king’s quote in the New York Daily News, “”I have a really good friendship with Mark McGwire. I’m proud of him,” Bonds said. “We’ve had a great relationship throughout our entire lives and throughout our career. I’m proud of what he did. I’m happy for him.”
That ought to end speculation that the current king is despised by all of baseball. From the sound of it Mark and Barry are on each other’s Christmas card list, though I’d like to see that evidence.
One of the most shocking outcomes in sport comes from soccer where one player gave an opponent another kind of shot. Zinedine Zidane dropped Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup Final with what seems like the best thing to happen for soccer, a real hit. Instead of needle in the butt, ZZ, a sharp dressed man, gave Marco a modified Glasgow kiss.
Italy won the World Cup, but what did they lose in the bargain? Let historians decide that.
If it’s hard to find athletes honoring their sport, it’s not so in finding a group honoring their country.
Raphael Nadal takes Wimbledon. Alberto Contador rolls through the Tour de France. Both join their countrymen who became World Champions in winning the World Cup. Does this mean Spain is on the verge of renewing their world domination?
Call Pau Gasol at 1-800-Lake-Show for the answer.
Are there more Spanish winners? Will there be even more? Yes and yes, which bodes well for all sports.