- Faith & Family
Many people use the sports world as an escape of sorts from some of life’s cold harsh realities. We look to our sports heroes to do some of the things we could only dream of. Thus we rejoice when they win and we suffer when they lose. We talk about them at bars, on sports radio shows, at the barbershop and the water cooler in the cafeteria at work. But some of us take things just a little too far when our heroes come up short. Such is the case of LA Lakers guard Steve Blake and his wife Kristen who according to the LA Times were the recipients of a profanity-laced death threat via Twitter after Steve missed a potential game winner in game 2 versus the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Lakers lost 77-75 in the Western Conference semi-final and it was just too much of a disappointment for one deranged Laker fan who thought threatening the lives of the Blakes was a good way to vent a little frustration. Another case of some lunatic fan taking things way too far. Sports brings out the best and the worst in us. Not long ago, the Washington Capitols Joel Ward, a Black hockey player, received racist messages from angry fans upset that he had scored the game winning goal in a playoff game. I remember growing up here and watching the hatred Dolphin fans spewed at former running back Sammie Smith who had a tendency to fumble near the goal line, thus depriving fans of that much needed “thrill of victory.” He was routinely serenaded with merciless chants of “Sam-mie sucks.” It affected Smith tremendously who was out of football a short time later. Superstar actress Gabrielle Union, the girlfriend of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, received a nasty message via Twitter from some lunatic after Wade’s poor performance last week against the Indiana Pacers. People should know where to draw the line — many do not. History has shown us that for all the great jaw dropping, inspirational stories we find in sports, for every Al Michaels “do you believe in miracles” moments of sheer joy, sports has a dark side. Maybe it will always be that way. In some countries one can even lose their life for failure during a sporting event. But in the end, isn’t it just a game?
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By The Sports Brothers