Re: Sorry to pats fans
posted at 6/29/2013 11:53 AM EDT
Well . . . not to take our old friend underdogg(gggg) too heavily to task, but to quote the estimable Will Muny, "Deserve's got nuthin' to do with it."
Fans don't "deserve" anything. The team is there for you to root for, or not, at your pleasure, and if it turns out that some of the guys who wear your favorite laundry are not necessarily guys you would want dating your sister (or even living on the same planet with her), you either make your peace with that or you don't.
A great many of the discussion we have on this forum often wend their way around to the idea that many (most) athletes who reach the elite level of their particular sport get coddled -- some might even say inuslated -- along the way and that the rules and laws and ethics that govern the day-to-day lives of people like me and underdogg(gggg) do not generally apply to the "chosen few." Right, wrong or indifferent, that is the way of the world as concerns professional athletics generally.
Now, I grant you, premeditate murder is a far cry from . . . oh, let's say, making unwanted advances to young women in night club bathrooms (or even expensive hotels). We look at a murderer (or a "gangsta," if that's your pleasure) differently than we would, for instance, a guy who throws his marriage and his family away so he can indiscriminately bop the dregs of the porn industry or some nebulous truck-stop slag. Now, as I write this, there are people who openly cheer for the Ben Roethlisbergers and the Kobe Bryants and the Tiger Woodses of the world . . . even though none of those guys (and an entire passel of others) "deserve" anything but your scorn at best, and, hopefully callous disinterest.
Odds are nobody is going to be cheering for Aaron Hernandez where he is likely to be going, and that is as it should be, but Aaron Hernandez didn't do anything to the fans. He did some pretty bad stuff to some pretty bad people and their families, but in order for the fans to believe that they had somehow been duped or cheated you would have to believe that the Pats' brain trust looked at Hernandez pattern of behavior and surmised that sooner or later he was going to commit murder . . . and decided to go ahead and spend that fourth-round pick just the same.
Does anyone here believe that?
Look . . . I know it's disappointing when your heroes turn out to be regular human beings (or perhaps substantially less), but when illusions are shattered it's more often because the idolator put his faith in the wrong place than because the supreme being couldn't live up to the legend.
Or something like that.
Now you listen here! He's not the Messiah . . . he's a very naughty boy!