Thursday, July 26, 2007

What is going on?

I woke up this morning to Sharen turning on our TV that is in our room to the Today show and the first thing that was on was a story about all of the sports scandals that are going on now. Seriously, what is going on? Michael Vick is killing dogs and having them fight to the death. Tim Donaghy is fixing over/under for betting. Barry Bonds is about to break the home run record. The Tour de France has been in scandal ever since Lance Armstrong won his first one. Where did all of the sports stars and good guys go? Where is the reason I love sports? I still do love sports and there are still plenty of good people out there. In fact, that is why I wanted to write this blog.

I was watching Shaq's Big Challenge in which he picked a few obese children in Florida and have them get ready for the Presidential Challenge of Fitness in front of the Governer of Florida. Yes, seems lame. But the show showed a lot of things that have changed since I was in school and how pathetic things have gotten. It made me worry about my kids. Shaq had doctors tell him that if kids are physically active and such things that their grades will improve, which is what school administrators are worried about! But the school administrators, at first, didn't like the idea of having active programs for the kids. But at the end of the show they came up with a good idea. But it just went to show what kids are facing now. Their lunch was not that healthy. They had that chef on the Applebee's commercials to come in and help come up with better menus. True, it was hard, but possible and he figured it out. I know that not every school can do this, but they should try to figure things out. I would prefer to have my kid have a 3.3 GPA instead of a 4.0 and they were physically, emotionally, and spirtually fit. But Shaq is doing this. He is also an officer that could be called on in Florida if needed. He made sure to go back and finish his bachelor's degree. And easily, he is one of the most recognized people in the world! He is also hip, dresses nice, drives blinged out cars. Why can't people see that not only is he a good person and good athlete but athletes can look at him and say he lives a good life, not only an athletes life.

This is also a good story about sports and what one person can do. I read the first story about this Alaskan high school team last year and I read the new one yesterday. This is a great story and goes to show that people do care.

I know that there are other great sports stories of giving back to the community. But those are just a few of them. I just wanted to shed some light on the good things with sports. Let us not stick with the bad.

PS: I am going to do a full blog of links another day. I really like doing those and I have a few I want to give out so wait for that. Till then, later!