Dispatch from the Edge: Week ending 11/18/11

Posted on November 18, 2011

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By Michael Devlin

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos enjoyed an extraordinary stroke of luck this week when he was rescued in his native Venezuela by police forces last Saturday. Perhaps ignorant of the risks involved, he claims he plans to play the winter season with the local Aragua Tigers, starting this week. During later interviews, Ramos claimed he would only play if the Nationals allowed him to. When describing his captivity, he said “They wanted money, and they said they were not going to hurt me if they got their money.”

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The pressure remains on the most detested man in all of sports, Mike McQueary, the ginger headed loser who failed to act heroically in the defense of the boy allegedly being raped in the Penn State locker room by ex-coach Jerry Sandusky. When McQueary witnessed this, he was 28-years old, 6’5″, and near the peak of health as an ex-Big Ten quarterback. Sandusky was nearly 60. One can draw their own conclusions from this mess, but perhaps it has its benefits: this week, Syracuse police have announced that they are investigating claims that Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine may have molested a ball boy for more than a dozen years throughout the 80s and 90s. Allegations are in their infancy; it is most certainly too early to decide whether this is a product of ‘mass hysteria’ or whether the Sandusky case has opened society for more victims to step forth.

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A longtime fan of the Michigan Wolverines and New York Giants, I’m still a believer in the Tebow mythos. He’s got a long wind-up and he may have won a Heisman on the wings of short shovel passes, but he doesn’t buy into the hype. He’s sweet natured and humbled in the age of Ochocincos and Hayneworths. And inexplicably, people hate him for it.

The latest manifestation of Tebow’s real or imagined grandeur is in the number 15 Denver Broncos jersey with ‘Jesus’ on the back. These mock, or perhaps honor, Tebow’s dedication to Christianity. Tebow has become infamous for the motion wherein he drops to one knee during games to worship God – Tebowing.

Unlike nearly every human being who has ever played the game, Tebow does not seem to have succumbed to his own legend. When the Denver Post asked him about the Jesus jerseys, he said: “I don’t know what to think about that because I don’t know where people’s hearts are. It’s important not to judge without knowing their hearts. If their heart is to honor the Lord, then it’s a good thing. Only God can judge, because only God knows what’s in a person’s heart.”

How can you argue with that?

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