Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 1:10am

Athletes fall so far

Great perspective on the accountability (or lack thereof) of professional athletes! [City Paper, Dec. 21] We are all accountable but it's good to hear someone vocalize the fact that these men and women are no different.

We, the general public, should not idolize them so much that we lose perspective for the high standards of marriage.

I personally feel that these men and women lack a personal relationship with God or they wouldn't fall so far. [That's] not to say that every Christian does things perfectly, it just gives you the perspective, discipline and the accountability it takes to honor your marital relationship.

Thanks again for writing what a lot of other people think.

Michael Kerrigan, Nashville

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273 Comments on this post:

By: dooley on 12/29/09 at 4:58

Their personal life is none of your business or any one else . Accountable to who YOU? Justify that with your scriptures.

By: house_of_pain on 12/29/09 at 6:59

What these cheaters lack is a good, honest relationship with their spouses.

By: Kosh III on 12/29/09 at 8:02

"the general public, should not idolize them so much"

This is the significant point.

By: dargent7 on 12/29/09 at 8:04

"lack a personal relationship with God, ie., "Christians" is why althletes fall so far". Ha!
Remember Oral Roberts? Said "God was going to call him home" if he didn't come up with $8 million in 1 week.
Swaggert, Bakker, Hinn, all take in godzillions saying "they speak for God".
Roberts and Falwell said 9/11 was "retribution by God for America condoning the gay lifestyle". That was a good one.
Those are the high profile ones, but I'm sure martital infidelity occurs all over middle America's church going group including Tennessee.
Sex is nothing compared to what these "Christians" are up to.

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/29/09 at 9:16

Kosh,

I concur.

If, as dooley suggest, they are not to be held accountable to the public for their private lives, then they should also not be idolized so much by the public.

The more someone is idolized, the more standing they have with the community, the more parents use them as a standard for children - then the more their private lives become accountable to the public, since they are being held as an icon for the youth of America.

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/29/09 at 9:22

Oh man, do I like THIS one!!! Particularly the ending.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TC2xTCb_GU&feature=player_embedded

By: dargent7 on 12/29/09 at 9:30

Chief: The "idolization" is brought on by the public. The athlete, movie star, rock star does their craft. The public chooses who to hero worship. Then sponsors sense the adulation, have him/ her endorse their products the the ride begins....as long as the "hero" stays out of trouble, jail, drugs, or sex.

By: Loner on 12/29/09 at 9:33

Good morning, Nashville!

Michael Kerrigan's LTE strikes one of the G-spots - God.

Of course, Gays, Guns and Guvmint are the other orgasmic trigger issues for our right-wing brothers and sisters. The NCP is always in the market for an LTE based on one of the 4-G's.

Kerrigan wites like a man with a paper butt-hole. What evil lurks in the hearts of guys who write moralistic letters like this?

I agree with Dooley, what professional athletes do with their off-the-field time, so long as it's between consenting adults, is simply none of our business.

In the real world, parents, not rock stars, actors/actresses or pro athletes, provide the primary role models for their children. Walking the line, begins at home.

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/29/09 at 9:34

Dargent,

Exactly. Maybe the public should be more choosy about who they want to idolize. Or maybe no one should be idolized as they will, sooner or later, let their fans down. They are, after all, just human beings like the rest of us.

By: house_of_pain on 12/29/09 at 9:36

I had a pretty sweet sponsorship deal...then I got busted for huffing Yankee Candles.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/29/09 at 9:37

By: house_of_pain on 12/29/09 at 5:59
What these cheaters lack is a good, honest relationship with their spouses.

Exactly. Sorry 'bout the sponsorship deal, house.

By: gdiafante on 12/29/09 at 9:38

Charles Barkley said it best, "I am not a role model".

The public isn't smart enough to discern their own idols, they need the media to spoon feed it to them.

That's why I'm so glad that my idol is Wing. She will never let me down.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/29/09 at 9:39

hey, g. how was your holiday?

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/29/09 at 9:39

Loner,

I agree with you about the parents being the primary role models. Yet there are times when the parents try to be just that and are excoriated for it as well, particularly if what they are teaching their children is not politically correct.

By: Loner on 12/29/09 at 9:42

Yes, House nailed it, these cheaters lack a good, honest relationship with their spouses. If the marriage is a hollow facade, men start thinking with their dipsticks....'twas ever thus, it's a "survival of the species" instinct that pre-dates the advent of Homo sapiens. Resisting that primal urge takes discipline - or a cold shower.

By: house_of_pain on 12/29/09 at 9:45

Yup. If you don't know right from wrong, or have no self-control, it's time to grab some Spiderman Underoos and head back to kindergarten.

By: gdiafante on 12/29/09 at 9:45

Not good Blanket. I think my name was Griswold.

First, nearly got killed a few times running into freezing rain in Cedar Rapids. (ABS is worth the money!). Then, because of bad weather, it took 16 hours to get back, and somehow either the cold, ice or snow or all of the above managed to shatter my moon roof into a thousand pieces. (Duct tape is worth the money!)

In getting the car fixed to travel, cost of the trip and now the moon roof, this Christmas probably cost me a cool $3000. Merry freakin' Christmas.

Is it July yet?

By: Loner on 12/29/09 at 9:45

Chief, please cite an example of parents being excoriated for trying to be role models for their kids. I don't follow you on that.

By: house_of_pain on 12/29/09 at 9:47

At least the Bumpus' dogs didn't get your turkey.

By: gdiafante on 12/29/09 at 9:48

Well, I did get a home brewing kit...so maybe it was all worth it.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/29/09 at 9:49

dang, g! that's awful! yeah, IA got a crapload of snow, didn't they? i survived one winter in IA and hope to never have to do that again.

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/29/09 at 9:49

Gdia,

So Wing is the wind beneath your wings?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/29/09 at 9:49

a home brewing kit? awesome! did it come with the glass carboy?

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/29/09 at 9:58

Loner,

For example, if parents do not agree with the homosexual marriage or lifestyle in general and teach their kids the same, they are generally condemned as close-minded or whatever.

By: gdiafante on 12/29/09 at 9:59

Well, there was 16" there already, they got at least an inch of ice the night we got there, then it snowed until the day we left, getting another 6 inches or more. It was a mess. For the most part, the interstate only had one lane open until Peoria. Didn't really clean up until St. Louis.

Yep, glass carboy.

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/29/09 at 10:00

Loner,

My point was, it depends on how the parent is striving to be a role model. If they aren't being politically correct when they are doing it, they are chastized at times.

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/29/09 at 10:02

Gdia,

Glad to hear you made it back. Sounds like it was a pretty rough ride!

By: gdiafante on 12/29/09 at 10:03

You have a point Chief.

Although I don't technically teach my children that religion is ridiculous, they get that from me. Hopefully they can make up their own minds eventually, and I would never knowingly teach them that Jesus is bunk, but it's hard to inhibit personal beliefs 24/7.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/29/09 at 10:07

that's awesome, g. i was politely asking if you got a real brew kit or the easy-bake-oven pretend kit that comes with a plastic 2 gallon carboy - lol! so what's your first batch going to be?

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/29/09 at 10:09

Gdia,

But as a parent, you have the right to teach them what you think is right, regardless of what anyone else would say. Well, at least so far.

There are times when I think there those on both sides which think they should teach your kids what they believe to be true because they think they know better.

IMO, as a parent, you have the right to teach your kids the way you believe. And after they grow up, they are then free to make up their own minds.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/29/09 at 10:11

Good morning.

It's not January Yet?

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/29/09 at 10:12

CRUD! Did anyone else here hear about this??? This is the first I've heard of it!

Two al Qaeda Leaders Behind Northwest Flight 253 Terror Plot Were Released by U.S.

Former Guantanamo Prisoners Believed Behind Northwest Airlines Bomb Plot; Sent to Saudi Arabia in 2007

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/men-believed-northwest-airlines-plot-set-free/story?id=9434065

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/29/09 at 10:12

Rep. Henry Brown of South Carolina and 74 Republican co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives actually wants Congress to pass a resolution condemning people for saying "Happy Holidays" rather than "Merry Christmas."

http://tinyurl.com/yea65br

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/29/09 at 10:17

Blanket,

Ok...that's stupid. I think we have enough to worry about without worry about that. As long as I can say Merry Christmas, and everyone else can say what they want, there's no issue here.

BOTH sides need to start worrying about securing our country right now!

By: Captain Nemo on 12/29/09 at 10:21

I get so tired about hearing what people think about a athelies, actors, politions should act like. People who live such small lives always expect their heros to live up to their standards.

Get a life of your own people.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/29/09 at 10:22

at least we no longer have a president with strong business ties to Saudi.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/29/09 at 10:25

This does not surpries me at all Blanket. The right-wing wackos think that everyone should think like themselves.

What a dull and boreing life that would be.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

By: Captain Nemo on 12/29/09 at 10:26

How deep is the snow in your part of the world Loner?

By: Captain Nemo on 12/29/09 at 10:28

I agreed Blanket. No more Saudi Sand in the White House.

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/29/09 at 10:28

Blanket,

Strong business ties...no. Other ties...???

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/29/09 at 10:29

Nemo,

Depends. So far, he's been pretty cordial to the Saudis, from what I can see.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/29/09 at 10:34

oh, i forgot. you probably think Obama is a Muslim.

By: sidneyames on 12/29/09 at 10:35

y: dooley on 12/29/09 at 3:58
Their personal life is none of your business or any one else . Accountable to who YOU? Justify that with your scriptures

Dooley, please get a grip on yourself. THEY, the adored athletes, would not be squat without US, the adoring fans spending hard earned money to go watch them in their respective sports arenas. So it is OUR business.

And cheating on your family, wife and kids is a serious foul or penalty. Let's just say that men like Tiger are phoney. Men and women. And who wants to be supportive of a phoney? Oh, you do. NOt me, dooley.

I saw that if you make your mega bucks in the public eye, then you should be scrutinized by the public eyeball!

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/29/09 at 10:35

Blanket,

No...but some of his family certainly is. And he has some background in the area, to be sure. Or are you simply disregarding all of that?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/29/09 at 10:37

so you are just basing all that on speculation. oohhhh, muslim evil, christianity good!

By: gdiafante on 12/29/09 at 10:37

Yeah, at this point, I'd take the easy bake set too. Although I'm not sure if 2 gallons would be enough...

By: Loner on 12/29/09 at 10:38

I see, Chief. I suppose that bigots have a right to pass on their bigotry to their offspring, especially if it is time-honored and church-sanctioned bigotry. Chief, do you follow all 613 of the Hebrew Mitzvot, or just a select few?

There's about 6 to 8 inches out there, high winds moved it around last night. It's sunny right now, Nemo.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/29/09 at 10:38

The only sand Obama will bring to the White House will be from Hawaii.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/29/09 at 10:39

the easy bake set doesn't work. you got the real deal! where are you planning on purchasing your brewing supplies? if you haven't brewed before, porters and stouts are good first brews.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/29/09 at 10:40

All Seasons off 8th Ave. is good. the guys who run the place are brew masters and give solid advice. and they're just all around good guys.