MITCHELL’S MUSINGS: Here we go again

Bits and bites from the world around us: colds, hockey and other sports with issues

Just some bits and bites from the world around us, such as it is, in the middle of January of a new year…..

……….heavy sigh, actually just getting over a cold of some sort, like most everyone else, and no I didn’t get a flu shot but I do know people that did but got it anyway, so there. Actually that’s hardly scientific evidence for not getting it but it helps rationalize my inability to get my act together and actually get out and get one.

It was truly a drag but I know my week-long affair, at  least hopefully it’s mostly over, was tame compared to some and having to go to bed early with night-time medication on two or three cold, snowy winter nights doesn’t seem that wrong in the long run. Seems almost kind of Canadian when you think about it. In fact if they ever find a true cure for the common cold what’s our excuse for doing just that when we feel like it?…..

…..and speaking of Canadian, NHL hockey is back this weekend and, yes, I’ll be watching. I know some have announced boycotts and are refusing to take part in hockey pools, and I understand it and even sympathize with it, but, hey, what else are you going to do for cheap entertainment in the winter?

I was as frustrated as anyone with a process that should have taken weeks, not months, and the posturing and abandonment and disregard for the thing that makes all this work, the fans, was truly astounding.

So I understand the need to send a message by some but I’m not as sure that it will do any good. At least for me the need for a sports fix is still there, and the NBA and golf in January and other options aren’t that appetizing, sooooo I’m back, I guess. It’s not like other sports don’t have just as many issues as hockey, actually more maybe.

However I’m not totally over the lockout and I’m not about to sing the praises of Gary Bettman or Donald Fehr anytime soon.

I’m glad we don’t have to go through this for another eight years and I don’t want to hear about the CBA, or the salary cap or the pension plan or the……..for the foreseeable future…..

…….speaking of sports with issues, I couldn’t help myself and I did watch OWN on Thursday night to see what Lance Armstrong would say after all these years of saying he was clean.

Guess what?

He wasn’t.

Despite the constant denials and lawsuits attacking those who said he was, well, he wasn’t.

I thought Oprah did a pretty good job but although he started out well in admitting responsibility and acknowledging he hurt many people along the way, I still don’t know if he gets the magnitude of the scandal, or even of his actions.

Likely he soon will. The rest of the Lance Armstrong story, and to some degree the sport itself, starts now, and it’s hard not to watch and comment and debate the possible outcomes. Fascinating stuff from an ethical standpoint.

And there’s still Friday night’s portion of the interview to come, so we’ll see. One of my kids passed by my wife and I watching the fall-from-grace special on Thursday and wondered aloud, “Why don’t they just open it up to anything goes?”

Although I understand the sentiment and know what he means, as we get better at catching the cheaters they get more proficient at avoiding detection, but try we must.

My quick answer to him was: “Because then the guy with the best drug program wins, and the training and skill and dedication and everything else takes a backseat. And that’s not right.”

That might be the short answer but the fallout and reaction from this week’s revelations will take longer to digest and work out. It should be an interesting ride.


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