Recently, there was a post about TO sending a kid with a terminal illness a football, jersey, and email to brighten his day. An act of kindness, no doubt considerate in itself, though I had some comments reflecting on the broader politics at play, which I felt were appropriate to mention. In response however, I recieved rash criticisms from others who viewed me as a cynical, idiotic, a-hole. There were a few who acknowledged my argument, though remained neutral and attempted to resolve our conflict through compromise. After my final response, I realized the story had fallen off the top page and nobody would more than likely read them again.
I'm not upset at the backlash I recieved, since I knew what reaction I would get before I even posted my original comment. And I'm not creating this fanpost to get the final word either (I won't comment on this fanpost or anywhere on this blog again). I just wanted to get a message across, which I think many of you would agree with (though I realize a greater amount will despise) and hope it resonates with a few of you. And rest assured, you won't be hearing from me again.
Instead of continuing my arguments, I will simply provide the link to the post and my closing comment.
"I'll preface my final diatribe with the fact that I have greatly enjoyed this blog site, learned a substantial amount of knowledge about football, and enjoyed the daily conversations I had with many of you, despite the vicious attacks some of you (with the exception of James Shively who was the only one to actually counter my stance with intellectual arguments) have imposed on me in this post. And though I will no longer provide any more of my views, I will probably continue to view this site with interest as I loyally root for our beloved Bengals.
JJ/DDay, I appreciate your offers of compromise, though I’m afraid I can’t accept them as I don’t regret anything I said and meant every word of it. Many who know me have claimed I read too much into things and overanalyze what should be simply taken at face value. In terms of football, it’s obvious to me that many of you are far more advanced than I am at analyzing players and football concepts which far exceed that of the casual fan, who simply thinks we’re losing because "Palmer doesn’t throw Chad the ball enough". Beyond football, I don’t think that analysis should stop however. We live in a society which is ever increasingly discouraging people into believing they need heroes to save them. If something goes wrong, we need someone with power or ability to come save the day. This concept bothers me greatly, because the people that make this world go round are average, hard-working people like you and me. Not even the president can give you money or a job (and if he claims to, he is giving you somebody else’s).
Sure, this is a small matter I may seem to be blowing out of proportion, but I feel it is a microcosm of an over-arching trend of society. If you ask me, what’s important and has and will continue to help this boy is his mother who brought him into this world and raised him, the wealthy donors who originally donated to the hospital, which takes care of this kid, in order to get it started, the nurses and doctors who I imagine have worked long hard hours to care for these children, the friends and family who will surround him with love and encouragement, and most importantly, the kid himself who will need to make the most out of the remaining years of his life with self-determination – not a football, jersey, or email from some athlete he’s never met. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with TO sending him these things and we can publicly applaud TO for doing this, but I feel that takes away from all the people in that boy’s life who truly work hard for him.
Many of you have mentioned my remarks are insensitive and out of line, however what’s insensitive or out of line to me are all the celebrities who flock after human frailty with the intent of exploiting them for their own public image. If they really care, do it behind the scenes like I’m sure many others do.
Before this year, I was unsure as to whether or not I wanted TO on this team due to his baggage, however after analyzing his play, I’m glad he’s with us and I actually hope he returns. I would just like people to appreciate him for what he truly is, an athlete. Not some crafted public idol who thrives on gleaning your praise for what he appears to be. And just remember, guys like TO depend on people like you to be who they are. We however don’t depend on them to be who we are."