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    Friday
    Apr062007

    Where is Thy Sting?

    stingley.jpgThe news was sad from the NFL yesterday when word came out that Darryl Stingley, the former Patriots wide receiver who was paralyzed in 1978 after a firece collision with Raiders defender Jack Tatum, died in his Chicago home from complications of quadripligia. I saw the story on ESPN while I was shooting pool last night, so I told  the bartender and one of my teammates about it, but their initial response was, "Who?" Hey, I'm not a Patriots fan by any stretch of the imagination, but this was a story that transcended team loyalty, as these types of injuries always do. It took 29 years to happen, but football killed this guy. It was one of the most tragic sports stories to come out of the 70's, and there was a lot of resentment towards Tatum afterwards, not necessarily because of the hit (although he would've been flagged in today's game) but because of his apathetic attitude after the fact when he wrote a book titled, "They Call Me Assassin." I mean, come on. You didn't see Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini writing a book titled "They Call Me Killer" after punching Duk Koo Kim to death in a boxing ring. Even now, after offering his condolences to the Stingley family, Tatum remains unapologetic for being the ultimate instrument of death in a meaningless exhibition game. OK, we know the Raiders are supposed to be bad asses, but that's just an image, right?  

    Being a die-hard Dolphins fan, I don't usually agree with anything about the Patriots, but today I join them in mourning the passing of a good football player who certainly deserved more out of life than the hand he was dealt. The scary thing is, it can happen again to any one of our favorite players at any time in the game.

    Reader Comments (2)

    I was very sad to hear about Stingley's death. It seems as if it were only yesterday that it happened. I also was pissed that Tatum was never man enough to at least aknowledge some responsibility. However, I have to believe that people like Tatum create their own little hell because of their inability to say 'sorry'.
    Apr 6, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJim
    By the way, happy Easter or Passover or whatever you chose to clebrate this weekend.
    Apr 6, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJim

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