Having served his time, is Michael Vick entitled to resume his profession? I'd say yes. Are people entitled to protest him and his animal abuse past? Also yes. But what about the bigger question: Does an uber-violent sport attract or even cultivate violence?
Today, NHL bigwigs publicly downplay the importance of fighting while privately believing it's their biggest marketing draw. But is allowing fighting shortsighted when it comes to the long-term growth of the sport?
A reporter once wrote that sports train us for the heartbreaks of real life without imposing any actual consequences. That's the beauty of the game: there's always next year. But there is no next year for Jonathan Denver. And this is what's robbing sports of everything good.
Hotshot minor leaguer Bryce Harper hit a long homer. Instead of hustling out of the batter's box, he stood and admired it. If that wasn't bad enough, as he neared home, he blew a kiss to the opposing pitcher.