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Hypocrisy rampant in sports/Paul Peterson

December 29, 2010
By Paul Peterson - For the Gazette

He was perhaps the best con man I've ever seen in action.

"Crazy George" Murphy wheeled and dealed cars from his lot on Silver Spring Road in the greater Milwaukee area for decades.

How good was he? Well, he could have sold ice cubes to an Eskimo. Sand castles to an Arabian sheik. He might have even been able to convince Bristol Palin that she could actually dance.

He was so good, that on a slow night, I would wander up to the lot just to watch him work his magic on yet another unsuspecting sucker.

After all, he had sold me a $299 lemon ... and actually made me feel like I had gotten the bargain of the century.

But Crazy George wouldn't have been able to convince me that sports on the professional and college level isn't about anything but money.

Take the rescheduled National Football League game between Minnesota and Philadelphia this week. League officials vaguely said something about a so-called blizzard being a hazard to the fans and cited that as the major reason for the action.

Even the governor of Pennsylvania chided the league for postponing the game because of a few inches of the white stuff.

Everyone knows the reason for the action was to avoid having two games played on Monday night. That might cut into the all-important viewing audience.

And how about the Ohio State football fiasco? Five Buckeyes who violated university rules were told they would have to sit out the first five games of next season.

Yet, these same players - all key starters - were cleared to play in the upcoming Sugar Bowl.

Do you honestly think that five lesser OSU players wouldn't have been suspended immediately for the action?

If you do, I have some prime oceanfront property for sale in Stillwater, Okla.

Going even further, there's University of Kentucky basketball John Calipari.

Calipari is one of those carpet-bagging coaches who puts together winning programs wherever he goes - and then gets the school put on probation for violations.

Last year, he brought in the most ballyhooed group of freshmen since Michigan's infamous Fab Five.

That group of UK freshmen all opted to leave for the NBA after one season, surprising no one.

This season, Calipari is back with another outstanding group of freshmen. And that group probably won't stay in college any longer than last year's bunch.

The hypocrisy of it all is turning off sports fans by the droves.

After all, we're not all a mindless bunch of New York Jets fans.



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