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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Thornton P. Knowles On The American Worship Of Sports

In a town where I lived, a high school football coach who was in his 90s, died. His life story and historic achievements on the field dominated the local news for three days. He was a legend. One of his former players was quoted as saying that old Coach was now on the big gridiron in the sky. Hell, you'd think the guy had cured cancer, or had saved the world from Hitler. Good heavens, he was just a high school football coach. The next day, the former town doctor died. There was nothing in the paper about him other than a short obituary. In America, we worship our sports heroes.

Thornton P. Knowles


  1. Thornton P. is right on once again! It's like the careless use of the word "Hero"- sports stars are NOT heroes. They are excellent athletes and (hopefully) good people. The true heroes, at least in my opinion, are military people, police officers, firefighters... the people who risk their lives to help others!