Itís July and the dog days of sports are on us.
When you cover sports for a living, either for newspapers, the web, TV or talk radio, if your baseball teams arenít contending, itís usually the time we search for an engaging story.
Fortunately in the world of sports it does seem something interesting happens almost every day.
Even right now the British Open is on. Thereís the latest scandal about illegal pharmaceuticals in baseball. Thereís a fabricated NBA story that the Los Angeles Lakers plan on acquiring LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. And Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is missing appointments.
But I guess it could be worse; we could be covering the regular news and telling everyone itís hot or talking about the Zimmerman trial.
Sports is where itís at, and even though it gets a little dramatic at least itís better than talking about the weather.
TD Johnny oversleeps:
Now back to Johnny Manziel: Heís a stud, and he knows it. Heís young and really good at what he does, and he said ďI want to live my life to the fullest.Ē
Manziel was at the Manning Passing Academy and left early because of dehydration. He also missed a morning meeting.
I donít really buy his story about the phone being dead or the alarm not working. Didnít someone knock on his door? My father used to tell me if youíre going to hoot with the owls, you better be able to fly with the eagles.
In other words, my dad meant if you party at night, you better honor your commitments the next morning.
I have been sober for seven years, but when I did drink I never missed a day of work or was late. I always knew in my mind if I did miss because I was out the night before, I had a problem.
Manziel claims his tardiness and early departure had nothing to do with the night before, but if you are 20 years old and you canít get up to play some football and hang out with Peyton Manning and adoring kids, then something isnít right.
I think most of us would have been there bright and early.
If Manziel hadnít been drinking, why did his dad say he was dehydrated?
Too much drinking eventually will cause problems whether you are on time or not.
Touchdown Johnny just might have more serious issues down the road. It might be 10 years or 20 years from now. Iím not lecturing him, Iím just saying: plenty of things pulling at him from different directions.
My advice: Have fun, kid, but tighten the reins a little. Iíve been there, so I know, but I always made it to work!
The 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame is having its inductee day Sunday at 11 a.m. at Forest Park. There is a noon game between the Hall of Famers and a 1:30 p.m. game between the Chicago police and Chicago firefighters.
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