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When Sports Becomes a Rule Unto Itself

“Actually, that does not apply to me.”

Memphis Coach John Calipari with Derrick Rose.

Plaxico Burress with his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, on the way to court.

This little mantra seems to be the root ethic for a lot of people these days. I am thinking of the cars (I’m not one to stereotype, you understand, but invariably they are late-model vans or sport-utility vehicles) parked in the no-standing zone outside the corner Starbucks in my town, as other drivers swerve around them. That sign? Actually, it does not apply to them.

This attitude surely permeates sports, and probably always has. All the blather that sports build character is certainly exposed by some of the solipsistic types around us. Oh, my...

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