Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Beyond Ben

I am presuming that by the time this posts the news cycle will be blotted out by all things Ben.   I was going to say there has never been a Ben post here, but I had to check myself on this.  I did once comment on the prevalence of Ben baby names in a post it's fascinating to look back on:

Other than that I really have nothing to say other than I am getting old.  Who in the world is Vincent Chase?  I ask only because I came across the one Ben commentary that you probably haven't read. See:

Athletes must stop idolizing Vincent Chase

OK.  I lie.  Stray neuron sparked a memory.  Didn't Ben once have a blog?  Still out there in the ether it appears:

Very odd thing to read looking back. The agent probably lost the password.

....and after we all obesess on the good (well, there really is no good is there), the bad, and the ugly of all of this realize Americans are fighting in at least two wars right now, folks are suffering the aftermath of an earthquake unfortunately far from easy media access in Tibet and a whole lot of displaced people continue to suffer in Haiti as the rainy season escalates. 


Blogger JenEngland said...

However I think in this case the negative attention on him is actually maybe the appropriate counter point to usual football obsession (compared to say an earthquake or a war.)

[Grad school is apparently so long ago I'm having trouble constructing this argument]

...Our obsession over sports can be excessive. And it leads to some really negative consequences, from athletes being passed through HS despite being nearly illiterate, to women calling other women hos and sluts when they accuse athletes of assault, to actual assault.

The attention on this case though seems to indicate a shifting tide, at least for Ben Rothlisberger. His elite status as a Super Bowl winning athlete isn't even protecting him from scorn in PITTSBURGH. I think it is VERY significant that Ben is not escaping this. It has been too easy for MEN to abuse women, even today, and for professional athletes, they damn near have a pass. Therefore the heavy negative attention on Ben for this transcends the mundane importance of football and moves this into an event closer in importance to the topic of war and earthquakes. Just look at the statistics of how many women are killed annually through domestic violence or gender based attacks. A break in our social ambivalence towards this, especially when the offender is a Superbowl winning quarter back actually IS of historic import.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 3:10:00 PM  
Blogger rich10e said...

vincent chase..the protanganist of HBO's Entourage

Thursday, April 22, 2010 10:22:00 AM  
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