The diagnosis of cancer, when it comes, is like having a bucket of icy cold water thrown hard into your face. Fine one minute, in the next the vision blurs from the smack of fluid, and the pain from the cold is so sharp the skin feels pierced. There’s a sense of injury, the asking of why, the realization that this unbearable soaking wetness defines the new normal of one’s life.
The recent firing of Rutgers' basketball coach Mike Rice for insulting and assaulting players is yet another black mark against the insular culture of hyper-competitiveness in American sports. The arrest of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky and fall from grace of the beloved Joe Paterno are two more. Meanwhile, retired NFL players accuse the league of lying to players about the health risks of repeat head injuries.