Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
April 29, 2004
WAR/FOOTBALL: Pat Tillman, R.I.P.

As with The Crank, there is little I can add, or say more eloquently, about Pat Tillman that has not been said already. Suffice it to say, he was an extraordinarily example in a world that grows increasingly concerned with celebrity status. I'm glad our country still produces people like him, and I hope his family finds comfort in the tremendous example he provides for us.

There are, of course, a few critics of even Tillman. Here's one as an example. But this clearly is a ridiculous attack from an immature person trying to create a stir and name for himself. For a worthy dismal of this attack, read here. Moreover, the UMass President deserves credit for his strong criticism of the column.

For a more amusing attack, note this:

Simeon Rice, a former Arizona Cardinals teammate now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, scoffed when Tillman enlisted in May 2002.

"He really wasn't that good, not really . . . Maybe it's the Rambo movies, maybe it's Sylvester Stallone, Rocky," he told a radio interviewer.

Can you say, "No more endorsement deals for me!", Mr. Rice?

Posted by Kiner's Korner at 06:06 PM | War 2004 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Yuh, I'm overwhelmed by the amount of times I see Simeon Rice endorsing products. He's ubiquitous.

Posted by: C Giddy at April 30, 2004 09:29 AM

Not that I'm justifying what Rice said, I thought it was dispicable, but he did make those comments in 2002 right after Tillman enlisted. I would give him the benefit of the doubt that he wouldn't be saying the same things after his death like that idiot punk from UMASS.

Posted by: Mike at April 30, 2004 11:08 AM

Agreed, very different from what the idiot from UMASS said.

In my view, much of Tillman's heroism (and much of what is so inspiring) is his willingness to walk away from so much material comfort and put himself at risk. His unfortunate death is, in part, a reminder of how admirable a decision he made (and countless others have and are making) in the first instance, a decision that Rice decided to joke about.

Posted by: Kiner's Korner at April 30, 2004 06:03 PM
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