I do not think any regular reader here would confuse me with a follower of professional wrestling. When I was a kid and Bruno Sammartino ruled the ring, I was a fan and watched it on TV; I lost interest sometime in the 1970s. I mention pro wrestling today because I read last week that a studio has “green-lighted” a movie based on the life and career of Chris Benoit; the movie will be called Crossface and the report says the title relates to Benoit’s “finishing move”.
Chris Benoit came to an early demise about 5 years ago when he murdered his wife, strangled his son and subsequently killed himself by hanging himself. People have attributed these horrific incidents to brain injuries that Benoit suffered during his career and/or steroid abuse leading to steroid rage – whatever that might be. Clearly, this movie is not going to be an uplifting tale…
Here is what the director named for the movie had to say about the project in an interview with Hollywood Reporter:
“Chris Benoit’s story is the perfect vehicle for a fiercely honest film that is as much about him and the world of wrestling as it is about America and show business. I am very happy to be on board to help tell this story.”
Excuse me, but a “fiercely honest film” about the world of wrestling that focuses on an individual who murdered his family and then hung himself might not be the most representative way to portray – in a fiercely honest way – the world of wrestling, America and/or show business. I am not a shill for pro wrestling and I might or might not be able to pick Chris Benoit out of a lineup with the Seven Dwarfs, but this film shrieks “exploitation” and “propaganda” to me. In case you need another nudge in that direction, the screenplay supposedly is based on a book titled Ring of Hell.
In last weekend’s column in the Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot, Bob Molinaro had this to say:
“Idle thought: It’s a sign of the times that two of the happiest words in college and pro football are “charges dropped.”
Actually, I find that to be a disheartening thought. I would like to know when it was that we all lowered the bar for finding ways to talk about people who performed anti-social acts. Instead of saying that a ballplayer who is arrested for using a baseball bat in a fight outside a strip club at 3:00 AM is out-of-control and probably got what he deserved, we say that he/she “made a bad decision”. Sorry, but “making a bad decision” is when you choose to eat that week-old sashimi that is sitting in the back of the bottom shelf of your refrigerator.
Jay Leno came at this point from a slightly different angle:
“We are proud to say that Los Angeles has one of the lowest crime rates of any major city. You know why? We don’t have an NFL team.”
Reports say that Donovan McNabb will sign a one-day contract and retire as a Philadelphia Eagle and that owner Jeffrey Lurie will hold a news conference to announce all of that today. McNabb’s introduction to Philadelphia came when the host of the morning show on Philly’s sports radio station (there was only one at the time) organized a crew of folks to go to the draft in NYC and to boo any pick the Eagles made if it was not Ricky Williams. The mayor of Philly at the time – and future governor of Pennsylvania – Ed Rendell was all in favor of this move. Now, would it not be fitting for the same morning show host – it is still the same guy – to assemble a crew of fans to go to the news conference and boo the announcement that McNabb was returning to the Eagles in order to retire as an Eagle. I believe a therapist would call this “closure”.
If this is too short a notice for the morning show guys in Philly, the Eagles will have McNabb make a ceremonial appearance at an early season game when the KC Chiefs and Andy Reid come to town. That is at least 6 weeks into the future and the morning guys ought to be able to get something cooking in that amount of time…
Here is a Quick Quiz for today. Which is the greatest number:
A. The number of Wall Street financiers to be indicted by the Obama Administration after 8 years in office?
B. The number of good ideas that have come from Michelle Bachmann in the last 6 months?
C. The ESPN ratings for WNBA games?
Broncos’ linebacker, Von Miller faces a 4-game suspension for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. This is not a PED violation; this is the “other kind of substance abuse”. Miller protests his innocence and asserts that the situation will “be resolved fairly”. To be sure, I have no information regarding his use or his non-use of whatever substance he is supposed to have abused and I do hope that the matter is resolved fairly. Here is the niggling little point that keeps me off balance:
Unless I completely misunderstand the substance abuse protocols of the NFL/NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, the only way that Von Miller – or any other player – might draw down a 4-game suspension is for this to be the third time he “flunked the test”.
I want to go on record right here. If – I said IF – it is shown that Von Miller is guilty of what reports say he is guilty of, he did NOT “make a bad decision”.
Finally, Greg Cote had this observation in Miami Herald yesterday regarding the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies last weekend:
“Baseball’s Hall of Fame weekend culminates Sunday with the induction of three new members. Cooperstown visitors be warned, though: Not a great autograph opportunity, as all three inductees have been dead at least 70 years.”
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………