Results tagged ‘ Obituary ’

Good Night Sweet Hitch

With all the craziness of the free-agent market, the Ryan Braun saga and Tim Tebow’s impossible ascendancy over the past few weeks, it was easy to lose track of the other big stories. Not at RSBS, though.  Especially not when one of those stories was the untimely death of the hard-living, hard-charging and hard-nosed Christopher Hitchens.

He may not have always been likable but you always had to admit that he had a point.  I particularly enjoyed his takedown of the not-so-saintly and surprisingly sanctimonious Mother Theresa.  It’s even better when you hear him say it because that dry, British delivery gives it the little extra zip that really drives the point home:

Goodbye Christopher.  And since you knew as well as I that there’s no after-life, I’ll just say thank you.

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The Gary Sheffield of Politics

elizabeth_edwards.jpgDeath is the great moderator.  There’s almost no sin so heinous that it can’t be re-contextualized by death.  When the death is tragic in some way, the new context is even more positive.

For instance, take Elizabeth Edwards.  There’s no denying that her battle against breast cancer was an inspiration.  That it finally took her life after seemingly being fought into remission made the story tragic.  Add in the way she was treated by her husband and the tragedy takes on entirely new proportions.

In contrast, if you read the stories associated with John Edwards’ two presidential campaigns, Mrs. Edwards doesn’t come out looking so nice.  By all accounts she was a fire-breathing bag of hate and pity the fool who looked at her the wrong way or decided to disagree with her.  Although this wasn’t the public face she chose to show, it became the new paradigm following the publication of these stories.

I guess that in my analysis, I’d call Mrs. Edwards the Gary Sheffield of politics.  There’s no denying that she added something special to the team.  She was pitch perfect under the lights and seemed to be nothing but an asset.  But off the field, when no one was around except for the team, the issues came out and affected those around her.  Yeah, sounds a lot like Sheff to me.

Like Sheff, she wound up facing a fair amount of controversy and having her tactics and decisions called into question.  The difference is that Sheffield still has a chance to redefine his paradigm.  Hopefully for him, he won’t have to wait for a tragic death to re-contextualize his life. 

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