I tell people all the time to make sure they remember to breathe.
I understand that breathing is an involuntary action, but sometimes when life gets unnecessarily stressful (lotta unnecessary stress out there), people have to stop and voluntarily take a breath … a long one.
Same goes for the rapid dispensation of sports news, especially the background information which by itself means nothing. But in this era when everybody is trying to connect the dots all at once, it can be frazzling … especially when some of the dots are just dots and nothing more.
Take this Charlie Samuels story. You know the one, where he bet on baseball and stole from the Mets’ kitty to do it. Big deal? You bet (sorry). Samuels can’t have a job in this league or any sports league again after this. But in this world of media immediacy, instead of tying the facts together, those facts just get thrown out there to the wolves to be connected by the public. That’s where things get dangerous.
Here are some dots that have been thrown out there: