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Emil Steiner
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Emil Steiner

The author of NFL Crime Watch and Founding Editor of The League.

Fearful symmetry


Remember the first time you saw The Godfather? I know I do and despite all the tragedy and despair, it still seemed pretty cool. Now, you may not have run off and joined the Cosa Nostra, (I didn't either) but I'll bet you thought about it.

Whichever nerve that notion plucks, it's nearby hero worship which borders sports fandom and is fretted through dreaming. Reality's what we accept to be adults, imagination keeps us young. But for better and worse we do live in reality and every time our heroes -- those "lucky" enough to be portrayed that way, at least -- point that out, they must be punished, and we mere mortals must be compensated.

But why relish in it? Why will there be more people watching Tiger Woods' mea culpa than the Olympics? If the child in us needs heroes, why does the adult in us needs to see them torn down? I'd argue it's the same impulse.

To see our modern day Titans proven as fallible as we are and, moreover, to have them admit it publicly makes them human. And if they're human then we are children again. Us weekend warriors, us star crushers and wannabes can, through their plea allocution, taste the dream. We can drink down the Promethian shot without the liver-gnawing hangover. Unfortunately for them and us, that taste is both fleeting and highly addictive.

By Emil Steiner  |  February 19, 2010; 6:05 AM ET  | Category:  Emil Steiner Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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