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It's only a game

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Scattered notes:

The woman driving the car that Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger hit has been receiving threatening phone calls.

Get over it, people. It's football. It's a game.

Keep this in mind. Sunday afternoons this fall Tennessee Titans and players from other NFL teams will be making hundreds of thousands -- or millions -- of dollars for a couple of hours of trying to advance a ball up and down a field in front of thousands of screaming in-person and TV viewers.

When the game's over there's been a few hours of entertainment but, in the overall scheme of life, it hasn't really meant a thing.

A few miles away in hospital operating rooms across Nashville doctors will be performing life-saving operations and on streets across the city law enforcement officers will be risking their lives to keep us safe. Their much more important work will receive much less compensation and little, if any, fanfare.

The real heroes go unnoticed.

I'm not anti-sports but, really, athletes are way overpaid.

And, back to Pittsburgh, matters people should be seriously concerned about are ignored while a woman whose only offense was unintentionally failing to yield (according to press reports) is ostracized.

* Note closely this comment on oil in general and gasoline prices in particular from ConocoPhillips Co. chairman James J. Mulva:

"It's not only that we need to add to supply, but we need to reduce demand..."

Hmmm. And the way to reduce demand is to increase prices high enough that they hit drivers in the pocketbook. (And, of course, to make up for the profits that would be otherwise lost from selling less gas.)

Could we be onto something here?

Mulva also made sure we know that hurricanes will drive prices up, as if that was news anymore. Since every year has a hurricane, read between the lines and understand we'll see price hikes every summer from now on.

*Just a friendly reminder to all politicians, especially from state level on up, that you serve the people, not the large corporations and business executives who fund your campaigns. At least, that's the way it should be. As far as the way it actually is, see below:

*"I dislike Washington. I dislike anything that reeks of phonies and insincerity and shenanigans and double-dealing and all that sort of thing," publisher John S. Knight was quoted this week from a 1978 interview.

He sure got that right!

*Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt breathed and ate today.

If that sounds a little extreme, you should see our Associated Press feed. Every single day there's something else about the Hollywood power couple. Practically everything they say is quoted.

You know, there just might be other celebrities out there if you look closely enough...

David Melson is a Times-Gazette copy editor/staff writer. Comments welcome: dmelson@t-g.com

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