Monday, December 27, 2004

Sports World Finally Takes Notice Of Earthquake Disaster

From CBS Sportsline: Skier Stenmark, others feel impact. Apparently some retired Swedish skier named Ingemar (of course) Stenmark almost got rocked by one of the tidal waves that hit Thailand. The sports world wanted to recognize that 25,000 people not named Reggie White died this weekend, but there was no "hook." Turns out some random skier -- albeit an accomplished one -- was among the Thai, Indonesian, Indian people fleeing the deadly waters, so now it is worth noting.

Look, obviously the earthquake story is not sports page fare, but what a bizarre echo chamber us sports fans live in. Sadly, far more people in this country will know that "the Minister of Defense" dies of an obscure lung ailment than those who will know that upwards of a million people have been displaced by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami waves.

The waves sacked villages, but the NFL does not compile that stat. Only quarterback sacks. And only since 1982. Unofficially, Deacon Jones probably had the most sacks ever, but most of them were recorded before the sack became an official stat. And like the tsunami waves, he even sacked a few towns too, most notably Columbus, Ohio in '76 after taking a sack of Browns quarterback Brian Sipe a little too far.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deacon Jones, Lou Rawls...separated at birth? They sure look alike...

10:16 PM  
Blogger coturnix said...

Hey, Stenmark was the greatest skier of all times. His name is the synonym for his sport, like Ali is for boxing. And I don't even care about skiing....

10:35 PM  
Blogger Joseph K said...

Fair enough. I am clueless about all the winter sports and related athletes. Except for the skier Meier and Picabo Street, who proved that hippie spawn can too make top notch athletes.

9:39 PM  

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