Kevin Garnett vs. Oscar Pistorius

Crush of the Week: Kevin Garnett

In sports there’s this thing where when people are great for such a long time you end up kind of forgetting about them. You know they’re great, but it just stops impressing you because they’ve always been that way, especially when they’ve been doing it for the majority of your professional sports awareness.

Kevin Garnett has been around forever. He’s been in the NBA for 17 years. He’s won an MVP, won a championship, and most impressively been named the All-Star Game MVP. And he’s now carrying the Celtics after they’ve lose Rajon Rondo for the year. At age 37.

In his last five games, he’s had four double-doubles, including games of 27 points and 10 boards against the Raptors and 20 points, 18 rebounds, and six assists against the Nuggets. He’s playing just as well as ever and he was drafted the week Bryan Adams’ “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?” was the top song in the country.

And to top it off KG not-so-discreetly suggested he might be retiring after the year. That’s when you start to think of a world without Kevin Garnett and moments like this or this or especially this.

If this is really the end for Kevin Garnett I’m glad to see him go out while he’s still Kevin Garnett. But I’m going to miss him so much.

Douchebag of the Week: Oscar Pistorius

There are very few ways to beat out an incredibly overpaid, out of shape man getting caught for using steroids to win Douchebag of the Week but one of those ways is to become a national hero and (allegedly) murder your girlfriend.

I’ll give Oscar Pistorius the whole-innocent-until-proven-guilty

treatment despite him being the only suspect and a fight was heard happening in his house and he really likes guns and shooting them and he starred in this really unfortunate ad and, yeah, he almost certainly did it.

By now we shouldn’t expect much of anything out of athletes and be pleasantly surprised when they don’t do something super terrible. But there was something different about Pistorius. His story of overcoming the loss of his legs, fighting to get including in the Olympics and actually achieving his dream was an inspiring story for anyone. So somehow him getting involved in something so terrible just seems to crush any sort of hope for admiring an athlete.

There are some good guys out there for sure, but it seems the less we have to hear about an athlete’s non-athletic life, the better off we are. Pistorius was larger than life in South Africa an now there are probably thousands of kids who looked up to him trying to understand how he could do something like this. Maybe sports have always been like this. But it sure seems like things are getting worse and worse as time goes on.

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