Tuesday, April 16, 2013
3-point stance: More innocence lost
By Ivan Maisel
1. A terrorist attack is temporary. The changes it renders to society are not. Security around major American sporting events tightened after 9/11. It would be no surprise if events on the level of the Boston Marathon -- such as college football bowls and major rivalries -- will take on the added responsibility and the added burden of increased security. And all of us as a society lose another bit of innocence.
2. Georgia coach Mark Richt went from the regular season to bowl season to recruiting to offseason conditioning to spring practice. Now that the Bulldogs have finished and Richt has room to breathe, he has circled back to last season to begin watching every game -- the TV video, not the coaches' video. Richt said he gets a better sense of the emotion of the game and of what Bulldog fans see. And, Richt said, watching the games keeps him on the treadmill another 30 minutes.
3. It is to my enduring regret that my exposure to Frosty Westering, who died Friday at age 85, was limited to a handful of phone conversations. Westering coached at Pacific Lutheran, where in more than 32 seasons he won 305 games and four national championships (NAIA and Division III). Westering taught his players football, but he taught them so much more about how to live a live filled with gratitude, with charity and with love. He was an American original. Read Chuck Culpepper's remembrance here.