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Too many 'real men' in sports

Only in sports does someone with a straight face begin a sentence with "A real man …" Story

Updated: December 27, 2007, 12:54 PM ET
By Jeff Pearlman | Special to Page 2

As my young son Emmett begins his path toward adulthood (yeah, he's got only 14 months on the job -- but time flies), I've found myself thinking long and hard about what I should tell him when it comes to being a "real man." Yes, a "real man" pees standing up. And yes, a "real man" should have his prostate checked annually after his 40th birthday.

But, to be honest, I long ago failed any traditional "real man" litmus tests. I've had multiple pedicures, I cry during "A Walk to Remember" (if ...

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