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Won't someone think of the children?

Pro sports treats athletes like kids, so we shouldn't be surprised when they act like kids. Column

Originally Published: March 9, 2009
By Jeff MacGregor | Page 2

A children's crusade this week, in which no child is left behind.

When those of us who write or talk about sports for a living trot out the cliché that some professional athlete plays like a little kid out there, what we're usually trying to say is that he or she plays the game with a lot of joy. That they play with the happy abandon of childhood.

Trouble is, happiness isn't the only attribute of childhood.

As adults we tend to remember only the untroubled innocence. The ...

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