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When hype and heroism part company

It's been a humbling year for our greatest stars: LeBron, A-Rod, Tiger and Big Ben

Originally Published: May 14, 2010
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

We hold these truths, by now, to be self-evident:

• That sports heroism is ephemeral.

• That how things appear, and how they actually are, can be radically opposed in real time.

• And that the passage of days and months, above all other factors, almost always produces the Great Reveal. That's what time does, right?

Barely 15 months ago, the following thoughts all were in play in mainstream sports America: ...

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