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Seeing Through the Illusions of the Sports Hero

Seeing Through the Illusions of the Sports Hero | Are Athletes good role models? | Scoop.it
In light of the dramatic falls of Michael Vick, Barry Bonds, Tiger Woods and now Lance Armstrong, we need to either recalibrate our definition of the sports hero or scrap it altogether.
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Risk-Reward: The Challenges of Performance Enhancing Drugs in ...

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In a world where role models are few and far between, we need heroes to help inspire and excite us. Athletes are one form of hero, and they can give us hope, tap into deep feelings within us and inspire generations.
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a world where role models are few and far between, we need heroes to help inspire and excite us. Athletes are one form of hero, and they can give us hope, tap into deep feelings within us and inspire generations. When those heroes rise to the level of icons, their falls can be disappointing, even devastating. Lance Armstrong’s story of rising to the top, falling down, getting back up to overcome a death-sentence and again rising to the top of his sport—while leading an international effort to fight cancer—inspired us. Then came his confession and subsequent fall, which gives us an opportunity to examine many issues.
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Michael Berkowitz: A Real Sports Hero

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In the world of sport, where it seems harder and harder to find role models, let alone heroes, Smith has been an exemplar. ... But it is what he did after and outside of his participation in athletics that truly distinguishes him.
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New sports committee set up to help athletes excel - Channel News Asia

New sports committee set up to help athletes excel - Channel News Asia | Are Athletes good role models? | Scoop.it
New sports committee set up to help athletes excel Channel News Asia "But I think that is worth considering too because if the scheme is also meant to throw up more sporting heroes and role models, then team sports can do that as well, and perhaps...
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Tuck: Choose Your Heroes Wisely | Sports Talk Florida | When you ...

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Tuck: Choose Your Heroes Wisely. By Mike Tuck Host, Tuck ... Athletes by the nature that they are in the spotlight, and doing things that so many of us wish we could, are going to be role models. The trick is for us, is to limit our ...
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Should sporting heroes model good behavior? | Ideal Term Papers

Should sporting heroes model good behavior? | Ideal Term Papers | Are Athletes good role models? | Scoop.it
According to Rick (2011), higher standards exhibited in athletics are because of the perceptions by teens and young children that these professional athletics serves as their role models. This, therefore, demonstrates ...
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The Fall of the Age of Athletes as Good Role Models - The Arkanas Traveller

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The Fall of the Age of Athletes as Good Role Models
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The Fall of the Age of Athletes as Good Role Models. By Tamzen Tumlison 2 hours ...
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Brian McDonough's comment, March 7, 2013 10:11 AM
It doesn’t even have to officially be the athlete’s fault when it comes to lost credibility. Take Manti Te’o, for instance. The passion of a man who played to honor his deceased grandmother and girlfriend — well, truly only his grandmother — gained the attention of the country amidst a hot season for Notre Dame.

After his fall into a long and elaborate hoax, Te’o showcased his vulnerability to audiences who cared. Sure, Te’o may not have known it was a hoax, but his lies to not only the media but to his parents who thought they were speaking the truth to the media about Te’o’s girlfriend lowered the fondness the nation had grown to have for the linebacker.
Brian McDonough's comment, March 7, 2013 10:12 AM
Even the movie “Dodgeball” included a cameo appearance from Armstrong, who talked about his impressive career after his bout with cancer in order to convince the captain of the dodgeball team to not give up.
Brian McDonough's comment, March 7, 2013 10:12 AM
Children stricken with cancer that aspire to be athletes someday no longer have a role model in Armstrong. Handicapped children that use prosthetics won’t want to look up to Pistorius, and those who aspire to be able to overcome unfortunate events likely won’t find their hero in Te’o.
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Dominican Star - Editor's Letter: No Heroes in Sports

Phrases like these are tossed around daily when people describe professional athletes, placing them on a figurative pedestal above all others in society.
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Viewpoint: Athletes aren't role models | The Signpost

Viewpoint: Athletes aren't role models | The Signpost | Are Athletes good role models? | Scoop.it
It's easy to confuse them for role models, but really, they are merely experts in their field. That's why it is up to us, as responsible consumers of sports and other media, to distinguish between heroes, idols and exemplars from ...
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Brian McDonough's comment, March 7, 2013 9:58 AM
The world is used to hearing stories about running backs getting in bar fights, or shortstops criticizing their coaches in front of the media, or even (not to minimize the seriousness of this crime) the occasional DUI.
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Scandals keep sports stars from being heroes, role models

Scandals keep sports stars from being heroes, role models | Are Athletes good role models? | Scoop.it
Scandals keep sports stars from being heroes, role models. by Brian Bruns ... The narrative of the disgraced athlete has become commonplace and only continues to remind society that athletes are not heroes.
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Brian McDonough's comment, March 7, 2013 10:10 AM
The sad thing is this story is nothing new. The narrative of the disgraced athlete has become commonplace and only continues to remind society that athletes are not heroes.
Brian McDonough's comment, March 7, 2013 10:10 AM
Professional athletes are capable of things that 99 percent of us are not. It’s hard not to be in awe of someone who can run faster, jump higher or lift more than we could ever dream.
However, we take it too far when we assume these physically exceptional human beings are exceptional in all aspects of their lives.
What we’re really looking for are the sports heroes our parents grew up with. More accurately, we want our own sports heroes to mirror the perception we have of our parents’ heroes.We want their character to be as solid as their performance is on the field.
Brian McDonough's comment, March 7, 2013 10:10 AM
The only thing we can assume about great athletes is that they’re simply just that, great athletes. We can’t assume for a second that Most Valuable Player translates at all into Most Valuable Person.
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Pistorius told bail hearing he used bat to break down toilet door - Daily Mail

Pistorius told bail hearing he used bat to break down toilet door - Daily Mail | Are Athletes good role models? | Scoop.it
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Pistorius told bail hearing he used bat to break down toilet door
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The athlete claims that during the night he heard a noise in the bathroom and feared it was an intruder. Pistorius, 26 ...
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Brian McDonough's comment, March 7, 2013 10:08 AM
Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius crushed his girlfriend’s skull with a cricket bat before shooting her dead, police have told her family.
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FEMA Hero

September is Ready Month -- a month when the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) reminds Americans to be prepared in advance for national disaste...
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Brian McDonough's comment, March 7, 2013 10:07 AM
shows that heroes arent just athletes
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Nike Air commercial Charles Barkley

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Charles Barkley perfectly describes my topic
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[net-gold] FW: Sport and Society 1-19-13 Heroes - net-gold - FreeLists

RT @KuperSimon: Re Pistorius: read the great US sports historian Richard Crepeau on the idiocy of treating athletes as role models: http://t.co/P63RXZhh
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Dangerous myth of the role model athlete - Financial Times

Dangerous myth of the role model athlete - Financial Times | Are Athletes good role models? | Scoop.it
Dangerous myth of the role model athlete Financial Times They were portrayed not just as great athletes but as great men, role models: Woods was the ultimate professional, Armstrong had overcome cancer to rule cycling, and the double amputee...
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Are Athletes Role Models/Heroes | hojo31

For class we read an article that discussed the emphasis that is placed on athletes, thus, even calling them heroes, or role models. However, this article by the New York Times seems to present the claim that athletes should ...

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Brian McDonough's comment, March 7, 2013 10:13 AM
I remember when I was a child, my favorite basketball player was Michael Jordan and I wanted to be just like him. I feel that there were many children like me in the world who looked up to the pro athletes and wanted to carry on in their footsteps. Thus, to say that people should not view athletes in this way is simply absurd, because it is inevitable; it is the way it is and the way it will always be. Athletes will always be put on a pedestal because they are better than everyone else at what they do. So in this sense I disagree with the article and do not foresee this fact ever changing.
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HINOJOSA: Athletes just like the rest of us - Monitor

HINOJOSA: Athletes just like the rest of us - Monitor | Are Athletes good role models? | Scoop.it
HINOJOSA: Athletes just like the rest of us Monitor Wrestling with the notion of referring to athletes as heroes has come to the forefront again recently with the shocking news of Pistorius being charged with murdering his girlfriend, model Reeva...
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Brian McDonough's comment, March 7, 2013 9:59 AM
Sure, they may score winning touchdowns, make buzzer-beating shots or throw perfect games. But, those are not heroic things.
That’s an insult to our real heroes —the men and women in the military engaging in combat; the first responders whose job it is to save lives and Good Samaritans everywhere.
Brian McDonough's comment, March 7, 2013 10:00 AM
Former NBA star Charles Barkley tried to make that point with his “I am not a role model” commercial for Nike during the 1990s. The message was simple, but powerful — marvel at my athletic talents, but do not model yourself after me.
“A million guys can dunk a basketball in jail,” Barkley said then. “Should they be role models?”
The commercials sparked controversy and debate about what stake athletes as role models.
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Lance Armstrong, Professional Athletes, and Authentic Role Models

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Lance Armstrong, Professional Athletes, and Authentic Role Models. Much is ... Some would push back, however, pointing out that because he is a public figure and he was a sports hero, then he was a role model to millions.
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My unsung hero - Opinion - The Spectrum - The University of Buffalo

My unsung hero - Opinion - The Spectrum - The University of Buffalo | Are Athletes good role models? | Scoop.it
In recent weeks, amongst the Baseball Hall of Fame fiasco, the Ray Lewis hoopla and the Oscar Pistorius case, people have discussed what exactly the term “Role Model” means. It brought back memories of when I was 4 ...
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Brian McDonough's comment, March 7, 2013 9:57 AM
We see athletes like Lance Armstrong, who overcame obstacles and won seven Tour de France titles but later was found lying about testing positive for performance enhancing drugs; Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee sprinter and one of the world’s best-known athletes who recently allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend; and Ray Lewis, whose legacy has been a mystery ever since he beat charges of the alleged murders of two people in Jan. 2000.
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In wake of Oscar Pistorius allegations, searching for reminders of true athletic heroes

In wake of Oscar Pistorius allegations, searching for reminders of true athletic heroes | Are Athletes good role models? | Scoop.it
COLUMN | The Pistorius tragedy is only the latest reminder of the dangers of athletic hero worship. (I know plenty of athletes who are great role models.
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Brian McDonough's comment, March 5, 2013 10:21 AM
Olympian Oscar Pistorius told a South African courtroom that he shot his model girlfriend to death because he mistook her for a robber. Prosecutors have charged him with premeditated murder.
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From Hero to Zero: Fallen Idols as Role Models | The Signal

From Hero to Zero: Fallen Idols as Role Models | The Signal | Are Athletes good role models? | Scoop.it
A handful of star athletes have been imprisoned; others have admitted to using drugs. While doing the right thing and being a good person may not be a part of the job description, athletes are still role models to their young ...
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Brian McDonough's comment, March 5, 2013 10:20 AM
A handful of star athletes have been imprisoned; others have admitted to using drugs. While doing the right thing and being a good person may not be a part of the job description, athletes are still role models to their young fans and their behavior influences them one way or another. The array of recent athletes’ misconduct brings their ability to serve as role models into question.