December 20, 2013

COMMENTARY: Sports at its best, worst in 2013

Handing out ‘awards’ in sports.

By Paul Newberry
Ap National Writer

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• TOP STORY THAT REALLY WASN’T: NBA center Jason Collins bravely announced he was gay. Unfortunately, it would’ve meant more if he had done it a decade earlier. The 35-year-old Collins didn’t catch on with a team this season, lessening the impact of his groundbreaking revelation.

• BIGGEST WAKE-UP CALL: Without making any judgments on what will become of the bullying scandal in Miami, we can’t ignore ... Richie Incognito, who has surely shed light on the vile behavior in sports locker rooms, behavior that has long been accepted no matter how much it hurts. No more, please.

PERSONS OF THE YEAR: For showing us the healing powers of sports ... the citizens of Boston and Nelson Mandela. Boston stayed strong by turning to its Red Sox and Bruins in the aftermath of the marathon bombing. David Ortiz summed it up better than anyone when he said, “This is our ... city!” Mandela’s death in early December reminded us of how he used the 1995 Rugby World Cup to soothe South Africa’s wounds from the evil that was apartheid.

Yes, these are just games. But they can touch people’s lives. We could all use more of that in 2014.

Paul Newberry is a national writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry@ap.org or www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963
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