The Edmond Sun

Sports Opinion

February 14, 2009

CORTESE: Parents are the real role models

Was Charles Barkley correct when he said parents should be the true role models for children, rather than those in the limelight?

In the last two weeks I have been crushed reading about two of my most recent favorite sports heroes being involved with illegal drugs. Michael Phelps and Alex Rodriquez, both athletes who I thought were good role models.Both turned out to be soiled. Making millions of dollars because of their popularity from athletic successes, both have fallen from my list of heroes.

I know, I have been burned before and will probably be burned again. I still cringe when I think of how much I respected OJ Simpson. Watching him race up and down the football field when he was a Heisman Trophy winner at USC got me to appreciate and respect him. I still get goose bumps when I see the replays of him getting the game ball after he broke the NFL rushing record on a cold snowy Sunday afternoon in Buffalo, New York.

So he allegedly butchered his ex-wife and her male companion. Jurors found him innocent but I never did or will. Eventually this fallen hero of mine was put behind bars for a robbery in a Las Vegas hotel.

Then there was Michael Vick, the Atlanta Falcons starting quarterback and one of the highest paid players in the NFL I thought this kid is not only talented, but very respectful and genuine. He was sentenced to two years in a federal prison for his role in a dog fighting conspiracy.

How about Barry Bonds, Pete Rose, Ron Artest, Plexico Burris, Roger Clemons and Pacman Jones. Not all heroes of mine but could have been worshiped by someone someplace. All sport stars and former heroes who have fallen to some kind of disgrace. John Daly was a golfer I enjoyed watching over the years. Now you can’t even find him in a tournament. His bouts with gambling and alcohol has made him an embarrassment not only to himself but the PGA.

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  • My 2010 moment

    First off, I’d like to thank the Edmond sporting community for accepting me into their fold, or at least accepting me as much as possible for a journalist. It has been a great five-and a half months and I’ve had the opportunity to witness some prime time moments while at The Sun.

    January 1, 2011

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    December 3, 2009

  • SPRUILL: Woods scandal not so shocking Charles Barkley warned us about it in 1993. Professional athletes should not be role models.

    Sir Charles gave us this gem back then stating, “A million guys can dunk a basketball in jail, should they be role models?”

    Just can’t do it. I remember vividly the day I learned this valuable lesson, it was when I got my copy of Sports Illustrated with Sooner quarterback Charles Thompson being ushered to jail in his infamous orange jumpsuit.

    December 3, 2009

  • HARRISON : It’s time for some hoops With Bedlam in the rearview mirror and talk of freezing temperatures and possible snow this week it can only mean one thing. The winter sports season is upon us.

    November 30, 2009

  • SPRUIL: 'Dogs have nothing to lose Bulldogs have a chance to break another streak, which is to attempt to end the east sides dominance — Jenks and Union have combined to win 13 straight Class 6A state titles.

    November 19, 2009

  • SPRUILL: UCO loaded for another run No. 18-ranked Central Oklahoma appears to be loaded for another deep run in the NCAA Division II tournament.

    It’s only November and the Bronchos have only played one game, but what they showed against Emporia State in a 116-114 double-overtime win was incredible.

    November 17, 2009

  • SPRUIL: Playoff picture still cloudy With most of the district’s already decided — a few key matchups still remain — it’s time to start looking at the playoff picture.

    We know Edmond Memorial, Edmond North and Oklahoma Christian are in the playoffs. Deer Creek is on life support, while Oklahoma Christian Academy and Edmond Santa Fe are done for the year following Friday night.

    November 3, 2009

  • SPRUILL: OU's Bradford still livin' the dream There’s still no guarantee that Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford will play this season. But Sooner fan or not, you have to love the Heisman Trophy winner’s attitude.

    His first start could come this week against Baylor, or it could be against Texas. You will not hear any crying from Bradford, though, that is for certain.

    The media has questioned his decision about coming back. He could have been the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, instead he gets injured in the opener and now his future is in question.

    But what seems so shocking to some across the country, really isn’t that shocking at all. Bradford is living his dream. The dream of any former high school star in the state of Oklahoma that wants to play in either Stillwater or Norman.

    October 6, 2009

  • HARRISON: Local teams draw favorable regional assignments With the end of the regular season fast approaching, local softball teams are turning their attention towards next week’s regional tournaments. While Edmond Santa Fe is the only squad that will be at home next week, all four teams have a legitimate shot at state.

    September 30, 2009

  • SPRUILL: Edmond recovering from split Things are shaping up for another great football season for local teams.

    As it stands, Edmond still has two undefeated teams in Edmond North and Oklahoma Christian School. And there are signs the big three have reached a near full recovery from the spit.

    September 15, 2009