Black And White
I just saw the greatest thing on ESPN's Sports Center!
In a highlight from the USF -v- Florida Atlantic game, a player ran down on punt coverage and, after the whistle blew the play dead, he *POPPED* a return team blocker on his arse! The flag was thrown. 15 yards for Unnecessary Roughness (and/or Unsportsmanlike Conduct. I couldn't tell which.)
Switch to the sideline after the play where the Coach grabs and lifts the coverage guy off the ground by the front of jersey and yells in his face in reprimand, only to immediately follow that with a hug and pats on the helmet, with some obvious words of support.
Kick his ass then help him up. Dust him off. Tell him, "You effed up, Big Time, but I'm still proud of you. You can get it right the next time."
THAT is what I love about college athletics. THAT is a man who knows the fundamental, basic, elemental human fact that life is both Black AND White. NOT either Or.
Okay. Just had to share that, eh.
* Don't recall precisely where I found that pic, but know it's a volcano in the northwest of North America and is from about this time last year. I think it symbolized just how true it is that dangerous and/or destructive elements can have great power towards giving new life an opportunity to thrive. And it's definitely not black or white. It's both and too many shades of gray to count.