Monday, July 17, 2006

Players On Ice

I was reading one of the online sports mags. They were going on about Ben Roethlisberger and his recent motorcycle accident. If you haven't been watching, Mr. Roethlisberger had an accident on his motor cycle that nearly took his life. There was internal bleeding and head trauma. He admits that he was seconds away from dying and gives great credit to the EMTs at the scene. I am glad Ben is okay now. He is the starting QB for the 2005/2006 Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

It is a great story of recovery and courage. There are extenuating events that have come up since the accident. Firstly, BR wasn't wearing a helmet (which he claims was unusual for him.)

Secondly, there are certain factions that are calling for clauses in contracts of major sports stars to prohibit them from engaging in life endangering activities. Now, football is a life threatening activity to begin with, but to think that athletes should be prohibited from riding motorcycles is ludicrous. Who decides what is dangerous? If I am paying an athlete $10 million per year, shaving is a dangerous activity.

I say we cryogenically freeze all athletes and only unthaw them for games. This will seriously limit their abilities to hurt themselves and/or embarrass the team. Teams could have a slew of players 'on ice.' They could thaw out only the players they need. The rest could be stored in a cryo chamber in the locker room. It is the perfect idea.

We could even expand its application to lawyers. It would work for Doctors. Why stop there? Go on to teachers, bus drivers, garbage men, anyone and everyone is eligible. Hmmmmm... even bloggers ? nahhhhhhhh !!

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