I was thinking about the sports figures who were involved in the most tragic, disgraceful, or shocking sports-related events in my lifetime. Here's my short list, off the top of my head, and in order of the heinous nature of the scandal:
1. Joe Paterno
2. OJ Simpson
(Yes, I think sodomizing 10 year old children is a more heinous crime than murdering one's adulterous spouse.)
3. Magic Johnson
4. Cam Newton
Other opinions or people to add to the list?
In the interest of pure objectivity, I must admit that I made one glaring oversight in compiling this list. Far worse than murder, far worse than sodomy, far more tragic than AIDS, and far more disgraceful than pimping out your own son... the number one sports tragedy of all time is...The murder of Toomer's Trees
How could I be so callous and heartless as to have initially ignored this greatest of violations against
, ummm... environmental rights? I guess that's what it was, not quite sure. But it's got to be at the top of the list. I mean two innocent trees murdered! Nothing worse than that, right?
Of course, I've always wondered how many trees have died in order to provide all that toilet paper that Auburn fans used to roll those two trees over the years. It's an irony I still can't get past.