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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Dave Hyde: Appreciation of Sports, Cranberries of Life, on Thanksgiving

He started another game in the life of sports in which he never showed emotion.

“I can’t believe I’m sitting here,” Dick Vitale said Tuesday night.

He was crying, tears were pouring down, his face was full of expressions.

“I’m sorry,” he said.

The ESPN voice of college basketball stifled before the start of another big game, No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 2 UCLA, in such a way that there was no need to apologise.

“Let’s move this game up and talk about some basketball,” he said.

Dickie V has cancer. He turned to sports that doctors couldn’t provide, chemotherapy, pills and tests, and medical charts. Happiness. turn.

“Basketball medicine,” he said at one point on the telecast.

Is not it? Don’t the things that surround our games often speak volumes about their impact on what’s in them?

An Illinois Dolphins fan was buried this year with a Dan Marino jersey the former quarterback brought to his life. A 9-year-old in Utah diagnosed with brain cancer himself asked to put up a highlight video of NFL quarterback Tom Brady in the hospital for inspiration.

The Utah fan then visited a Tampa Bay game, which was healthy and “Tom Brady helped me beat cancer.” Brady came, shook his hand, the boy was crying.

Brady later said, “He was motivating me.”

It is the tonic of the game even amid the sometimes toxic reactions to the score. Just take a look this week. Here are the daily moments, as passed by the annual turkey teams. Coach Brian Flores wears the T-shirt of Ladder 118, a Brooklyn firefighter working with his uncle who lost eight first responders in the 9-11 tragedy.

Dolphins receiver Albert Wilson will host several low-income youth in Sunday’s game as part of his running link for life. His parents were imprisoned. He lived in foster homes. He moved in with the family of a high-school teammate and navigated small-school Georgia State in the NFL.

“I did this and wanted to show others that they too can be successful,” he once said.

We can move on. At every game in every city, teams like the Heat and Panthers in South Florida thank members of the military who might have thought Thanksgiving passed by.

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Craig Barnes, a retired Sun Sentinel sports writer, is now in hospital after breaking his hip last weekend. It’s been a tough run. His 55-year-old wife passed away last month after a prolonged illness. She cared for him for five years, day after day, citing the phrase “in sickness and in health.”

His story turned out to be better than any sports story he covered.

Every day sport brings something new and inspiring for us if you want to check it out. Tuesday was Dickie V. He was diagnosed with bile duct cancer last month. He went home and googled it and saw that the general case had months to live. It was a wreck, he said.

“I thought, at 82, it was over,” he said.

The diagnosis then changed to lymphoma. still bad. but treatable. “Nobody was happy having lymphoma,” he said.

He raised over $40 million to fight pediatric cancer at an annual event. He does even more with the foundation of former basketball coach Jimmy Valvano, who lost his battle with cancer after a motivational battle.

Earlier this month in Sarasota, near his Bradenton home, Vitale cut the ribbon at the oncology wing of Sarasota Memorial Hospital. There he was treated for chemotherapy. He was approved to work last week.

Now he was back in a game.

“It’s great to be here,” he said on television. “I didn’t want to cry…”

he cried. Who was not with him, as they were seeing? In the pre-sports world, when ESPN was just getting started, Vitale was the biggest voice in basketball and perhaps the defining voice of that network. Now big or small, to define or not, is not a matter.

“It’s a thrill to be here,” he said.

Excellent, as his catchphrase goes.

It’s Thanksgiving, a time for family and appreciation. Appreciate the game here. They are not life. They’re the stuffing or cranberries of any side dish of your choice. Sometimes, as Dickie V showed, they’re just good medicine for what you’re dealing with.

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