Monday, February 2, 2009

Fallen Stars (Sports)

I really enjoyed the Super Bowl yesterday. As a Cincinnati Bengal fan I was required to root against Pittsburgh, but still it was an exciting game to watch.

Sadly, many of the stars from last nights game will fall from grace. It happens to regular people who are constantly told by the media, coaches, and fans that they are something more than human. After hearing this for so long, many spot stars think they are above the law. Let's take a look at a couple of past sport stars that were even more popular than the ones who performed last night. They had many product endorsements (something these companies would like to erase from memory today) and the following ads come from a comic book published in 1979.

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It's kind of creepy when you look at it now isn't it? But O.J. was a heck of a football player, he was the first running back to gain 2000 yards in a 14 game season. He has recently been convicted of kidnapping and is now serving a prison term.

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Pete Rose earned the nickname "Charlie Hustle" for his style of playing baseball, which was going all out on every play. He has more hits than any other player in the history of the game, yet he is denied the baseball hall of fame because he bet on baseball while he was a manager for the Cincinnati Reds.

(A note on Pete Rose, he is still loved in Cincinnati for the type of player he was, and most people have forgiven him.)

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