I know a thing or two about competition. I was sixteen, playing volleyball for my high school team. Things were pretty intense; the teams were neck-and-neck. The other team bumped, set and spiked!....right into my face. My face burned from a mixture of humiliation and pain and my ears rung, thankfully masking the sound of the other team’s fans cheering from the stands. I blinked, dazed, wondering if my face would appear permanently smashed after this experience. I was angry, but even though my team was losing and I had been injured, I never thought of retribution. The same cannot be said for John Levi Miller, a former professional wrestler who is currently suing an old opponent for kicking him in the crotch hard enough to cause his testicles to rupture, resulting in one of them having to be removed. Ouch! And I thought I knew what being competitive was all about.
12 March, 2012