Posted by: Opey | June 29, 2007

Wrestling with SCOTUS

I admit it. I used to be a fan of the WWF/WWE. There I said it. I would sit down in front of the television on Monday nights in elementary school and junior high (it actually used to be on on Saturday mornings way back) and watch as the drama of professional wrestling unfolded. My interest quickly waned as I moved on in life and realized just how much of a joke the “sport” was. In fact, short of that stupid Hogan Knows Best show on VH1, I hadn’t heard about professional wrestling until this past Monday when it was announced that Chris Benoit and his family were found dead in their house in Georgia. I even quickly tuned into the Monday night wrestling program to see what was going on. Then the downward spiral picked up with tremendous intensity. It subsequently came out that Benoit murdered his wife and child, hung out around the house while their bodies remained where he left them, placed Bibles next to their bodies, and then hung himself in his weight room at the end of the weekend. Many thought the story couldn’t get much weirder, but they were wrong. News then surfaced that there were injection marks in Benoit’s child’s arm, which were reported to be from injections of HGH to help boost their child’s size (Benoit’s son was diagnosed with Fragile X). Now sources are saying that Benoit’s Wikipedia page had been updated to mention his wife’s death several hours prior to authorities discovering the bodies. The strange just keeps getting stranger. Motive is yet unknown for these crimes, but steroids are at the forefront of many people’s minds. I think this may be the last straw for the WWE. They have lost several young, prominent members over the past several years due to drug abuse (both steroid and other illegal drugs) and also physical ailments. This is a tremendously sad case of life imitating “art.” It’s time for fans of this form of “sports entertainment” to speak up through their wallets and viewing habits and ask for change. There is a reason steroid use, outside of a prescription, is illegal. Someone (states/cities/the federal government) needs to step in either to regulate or disband this organization.

Quickly on to a completely different subject, the Supreme Court released a slew of important decisions over the past week and I just wanted to make mention of a few of them. One of the most important, in my opinion, was the case that invalidated education programs in Seattle and metropolitan Louisville, Ky., that sought “to maintain school-by-school diversity by limiting transfers on the basis of race or using race as a “tiebreaker” for admission to particular schools.” I am all for diversity in schools, from elementary on up to college, but when you use race as a decisive factor, you cement it as a cleavage in society. Justice Kennedy left the door open though. Instead of race, use socio-economic factors to encourage/enforce diversity in our schools. This way diversity is attained while not focusing on race. The other case that caught my interest was the “Bong Hits 4 Jesus Case.” I came to this case rather late and have not heard much about the fine details, but I always perk up when a 1st Amendment case comes around. Here is a compilation of analysis over at SCOTUSblog. It’s been an exciting week in SCOTUS land.

Just a few more quick hits. The judge v. dry cleaners case that I mentioned a while back ended in favor of the dry cleaners.  A victory for those in favor of tort reform.  Next, the Wet Bandits softball team started their inaugural season off last night.  We were relatively unprepared for the season, but we marched on but fell 14-6.  Yours truly went 2-2 with a sac fly and an RBI.  A good time was had by all.  One last item of note.  Summerfest starts this weekend.  If your in the Southern WI area I highly suggest you check out this great WI tradition.

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Responses

  1. I still am a fan of the WWE. Check out http://wwemania17.blogspot.com. Do you really beleive it’s the organization at fault here? I think they look heartless at the moment but that’s not their fault either.

  2. I in no way was or am trying to say that the WWE was directly responsible/at fault for the actions of Benoit or anyone for that matter. What I am saying is that there is a certain mitigation on the part of the WWE through their lax drug policy. Would Benoit and other wrestlers have used steroids, pain killers or other drugs had there been a stricter policy regarding their use? No one can know for sure, but it wouldn’t hurt the sport at the very least.


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