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Is it a Good Idea to Have Heroes in Sports Today?

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Many decades ago this question would have been answered with a resounding yes. Sports stars were the definition of the American hero, appearing to be indestructible; saving lives, changing history and blowing our minds all without even wearing a cape.

However, today—and specifically over the past several years—this glorified image has been tainted due to things like poor judgment, cheating, steroids, scandals, odd story lines escapades, both on and off the field.

The iconic “knight in shining armor” has become nothing but a sham; rusted junk in the minds of so many people... and, in my opinion, wrongly so.  

Just because a few villains exist does not mean that the supernova of hope that once was a living and breathing thing in the unmistakable form of Kobe Bryant’s last second shots, Albert Pujol’s mighty swing, and Peyton Manning’s unmistakable drive have died forever… far from it.

Yes, obviously corruption and lack of integrity have washed into our beloved athletes' lives and taken away the classic clean cut image of a superstar. But in a strange sense, I honestly believe this means that this is now a more dire occasion than ever for a hero.

Isn’t it when all hope seems lost that we look to a champion? The darkest of times is truly when we all need one the most. Someone to shave away the backlash of things from the past. Someone to challenge not only themselves to be better, but us as well. Someone we can all aspire to be like. Someone who serves a higher purpose than just winning and loosing. Someone to save the day.

Sports are more then a game; always have been and always will be. It is the simple idea of performing to the highest standards and being greater then anyone else, while inspiring others in the broadest sense to push their potential to amazing heights.

We do need heroes in sports today, if for no other reason than the fact that there will always be mistakes and wrongdoings. A hero, an idol, a great person—whatever you want to call it—never really disappears; they just hide in the shadows sometimes. However, when they return in such a spectacular fashion, they can help us through the tough patches and on to something tremendous.

Anthony Priore is a student in PA Cyber Charter School's "Ellis Cannon Academy of Sports Media and Broadcasting," taught by PSR publisher Ellis Cannon. Click here for details.

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