AL HAMNIK: Today's sports headlines much to do about nothing

2013-01-12T17:00:00Z 2013-11-26T20:05:29Z AL HAMNIK: Today's sports headlines much to do about nothingAl Hamnik Times Columnist
January 12, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

The Philadelphia Eagles want Brian Kelly as their new coach. Alas, Notre Dame football is doomed.

Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens were snubbed by the Baseball Hall of Fame because of their link to steroids. Bonds is baseball's only seven-time MVP and arguably the greatest player of his era.

Bears general manager Phil Emery is interviewing any coaching candidate who puts his pants on one leg at a time.

Injured superstar Derrick Rose will participate in contact practices with his teammates, and Bulls basketball has suddenly become a giant smiley face.

The hockey lockout has ended, which now means you can pay about $90 a ticket for home games and the privilege of having a stranger throw up on your shoes.

Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III underwent reconstructive surgery on his right ACL Wednesday and could miss the 2013 season. At least he'll be able to walk to and from rehab.

Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall and cornerback Charles Tillman made All-Pro First Team, though I would've picked Tim Jennings over Mr. Ball Puncher.

Peyton Manning is proof life begins at 34 in the NFL.

Indiana University (15-1) is unbeaten in Big Ten play and has won 18 consecutive games at Assembly Hall. Maybe one day the Hoosiers will have football, too.

Blake Griffin has game, but no personality whatsoever.

Jay Cutler has neither, not yet.

Thank goodness Scott Skiles wasn't elected President of the United States. Could you imagine him quitting his job, once again, at mid-term?

Was Alabama that good, or Notre Dame that bad?

Actually, these are not the stories we should be debating and discussing and following every waking hour. We're missing the bigger picture here.

Sports is only a small slice of life.

It's not that important. Here's what's important.

That middle-age man standing at the entrance of the affluent Stone Bridge Estates in Schererville, holding a sign that read: I NEED WORK. I HAVE CHILDREN TO FEED.

Or the shabbily-dressed, bearded man standing at the Indianapolis Boulevard exit off the Chicago Skyway, holding nothing more than a canister.

Or the freezing woman outside the Griffith Kmart, her sign making the plea: HELP ME FEED MY KIDS.

Or the young father and his little daughter standing outside my church after Mass one Sunday with a sign that read: PLEASE HELP US.

They are the stories that demand our attention, our swift action, because we could easily be among them.

This is real life.

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