Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


February 1, 2013

Morgan: Athletes can learn from best — politicians

Corsicana — Athletes could learn a lot from politicians. Just over the past few days, I saw two of the best answer tough questions.  Big time athletes could learn a lot about answering questions if they’d simply pay attention to what the REAL pros do.

When facing a senate committee with questions dealing with the death of four Americans at Benghazi on 9/11, Hillary Clinton put forth the blueprint for answers to questions you really don’t want to answer. When asked about the story that the attack was fomented by a YouTube video, Hillary replied, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” I don’t know if it was her feigned anger or the answer itself, but it worked.

Even better than Hillary was Al Gore. A newsman quizzed Al Gore about the hypocrisy of selling Current TV for $100 million to Al Jazeera which is funded by oil money from Qatar. Al, who preaches that carbon is our enemy, selling his network to one of the world’s largest producers of carbon based energy simply said, “I understand the criticism. I just don’t agree with it.” Since that answer stopped any further quizzing by the newsman, it was obviously a brilliant answer.

Who could use these examples? How about Ray Lewis?

Ray is playing the last game of his storied career in the Super Bowl. Ray has been in the limelight this week because it’s such a storybook ending to his career. Unfortunately, it has also brought back questions about his involvement in a double murder the last time he played in a Super Bowl.

If that’s not enough, information has surfaced this week that he took deer antler spray to speed up the healing of a torn tricep. It turns out that deer antler spray contains IGF (some type of anabolic) which is a banned substance.

When asked about either incident, Ray Lewis should answer:

A. What difference, at this point, does it make?  Or B. I understand the criticism. I just don’t agree with it.

Nelson Cruz of the Rangers, A Fraud, Melky Cabrera and others have been linked to an anti-aging clinic in Miami (no wonder Dick Platt is moving down there).

If you’re not familiar with anti-aging clinics (at my age, you start reading up on them), they give clients testosterone and human growth hormone.

While that may be good stuff for folks like Dick or me, those are both banned by major league baseball. Obviously, all those guys will be questioned by the commissioner’s office.  They should answer:

A. What difference, at this point, does it make?  Or,  B. I understand the criticism. I just don’t agree with it.

Jerry Jones has managed to deflect some of the criticism of another wasted season by firing a few assistant coaches and taking away Jason Garrett’s play calling on offense. Many people, however, still point an accusing finger at Jerry the GM. When asked about his responsibility for the Cowboy’s failure to reach a Super Bowl over the past 16 seasons, Jerry should answer:

A. What difference, at this point, does it make?  Of, B. I understand the criticism. I just don’t agree with it.

When Josh Hamilton’s latest ailment sidelines him with the Angels, and the LA sports reporters start to dig around for answers, Josh should answer:

A. What difference, at this point, does it make? Or, B. I understand the criticism. I just don’t agree with it.

Or, C. Where is the nearest tattoo parlor?

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