Is that your mantra; are you ok with the statement about not getting caught?
This is an except from a Jim Rome post and includes a saying he uses on his radio show quite often: ‘But no sooner than I did that ESPN reported that both the men and womens’ basketball programs sent hundreds of impermissible texts and made hundreds of impermissible calls. As always if you’re not cheating, you’re not trying and it’s only cheating if you get caught. And apparently you were. So go ahead and expect the NCAA to come in and smash you again. You have my apology Baylor fan, now I’m waiting on yours.’
I thought of this post as I was watching a baseball game and a pitcher was thrown out of the game for having a ‘foreign substance’ in his glove so he could doctor the ball. In essence this was giving him an unfair advantage to succeed.
Baseball is rife with cheating; so much so, they reward you for stealing bases. Historically, opposing teams will try to steal the other teams signals; some players might cork a bat for extra pop; and some players even inject themselves with steroids to improve their performance, which is a banned substance in baseball.
Baseball is the one sport where this is somewhat expected, but is it right?
Where have all the good men gone?
When did trust, integrity, character and common sense fall out of vogue? This is a story in my paper about a local securities firm apparently ripping off the elderly. Innocent until proven guilty I suppose, and I know this guy; but even if the charges are false, how can you allow yourself to walk such a thin line this is even a possibility?
Well, you should be able to trust your coach, right? Jerry Sandusky, assistant head coach at Penn State University was convicted on multiple charges of forcing himself on and having sex with under-aged boys. He started a foundation to help ‘at risk’ children but ultimately used this foundation to have complete access to the young men in his programs. I would have been sorely disappointed in our justice system if the verdict would have been different.
On a less serious note, here is an article about cheating in schools in the standardized test taking process. There is such pressure for schools to have passing grades to receive sufficient funding, it makes if very easy to go down this slippery slope if certain people in charge were so inclined.
Do the pressures of receiving certain results make ‘crossing the line’ ok?
That’s just the tip of the iceberg; those are stories from my local paper. Unfortunately, nobody is immune as there are stories about politicians, clergy, bookkeepers, booster club treasurers, on and on and on.
Did these people think as long as they don’t get caught it’s ok; they haven’t crossed the line?
Ok, Mr Glass House
Ah yes, Teflon as in my doody don’t stink; Mr Perfecto…..trust me, I am nowhere near perfect. I go over the speed limit; I have music on my iPod that wasn’t paid for; I have not returned to the store when someone gave me too much change. And those are only the ones I’m willing to share. But I’m still a nice guy, right? That gives me a hall pass, right? That allows me to get away with the little stuff, right?
Is that where it all starts?
Nobody is perfect but it’s just so disappointing when you see people in authority or power who should be role models let us down. We are all exposed to temptations and who knows where that tipping point will be, when you say to yourself ‘just this one time, nobody will know.’
Do you think this type of behavior is more prevalent now? Do you think because it happens so frequently there is less shock value associated with these actions and it’s easier to fall victim to temptation?
I don’t have an answer
I just know I don’t want to be that guy. When I decided to get married and have a family the last thing I ever wanted to do was something that would embarrass my family. That is certainly a good enough deterrent for me and hopefully remains so.
Where is your moral compass? I’m certainly not one to judge, but is 70% a passing grade? Is being a good person, good enough?
Do we even care?