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Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Pat's Run attracts more than 3,000 Volunteers, including some old friends, show up to pay respect to Tillman Tara Duffy and Casey Jay
Issue date: 5/6/08 Section: News
Even with a start time of 8 a.m., the third annual race of Pat's Run attracted more than 3,000 participants on Saturday to San Jose's Leland High School. The run is named for Pat Tillman, who is remembered for leaving behind a $3.6 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League to serve as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan, where he was tragically killed by friendly fire.----
5/06/08 Tillman' mother and father said they believe the military and the government created a heroic tale about how their son died to foster a patriotic response across the country. It was a lie!
It's a spiritual thing. It's the spirit of competition and pride, proving you're better than the other guy. They do it by sheer brawn, by their own strength, which really feeds their pride. It's their idea of success. Winning means success in the world, so to win is a very big motivator. It just seems to be sort of an instinct with men especially to want to compete and to win. Other sports events, it's almost like an extension of those human desires to compete and win. That's why some people get so into it, because they can relate to that drive to compete. The physical exertion, and then finally the goal, is exhilarating for some people
Man at his best, which is his worst. WAR. His most destructive worst, his greatest strength, his greatest genius, his greatest inventive power and his greatest spirit, patriotism or whatever you want to call it, is used for war and a competitive spirit against others who are doing the same. His physical prowess, his mechanical ingenuity, his tactical genius and his indomitable spirit. This physical prowess, his mechanical ingenuity, his tactical genius and his indomitable spirit.
See how this competitive sports thing has been the final stages of every great civilization and empire. What young men does the media glorify and glamorize the most? Is it the athletes? No, they're about second. Is it the scholars? No they're probably about third. But the ones it builds memorials for and commemorates on special days and glamorizes as the greatest heroes of all time are its most murderous war-mongering soldiers.
Ted Rudow III,MA
Class of 1996