By David G. Firestone
In the immortal words of legendary writer Mark Twain: It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. Some people just can’t get that message though, and last weekend, there were a couple of them who were so amazingly great at proving they are fools, that I have to discuss them.
I’ll start with Terrell Owens first. The Pro Football Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony was last weekend. Of the six players inducted, only five were at the ceremony. Terrell Owens skipped the ceremony. He skipped the ceremony because he was upset that he wasn’t a first ballot entry to the Hall of Fame. He blames anyone and everyone for this “snub.” He claims the induction system is flawed. He said of the selection committee: “In terms of the criteria, the bylaws and what it takes for a guy to get in — when it came to me, other things came into play and for me, that doesn’t bode well for me.”
Yes Terrell, the selection committee has was wrong for not voting you in. It’s their fault. It’s not the fact that you were well-known as a terrible teammate. It’s not that you had to get attention at every opportunity. It’s not that you spit in DeAngelo Hall’s face, or overdosed on Hydrocodone. It’s that the Pro Football Hall of Fame should have just ignores everything I just wrote and more and should have made you a first ballot inductee. I’m sorry the rest of the world doesn’t see you in the way you see yourself. You are also upset about how the media treated you during your career. To borrow a quote from Jim Cornette: “If you don’t want people to think you are stupid, don’t do or say stupid shit.”
I think it’s also telling that he skipped for a selfish reason. He didn’t skip because he was protesting injustice in America. He didn’t skip to be at the side of a dying relative. He didn’t skip because he was in a hospital himself. He skipped because he is a selfish narcissist, who only cares about himself. In skipping for a stupid reason, he proved his critics correct.
The other fool I will discuss is Chris Bucchere. Many of you might not have heard of him, but he is very deserving to be discussed here. Chris Bucchere is a software developer from San Francisco, who loves to ride his bike. On March 29, 2012, Bucchere was riding his bike through San Francisco, and sped through stop signs, and ran a red light. He accidentally hit 71-year-old Sutchi Hui, killing him. He was tried as a felon, but was only given 1,000 hours of community service.
The light sentence should be enough to make anyone mad, but Bucchere just had to make himself look even worse. After the accident, while Hui was still alive, he wrote a self-serving blog where he said he was “way too committed to stop” at the intersection. He then dedicated the post to “late helmet (that) died in heroic fashion.”
If that isn’t enough, he is working with Medium.com where he is doing a 10 part blog post about what happened. In an article with sfgate.com he blames the district attorney for his felony conviction, stating “It was a TV felony.” and that San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón was “advancing his political career.” He tries to make it seem like he feels bad for Hui and his family, and maybe he does. But he certainly has a self-serving way of showing it.
Bucchere is the singular person responsible for what happened. Bucchere ran through stop signs. Bucchere ran a red light. Bucchere hit Hui, and killed him. How is prosecuting Bucchere anything except just in this case? How is Bucchere the victim of anything but his own actions? If Bucchere wants to blame someone for his woes…all he needs to do is look in the mirror. Hui’s blood will always be on Bucchere’s hands, and if Bucchere doesn’t like it…oh well.