I’m not a sports fan. Not even a little. But I do have HUGE respect for anyone who can excel in athletics despite what would or could have been a debilitating disease. Think Lance Armstrong. You don’t necessarily have to like the person.
Such seems to be the case with Adam Morrison, the trash-talking Gonzaga (WA) university basketball star making headlines with his Type 1 diabetes. Even his coach calls him “relentless” and “nasty.” Young as he is, he’s known for “chest-to-chest exchanges, errant elbows, temper tantrums and unconventional politics.” The guy apparently rubs people the wrong way, even while he’s flabbergasting them with his basketball prowess. He NCAA Division I — the “major leagues” of college basketball — with 28 points per game. (Even I get what that means.)
All this talent, and rebelliousness too, with Type 1 diabetes! Go Adam!
Now what bugs me about the coverage of Morrison over at dLife is the way the reporter handled the “lead” to the story, i.e. that catchy first sentence or two. Reporter Howie Stalwick writes: “it’s hard to tell what causes Morrison more anguish: The insulin shots he takes during games for type 1 diabetes, or the verbal shots he takes from coaches and teammates…”
The story goes on to quote Morrison about how he normally wears a pump, and usually takes just one extra injection for games. He says diabetes “is just something I have to deal with.” Like the rest of us, only Bigger Than Life. So is this a story of ANGUISH OVER INJECTIONS? Or even ANGUISH OVER HAVING DIABETES? I think not. I think it was supposed to be an upper, save for that poor choice of words.
I’m glad the people who reported on the two American Idol contestants with diabetes — Elliott Yamin and Kevin Covais — didn’t use the word “anguish” (which one should never use unless the person with diabetes does themself, btw.) ‘Cause I found it very heartening that not one of these guys is letting diabetes stand in his way.