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Kelly's World | Don't stress over life, it's too short

Published:Monday | September 26, 2016 | 9:00 AM

"When we fully understand the brevity of life, its fleeting joys and unavoidable pains; when we accept the facts that all men and women are approaching an inevitable doom: the consciousness of it should make us more kindly and considerate of each other." - Clarence Darrow

Like everyone else, I was taken aback by the death of St George's College Manning Cup captain Dominic James last Tuesday. His name wasn't immediately known to me because I only follow schoolboy football to a point. But others far more involved can tell, and have told, us about the young man. Dominic's death reminds us of just how short life is. And no, that has nothing to do with the fact that he was a teenager. We know that children, teens and young adults die just like 'old people'. Death comes to us all but it just feels worse when it's a youngster. Worse, when that youngster died while doing something he/she loved. I never knew Dominic, but my condolences go out to all who knew him, taught him, played with him. Let his passing remind us there are more important things in life than sports.

Such a lesson could have been imparted to two Mongolian wrestling coaches at the recent Olympics. Tserenbaatar Tsogbayar and Byambarinchen Bayaraa (hey, to them, our birth names probably look weird too) were infuriated that one of their athletes didn't win the bronze medal. This was after the referee decided the wrestler spent the last part of his match basically running from his opponent. In wrestling, that's a no-no. So while protesting the decision the coaches decided to, of all things, take off their clothes. Two grown men just decided to go Magic Mike in front of the whole arena, and they did it right there in front of the judges' table.

 

UNSIGHTLY PROTEST

 

First things first. I understand blocking the road in protest. But stripping? Ahm no! Plus, the few times I've heard about such acts, it usually involved women. Furthermore, this is freestyle wrestling, not the professional one that you see on TV with John Cena and whoever else is the big name right now. So the theatrics of professional wrestling would have been just fine with what the coaches did. Those wrestlers actually walk around inna dem bloomers anyway, so the coaches would have fit right in. The worst part is that the coaches aren't exactly chiselled specimens, nor will they be mistaken for male fashion models any time soon. I know the full-figured form is being celebrated more, but I'm not sure if anyone would be signing these guys up for Sports Illustrated.

Well, needless to say, there had to be repercussions for their little burlesque performance. For showing off their undies, the coaches have been banned by United World Wrestling from all international competition until August 2019. Talk about next time, keep your shirt on! Take it from a guy who has blown his gasket more than a few times, it ain't worth it. Life is too short for you to take it so seriously. Later.

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