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(Nola.com)   Homeless man: "You ought to do a story about me." Reporter: "And why would I want to do that?" Homeless Man: "Because, I've played in three Super Bowls"   ( nola.com) divider line
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2018-02-03 04:21:05 PM  
I didn't expect something that in depth, but great article.  Thanks, subby.
 
2018-02-03 04:49:20 PM  
Oof.  That's a good story, but a hard one.
 
2018-02-03 05:01:06 PM  
Sad now. :(
 
2018-02-03 06:08:49 PM  
Daaaaamn.

Good article, sad.
 
2018-02-03 06:12:48 PM  
Excellent article on the effects of drug addiction battles over decades. Sad for the guy.
 
2018-02-03 06:39:37 PM  
Whoa. Excellent article.
 
2018-02-03 06:47:54 PM  
Hell of a read. Thanks subs.
 
2018-02-03 06:55:17 PM  
I wonder how much CTE played in his problems.
 
2018-02-03 06:58:39 PM  
I forget exactly how it goes. I don't go to meetings myself, but I used to. Not sure if my "clean time" that I personally count would count with NA anyway, since I have had a few drinks now and then, and smoke weed regularly..but the addiction to crack I had, I have nine going on ten years free from. I remember something they wrote in that book, and wish I still had one..

something like .."at the end of the road...(paraphrasing some..there are basically these optons..) jails, instistutions, or death..or find a new way to live."

Addiction is a slow suicide, whether acknowledged by the addict or not. My struggle these days is not with the slow kind, but I still struggle with other demons..the demon of despair. Keeping hope alive..keeping the strength to stay true to oneself in today's world..

it's not easy. With some, it's just not possible. That was a really heartbreaking story.
 
2018-02-03 07:02:00 PM  
:(
 
2018-02-03 07:15:06 PM  
Yeah, that was pretty much heartbreaking.
 
2018-02-03 07:15:15 PM  

Kirablue42: I forget exactly how it goes. I don't go to meetings myself, but I used to. Not sure if my "clean time" that I personally count would count with NA anyway, since I have had a few drinks now and then, and smoke weed regularly..but the addiction to crack I had, I have nine going on ten years free from. I remember something they wrote in that book, and wish I still had one..

something like .."at the end of the road...(paraphrasing some..there are basically these optons..) jails, instistutions, or death..or find a new way to live."

Addiction is a slow suicide, whether acknowledged by the addict or not. My struggle these days is not with the slow kind, but I still struggle with other demons..the demon of despair. Keeping hope alive..keeping the strength to stay true to oneself in today's world..

it's not easy. With some, it's just not possible. That was a really heartbreaking story.


Congratulations on your success. One of the things I have a horrible time with, but benefit from, is giving myself credit when I do something good. Giving myself hope that today will be good.
 
2018-02-03 07:49:37 PM  
Damn, dude kicked it for years at the time and still went back. Very good ad for never getting there in the first place. A 'regular' life can certainly supply sublime moments you can't get from drugs, but don't kid yourself - for many if your brain loves getting high (and I'm NOT talking about weed) it will accept no substitute. So best to just not go there. Lots of otherwise wonderful can't ever go home again one they have tasted sweet _________. Good example - Philip Seymour Hoffman. Amazingly bright guy. Successful. Kicked heroin for years and years. But at the end of the day it was stronger than him.

That's why it's stupid to try to handle this issue with prison.
 
2018-02-03 08:04:14 PM  
After playing in 3 Super Bowls, this guy went broke? Damn, Disney World is expensive.
 
2018-02-03 08:14:37 PM  

stoli n coke: After playing in 3 Super Bowls, this guy went broke? Damn, Disney World is expensive.


TFA said that back then NFL players made less than $30,000 a year.
 
2018-02-03 08:22:23 PM  
Damn - hell of a read - just damn

Thanks subs...
 
2018-02-03 08:35:50 PM  

revrendjim: stoli n coke: After playing in 3 Super Bowls, this guy went broke? Damn, Disney World is expensive.

TFA said that back then NFL players made less than $30,000 a year.


Which was why, back in the day, a lot of NFL players worked in pro wrestling to make ends meet during the off-season (and Bronco Nagurski made more money working as a pro wrestler than he ever did as a pro football player, and this was back in the days when pro wrestling promoters were Cheap Bastards who would, quite happily, stiff a jobber out of his $50 for the night).
 
2018-02-03 09:22:59 PM  
Well, that was depressing.
 
2018-02-03 09:24:33 PM  

ClavellBCMI: revrendjim: stoli n coke: After playing in 3 Super Bowls, this guy went broke? Damn, Disney World is expensive.

TFA said that back then NFL players made less than $30,000 a year.

Which was why, back in the day, a lot of NFL players worked in pro wrestling to make ends meet during the off-season (and Bronco Nagurski made more money working as a pro wrestler than he ever did as a pro football player, and this was back in the days when pro wrestling promoters were Cheap Bastards who would, quite happily, stiff a jobber out of his $50 for the night).


Which is why McMahon is trying to get in on the NFL gravy train which that sweet sweet wrestling cash model.  What else are the freaks going to do but join the circus?
 
2018-02-03 09:31:45 PM  
"Son, why are you sleeping in a plastic bag in your panties?"
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2018-02-03 11:00:17 PM  

Walker: "Son, why are you sleeping in a plastic bag in your panties?"
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That might be funny had I not read the article.
 
2018-02-04 12:44:15 AM  
Addiction is a hell of disease.   hell of a read subby.
 
2018-02-04 12:50:11 AM  
Damn its dusty in here.  Heartbreaking story with an all-to-realistic ending.

Glad to see there are still journalists out there that can still write a moving and coherent article.
 
2018-02-04 01:24:13 AM  

darthstormer: Damn its dusty in here.  Heartbreaking story with an all-to-realistic ending.

Glad to see there are still journalists out there that can still write a moving and coherent article.


It's a common sentiment to say real journalism is dead, and then something like this comes along and gives me hope.  Wonderful, heartbreaking article.
 
2018-02-04 02:16:35 AM  
As I've said before;  "There's a lot of walking wounded on the streets these days."
 
2018-02-04 02:58:27 AM  
Damn, great article. Thanks subby.
 
2018-02-04 03:01:05 AM  

vegaswench: darthstormer: Damn its dusty in here.  Heartbreaking story with an all-to-realistic ending.

Glad to see there are still journalists out there that can still write a moving and coherent article.

It's a common sentiment to say real journalism is dead, and then something like this comes along and gives me hope.  Wonderful, heartbreaking article.


I thought the same thing. So many shiat "articles" submited and green lit on Fark. This one was written by an actual journalist and also a good person.
 
2018-02-04 03:46:28 AM  
Great article.
The most impactful aspect is that it makes you care about the ups and downs of an addict, and ultimately you end up disappointed, just like in real life.
 
2018-02-04 05:40:00 AM  
Wow. Lots of stuff dredged up by that. So glad I've never had substance abuse issues. Sad to hear it get the guy multiple times. He even seems like he has his head on pretty straight, just the drugs are more powerful than he is.
 
2018-02-04 09:50:20 AM  

Intoxoman: vegaswench: darthstormer: Damn its dusty in here.  Heartbreaking story with an all-to-realistic ending.

Glad to see there are still journalists out there that can still write a moving and coherent article.

It's a common sentiment to say real journalism is dead, and then something like this comes along and gives me hope.  Wonderful, heartbreaking article.

I thought the same thing. So many shiat "articles" submited and green lit on Fark. This one was written by an actual journalist and also a good person.


Unfortunately, the journalist just retired. But it is still a great read and heartbreaking.
 
2018-02-04 12:25:45 PM  
Just submitted this again, didn't know it had gone green yesterday from another poster. Amazing work, & glad to say I've met this photog several times through my work.
 
2018-02-04 12:30:11 PM  

Big_Doofus: Intoxoman: vegaswench: darthstormer: Damn its dusty in here.  Heartbreaking story with an all-to-realistic ending.

Glad to see there are still journalists out there that can still write a moving and coherent article.

It's a common sentiment to say real journalism is dead, and then something like this comes along and gives me hope.  Wonderful, heartbreaking article.

I thought the same thing. So many shiat "articles" submited and green lit on Fark. This one was written by an actual journalist and also a good person.

Unfortunately, the journalist just retired. But it is still a great read and heartbreaking.


There are plenty of good journalists.

It's just that back in the day, there were editors who cut most of the sh*tty irrelevant stories and the n00bs had a while to get seasoned and hone their craft.

Now that news has been rendered largely worthless, you can see every idiot's "articles" online, and that fills up the news stream so the good stuff is harder to find.

Newsrooms also force out experience because they want to pay Wal-Mart wages to kids that don't have experience, don't have contacts, and are limited to the information that those in power want to give them. Not that the people that own the papers want them looking too hard into things anyway; often one of the wealthiest families in town owns the paper (or, increasingly, giant corporations with no connection to the city buy the paper, gut the staff, and just use syndicated news).

Pieces like this require a lot of work over a long period of time, and more people will read a worthless article about "Some radio guy insulted Tom Brady's kid!" So why would a paper want to have someone spend their time writing it? Maybe if they were looking for a Pulitzer. That's the only time a lot of organizations try to do good journalism.

News is a great example of where the free market results in poor outcomes for everyone.
 
2018-02-04 12:31:21 PM  
And to relate to the story...ugh, not the way to wake up. :-/

Very good story, but just ugh.
 
2018-02-04 01:09:33 PM  

vicejay: Just submitted this again, didn't know it had gone green yesterday from another poster. Amazing work, & glad to say I've met this photog several times through my work.


Agreed. That's why I think Public Broadcasting is so important. Unfortunately, they are also being gutted at a national and local level. But it's ok, our government and big businesses will tell us what we need to know.
 
2018-02-04 03:31:22 PM  
Someone keeps Funnying comments that aren't, well, funny. What the heck is going on?

Yeah, I know. <WelcomeToFark.jpg>
 
2018-02-04 06:39:26 PM  
Why doesn't he just sell autographs?
 
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