The Seeker wrote:
am I the only one that thinks the Muamba think is a bit OTT ?
People have heart attacks all the time, my sister had one at 40 - its crap
I know its unusual for a professional athlete, but he hasnt died. Yet we are getting pages and pages in every daily paper every day, minutes of silence at games, players wearing 'Pray for Fabrice T-shirts' , hundreds of photos of players visiting in hospital all over the news. (Probably the same guys who kick the shit out of him on a weekly basis).
Theres probably more coverage than with Gary Speeds suicide.
6 young squaddies on their first tour of Afghanistan, all around 20 years end get blown to pieces and get a fraction of the coverage - just a bit wrong for me !!
it was OTT, but then that tends to happen with highly witnessed (30K live, millions on TV and coupled with the public concern of 100+ powerful peers) unexpected events (you are prepared in some ways for the death of a soldier). Labourers and truck drivers in the blistering UAE heat are all too often victims of heart attacks...few discuss or even ponder that when they fill their tank with petrol. You can get a heart attack at 18, labouring in the desert sun.
Plus, sports figures are heroes to some. It took me forever to gear up the courage to watch the film about Senna's deadly last crash.
I think the attention to Fabrice Muamba collapse was reasonable and to be expected.Lionel Messi's message in support to Fabrice Muamba this week spoke volumes for the man. On the night the world greatest player became the leading scorer in Barcelona's history it was obvious that goals were not the only thing on his mind. By wearing a T-shirt with the message "Fabrice! We are Behind You" he showed he has the humility and class to match the talent of a genius.
oh and Gunners, yeah!