The best example is how the ability the play and participate in sports is a blessing. Take the four-time Indy Car champion and three time Indy 500 winner, Dario Franchitti. Dario will go into the racing Hall of Fame as one of the greatest open wheel drivers of all time but his legacy has been cut short. After a crash in the 2013 running of the Grand Prix of Houston Dario has announced he will retire because of serious, potentially life threatening injuries. Just like a tornado, a thirty second event has changed a person’s life forever. Luckily for Dario, his friends, family and fans the only loss will be his racing career. Others such as Dan Wheldon have not been so lucky – giving their life in a sport that they dearly love.
For those have survived a tornado pick up the pieces, start rebuilding and move on with life. Those playing sports and experience career ending injuries have to do the same and Dario is just the most recent addition to a long list. I have never been a huge Franchitti fan when it comes to cheering a driver on to victory. In my estimation he was the “Joker” of the Indy Car series…but Batman isn’t nearly as cool without the Joker. Keeping that in mind I will miss Dario in the Indy Car series. He was a good driver that was fun to root against – never wishing for a crash but just hoping someone can beat him to the finish line. Indy Car, like Dario Franchitti, is going to have to pick up the pieces as well. Recently a good amount of big name drivers have been lost in the Indy Racing league including the likes of Wheldon, Patrick and Franchitti.
On behalf of Those Sports Guys I want the victims of the over 70 tornadoes that moved through the Midwest over the weekend know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Also I would like to wish Dario the very best as he prepares for a long rehab process and starts to discover his next role in life and to a lesser extent racing. As you enjoy sports let’s keep in perspective the gift of sports as entertainment and more importantly the gift of life. Live, love and play like there is no tomorrow because as we have seen over the past week, tomorrow may not look anything like today. Thanks for reading!
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