Friday, April 27, 2007

Curt Schilling pledges $1 million to charity if it can be proved that his sock wasn't bloody

Here's the short story:
  • Curt Schilling had an injury during a game in 2004. He had emergency surgery and pitched in a game where it was apparent that he was bleeding.
  • Red Sox (get the symbolism?) go on to win series against Yankees, and thanks to God almighty, win World Series
  • Curt Schilling becomes hero to all small children, ends world hunger, professes his allegiance to God, and becomes kookier than your Aunt Selma
A sports reporter the other night proclaimed that the whole thing was a hoax. The blood was paint and it "painted" a good story.

Curt got his breeches in a bunch and has challenged everybody to prove that it wasn't blood on his sock.

Here's the rub:
  1. Curt doesn't know where the sock is and
  2. The challenge is whether there's blood on the sock. A careful reader will note that Curt never says it's his blood.
So, there could very well be blood on a sock of which nobody knows the location. And it could be pig blood.

The guy's a kook.
If you haven't figured it out by now, working in the media is a pretty nice gig. Barring outright plagiarism or committing a crime, you don't have to be accountable if you don't want to.
Can't the same, or worse, be said of professional athletes?

Schilling criticizes media, offers $1 million blood bet on his blog - MLB - Yahoo! Sports