Don’t stress over life, it’s too short

“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.”

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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.


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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