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Sometimes Words Are Just That

from Michael Landsberg of TSN,

E-mail, texting and instant messaging all have places in our lives. But I believe I have relied too much on them, often replacing personal contact with letters and words and symbols that are like the Buckingham Palace Grenadier Guards - conveying no emotion, revealing no subtlety. They are zombies devoid of anything meaningful outside of the obvious.

How many times have you wondered while reading a text whether someone was serious or joking, sarcastic or straight? Have you ever wondered when you ask someone how they are, whether fine really means fine?

Fine written in text always looks the same, but in person, on the phone, fine can reveal so much more. I am having a tough time forgiving myself for texting Wade Belak seven days before he died and accepting his fine.

Wade was my buddy. That didn’t make me unique. Wade was everyone’s buddy. Even guys he fought with on the ice liked him.

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Hank1974's avatar

Very touching story.
I had always read that Belak was a great guy; very friendly, funny and well liked.

Like Landsberg stated, he must have been drowning in despair.

My heart aches for his family - especially his wife and two daughters.

I believe in the afterlife and I believe Wade’s misery is over as he sits in Heaven waiting for his beloved family.

RIP Wade.

Posted by Hank1974 on 09/13/11 at 04:43 PM ET

Alanah McGinley's avatar

That’s a phenomenal article by Michael Landsberg. I would encourage everyone who sees this post to take the time to read the full story.

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 09/13/11 at 05:52 PM ET


^^^ Agreed.  If I knew a word for “better than phenomenal” I would use it.

Posted by BobTheZee on 09/13/11 at 07:34 PM ET

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