In the last month, two of the sports figures I've admired most as a casual sports-a-holic, have had 'coming out' parties. One was forced upon him - Tiger Woods. I'll probably write a post about him later. For now, I want to focus on Andre Agassi. The latest chapter in his story ends happily (which is how I think Tiger's will end too). No news article summarizes how I feel more than this one from Rick Reilly. I hope you'll read it.
I first saw Andre in one of his first tournaments at age 16. He went to the semi-finals and lost to McEnroe there, but I've been a fan of his ever since. As a tennis player, I admired his return game. And now, in real life, his return from a seemingly hopeless situation is inspiring.
I plan on reading "Open" by Andre Agassi over Christmas break.
Thanks Andre - for modeling hope and true manhood in the face of no hope and adversity.