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Poll Results: What's your reaction?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 8% of voters (1)
    Snowboarders are dirt bags, what else is new?
  • 8% of voters (1)
    What, no naked pictures? How lame!
  • 8% of voters (1)
    Arrested for destroying a phone? How lame!
  • 8% of voters (1)
    I'm not buying a story about a bruised tomato
  • 0% of voters (0)
    If we'd just let the guy blow off some steam, we'd have stewed tomatos
  • 25% of voters (3)
    Nice shiner dude!
  • 8% of voters (1)
    So much for the iPhone 5 commercial endorsement
  • 0% of voters (0)
    See I told you he dyed his hair
  • 8% of voters (1)
    Actually he wears wigs
  • 16% of voters (2)
    Wouldn't it have been cool if he wore his gold medals for the mug shot?
  • 0% of voters (0)
    It's just a promo for his new video game - Black Eyed White Tomatos
  • 8% of voters (1)
    Give him a break because he was upset that Tom Sims had passed away
12 Total Votes  
post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Shaun White, our famed Olympic gold medal winning snowboarder in the news. So much for the stereotype for snowboarders giving a black eye to snow sports.

post #2 of 17

How about "I did dumbass s**t when I was 26, too."
 

post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 

Ayup - that's the spirit!

post #4 of 17
Nice of him to join the group tarnishing their gold medals instead of upholding the gold medal ideals regarding athletes and citizenship.
post #5 of 17

Meh, acting like a 26yr old.  I sort of find it refreshing.  Of course this isn't the first time he's pulled this sort of stunt.  Intelligent 26yr old's learn from their stupid mistakes the first time.

post #6 of 17

From what I can gather he has little or no cred in the circles of younger skatebaorders and snowboarders.  This probably helped him in that regard.  Tony Hawk didn't have much either as he peaked and dominated everything.  There's some envy and jealously at work when folks are that much better than the rest.  The fact that his parents gave him so much support and now he even has his own personal superpipe doesn't help the envy status. 

 

Least he can do is be "livin the life".  Why worry about the haters when you've got it made.  As long as this isn't going Lohan with frequency or risking major harm to others like DWIs and stuff I could care less as long as he pays for it and grows up eventually.

 

 

But he should be worried.  I heard his father is quite upset..

 

 

 

post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 

Carrot Top is his father? I believe the inventor of the sledge o matic would be proud that his son destroyed a phone.

post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by TheRusty View Post

Carrot Top is his father? I believe the inventor of the sledge o matic would be proud that his son destroyed a phone.


Maybe Gallagher was his mother?

 

post #9 of 17

Are we talking tomatoes or watermelons?

post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post

Nice of him to join the group tarnishing their gold medals instead of upholding the gold medal ideals regarding athletes and citizenship.

Says some forum talking head that never sniffed anything like an Olympic gold from the comfort of his desk chair. ..zzzzzzzz.
 

Why do people insist on putting athletes and celebrities othrough some type of double standard? He wasn't at the Olympics and he's a human first. His #$@ doesn't smell any worse than yours, it just has a bigger fan blowing it out for all the world to experience.

 

Whatever, he made a mistake. We all have. I actually like him a little better now. Funny story and a nice change from his squeaky clean, Target home goods image.

post #11 of 17

Flawed poll.  You are missing "I couldn't care less."

post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post


Maybe Gallagher was his mother?

 

 

Rats - busted - How could I confuse Carrot Top with Gallagher?

post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post

Flawed poll.  You are missing "I couldn't care less."

Yes! Still, by responding to the thread you have proven that you could care less. 

post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by JoeUT View Post

Says some forum talking head that never sniffed anything like an Olympic gold from the comfort of his desk chair. ..zzzzzzzz.
 

Why do people insist on putting athletes and celebrities othrough some type of double standard? He wasn't at the Olympics and he's a human first. His #$@ doesn't smell any worse than yours, it just has a bigger fan blowing it out for all the world to experience.

 

Whatever, he made a mistake. We all have. I actually like him a little better now. Funny story and a nice change from his squeaky clean, Target home goods image.

I though it ironic, that snowboarding has such a "bad boy" image and that as far as mistakes go, this ranks pretty low on the Olympic seriousness scale Barkley DUI, Phelps smoking pot, Joyner doping, Jenner plastic surgery). That, in my book, makes the story a ripe target for humor.

 

I don't think there's a double standard here. I live a relatively boring life. I've been amazed by some of the stories about me that made the rounds until finally getting back to me. Maybe because the true stories aren't all that interesting, there are more made up ones going around to take their place? My point is that there is a lot of "talk"/judgment about people that goes around. As you've noted, famous people just get this kind of talk communicated in wider circles because everything about them gets communicated in wider circles. They don't get treated any fairer than anyone else.

 

I have no competitive athletic talent to lend any credit to judging the character of an Olympic athlete. It saddens me when anyone has a "fall from grace" and it saddens me more when someone who has done so much good for the sport of snowboarding and the image of snowboarders adds one item to the minus column. There's no harm in wishing that these things didn't happen. Like Kneale, I too wish all Olympic athletes would be "perfect" role models for their entire life. Like you, it's nice to see that they are human. Personally, I try not to throw stones in glass houses because I'll freely admit that I've done far worse than making bad jokes. So it's ok to have thoughts about this that are all across the spectrum (either individually or collectively). I posted this to capture a sense of the collective reaction and try to bring a smile to a few people.

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by JoeUT View Post

 Funny story and a nice change from his squeaky clean, Target home goods image.

 

Was that really his image? Maybe I heard too many tales from when he lived in Silverton...

post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by TheRusty View Post

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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post

Flawed poll.  You are missing "I couldn't care less."

Yes! Still, by responding to the thread you have proven that you could care less. 


I care about Polls. biggrin.gif

post #17 of 17
While in the Marines, and I'm sure the rest of the Military Service has the same issue, we dealt with lots of young men and their approach to life and choices. Always seemed worse when a Marine made a bad choice or acted how most college aged kids do because everyone expects more from them. Part of the problem is the country wants someone that will run towards the fight while everyone else is running away during war but be a bible thumping, tea toting Boy Scout during peace. The latter characteristics aren't usually attracted to going into combat so they don't typically join the Marines.

All that to say, MOST of the people that are drawn to being a top athlete, usually have a bit more testosterone than the average kid. Also consider that like the military, Olympic athletes are drawing from the same society, so if your society has a "insert characteristic" so does your military and so does your Olympic athletes.

Name ANY community that hasn't had someone royally eff up and I'll show you a community that no one has been paying attention to. From the US President to kindergarten teachers. Speaking of Royalty, in the past month, they've been in the papers twice for acting like humans of all things. Good on 'me.

This past summer a good family friend past away at 87. I've known him my entire life and he has always been a a perfect gentleman, all around good citizen and treated everyone well. Several years back he was over for Thanksgiving and filled the room with laughter with his story of how he and a few of his drunk teenage friends put a horse drawn carriage (without the horse) on the roof of the church on night because they were pissed at the priest.

Maybe it's time we hold athletes to the same standards we hold ourselves or even our kids. Call him a dumbass, tell him not to do it again and why, laugh at the story next Thanksgiving and move on. We all have more important things to do like finish cutting the grass or help some one pick out a ski that floats in powder, is agile in the bumps and trees and rips carved turns on groomed ice.

Good on ya Mr. White
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