Alright. Sports reporters around the world are making fun of Roger Clemens because he suggested Andy Pettitte "misremembered" some facts that somehow proved Clemens was in fact using steroids and therefore lying under oath to United States congress.
While sports casts across North America are full of giggles over Clemens' choice of words, it is worth noting that misremembered is a perfectly correct word!
Don't even get me started on why congress is making major league baseball their business anyways. Isn't there more pressing issues the U.S. government should be worrying about? Like oh I don't know Iraq and Afghanistan, the US economy, the US housing crisis, global warming.....
Enough about Rocket Roger anyways. He's a putz. And he's proving that lately. Sure he can throw a ball really well. I'll give him that.
Let's talk about the only Rocket that matters in sports. Rocket Richard.
I mean, Richard is a hero, even though he really didn't want to be. He transcended his sport unlike almost anyone in sporting history. And the fallout is still being felt today.
Though I am of French Canadian heritage, I grew up an English Canadian kid on British Columbia's wet coast. I don't think that, despite all of my research, I have ever truly understood just how influential, how important, how special Rocket Richard truly was and is.
Over at Hockey Book Reviews.com I have reviewed Roch Carrier's book Our Life With The Rocket.
Roch Carrier is a successful novelist and playwright but he is famous (and undoubtedly rich!) for his quintessential children's hockey book The Hockey Sweater. But if you ask me, his most important title has to be Our Life With The Rocket: The Maurice Richard Story.
In fact, I go as far as to say that this book is the only important hockey book ever written, and it should be mandatory reading for secondary students and university students studying Canadian and Quebec history.
Read the full book review of Roch Carrier's Our Life With The Rocket.