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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Ricky's new look

I was surprised when I heard that Ricky Williams had shaven his beard in advance of his appeals of a positive drug test.

Mind you, Ricky definitely looks better clean shaven. But this sounded something like what attorneys do when they clean up their clients so the jury and judge will identify with them. Kinda like putting a loose-fitting tent on Pamela Anderson so her curves won't offend.

Well, I never thought Ricky would go for it, but he did. I'm sure he'll have some philosophical reason for shaving -- other than, "hey I just wanted the NFL guys to think I'm a guy with a clean image." But the truth is when he was asked several times last year why he wore that scruffy look he went into some explanation about how he wanted to focus on his inward look rather than his outward appearance.

It made sense at the time. Sort of.

At least I accepted it because, hey, the guy's got a right to his opinion and philosophy. But now that he backed off of that, especially with the timing being what it is, I wonder if all of Ricky's philosophical reasons for doing unorthodox things are simply a cover for just doing unorthodox things for their own sake.

Ricky, by the way, reminds me of a Bible verse that talks about people who spend their lives seeking knowledge but ignore The Truth.


Blogger oregon_dolfan said...

What Bible verse is that?

12:57 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

The Bible verse is 2 Timothy 3:7 which reads, "they are forever inquiring and getting information, but are never able to arrive at a recognition and knowledge of the truth."

That's the amplified version, by the way. Thanks for your question.

6:04 PM  
Blogger where'sthefish said...

Beards are not such a big deal. Leaving pot is. You can't judge if a man has found truth by whether he shaves his beard or not. It's the changes he's made in his life. And Ricky's made a lot of changes. There's even a shine in his eyes now. The fact that he used to be stubborn about his look and now he's flexible means he's grown, that he's willing to evolve. People who don't change because they think they have attained some kind of truth probably haven't.

9:23 AM  
Blogger John Dolfan said...

I think there is truth to what you are saying Armando. The overwhelming feeling I get as to why Ricky Williams is the way he is is because he is emotionally immature. In many ways he is just a kid trapped in a man's body. I tend to cut him slack because: 1) the Fins knew this when they acquired him, 2) he doesnt behave like TO (i.e. ruthlessly try to cut down his teammates and then smile about later) 3) He is trying to straighten out his life.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous HC2 said...

You are forgetting that Ricky just completed the advanced Yoga teachers training in India which teaches descipline,mental and physical flexibilty, and a sense of duty to others including peers, teammates, and family. So, I am sure Ricky shaved his beard just because he is now more accepting of society's norms like having a clean cut, professional appearance for meetings like job interviews, or a drug suspension appeal. It basically shows how Ricky has separated from his past.
How do I know? Back in 1999, I stayed for a month at the same yoga center Ricky stayed in California and was able to hear and see the students undergo the yoga course and its disciplined teachings.

7:45 AM  

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