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Old 05-09-2017, 07:47 AM   #1
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Default Just give it up

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Ryan needs to just give it up. He has made many a buck. He has made many a contact during his career. I would think he could walk away before making himself look desperate and still find something to do.
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Ryan needs to just give it up. He has made many a buck. He has made many a contact during his career. I would think he could walk away before making himself look desperate and still find something to do.
It's sad when a former marquee just can't let it go. When I see a guy like Howard who was once cheered wildly in his early and mid career and is now hanging on rather pathetically, it always puts me in mind of Housman's poem 'To an Athlete Dying Young'...especially the middle stanzas.



To an Athlete Dying Young By A. E. Housman


The time you won your town the race

We chaired you through the market-place;

Man and boy stood cheering by,

And home we brought you shoulder-high.


Today, the road all runners come,

Shoulder-high we bring you home,

And set you at your threshold down,

Townsman of a stiller town.


Smart lad, to slip betimes away

From fields where glory does not stay,

And early though the laurel grows

It withers quicker than the rose.


Eyes the shady night has shut

Cannot see the record cut,

And silence sounds no worse than cheers

After earth has stopped the ears.


Now you will not swell the rout

Of lads that wore their honours out,

Runners whom renown outran

And the name died before the man.


So set, before its echoes fade,

The fleet foot on the sill of shade,

And hold to the low lintel up

The still-defended challenge-cup.


And round that early-laurelled head

Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,

And find unwithered on its curls

The garland briefer than a girl’s.
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