I have never understood winning by cheating, and although timely, this is not condemning The Patriots who just won the Super Bowl. I’m not a big football fan, but I have no idea if someone deflated those footballs that won them a chance to play in the Super Bowl or not. What I do wonder about, however, is who would want to win that way? Why on earth would Tom Brady, one of the most celebrated players of recent times, suddenly decide to cheat?
Maybe (hopefully) he wouldn’t, but the fact of the matter is, people do it all of the time. I was reading a blog post by Tess Gerritsen just yesterday in regard to her lawsuit against Warner Brothers. She wrote the book Gravity on which the movie was based. She sold the rights to New Line back in 1999. She had a contract that promised her credit, and of course money if a film was made. Warner Brothers bought out New Line, made the movie, and chose not to honor the contract. Crazy, right?
Here’s the real kicker for me. She has since discovered that Alfonso Cuaron, who wrote the screenplay sometime around 2009, had first been attached to the film in 2000 when New Line had the newly acquired rights to the book. Didn’t he find it wrong to take all the credit for this story? What kind of hollow victory must the success of that film have been? You can read about the lawsuit here;
It’s just sad that so many people need to claim glory for things they have not accomplished on their own. Writers, artists as portrayed in the film Big Eyes, and the many athletes, such as Lance Armstrong who have admitted to using steroids, have all cheated. I just don’t get it.