A friend posed this question, (JM yes that’s you), can we explained the flawed genius? An avid Welsh rugby fan he’d been watching a programme on the great Barrie John, much saddened like many rugby fans at his demise in later life.
We discussed the likes of Paul Gascoigne, George Best and to a lesser extent Ian Botham. These players stood pout for their flair and a genius that marked them out as exceptional in sport. Is the root of this genius also the case of their frailty?
I’m asking this question here and on a number of linkedin groups and will keep updating with your comments. It’d be good to hear your views however brief or lengthy, informed or casual, just get posting.
Cliff. S. Redhill, United Kingdom
They are not flawed in the profession and pursuit of their skills to which they work in, it is the life-style to which they are draw in that is the flaw in their character to which the parasites of this world suck in to to extract what they can at the expenses of the genius.It is human nature to feed of each other at the expense of the other party, as the genius does not attain friendships that care enough to protect them from exploitation.
Chris Keller-Jackson Wigan, United Kingdom
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3 flawed cycling genii, Pantani, Ullrich and Armstrong. No demise in later life for Pantani (RIP) but all 3 have suffered at the hands of doping (which everyone seems to state was ‘the normalising factor’ during their period of activity), and subsequently vilified by the press.
Far from condoning their activities, but being right at the top of their trees means that added pressure of performing, for themselves, their teams, their fans and their egos.
Armstrong and Ullrich look as much like fall guys and top level manipulators as fallen heroes. What will happen to them in years to come ? I doubt the Armstrong films in production will help the matter !
We allowed this to happen, much like Best, Gasgoine and the tragic tale of Kenny Sansom. People so elevated have a long way to fall.
Simon Hartley Harrogate, United Kingdom
I have a theory (it is just a theory, I’ve got no real evidence for this). I suspect that there is an imbalance between the “left brain” and “right brain” in people like Gazza and George Best. They are incredibly creative, intuitive and physically capable, but shorter on structure, logic, reason and method. This would contribute to making them fantastic on the field but struggle off of it. I also suspect that it perpetuates and compounds because their life becomes their sport and their sport is therefore their life. When it comes to the point where their sporting days finish, these guys will really struggle.
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