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Sun still rises for valley and Pavlik

By Todd Franko (Contact)

Published October 19, 2008

It's 9 a.m. Sunday morning, and my favorite show, "CBS Sunday Morning," is rolling along.

The coffee's brewing.

And on the grass outside, which is badly in need of a mowing today, the frost is slowly melting from the sun.

The sun rose today as bright and vibrant as any other day.

Kelly Pavlik took his first loss just 9 hours ago, and it's a bummer. But it's hardly a death knell for Pavlik or for the community pride and spirit that rose on Pavlik's climb in the last 17 months.

Pavlik has more wins in him if he chooses to keep fighting, and Saturday night will serve as a grounding moment that all of us need from time to time.

You're not best measured by how you handle yourself when things are going well, even though those are the times that seem to draw the most cheers, the most accolades and the most memories.

You're better measured by how you handle yourself when things don't go well.

That's true for an individual.

It's true for a community.

There's no less a reason today than there was yesterday to enjoy Pavlik and his prolific career, and the anticipation of what's next.





1debraweaver(30 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

Thank you for saying that, it needed to be said.

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2JMamo121(14 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

I second that statement Debra, and thanks again Todd.

I don't want to come across too preachy but...

From loyal Youngstown folks and boxing fans alike; I believe we were all grounded on that Saturday night. I also believe that it is the media's job to stand behind Kelly during these hard times. Media folks know better than anyone that they set the audience's agenda. So, again, thank you for giving valley sports fans and residents alike a reason to be optimistic!

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