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Todd Marinovich, the Happy Ending

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by qtlaw, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Heard Marinovich on the radio driving in today with everyone's favorite, Cowherd. They were talking up a Marinovich segment on the WWL (30/30 I think). I followed the story since he was drafted by the local Raiders and had the short USC career along with reading in SI about the ban on McDonald's growing up. After the drug addiction came to light I did not have high hopes for him.

    Hearing him today, I got a great feeling hearing how he appears to have learned to overcome his addiction and how he loves being a father and is great friends with his dad. He just sounded so calm and happy in a grounded way. I'm happy for him.
  2. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    That was a great 30/30 - perhaps the best.
  3. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Doesn't it seem anachronistic now that not letting a kid eat McDonald's was considered so weird back then? Seems like it would be considered pretty normal now.
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Yeah, I know several parents who you could argue are almost as strict with what their kids eat.

    Then again, Marv Marinovich had a plan. Normal parents who don't let their kids eat sugar are just assholes... :D
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Watched the documentary last night. Although I'm happy for him, I'm not convinced it's over. His last relapse was less than two years ago. (Side note: I had no idea the "Marijuanavich" stuff started in high school. I thought it was well into his USC career before he went off the rails.) Maybe the fact that he's married to a former addict will actually help in that she would see the signs before anyone else might.

    The Marv dynamic is incredibly strange. Todd says how great Marv has been throughout his life, but I think that's more of a coping mechanism to help him live from this day forward.
  6. young-gun11

    young-gun11 Member

    He was a pretty decent Arena QB in Milwaukee.
  7. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    It went way beyond that.
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I haven't seen all of the 30 for 30 yet, but I've interviewed Marinovich and his childhood was insane.

    His father was also very open about it. But I would bet that what Marv did wouldn't be much different than what Andre Agassi, Mary Pierce, Tiger Woods, among others went through...
  9. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

  10. BrianGriffin

    BrianGriffin Active Member

    I really enjoyed the film. He's the same age as me, or close, so I remember all the hype and followed him as he crashed and burned.

    I think the disservice his dad did to him wasn't so much "forcing" him into 24/7 football, but it was by teaching an all-or-nothing ethic. He was all-in with the football stuff. He would become all-in with the party culture.

    And I don't completely blame dad for that. I think it's in the DNA too.
  11. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

  12. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    Lot of parallels between Marinovich and Herren, although Marinovich had the dad factor that complicated everything. And like Longtime said, I don't think it's over for either of them, which I'm sure they'd both admit as well.

    It would have been interesting to see if he would have turned out better if the Raiders hadn't drafted him. Maybe it all ends the same way, but if he could have gotten away from LA, it could have changed a lot of things.
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