It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again ... who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.Unfortunately I could only find the "Teddy Award" columns from the past three years online, but here's hoping I'll happen across more. Anyway, here are the columns from 2008, from 2007, and from 2006. Who could win this year (to date)?
Thursday, June 04, 2009
My Favorite Column
Each year, at the end of the year, I look forward to reading Joe Klein's opinion piece in TIME magazine entitled "The Teddy Awards." I was thinking about it today, speculating on who, so far this year, might merit one...and came up with few people besides the president, who has already won it twice. In case you're unaware, Klein's "Teddy Awards" are based on people who exemplify this quote from Theodore Roosevelt: