Why A-holes Trump Good Men

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About Cameron Conaway

Cameron Conaway, Executive Editor at The Good Men Project, is a former MMA fighter and an award-winning poet. He is the author of Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet, Bonemeal: Poems and Until You Make the Shore. Conaway is on the Editorial Board at Slavery Today. Follow him on Google+ and on Twitter: @CameronConaway.


  1. Amen.

  2. Er uh, it’s Sportsman of the YEAR, not a lifetime achievement award.

    The point of awarding it to him is that people can make mistakes and come back,and he’s a good example of that. Highlighting him teaches an important and needed lesson because people do screw up but that doesn’t mean they should give up.

  3. WerdsWorth says:

    Unlike Japanese culture, American culture doesn’t believe that perfection is attainable anyway. We love feel good stories & happy endings, so seeing someone in the public spot light “redeem” there self after they fall off is more gratifying than consistency.

    Look at it like a heart beat monitor. The minute the line is flat is the minute your dead. When the line goes up and down, its a signal for life. Its something more human about people who Make mistakes. People who dont make mistakes dont exist… that is why Americans dont believe in perfection.

    When some one falls hard and they make an immaculate recovery, It can touch the soul of most Americans. Most people would rather see someone persevere in some capacity rather than struggle hardcore.

  4. You can’t talk about uber famous celebrities and then try to relate it back to real life. It doesn’t work that way. Celebrities operate on a different plane under a totally separate set of rules.

    But Michael Vick is still a Grade A douchebag.

    • Celebrities don’t operate on a different plane under seperate rules. They are just people. Not even people that saves lives or make the world better. It’s when celebrities start thinking they deserve to have seperate rules, because of whatever skill set that has brought them fame and money, when we get Tigers and Weiners.

  5. As one happily standing in that silent middle, I appreciate your post.

  6. Well said, Cameron. As someone who feels deep in the middle right now, I thank you.


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