LA MESA -- We at LaMesaToday.com usually let the big national stories go by, leaving them to the New York Times while we focus on all things La Mesa.
But every once in a while the national spotlight shines its light on the Jewel of the Hills and we are forced to acknowledge our place in the nation.
This week offered one of those moments. Reggie Bush, arguably the best athlete to ever come from this town, returned the Heisman Trophy he won as a star with the Trojans of the University of Southern California.
Perhaps this could be a bad moment in local history, but we choose to see it differently. Reggie won that award and nothing he and his family are accused of doing had any effect on the amazing cuts and turns he employed to the benefit of USC, college football and the fans.
Those who watch college athletics closely know that the NCAA and college administrations across the land have been conspiring for years now to continue the charade of amature athletics.
The colleges and coaches make millions off the sweat-equity of alleged student athletes who, the story goes, should be thankful they are receiving free room, board and tuition.
That the student athletes are so involved in sports -- that they travel, practice and play more as professionals than hard-studying college athletes -- is part of the sham perpetrated by the NCAA investigators and college presidents who know in their hearts they should not be paying the football coach more than, well, the college president receives.
Reggie Bush is now, to La Mesa's credit, out leading a professional team in a city that has needed his talents and spirit. He has won a world championship and continues to care for his body in a sport that threatens it at every turn.
Giving back the Heisman Trophy may have been expedient -- put the focus back on Reggie Bush the professional he has known he was since the college recruiters came begging at his door when he was still a teen.
Don't be shamed by this sham Reggie -- we won't. You can lead our city parades any time you have the chance to get home.