The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

November 11, 2009

HERTZEL COLUMN: Many veterans were athletes

MORGANTOWN — It was, they all thought, a day like any other, a day to be thankful because, while they were in the military, they were stationed back home in Fort Hood and not fighting the sand and al-Qaida in Iraq or trudging through the barren mountains of Afghanistan chasing down Taliban.

Terrorism was lost in the back of their minds. They were mostly young and mostly innocent, kids serving their country as they checked into adulthood, their futures not yet mapped out for them, meaning they were clutching to the dreams of youth.

That was when a madman came into their lives, guns blazing, bullets ricocheting off walls, tearing through flesh and bone, stealing their futures and ending their dreams in a meaningless act of insanity.

They died or were wounded not on the battlefield, but in the shadow of freedom.

Oh, how our world has changed since the last great war in which we participated. True, it always was our youth who we marched off to war, kids just out of high school, college kids with girlfriends, not wives, kids who were supposed to be learning history, not making it.

Athletes were always among the heroes, both present college athletes and those who had played out their college days and began down life’s path.

Dr. John Doyle was among the latter group.

He’d had an athletic career at West Virginia University that was almost unmatched, starring in football, baseball, basketball and track from 1929 to 1932. It was enough to enshrine him in the WVU Athletic Hall of Fame.

He left the school to attend the Medical College of Virginia and earned his M.D. at the Chicago Medical School in 1940.

Dec. 7, 1941, of course, was the day that has lived in infamy, drawing America into World War II and Dr. John Doyle with it.

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  • HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU gymnast hopes to stick her final landing

    The reaction, one suspects, was the same as most people who see either a picture of West Virginia University gymnast Hope Sloanhoffer or meet her for the first time in person — a quick double take, maybe even stumbling over the first few words of an introduction.

    April 17, 2014

  • Bussie looks forward to WNBA

    On Tuesday, the weather turned cold, the wind blew and amongst the raindrops that fell a few snowflakes fluttered quietly to Earth.
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    April 16, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Jackie Robinson’s impact extends beyond baseball

    It is Jackie Robinson Day as I sit here writing this today, and I feel as though I am doing it in a world gone mad.
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    April 15, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN- Spring game showed defense has improved

    From Dana Holgorsen’s viewpoint, which was standing right behind the offense, West Virginia’s Gold-Blue Spring Game on Saturday was a rousing success for it showed very little of what the Mountaineers will be in this coming season, probably not even showcasing the man who will direct the offense in the quarterback position.

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    The running back raves from the West Virginia coaching this spring have been directly mostly toward Wendell Smallwood, and rest assured he earned every one of them with his versatility, but it was a reborn running back who well may have taken the biggest jump up the depth chart.

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    One’s athletic skills are tested on a daily basis but every so often other aspects of an athlete’s makeup are tested, often far more important aspects in the game of life.

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    He’s looking to have one quarterback and has five of them as spring practice ends, and nothing about the spring session has done anything to straighten out the situation.

    April 13, 2014

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