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Keller @ Large: Sports Offers Plenty Of Life Lessons

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Paul Pierce talks to Rajon Rondo in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center on May 18, 2012. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Paul Pierce talks to Rajon Rondo in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center on May 18, 2012. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Sometimes after I write about sports here, I get e-mails from people asking: why are you wasting your time talking about silly games and the people who play them?

Can’t you find anything more meaningful to discuss?

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

I appreciate the feedback, but I have to say, no, I don’t feel like I’m wasting my time.

In fact, I think some of the most meaningful life lessons the news cycle offers us are on the sports page.

Just take this past weekend. On Friday night, I watched as the Celtics totally dominated Philadelphia for the first half of game four of their playoff series, a continuation of their dominance in game three.

On the final play of the half, Rajon Rondo made a driving layup to put the Celtics up by 15, and after he made the shot, he blew a taunting kiss to the Philadelphia crowd.

And I said to myself, uh-oh, that’s a move for the end of the game, not halftime.

Sure enough, the Celtics came out in the second half playing as if they had it all wrapped up, lost their edge, and were beaten.

Life lesson: don’t get too high or too low, don’t get cocky, and don’t celebrate accomplishments until you’ve actually accomplished something.

Then, yesterday afternoon, I watched Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett pitch his second straight strong outing as the Sox won their weekend series with the Phillies.

Just ten days ago, Beckett was booed off the field at Fenway after getting shelled in his first game since missing a start, supposedly due to injury, during which time he went out and played 27 holes of golf, and later copped an attitude when called out on it.

But it seems Mr. I-don’t-care-what-people-think really does care, and has responded to withering criticism by stepping up his game.

Life lesson: no one is above being held accountable.

And in the end, no guaranteed contract or past laurels can outweigh the respect you lose when you shirk your responsibilities and play the jerk about it.

Yes, I follow sports pretty closely.

If you want to learn about life, it’s a pretty good way to invest your time.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

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