Somehow, the more you talk to Reese Hoffa, the more you want good things to happen to him. He is a societal success story, and a personal one, or something. At least, a story about a safety net giving a kid a chance.
Certainly a strange story.
Hoffa won the Olympic bronze medal in shot put Friday, and then thanked his mom. He thanked her for leaving him in an orphanage, where he could someday be adopted and have a better life.
"She was 16 when she had me, and that's her second child,'' he said. "For her to make a decision to give the best life I could possibly have, I'm sure that took incredible courage on her part.
"I'm standing here not only as a three-time Olympian, but also a graduate of the University of Georgia, and hopefully a good person. I'm a very lucky guy. It could have gone the other way.''
Hoffa was such a stark contrast to gold medal winner Tomasz Majewski in the press conference after the competition. Majewski, who also won gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, ...