The Nov. 26 Post-Gazette had much more to offer than average reality TV (“ ‘White Collar Brawlers’ Airs Show Shot Here”), but, like most, the brawling participants have had an experience that will resonate through their lives, always there to look back on to find approaches to real issues in their lives. But the program had something for the rest of us as well.
Of course, we could put ourselves in the shoes of Allen Lu and Paul Matthews and share in the rigors and challenges of the training experience. More meaningfully, however, would be the opportunity to be on the receiving end, not of jabs to the nose, but rather to learn “lessons of life” as told and illustrated by Jimmy Cvetic, Pittsburgh’s philosopher king of “boxing” and publisher of poetry. He understands, and helps others understand, the poetry and personal drama of the boxer who, with no one to help, faces an immediate and very poignant challenge.
There was an additional benefit to all Pittsburghers: the scenes of the city, which appeared very frequently, showed imaginative aspects of the cityscape which we rarely see. Messrs. Lu and Matthews were the real winners, but, for the rest of us, there was more than simple entertainment.