I don’t know how women do it. Childbirth that is. I admire their ability to push through the pain. I am a wimp when it comes to pain. I might as well admit it. I injured my shoulder a couple of weeks ago and the pain has been intense. I’ve been whining like a baby ever since. Along with women, I have to give props to professional athletes who play through the pain as well. This topic has been making the sports talk news lately with Kobe Bryant calling out his teammate Dwight Howard, telling him he needs to play through the pain for the Los Angeles Lakers to have a chance to win another championship. Heck, right now, their season has been so mediocre they will be lucky if they even make the playoffs. Howard has a torn labrum and seems to resent Bryant calling him out. Now, though, there appears to be further drama over whether or not Howard is physically well enough to play in the All-Star game. I know I couldn’t do it, that’s for sure. To the best of my knowledge Howard doesn’t have a track record of being lazy or faking injuries. If he says he is injured and cannot play I would give him the benefit of the doubt. If he says he is injured but still wants to play, then I would get an assessment from the doctor. If the doctor agrees to let him play, then let him play. These things could be resolved without all the drama. Then again, we are men. We can’t handle the pain as well as the womenfolk. When pain is involved, there tends to be a lot of whining. The drama must just be the Lakers way of whining. Might as well let them keep whining because they are struggling with the winning.