We've seen a few athletes reviled due to their decisions to "take the easy way out" rather than celebrating the greatest moments of their careers.

We're obsessed with a highly touted and ridiculously overhyped boxing match that looks more like Rocky Balboa vs. Thunderlips than about between two iconic fighters.

We've seen such controversies such as "Deflategate," "Spygate" and, as Buckeye fans know full well, "Tattoogate" take the world by storm on pretty much a regular basis.

One way or another, it seems like everywhere you turn, there is constant madness, chaos, bickering and downright nastiness when it comes to the activities that I love and cherish most of all: Sports.

Fortunately, I noticed something rather obscure that showed me why these much maligned "activities" can be so beautiful.

On June 28, a man you most likely never heard of was involved in something he will never forget as long as he lives.

This unassuming individual wasn't on a field, a gridiron, a court or in a ring.

And no, he's not a world-class athlete you see on covers of magazines or preposterously large billboards.

Most importantly, this regular guy who gets a better view of some of our favorite athletes than just about everyone else on this earth, is something we often take for granted every second of every day.

He's a hero.

Thirty-four year-old John Tumpane was in Pittsburgh to work the series between the Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Pirates walked away 6-2 winners and Tumpane was the home-plate umpire.

Perhaps there were a few fans who were pleased with Tumpane's abilities to call balls and strikes. Some others may not have cared for his performance.

The most likely scenario is that just about anyone who watched the game might not have remembered or even knew his name when the final out was recorded.

Regardless of what you thought of his efforts, Tumpane did his best work hours before he reached the ballpark.

A woman hopped over the railing of the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Tumpane happened to notice and quickly took action.

Although she told him she wanted to get a better view of the Allegheny River, Tumpane, who received his full-time commission to become an MLB umpire last year, wasn't convinced.

Tumpane immediately grabbed the woman's arm even though she wanted him to let her go.

Moments later, two other people noticed the struggle and eventually helped bring the woman to safety.

By the way, one of those people was Mike Weinman, who is an employee with the Rays.

The humble Tumpane admirably sold himself short regarding the incident.

He said he "happened to be in the right spot at the right time" and urged the reporters who interviewed him that he was more concerned about the woman who told Tumpane, "You'll just forget me after this."

The classy Tumpane replied to her, "No, I'll never forget you."

I, on the other hand, must confess that I'm probably more forgetful than Mr. Tumpane.

In fact, 20 years from now or even two years from now, the name "John Tumpane" and this story probably won't even register in my brain.

I have a hunch the thoughtful umpire won't be the least bit offended.

For me, this is a reminder of why life can never be taken for granted.

We may not get to experience the joy or most likely, terror of saving one's life like Tumpane did.

However, little do we realize that we can be a major factor in anyone's life without taking anything close to resembling drastic action.

Perhaps, saving a life can be telling someone you love them or that you're there for them.

You can hug someone if you know he or she is overwhelmed with anguish.

A significant helping hand could be as mundane as holding the door for somebody or sticking your arm out to halt an eager and anxious pedestrian crossing a street full of fast-moving vehicles.

We tend to forget that making a major difference doesn't mean we have to hit a 450-foot home run, juke 10 defenders to score a touchdown or knock down a 3-pointer after we lose a defender on a killer crossover dribble.

On many occasions, helping a person get through difficult situations is simply doing the small things that we're oblivious to most of the time.

As Tumpane said, we've all been in the "right spot at the right time."

Such a simple scenario that we often overlook can do something wonderful when we least expect it.

As this fabulous story proves, it can save another person's life.

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