While this is not related to the circus-like imbroglio that CONMEBOL has managed to shame the continent's soccer with, and while I continue to hope for a full and speedy recovery for the players injured in Saturday's despicable events, I'd like to share some more positive news regarding South American soccer, all the more as it involves a team with much tradition in the Libertadores: Peñarol. A “Casa do Ex-Jogador” fica em Montevidéu e oferece quatro refeições diárias, além de assistência médica, odontológica e psicológica gratuitas para os atletas que passaram pelo Peñarol e hoje estão em situação delicada. I'm a huge believer in personal responsibility and moral agency, and a club is not necessarily responsible for how a former player lives if he squanders his wealth and makes poor personal choices. Still, given many soccer players come from humble beginnings and many opt for soccer careers precisely because their options in life are limited (a youth with the potential to get into a top university in South America isn't likely to ditch that to try his luck at the youth divisions of the neighborhood amateur club), it's not surprising that some end up in challenging straits later in life. Especially given those of us who live in the United States just celebrated Thanksgiving, a holiday meant for reflection and for the appreciation of that which we are blessed with, it's good to see a team make an effort to show love and support - translated into tangible assistance - to its now aged greats. After all, the men who in their athletic prime awe us with their prowess and whose goals bring us the titles that we celebrate for a lifetime ultimately do return to the "real world" and once the stadium lights go out, the pretty young women are gone, and the gray hair & wrinkles become reality, they too need to eat.