Some people say the real cowboys die with their boots on.
Some people think that dying on the fields of battle is more than heroic - it's an honourable death.
Others say that work can kill you, and they may be right.
But by any standards, Tim Russert died too young, his work on this mortal plain unfinished.
Then again, life and death happens, and with the rash of politicians lining up in front of the proverbial Pearly Gates growing longer, it's only fair that G-d of our Understanding would call Tim up.
Whether you love him, loathe him or both, Tim almost always put on a good show in "meet the Press". He deserves some major props for daring others to follow his lead, his flow, his style.
Now Sundays, for the armchair statesmen and pundits, will become crappy.
Now I hope the Duffster doesn't follow Russert too soon, because this will doubly suck.