So here I am in Florida, just had dinner with my sister and her bf at the local sports bar watching Buffalo go head to head with New England. The major issue I have about shirts in general focuses on a few things.
1. Politics - Lets face it; with all the big wig financial backers signing checks to the staffing and under-the-table antics that places particular team in a favorable position, it really isn't a fair game when you look at it. At the same time, when you put in teams like the Yankees from the MLB and the Patriots in the NFL for examples, one may wonder about how things really work out. The taint of corruption tends to really ooze out no matter what. Of course, this year, the Yankees didn't make the Pennant but their track record speaks for themselves. Their is a lot of annoyance overall when the boys go to the big ones. NE has done it quite a bit. If anyone notes the plays with NFL, it's comes across as the worst. Perhaps their is some bribery involved behind the scenes. Granted, it doesn't effect the overall performance of the teams in play, but it does make things difficult.
2. For the Love of the Money - Yup, this is a really nasty sin here. Greed. The amount of money we pay these guys just to handle a ball with a piece of wood, their hands, feet, etc. is a bit outrageous. The era when players did it because they enjoyed it and had fun is definitely something of a mere whisper today. But, its not entirely missing. The Panthers have one player that hands the ball to a small fan after scoring a touchdown. When the batter hits that home run, a fan catches the scoring shot. The NBA probably has their points too, along with the NHL. Still, the overall consensus remains. Players don't play the game due to their passion for it, but more for their greed.
3. Fan Nuts - They are everywhere. Soccer/Futball is the worst of all the sports. Fans get so into the games they watch it gets twisted into a riot when things go wrong. Riots have broken out a few times in the past, especially during the World Cup. Their were times I feared that the Steelers fans would tear the city down when victories were achieved. If things hit south, nastygram's are sent to the players that were "responsible" for the failure and reminded of it. Makes me wonder if fans forget about it being just a game as opposed the lifeblood. Jack Nicholson has argued with the Referee countless times during the Lakers games over a call.
4. Professionalism - Their are ton of players and coaches who lose their cool. It's been seen in all sports. During a hockey game when things get heated, the stocks and gloves are tossed and the fists go flying. It has happened in the NFL countless times where players get so pissed at each other, fists go flying. Baseball, you see batters throw their helmets and bats after unsuccessfully whacking the ball. Basketball has some rough edges (Dennis Rodman). coaches and managers have let their tempers flare out. Though the players can be nasty too. Tom Brady for instance, throws a tantrum when things go wrong and starts screaming at his teammates. Rex Ryan throws things when things go south. It's interesting how the lack of professionalism overall is noted among the players and staff.
5. To win - Of course, it's the only thing as Vince Lombardi had said. But I highly doubt it was meant to be taken to the extremities used today. His statement was more about the secret to success in life. Driving forth to achieve the things you want in life, being successful in all that you do and love. Passion and love above all else. Certainly not something that is seen often in the sports category. Cheating seems to be the recourse overall. Stock car drivers adjust their cars to gain the extra edge in a race even if it's not to specs by the official standards. Maybe someone rigs something to ensure that easy victory. Lord knows the crazy ideas out there.
To me, sports were meant as a past time. A chance to forget about the daily problems of life and appreciate the things sports has to offer, learn from it. Their success could be your success. But that is just me. Someday we'll get to see that passion again, be more appreciative of our teams efforts even if they lose. All of us should remember that win or lose, we still love the players for their achievements and their efforts. Sure, we can't win them all, but it's the effort and thought that counts.
That's about it for me. I should think about sleep here soon. a bit tired. lol. Still, I'm enjoying my vacation. Here in Florida until weds. then I fly back to Tennessee for Turkey day. After that, back to NY. It's been a great time away from work. I really needed the break.
Hope you all enjoy your turkey day. I should have something up really soon.