Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Loyalty

I really don't follow the NBA. Or hockey, soccer, or even much of baseball for that matter. I have a general knowledge (probably more than most girls I know) about how each of the games run and I try to keep up with at least who is on the Minnesota teams' starting lineups. And I will read the sports headlines if they look like they include a name I recognize. Yesterday there was one that said Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves was getting traded to Boston. This surprises me because I always kind of pictured him as a franchise player. But it doesn't surprise me because the glory days of the 'Wolves being a force to be reckoned with are long gone and he pretty much was the only guy who did anything outstanding.

The whole professional sports thing just really bothers me lately. Seriously, these guys are being paid an insane amount of money to play a sport that they love while I make my measly little salary doing something that I never in a million years imagined I would do. And it certainly isn't my passion!

Even when I was little I remember there being one or two big names that would stay with a team for their entire career. And it's so sad how these people are so concerned with making more money or getting that big championship ring that they will not even put up a fight when their ownership talks trade.

I guess it's sad to me because the lesson that they are teaching the kids that look up to them. There's no such thing as loyalty anymore. You just take off for the highest bidder or the one that promises you everything that you've always dreamed of instead of just sticking with what you start and trusting that it takes time to build things.

I don't know, maybe I'm just being hyper-sensitive (like a crabby old man "back in my day. . .") to the whole thing, but all these people who make more money than they could ever spend who then turn around and get busted for drugs. Or drinking and driving. Or freaking dog fighting (what's up with THAT?) really just piss me off.

3 comments:

ValleyGirl said...

I'm with you. I refuse to watch sports and entertainment news shows because of that crap. I want my kids to understand and develop loyalty, responsibility, honour, and compassion too -- and they're sure as heck not going to learn it watching those kinds of pathetic role models.

Molly said...

There are way too many over paid and under talented people these days. I agree with you though, it isn't about the sports anymore, it is about the money, and that is really sad.

baseballmom said...

I KNOW! We still get mad over Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr. leaving the Mariners for the almighty dollar. It makes me sick that kids are seeing these guys who drop out of college to pursue pro ball, and then make billions of dollars...what is that telling them? They don't realize that less than one percent of athletes make it in the pros...scary statistic, but then there are also so many parents who put their kids into strength training and specialty sports lessons when they are only 9 because competition is so fierce...don't get me started. One of the pitching coaches who does private lessons here charges fifty bucks for a HALF HOUR...sick.