Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What happens when you have to be around Athletes that you hate?

It's no surprise that there are some athletes out there that people don't like. Owners and coaches I will include in this mix too. You love some and you hate some. I get to deal with quite a few of these types of people in my job. It's not to be me bragging, because I don't mean to. They're just people who have cooler jobs, and that portion of excitement isn't there for me. It's not like I hang out with them. They're not my friends. I guarantee not one of them would remember my name if I saw them the next day. It's not glamorous. Promise.

Many times these sports figures will be so kind, so genuine, and just happy to be there. Those are the days that I love my job. The joy of being a part of something with these sports figures, when they are happy to be there is just awesome. People are excited to meet them, they are thrilled to be able to share their love of sports with the world. The best part, is when their ego isn't too big and they listen to what I tell them to do. After all, it's a job and it's not like they're there out of the goodness of their heart. It's a business. People get paid.

So, why do some of these athletes (or owners) act like you are trying to kill them when they come to an event? They are getting paid. It's a job. Instructions are all part of it.

And yet, it's like pulling their fingernails out. One by one.

Again, not all of them are like this. Baseball players are actually some of the nicest and most genuine. Most coaches are up there too. NBA, has it's ups and downs, a few have made my stomach churn (and yes, I still love the NBA). However, probably no one's surprise, the NFL are the biggest drama queens of them all.

I'm not sure where the entitlement has come from. Maybe the NFL has babied their players for so long. The season is super short, they don't have many games, and when they have things like the lockout they don't even have training camp. Now I know it's not all fun and games, and it's hard work. They get beat up. They have a lot of problems with knees, back, concussions, etc. I don't have that in my job and it's to be respected. They're getting their own butts kicked each week of the season, and I'm just getting to cheer on my team on my couch. However, is it all entitlement? Is it that we've become obsessed with the individuals and not the sports?

I look at some of the older players, and they are the ones who are just happy to be there. To be around fans. They know the fans are what they played for back then. No matter the sport. Now? It just doesn't feel that way. Now it feels like it's all for the money, and screw the fans.

It worries me that this is the direction our sports figures are heading. I don't want Hollywood on the field, I want a game. I want someone to play for the love of it all. Because it's getting harder to respect the player, and it makes me sad for sports. I just want to keep loving what I grew up loving, and I don't love Hollywood.


  1. I don't think the media helps things. But then, that's true wherever celebrity and the media intersect.

    I think part of the NFL thing starts when the players are kids. I rarely see my local newspaper highlight a soccer, hockey, volleyball or baseball star player with the same fanfare they do for football. There's something about the way the players are revered from an early age that seems to make it easy to get pampered.

  2. Wait. What exactly do you do for a living? I'm lost.

    I kinda agree with KLZ. I mean on the news they have a weekly Pigskin Report that highlights the high school football players.

    Though I do know my views are biased as to what happens around here locally and in my own house. Of course, I think football is golden. My own son plays it. But, I think baseball, surfing and hockey are too. Jason focuses on those then so do I.

  3. It has everything to do with money. These days hot college athletes are offered absurd amounts of money to play in the big leagues without ever having to prove themselves. Look at all the older athletes that the average person would consider "great"; how many of them made money hand over fist before even playing for one minute in the NFL/MLB/NBA, etc? How many of them had their own shoe line, energy drink and pre-paid credit card spokesman deals before ever contributing in any way shape or form to the game they are paid to play? What ever happened to starting from the bottom, and paying your dues? Now its all about who is gonna be the next big thing (and they usually FLOP) and has less to do with the person they are and how they actually contribute to the game once they actually start playing.

    Dont get me wrong, there are some young guys who blow the doors off right from the get go, but they are often the exception, not the rule.