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.