Let’s face it, being anonymous has its advantages. But in our society today people are flocking in record numbers to twitter, sports forums and in a lesser degree to Facebook and posted information about other people that is downright mean and vicious. Never before have we had the public so aware of the failings of people that are in the public eye…and everyone has an opinion.
More Sports Forums are becoming meaner and meaner. Someone screws up on your team and quickly the forum lights up with words of how much a bum the player is and all his dirty deeds are brought to light once again. People are enjoying watching richer and powerful people fail, it has become a disease. LeBron James has become crucified for his poor play and quickly everyone loves it. They want to see people who makes loads of money fail. Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and others have been brought up on the allegations of drug or performance enhancing and fans all over many parts of the country are loving it. Let’s watch the guys who were at the top crumble.
The first responders to this will be that they get paid well for what they do. True. That really has nothing to do with enjoying people fail. I cringe when people are calling for someone to be fired from their job. Fired? Do you really want someone to lose their job and be unemployed. I am not just referring to the people that get millions of dollars to play a game, I am talking about every day people, maybe an accountant or a ball boy that didn’t rib up the balls enough. Do we really want them to lose their job and become unemployed and not have the resources to supply their families needs?
Twitter is a flutter about everyones foibles. Sometimes it is in jest, I know I have done that a time or three. Instantly we record everyones mistakes and excessively fixate on their poor job performance. Do we feel that as a fan we have certain rights to expect and demand out of our athletes? It’s like, By Golly I paid $80 for my jersey and they should do a better job than that! So we rip them for their mistakes.
Very few people work in an environment as public as athletes, I understand that. It comes with the territory I suppose. Why do people take it as a personal issue to take athletes to task for a mistake? I have never understood the human being for being so excited to see another person fail.
That’s my rant. Feel free to give your thoughts.
Compelling at times. Opinionated all of the time. Down right mean sometimes. That is what author Bryan Burwell has accomplished in The 100 most controversial, debatable questions for die-hard fans.
His purpose is to provoke a response from the reader. He most definitely does that when he tells you more than once that Mark McGwire was a steroid taker and a cheater that does not belong in the Hall of Fame. But, it is debatable and questionable to most people in and around St. Louis. Bryan Burwell, job accomplished.
Top sports personalities in St Louis has Albert Pujols as #5 and moving towards the #1 or #2 spot near The Man. Most won’t debate that but old school people might want Hornsby in there too. Mission accomplished!
I wanted to throw the book down when he talked of how St Louis isn’t that great of a sports town. His reasons are solid and reasonable but it still breaks your heart to have someone bad mouth what you have been told or possibly brain-washed for years.
All in all this book is a good read for the casual sports reader and a MUST read for the passionate St Louis sports fanatic. It is full of thought provoking discussion points at the water cooler, the copy machine, the diamond or the favorite watering hole. Bryan Burwell set out with a purpose in mind. To get us to think about the storied history of sports in St Louis and to realize we will always argue our opinion on who and what is the best in the city.
Pick it up for your sports crazy fan for Christmas and then watch out as the guys get “in to it” after the big meal.
Happy Thanksgiving. I hope everyone has a great weekend.
from Tom and family
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