Monday, January 18, 2010

Show some respect.

This is something that has been bothering me about professional sports.

Teams that are losing games by wide margins are complaining about the other team "running up the score". A recent example is of the NFL's Vikings victory over the Cowboys. I was a child in the 80s, I remember seeing teams score 21 points in less than two game minutes. It happens sometimes, especially when you're dealing with athletes that are the best in the world at their sport. Recently, the Caps beat the Flyers 8-2, and a couple of years ago, crushed the bruins 10-2.

I don't see a problem with this. What are you getting so angry about, that your team couldn't get it's collective shit together enough to put some points on the board? I've seen my favorite team get spanked before, at HOME no less, and they deserved it. You think Matt Bradley is going to call ESPN and whine about another team scoring more goals than them? Hell no. He's going to rally the team to work harder next time, and probably beat somebody down in the first period of the next meeting.

This is what irritates me about football. Most players these days are a bunch of overpaid prima donnas that coaches are being paid to babysit. If you're going to be paid millions of dollars a year to do what you are THE BEST at, at least have a little respect for the game, and give it 100% every game. If you lose, tough. Get over it and work harder next time, this is what you're being paid to do.

Furthermore, there's no more loyalty in the game, a player will run as soon as the next big payday comes his way. I admit, hockey players are just as guilty as football players, and Baseball players are the WORST. In a sport with no salary cap, everyone thinks THEY should get $10-$20 million a year to play. You think Johnny Damon will ever be welcome on Portland street again?

Are you kidding me?

You don't even have to be in SHAPE to play baseball. There are some fat bastards playing the game now, and Babe Ruth was a tubby bitch and is arguably one of the best to ever play the game.

This is why I like college sports, there is still some purity left in the games. Anyway, that's enough of a rant for today, we can all get back to our orgy of NFL Playoffs and get ready for some Olympic Hockey!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Playing With Fire

I just read the most awesome book EVER. It's called Playing with Fire, and was written by an alcoholic drug addict victim of sex abuse who was once so close to suicide he felt the gun barrel bouncing off of his teeth, and is now on his third year of sobriety. Through all of his demons he managed a career that kept him busy and on the road a lot, and kept his biggest secrets from his friends, family, and employers. Hockey fans will remember him as number 14 for the Calgary Flames - future hall of famer Theo Fleury.

Reading this book was very eye opening not only because I identified with so many of his experiences, but with the feelings that came along with them as well. Stories like his are part of the inspiration that keep me motivated on my journey to continued sobriety, but I recommend this book to EVERYONE.

For those of you keeping track at home, my last taste of alcohol was nearly 5 months ago, and it's easier every day.