Last Friday, short on time and more than normally agitated I posted Keeping It Real in which I had begun intending to make one point but (sorta) made another one instead. The point I was intending to make is that all the qualities that sports fans admire are the very same qualities that drive more than a few pro paintballers to give up virtually everything but paintball. If you truly admire drive, desire, dedication and an indomitable spirit to succeed then which athlete is putting more on the line to win; the guy making millions or the guy eating baloney sandwiches so he can go to practice?
I'm not saying these guys deserve to be idolized or that I think it's the wisest option for the future but it's easy to idolize the super rich super famous sports star and I'm wondering if the object of that adulation isn't getting all mixed up in some peeps minds. Because you can't say Kobe Bryant is great because of the traits he displays on the court if you won't say the same for a player like Alex Fraige. Do you admire their character and the qualities that make them great performers or do you admire (and envy) the result? For every kid out there talkin' about the grind there's three others belittling their motivation and unwillingness to compromise. So which is it?