Fellow blogger dj-elevated-poet asks this question…
With so many professional sports, eras and great teams…is it truly safe to announce a “greatest player?” Example: Michael Jordan is universally acknowledged as the best basketball player ever but you have other players with such credentials and accolades. Can you have a greatest player?
My answer to this that there are athletes that are so good they transcend their sport into the greater culture. Of course stats measure greatness in one way but that doesn’t always tell the story. Tom Brady has more Super Bowl Rings than Peyton Manning but is he better overall than Manning. Then you have Babe Ruth vs. Hank Aaron, they played in different eras under different conditions. Aaron passed up Ruth as the home run king in Baseball. I think there are subjective and objective ways to discuss who is the greatest at anything.
When our heroes fall from grace its like innocence has died a little. People who we looked up to for their fetes of strength and skill have disappointed us so many times. Our seemingly unlimited adoration to these people has been challenged by their desire to get ahead and perform at the highest levels while cheating in the process. Athletes, actors, performers, politicians and the like will let us down time and time again. Perhaps our definition of hero needs to change. Maybe its time to examine who we put on a pedistal. Every era has had its hero from the culture of the day. Some heroes have endured while others have just fallen away. Its truly sad. Tonight Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has a tarnished personal reputation as it comes to baseball. For me, my heroes are my wife, my family, my elders, people in my church and others in my community. To me being a hero is about respect and humility. For some their hero took a fall.
Athletes vs. Educators in America. Priorities.
Lance Armstrong and Manti T’eo, both athletes have been embroiled in some controversy this week. Both of them are in trouble for different things but in the public relations department they both need some crisis management.
In the world of Cycling Lance Armstrong is a legend. He won 7 Tour de’ France titles which is an amazing fete and put him in one of the greatest athletes ever. However his doping problem stripped him of those titles and he was banned from the sport.
Manti T’eo’s problem is just weird and confusing. He was duped by an imaginary girlfriend which was part of a “catfishing” plot. The fact he never visited this girl in person was very strange and the relationship was done online and by phone. His NFL status is now in doubt.
So, what have we learned from this…Honesty is a good thing. Performance enhancing drugs in sports is bad. Keeping your friends close and invisible girlfriends closer can keep you from being embarrassed. The public has skewered these two people this week in social media and late night talk shows. Fortunately for us there are morals to learn here with out us average folks having to go through the pain.