Why Athletes Should Not Be Role Models...
Taken from [Bad username in LJ tag]'s journal:
"I'm going to graduate on time, no matter how long it takes."
--Senior basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh
"Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."
--Football commentator and former player Joe Theismann, 1996
"You guys line up alphabetically by height."
--Bill Peterson, a Florida State football coach
"You guys pair up in groups of three, then line up in a circle."
--Bill Peterson, a Florida State football coach
Clemson recruit Ray Forsythe, who was ineligible as a freshman because of academic deficiencies: "I play football. I'm not trying to be a professor. The tests don't seem to make sense to me, measuring your brain on stuff I haven't been through in school."
Boxing promoter Dan Duva on Mike Tyson hooking up again with promoter Don King: "Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison For three years, not Princeton."
Stu Grimson, Chicago Blackhawks left wing, explaining why he keeps a color photo of himself above his locker: "That's so when I forget how to spell my name, I can still find my clothes."
Shaquille O'Neal on whether he had visited the Parthenon during his visit to Greece: "I can't really remember the names of the clubs we went to."
Shaquille O'Neal on his lack of championships: "I've won at every level, except college and pro."
Lou Duva, veteran boxing trainer, on the Spartan training regime of heavyweight Andrew Golota: "He's a guy who gets up at six o'clock in the morning regardless of what time it is."
Pat Williams, Orlando Magic general manager, on his 1992 team's 7-27 record: "We can't win at home. We can't win on the road. As general manager, I just can't figure out where else to play."
Chuck Nevitt, North Carolina State basketball player, explaining to Coach Jim Valvano in 1982 why he appeared nervous at practice: "My sister's expecting a baby, and I don't know if I'm going to be an uncle or an aunt."
Tommy Lasorda, Dodgers manager, when asked in 1981 what terms Mexican-born pitching sensation Fernando Valenzuela might settle for in his upcoming contract negotiations: "He wants Texas back."
Darrell Royal, Texas football coach, asked in 1966 if the abnormal number of Longhorn injuries that season resulted from poor physical conditioning: "One player was lost because he broke his nose. How do you go about getting a nose in condition to play football?"
Mike McCormack, coach of the hapless Baltimore Colts, after the 1981 team's co-captain, offensive guard Robert Pratt, pulled a hamstring running onto the field for the coin toss against St. Louis: "I'm going to send the injured reserve players out for the toss next time."
Steve Spurrier, Florida football coach, telling Gator fans in 1991 that a fire at Auburn's football dorm had destroyed 20 books: "But the real tragedy was that 15 hadn't been colored yet."
Jim Finks, New Orleans Saints general manager, when asked after a 1986 loss what he thought of the refs: "I'm not allowed to comment on lousy officiating."
Alan Kulwicki, stock-car racer, on racing Saturday nights as opposed to Sunday afternoons: "It's basically the same, just darker."
Lincoln Kennedy, Oakland Raiders tackle, on his decision not to vote: "I was going to write myself in, but I was afraid I'd get shot."
Jim Colletto, Purdue football coach and former assistant at Arizona State and Ohio State, on his 11-year-old son's reaction after he took the job with the Boilermakers: "He said: 'Gosh, Dad, that mean's we're not going to any more bowl games.'"
LaVell Edwards, BYU football coach and one of 14 children: "They can't fire me because my family buys too many tickets."
Frank Layden, Utah Jazz president, on a former player: "I told him, 'Son, what is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy?' He said, 'Coach, I don't know and I don't care.'"
Torrin Polk, University of Houston receiver, on his coach, John Jenkins: "He treats us like men. He lets us wear earrings."
Shelby Metcalf, basketball coach at Texas A&M, recounting what he told a player who received four Fs and one D: "Son, looks to me like you're spending too much time on one subject."
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(Deleted post) HERE IT is since I saved it, they DELETED MY POST!
--I agree with this to an EXTENT. I myself am an avid sports fan. Always have been and always will be. Although I don't agree with the amount of money players make, it is a business, and the owners of these teams, sponsors, and players are all responsible for the salaries.
But what this article fails to touch is all the GOOD those players do. Charity upon charity is supported by many of sports figure. Major League Baseball has RBI, Reviving Baseball in Inner cities, which promotes fair play and teamwork for children. Other leagues, such as the National Football league are major contributors to the United Way. In addition players themselves create the own charities to assist in foundations that they believe in. Doug Flutie, quarterback for the San Diego Chargers has the Doug Flutie Jr. foundation http://www.dougflutiejrfoundation.org/ that supports research in autism. There ARE players that are role models to the youth of America, and the world. No one tells these people to donate money (ok I sure some of their agents and accountants do). There are just as many bad athletes % wise as there are people.
Not to mention does a person being stupid or dumb (as many of these quotes try to make athletes appear) make them any less of a role model, when they may donate thousands if not millions to charities? Granted donations to charities does not make one a role model, it requires much more then just that. --
2003-01-02 21:56 (link)
Now why on earth would a self-defined "avid sports fan" join a community clearly labeled "NONsportsfans", and then proceed to defend sports?
It just ain't safe for billy goats to cross bridges anywhere I guess.
2003-01-02 22:19 (link)
I didn't join the community I was just making a valid point against the article. Discussion shouldn't be one sided. I saw the post in the Community advertising page and figured I would see what the community has to say.
There are lots of professions that make much more then they should. Look at actors. Should the stars of the TV show "Friends" really make 1 million an episode? Does Tom Cruise deserve 20 million a movie? The entertainment business produces a lot of money, which is why the people get paid this much. I'm not trying to flame, or be a troll, I was just giving a counterpoint to your point.
2003-01-02 22:20 (link)
As I can now tell this must not be an open community that people maturely discuss a topic. Since my previous post was deleted. Oh well...