Sports Villains

I’m pretty tired of everyone “villainizing” sports stars that don’t deserve it. I understand that everything is supposed to be much more exciting with “good guys” and “bad guys,” and I sort of agree with that. It’s just that people are constantly barking up the wrong tree. I’m not a LeBron James fan, but I don’t get why he has been so demonized. He took a pay cut to go to a team where he thought he could win championships. I thought this is what athletes were supposed to do–chase your legacy instead of a paycheck (I’m talking to you, Albert Pujols). And somehow, even after doing this, he still has the stigma of “Damn that LeBron just playing for money when everyone else is playing to save the dolphins.” How did this happen?

That being said, I don’t ever root for the Miami Heat, but it’s not because of some hatred for LeBron James. It’s because you’re not supposed to root for teams that don’t know what it is like to be the underdog. New York Yankees. New England Patriots. Roger Federer a couple years back.

Now the same thing is happening with Tim Tebow but for different reasons. In reference to Tebow’s recent playoff win, Charles Barkley said, “the national nightmare continues.” Can someone explain to me how this is a national nightmare? You’ve got a nice kid who displays more class than almost anyone in sports. All of the experts said he wasn’t going to be able to compete at the professional level, and now he’s having success against all odds. Isn’t this the kind of story that makes sports great? This is like a sports movie with a happy ending.. only it’s a true story! A national nightmare? Why don’t people say that when Ray Lewis wins?

I could go on for quite a bit more with this theme, but I see no need to. I’ve made my point.



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