The Liberal Sports Exception

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The Liberal Sports Exception

Lt. Sharpe: Care to join the rifles’ Dobbs?
Pvt Dobbs: That I would sir
Lt. Sharpe: It’s a good life, if you can stay alive.

Sharpe’s Eagle 1993

I wrote a bit about the lib­er­al­ism of the rich, of peo­ple so removed from the con­se­quences of life that they are unwill­ing to oppose any­thing that might bring those con­se­quences toward them. I should note that there is one field where you will often see an excep­tion to this rule.

Sports.

This might be at first coun­ter­in­tu­itive after all those who excel in sports are lion­ized and cham­pi­oned, they are looked upon with awe, paid salaries many times what the aver­age worker makes and even after retire­ment often have all of the access and priv­i­leges of the elites.

But unlike a busi­ness­man who can sell or cash out his busi­ness or a pol who can count on a con­nec­tion to a job if you play a major league sport your days are num­bered. The aver­age career of an NFL player is 3.3 years for play­ers in the NHL & major league base­ball 5.6 years an NBA player 6 years

Fur­ther­more in all the major sports most play­ers will spend years in farm leagues from the minors in base­ball and hockey (and even bas­ket­ball to some degree) to the col­lege ranks or on the bench wait­ing years just for the chance to play.

Then there is injury. In all the major sports, foot­ball more than any other, you are one play away from the end of your career. Even if an injury is not career end­ing or just a headache, it could mean los­ing your job to a bet­ter player hun­gry for the job. (see Brady Tom or Gehrig Lou).

And once your career is over, it’s over, you are unlikely to demand any­thing near the pay you once got, after all there are only so many coach­ing or ana­lyst posi­tions available.

Thus it’s the rare sports player who needed to be mugged by real­ity to see how life really is, they see it every sin­gle time they go on the field try­ing to con­cen­trate on the game before them with­out wor­ry­ing about injury on the one hand or the dozens of peo­ple just dying to take their job from them on the other.

Now to be sure sports play­ers are care­ful about what they say since the PC indus­try has no prob­lem tak­ing them down if pos­si­ble, but they have one intrin­sic advan­tage if they’re good enough going for them as explained by a cer­tain Leo the Lip

Mr. Rickey, I thought when I signed the con­tract I signed for one thing. There is a ‘W’ col­umn, and there is an ‘L’ col­umn. I thought it was my oblig­a­tion and duty to put as many as I could under that ‘W’ column.

Leo Durocher Nice Guys fin­ish last.

No amount of polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness can over­ride the abil­ity of a player good enough to add num­bers to that W column.

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Lt. Sharpe: Care to join the rifles’ Dobbs?
Pvt Dobbs: That I would sir
Lt. Sharpe: It’s a good life, if you can stay alive.

Sharpe’s Eagle 1993

I wrote a bit about the liberalism of the rich, of people so removed from the consequences of life that they are unwilling to oppose anything that might bring those consequences toward them. I should note that there is one field where you will often see an exception to this rule.

Sports.

This might be at first counterintuitive after all those who excel in sports are lionized and championed, they are looked upon with awe, paid salaries many times what the average worker makes and even after retirement often have all of the access and privileges of the elites.

But unlike a businessman who can sell or cash out his business or a pol who can count on a connection to a job if you play a major league sport your days are numbered.  The average career of an NFL player is 3.3 years for players in the NHL & major league baseball 5.6 years an NBA player 6 years

Furthermore in all the major sports most players will spend years in farm leagues from the minors in baseball and hockey (and even basketball to some degree) to the college ranks or on the bench waiting years just for the chance to play.

Then there is injury.  In all the major sports, football more than any other, you are one play away from the end of your career.  Even if an injury is not career ending or just a headache, it could mean losing your job to a better player hungry for the job. (see Brady Tom or Gehrig Lou).

And once your career is over, it’s over, you are unlikely to demand anything near the pay you once got, after all there are only so many coaching or analyst positions available.

Thus it’s the rare sports player who needed to be mugged by reality to see how life really is, they see it every single time they go on the field trying to concentrate on the game before them without worrying about injury on the one hand or the dozens of people just dying to take their job from them on the other.

Now to be sure sports players are careful about what they say since the PC industry has no problem taking them down if possible, but they have one intrinsic advantage if they’re good enough going for them as explained by a certain Leo the Lip

Mr. Rickey, I thought when I signed the contract I signed for one thing. There is a ‘W’ column, and there is an ‘L’ column. I thought it was my obligation and duty to put as many as I could under that ‘W’ column.

Leo Durocher Nice Guys finish last.

No amount of political correctness can override the ability of a player good enough to add numbers to that W column.

****************************************************************************

The only pay I get for this work comes from you. My goal for 2015 is $22,000 and to date we’re only at $5200

Given that fact I would I ask you to please consider hitting DaTipJar.




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