I know it's been a long time, and I'm sorry! My life is kinda crazy right now, I'm dealing with some health issues and my energy is really low. No worries, it's nothing life-threatening, just life-changing.
I was recently diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I'm 36, and needless to say I'm a little thrown by this development. I've been dealing with lots of aches and pains for a long time, and I just chalked it up to over-activity and old sports injuries. Turns out that my body was attacking itself. It's breaking itself down joint by joint. I'm a little p.i.s.s.e.d at it right now. But this diagnosis was always in the cards for me, as RA is a flaw in some microscopic piece of DNA.
I've decided to deal with this disease like a football game. I'm working with my doctor to develop a great defense. I'm toning up my body, finding muscles I never knew existed to help support those weakened joints. I'm building a great secondary with different medications, teaching (or tricking) my body that my joints are not the enemy. The opposing team may have made some progress, but now my defense is trying to stop that forward progress and make the bad guys punt.
So, I've been trying to stabilize this situation, and I've had a lot of time to watch sports while I've been in Physical Therapy. And I've got to tell you, my internet friends, that I've found that the sports culture here in the US is quickly spiraling down the drain.
We are a scandal obsessed society, and it seems to me that when there isn't a good scandal unraveling, we manufacture one. More and more, this phenomenon is creeping into the sports world.
For example, take the situation with Tony Romo in Dallas. For the entire work week, every time I turn on the TV, or log into a sports site on the web, I've been bombarded with a story about what Tony did during his time off.
This is what is so perplexing about our society. Think about it...being a quarterback is the dream of so many little boys, and we elevate men who play that position to heroes, idols, and role models. Tony Romo is the quintessential success story. He played at a D-II school and was undrafted. He rode the bench in Dallas for four years before he got his shot. When the opportunity came, he grabbed it and ran. And threw. He worked his a.s.s off and in the end, the dream came true. He is the starting quarterback on the legendary All-American Dallas Cowboys. He just signed a fat contact, making him a wealthy man, and he hasn't even hit 30. He's single and dating beautiful girls. He's living the dream...and we are jealous. So of course, now we are determined make his life hell.
I fail to understand why this is such a story. Oh my God, Tony Romo is having sex?!? In Mexico?!? I'm shocked. SHOCKED! It's absolutely scandalous!! He's not allowed to have sex during a playoff run! In fact, he's not allowed to have sex at all...it might affect his game!
Listen, I'm not a professional athlete, but I'd be willing to bet my next paycheck that the damn media coverage, the constant questions about anything not related to football, and the never-ending glare of the cameras is a far bigger distraction than the weekend in Cabo with Jessica.
Let's try to remember that as much as we love these sports, as passionate as we are about our teams and the game, the guys playing it are human beings. They have a life off the field just like anyone else. They pay bills, go grocery shopping, fight with their girlfriends/wives, mow the lawn, and yes...they have sex. They are passionate about the game as well, and although they pour their heart and soul into their career, they are entitled to a regular life. They are people, not commodities.