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OK. I understand. Not every athlete cares about being a 'role' model to our kids or to the sport they compete in. "I wasn't put here to be somebody's "role" model. I'm here to serve myself and kick butt on the competition." And, you know what? That's exactly what the ball-sports have developed; Self-serving, self-loving, self everything players.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Of course, there are exceptions. There are players that love their game, love what they do and take pride in their dedication to the sport. They take pride in their appearance and their actions; on and off the field of play. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There are some players that understand (few to many). They understand they're paid a lot of money to do a job; block, run, tackle, catch, throw, make the basket, make the goal and all the rest. This select group of athletes doesn't find it necessary to 'show off' by pounding their chest and showing other signs of "I'm the greatest", only because they did what they're paid to do.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I understand the concept of being excited for a great play and the 'way to go' concept. But, so many, when only doing the job they're paid to do, make such big deal of their single play I find fault. It's like they want the world to know they are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Unfortunately, they are not. All they've accomplished is doing their job; Nothing more.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm not a fan of showing off. For me, I believe in the concept of letting an accomplishment speak for itself: No display of self-fantasized-greatness is needed.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oh, and by the way. This includes the NASCAR 'burn-out's' as well.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Allow me an example of greatness in sports: At the age of 18, Steve Cauthen won the Triple Crown of horse racing riding Affirmed. Never once, in any of his wins did he stand in the saddle and wave a fist in glory. He believed his accomplishment stood as testament, not some "look-at-me", or "how great I am" display. He did what he did; and that was proof enough. What more was needed?...................................................................................................................... OK, I'm ready for my beating. I'll take the punches.
October 10, 2012  05:37 PM ET

Maybe I'm wrong but when it comes to horse racing I believe it's the horse that does all the work and should get all the glory.

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October 12, 2012  02:42 PM ET

Oh, I get it. Why have jockey's at all? Just let the horse's run by themselves.

I do believe you to be incorrect in your assessment. Horse racing requires a jockey with unique skills to bring the greatness of the equine to it's best level. It's the jockey's responsibility to get the best performance possible out of the horse.

Every horse is different in ability and how they 'like' to run a race. Some lay back and come on strong at the end; Some love to lead; Some like being just off the pace. All of that, for the jockey, is his or her's responsibility to see that they get the horse in his/her's most favored spot.

The horse get's all the glory in the end. All the racing stats are mainly about the horses, and the skill of the jockey riding them.

October 12, 2012  02:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Oh, I get it. Why have jockey's at all? Just let the horse's run by themselves. I do believe you to be incorrect in your assessment. Horse racing requires a jockey with unique skills to bring the greatness of the equine to it's best level. It's the jockey's responsibility to get the best performance possible out of the horse. Every horse is different in ability and how they 'like' to run a race. Some lay back and come on strong at the end; Some love to lead; Some like being just off the pace. All of that, for the jockey, is his or her's responsibility to see that they get the horse in his/her's most favored spot.The horse get's all the glory in the end. All the racing stats are mainly about the horses, and the skill of the jockey riding them.

You could put a monkey on a horse and still be competitive.

October 12, 2012  05:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Maybe I'm wrong but when it comes to horse racing I believe it's the horse that does all the work and should get all the glory.

Okay, I admit it....I was wrong. As for the human athletes they have got to know that kids look up to them just as they looked up to athletes when they were kids. All that "I wanna be like Mike" back in Michael Jordan's day probably led up to the reason they're in it now. But I also think there are too many temptations out there for knuckleheads with loads of money.

I'm going to stop rambling now. Thanks for listening. :)

October 14, 2012  06:53 PM ET
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Their responsibility is to win games and entertain us...nothing more.If you don't like it don't watch.

Baron; I could not disagree more with your assessment of an athlete's responsibility. If you have kids or grand kids do you really want them to idolize a wife beating, doped, drunk felon that looks and acts like a criminal? Someone that is a "show-off", pounding his chest when all he did was his job - that's who you want your kids to emulate? Or, perhaps you would like kids to think that Lance Armstrong is someone to "goo, goo" over, or maybe a Michael Vick - how nice.

 
October 17, 2012  07:22 PM ET

I don't care what your profession is, whethor President or movie star or sports star. If you get paid big bucks and will be in the media because of your chosen work, you need to not be a self servin jerk, male or female,and need to remember your impressions on your millions of fans. You aren't anywhere without your fans and it should be a built in expectation, that you have some ethics. Not tryin to preach here, but come on. Hubie, good comment in #6.

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