Loyalty. Does it exist in sports? I dunno. I really struggle with that concept in this day and age. There was a time where an athelete drafted out of college (after completing 4 years no less) would spend his entire career with that team. Then free agency became the norm, and that way of thinking shifted. Way to the left. I think back to Alex Rodriguez days here in Seattle. He announced to the media and fans that he had no intention of leaving the Mariners. Next thing you know, he's making more money in Texas than 200 Americans could make in a lifetime combined. And then he went through that fiasco of opting out of his contract, firing his agent and then getting more money than 300 Americans could make in a lifetime combined. His loyalty is to the almighty dollar. My favorite line from athletes is always "signing here was never about the money, it's about winning a championship." Which is why Albert Haynesworth went from a (then) Super Bowl contending team in the Titans to the Skins who have no shot whatsoever to win a title in the forseeable future as long as Snyder owns the team. It's why Baron Davis signs with the Clippers. Championships and team loyalty do not exist. Only one's bank account carries loyalties.
However, I do have a silver lining here. My favorite athlete has and always will be, John Stockton formerly of the Jazz. He was quiet, hardworking, talented, and humble. He was never involved in any gambling scandals. Or had kids in 13 different cities. He was an NBA player who just brought his lunch pail to work everyday. He embodied loyalty. He played all four years at Gonzaga. Then spent the next 19 years in a Jazz uniform. He had an agent right out of college, and then never used one again. He negotiated his own contract each and every time. Living in Utah at the time, I can never remember even hearing about his updated contracts. He just went out and played, day in, day out. He never thought once of playing anywhere else. I remember as a younger kid attending a Jazz game. My friends and I stuck around to try and get some autographs from him and Karl Malone and others. Stockton came out for an interview with Hot Rod Hundley. So we got right down on the court and waited. Afterwards, he started signing autographs and we were in line waiting. Someone then called out to him to head back to the locker room. He looked right at us and said, 'guys, I'll be right back.' We thought, right, you'll be right back. Someone there then informed us that it was Stocktons birthday. And that the team had something for him. We thought, oh, we'll wait a couple more minutes and then leave, knowing full well that he'd never come back out, and we understood. Not five minutes later he came right back out and signed autographs for everyone who wanted one. Class, loyalty, professionalism, team first. The kind of guy you want your kid to look up to and emulate. Not the money grubbing fools we watch nowadays. He ooozed loyalty. It's rare now, isn't it? Peyton, Brady, Jeter......seem to be on the right path, but only time will tell.
No celebrity crush.....I don't want my post torched! So on this Veterans Day, please take the time to thank anyone who has served or who does serve now in our Millitary/Armed Forces. I fear we all take too much for granted and it's thanks to those men and women who do what they do each and every day that we can take things for granted. So I add my THANK YOU!!!
Thanks for stopping by, any comments are appreciated. Until next time, this is life as I see it.