I was kind of hanging out with friends and watching the game Pistons vs. Pacers game out of the corner of my eye. When I noticed that something had happened, and well what it looked like just a little fight started.
What some people might not realize by just watching the highlights is that this went on for about 10 minutes or so, with spurts of violence happening. I got to see most of it live, except for the beginning. Then the rest of the night I got to see the endless repetition on ESPN.
I have to admit that it was amusing to see the people just resorting to violence. To me violence is simple the most idiotic form of expression there is, because it seldom accomplishes anything. Their behavior really made me look at the players in a very disapproving way. I think at that moment they acted like they had no control over their emotions.
I am not taking the fans’ side at all. I think that they are just as wrong for starting the whole other string of things. I do have to say that I was kind of cheering when an overpaid athlete is getting dumped soda or beer in their head after they have behaved the way they did.
Today reading the reaction to the incident by various people I got an opinion in my head. Why is it that we as a society idolized sports figures?
Sure, I think that some of the talent that athletes have is amazing, but I prefer the Olympics to any of the professional leagues in the US. It sickens me whenever I hear that the players want more money. Like millions and millions of dollars is not enough. Or when players say that they are not going to give their 100% because of it being their last year on a contract or whatever.
Can we all just stop giving 100% at our jobs without repercussions? I know I cannot, but not for fear of being fired but because it is not who I am. My job gets everything I can give, every single time. I was the one who accepted the conditions when I was hired, at that moment I can choose to do the job or not. So what makes Athletes so special that they are exempt from doing their job, or feel entitled to only perform when they feel like it?
I hope that Hockey takes a big hit on attendance after the strike, and also that more and more people start turning away from professional sports because to be honest I am tired and sickened of this whole thing.