Sunday, January 2, 2011

5 words…

I love sports.  I love how it gives us hope.  I love how it makes us cheer.  I love how it makes us think.  I love how it unites us. 

For those who never played sports, it’s tough to understand the concept of running until you throw up.  It’s tough to understand the brutality.  It’s tough to understand why people would do things to their bodies that will always hurt.

Sports, for many, is the great divide.  It’s the place where learning occurs.  It’s the place where what you do affects more than you.  It affects the person next to you.  It’s a place where your success or failure has real impact.

For those who never played, it’s easy to think that sports is unimportant, that nothing is really gained or lost on the athletic field. 

I was a very good student, a straight “A” achiever in the classroom.  But, no teacher ever made me lead like the athletic field.  No class ever  made me accountable to the person next to me.  No school ever demanded the excellence of the athletic field.  Nobody ever made me commit the way my team did.  And, no teacher ever asked me to trust the person next to me for my success.

Leadership.  Accountability.  Excellence.  Commitment.  Trust.


  1. Leadership, accountability, excellence, committment, trust I agree BUT personally I feel professional athletes are too highly paid nowadays.
    Sorry Tom, but no one not even you will convince me otherwise. :)

    Wishing you a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!! -Brenda-
    P.S: Left a comment on your post titled "going up".

  2. Hi Brenda,
    Professionals constitute a very small percentage of people who play sports. There are people in all professions who earn too much. The top 25 hedge fund managers made over $1 billion last year, but that's another blog.
    The sports I'm talking about are mostly at the high school level. That is the first time most of these kids are placed in accountable positions.
    And, have a great New Year yourself.