Your definition of a sports hero has changed
- Perpetual winning attitude
- Signing autographs for the kids
- Ernie wasn’t involved in any scandals in his life
- The concept of a sport hero hasn’t changed much, but…
My, how your definition of a sports hero has changed in the last 50 or 60 years. A real sports hero died last week – Ernie Banks was 83 years old and was a true sports hero to fans who are now in their 50s and 60s.
Ernie played for almost two decades with the Chicago Cubs, the perpetual losing franchise, but he never lost his perpetual winning attitude. Winning or losing, Ernie was the same person.
He rushed to get outside in front of the stadium after a game to meet new people and make new friends. He loved signing autographs for the kids. Now retired sports heroes charge people for their autograph. Ernie found this to be distasteful.
Ernie wasn’t involved in any scandals in his life. He was a regular guy and took time out of his day to speak with anyone about baseball. Today’s sports heroes make the news in different ways. Yes, they may have set a record or two, but mostly they are famous for getting arrested for drunk driving, or having drugs and guns in their car or on their person, getting into fights in night clubs over someone disrespecting them. Many get arrested for beating their wives and girlfriends, but they lawyer up and beat any charges and continue to make millions of dollars as a “hero.”
What’s wrong with this picture is that the concept of a sports hero hasn’t changed much, but what people decide are qualities and acceptable actions of these so called “heroes” has changed a lot.
QUESTION: What should readers take away from this message today?
ANSWER: That the kids who got Ernie Bank’s autograph outside Wrigley Field are now appalled at who is considered a sports hero.
QUESTION: Why is this information timely?
ANSWER: This information is timely because it’s the biggest distraction week of the year, it’s Super Bowl week and some of these “so called” heroes have made it to the big game.
QUESTION: How can readers best apply this information to their lives right now?
ANSWER: By realizing that you don’t need to run out and buy a new big flat screen and spend hundreds of dollars on junk food and alcohol and invite all your friends over to celebrate and watch people (criminals) who should not even be allowed to play the game.
COMMENTARY: Unlike the sports heroes of today, Ernie Banks didn’t abandon his fans in pursuit of the highest bidder when his club had losing streaks – and the Chicago Cubs perfected losing streaks. His highest priority was making new friends. He liked winning, but he like his fans more. Nowadays, the image of a sports hero has changed. People want lots of money and like beating up their spouses and then beating the system. This described our sports heroes of today. Sadly, this is who aspiring young athletes have to look up to as role models.