I blew that today. I just couldn't take it anymore, so my status reads:
"If people put as much time, $$, & energy as they do into whether Lebron stays or goes into things that really matter, the world would look very different. IT'S.A.GAME that a grown man is getting paid ridiculous amounts of $$ to play. Give me youth/high school sports any day where it's still about the game."
I've already had someone comment "warning" me that people don't like this kind of talk. I'm sure. Might mean they have to think about something that's uncomfortable.
Like people are living in extreme poverty.
Like the homeless you walk past to go sit in your big dollar seat to watch "The King".
Like the orphans that have no hope, no family.
Like the people that are working two+ jobs just trying to make ends meet while having to sacrifice meaningful time with their families & children are left to raise themselves.
Like the fact that we've elevated a game to a level of importance & priority that we have media spending endless amounts of time speculating about who's doing what where & how that will impact "the game".
Disclaimer: I really enjoy sports. I do. Actually, I've been known to be a pretty competitive person. But what I enjoy about sports has nothing to do with money. I enjoy seeing the collaboration of working towards a goal, & then giving it everything you have. I thoroughly enjoy watching youth/high school sports because there still seems to be some of the pureness to it. Working hard & then leaving it on the field.
BUT, these professional sports have gotten out of hand. Heck, this whole country has gotten out of hand. I've heard all the arguments that professional sports generate income, etc, etc, but the bigger stadiums, "better" athletes, pay whatever to have a winner is just feeding a vicious cycle. Most "normal" families can't even afford the cost of tickets anymore. We have gotten so busy chasing the "American Dream" that we are totally missing out on the thrill that comes from loving someone, lending a helping hand, being a friend, having passion for causes that make a difference.
Believe me, I'm far from living my life perfectly & I can get caught up with "stuff". However, I serve a different King, & it's not Lebron James.