When athletes become our heroes

SupermanMany professional athletes make millions of dollars a year, more money than the average American can ever hope to make.

Some are pompous idiots who make way too much money, and thumb their noses to the folks like you and me that pay their salary.  They rise to the top of their profession being pampered and ride the wave of self entitlement.

The media loves to create heroes, and then break them down.

Thousands of athletes commit crimes that go under the radar. Then there are the scandals about athletes that the  media covers to the point of hysteria and never let us forget.

We hear how these folks are cheating on their spouses, getting high and hooked on pain killers and booze, or doing something else stupid or illegal.

Sometimes we are quick to criticize athletes when they commit a crime. Sometimes we unfairly judge the crime in the media before the person has a chance to be judged in our courts. 

The amount of news that is reported, or in some cases not reported, help to create the case for not only the heroes, but the villains as well.

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Passing the footballA sports fan is someone who is devoted to a particular sports team or in some cases a particular athelete.  Fan, from the word fanatic, means an excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion.

There was a time when conventional wisdom said that politics and religion were the two topics to stay away from if you did not want to risk starting an argument.  Folks used to be passionate about politics and religion and had strong opinions on both topics.

Perhaps a sad commentary about our world today, but folks seem to be more and more indifferent about politics and religion, and the most passionate about their sports teams. The quickest way to start a fight or damage a friendship is to harass a friend the morning after their favorite sports team has lost.

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