20 Totally Played out Trends in Sports

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20 Totally Played out Trends in Sports
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Professional athletes occupy a unique place in society and pop culture.

On one hand, the money and fame brings a level of attention from fans and media comparable to movie stars, politicians and other celebrities. But on the other, their sphere of influence is primarily shaped by the sport, rather than who they are.

There are always exceptions: those athletes who transcend the game and become something bigger than the stats or championships. But for most, their legacy is built on performance. So, there is an awkward dynamic that arises when an athlete's life and aspirations outside the sport converge with pop culture in a hyper-information world.

The result is that things get kind of weird when we learn about the habits, tastes, business decisions and lifestyles of pro athletes. Maybe it's because we see them do such amazing things on the field, court, in the rink, et al., and then are reminded that they're human, and they are no less immune to the strange trappings of pop culture than the average person.

This doesn't mean we can't spotlight some of the goofier, tacky or ill-informed trends that athletes seem to chase in bunches.

These are the 20 totally played out trends in sports.

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