I was not brought up on sports at all. My grandfather, the only one in my family who really followed televised sports, passed on before I could make sense of what he was watching. This obviously leads to the question.
What happened to make me adopt a new obsession?
There are many reasons, but there is one reason that stands out more than the others. It is because I consider myself the most competitive person that I know. Anything less than a dominant performance can be labeled a failure.
It's ironic that all my favorite individual players share the same view as me...I am a big supporter of misunderstood athletes.
Kobe Bryant comes under scrutiny for being too hard on his teammates--for giving a long wide-eyed stare at teammates who do something to tarnish his pursuit of a victory every night. People see Kobe as selfish when he calls out his teammates for not playing up to his standards.
Kobe just can't understand why his sport moves so fast for everyone else, and so slow for him.
Did anyone catch earlier this NFL season, when the Patriots were up 52-0 against the Washington Redskins, and threatening to score again? They were in a 4th and inches situation, and going for the 1st down. However, there was a penalty called on an offensive lineman prior to the snap.
Most would just laugh this off because of the unheard of 52 point cushion with which the team was privileged. Not Tom Brady--he took said offensive lineman into the huddle and verbally ripped him apart in front of the rest of the offense.
Someone was threatening Tom Brady's pursuit of absolute perfection, and that was not tolerated.
Who is the most scrutinized athlete in today's sports world? Arguably, this honor falls on Terrell Owens. He has destroyed every team he's ever been on, and all critics are simply waiting for the other shoe to fall with the Dallas Cowboys. Announcers cannot stop ripping T.O. for every single drop, every single poor block, and every statement that he says in the post-game interviews.
Did it ever occur to anyone that T.O. rightly believes that it is in the best interest of his team to get him the ball all the time? He really thinks this is the best strategy for his team to win. Does he ever cease to dominate a game? Have you ever seen him be completely shut down by any one cornerback?
I like that all these instances are criticized by those who cannot do what those athletes do. I find that entertaining.
I'll stick up for any athlete, no matter how outlandish he may sound, if he performs come game time.
Allow me to further tell you all what I'm about. I'm obsessed with knowing every single statistic for every single game. I could recite a 2008 mock draft for every analyst. I love drafts especially because I love scouting players for their potential to be the best.
Do I see any individuals like this in this year's class...no, but that doesn't stop me from looking.
I'm the biggest homer when it comes to sports. I plan on naming my first son "Brady." Randy, Pedro, Schill', KG, the Truth, Ray Ray, Big Baby, Pap', Big Papi, and Manny being Manny all have special meaning to me. I shed tears in 2004 when the Red Sox won the World Series. I shed tears this past year when they did it again. I shed tears 3 out of the last 5 years when the Patriots won the Superbowl.
I plan on shedding tears in about 40 days, when KG (also known as the Messiah) wins the NBA Finals MVP award.
Anyone disagree with my point of view? I don't care. T.O. doesn't care, Kobe doesn't care, and Tom Brady doesn't care.
Like them, I'm going to keep doing what I do best, and not care with inferior figures say.
"We're trying to play extremely well. We're not trying to win 42-28. We're trying to win--we're trying to kill teams, to blow them out if we can. You want to build momentum for each week. You don't want it to be 42-7 or 35-7 and then all of a sudden you look up and it's 35-21" -Tom Brady