June 22, 2011

A Celebration Of Personalities In Sports

     Athletes have become increasingly predictable in their interviews, doling out large portions of "it is what it is" and "one game at a time" whenever they get the chance.  They've been trained to do these things because any deviation from the usual script leads to ESPN questioning your motivation, character, effects on other teams' performance, and things like that.  Fans seem to like players who are emotionally invested only in their craft (but not too much) and show as little personality as possible.  I, on the other hand, enjoy seeing different types of people interacting on the same field of play.  I also like athletes that are willing to be honest with us because I want to know what they're actually thinking.
    With that being said, I'd like to celebrate the athletes who have made sports fun to follow not only on the field, but off of it as well, such as:

-Nyjer Morgan, for slamming your glove down after almost giving up a home run, and also for bringing the pain again tomorrow (Aaaahhh, I gotta go!)

-Dwyane Wade, for telling your hand that it's hot

-Reggie Bush, for actually admitting that not going to offseason activities is really nice
-Albert Haynesworth, for admitting that you hate playing the 3-4
-Vince Young, for caring way too much when people boo you
-Allen Iverson, for talking about practice
-Dwight Howard, for impersonating Arnold Schwartzenegger, Shaquille O' Neal, Stan Van Gundy, and pretty much everyone else on the planet
-Ryan Braun, for that time you called out your GM for giving you terrible pitchers (a valid complaint)
-Shaquille O'Neal, basically for existing
-Ricky Davis, for caring perhaps a bit too much about getting a triple-double

And a bunch of other people I can't think of right now.

Thank you.  Please don't change.

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