One of the themes I've been meaning to write about is the growing gap between the "have's" and the "have-not's." That is to say, the One-Per-centers and the rest of the world. More and more, we are faced with luxury suites at sporting events, up-scale mall stores and automobiles with more accoutrements than most of our homes have. Disregarding that premise for now, I am left with these:
Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett was booed after being removed from a game, after it was found that he played golf after being disabled because of an injury. His response:
“We get 18 off days a year,” Beckett said. “I think we deserve a little time to ourselves.”
A little time to yourselves? Your work year goes from March to October. You have more time off than schoolteachers. Games start at 7:05pm. What are you doing all day, besides sleeping and eating? My cat has it harder than you. Shut up and play.
Terrell Owens recently appeared on the Dr. Phil TV show with several of his out-of-wedlock sex partners and their (his) children. Owens has earned $70 million over his career, he is said to be broke and as such, financially unable to support his babies. He had this to say:
"I've been through a lot," he said when confronted with the children he fathered and owes support.
You've been through a lot? What, exactly? You made millions of dollars, been to Super Bowl(s) and made money for endorsing products that you use. Now, we are supposed to feel sorry for you because you squandered that money and had unprotected sex with at least four different women? Sell sympathy somewhere else - we're booked-up here.
Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov did an interview with a Russian newspaper yesterday and had this to say about his year in Philadelphia:
"What I lived through this season I wouldn't wish to an enemy," he told SovSport in a story the Philadelphia Inquirer translated.
Hey, Ilya - let me be your "worst enemy" so I can sign a 9-year contract for $59 million to play ice hockey in Philadelphia. I'll live through that for a while.
Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala scored the winning points in the Sixers' playoff win against the Bulls on Thursday night. Afterward, coach Doug Collins had this to say:
Collins said. "Dre has gone through a lot here and I told him after the game that no one deserves more than you do to have this moment."
Oh, poor 'Dre. (By the way, I'm not impressed that you call him 'Dre) The poor guy makes $9 million a year to run up and down a hardwood floor 82 times a year. When he fails (most of the time) he is so sensitive about being criticized that he feels as though he has to stand on the scorer's table at the end of a playoff game and thump his chest like he found a cure for cancer. Get a grip, Dre. You haven't gone through all that much.
Not only are these guys making millions of dollars in salary, but they are griping about their so-called "hardships" of the life that they bartered for. Hey fellas, it ain't that tough. Or, more accurately, YOU ain't that tough.