I think if I were the coach of a professional sports team, lost a big game and in the post game interview a reporter told me my team didn’t have the killer instinct, I would shoot him, just to prove him wrong.
Being responsible for the day to day duties of a professional sports team has to be extremely taxing on one’s nerves. If you want to keep your job, you have to win, no matter what. Sure, if you’re hired on during a rebuilding year, you’re given some slack, but not for long. Following that first year, you’d better start winning some games.
The Chicago Cubs are a great example. No one really expects them to win a whole lot, so it really doesn’t seem to matter who the manager is. It has to be the greatest job in the world. You get to hang around Major Leaguers all of the time, get all of the perks from managing in the bigs, but without the pressure of winning. Does it get any better than that?
In other sports, or even in other cities that have professional sports teams, the pressure is on to win. Winning teams put butts in seats, and that’s really what it’s all about. That’s why the Cubs get a pass. They still have great attendance records, no matter what. Besides, there’s always the White Sox if they really want a contender.
If the owner of the team spent a ton of money on free agents during the off season, he’s expecting the team to win. Here comes your pressure. There is no choice. You must win. Forget about your family and friends, you must live eat and breathe your team’s success. I’m not sure how you eat and breathe your team, but I suppose cannibalism is an accepted practice in those situations. I have no idea.
I’ve heard former NFL coaches talk about the fact that from training camp until the end of the season, they don’t have a family – barring a tragedy of some sort. Is it really worth it? Is it worth putting anything above your family? Most religious people I know hold the order of God, family and work. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with so many ministers, cardinals, bishops, etc. Their work comes first and the family must go with it, if it’s going to stay together. It’s also much the same with workaholics. No time for family, there’s a job to be done.
People need to slow down and enjoy what is surrounding them. You never hear someone on their death bed saying, “I wish I would have worked harder”. Never. It’s more like, “I wish I would have spent more time with loved ones”. Time is our greatest commodity, I think. You really do get to spend time. The problem is, we all only get so much and we really don’t know how much. longevity is not a given. So, it is up to us to spend our time wisely. God, family and job. I personally like the combination and if I had spent my life keeping that order, I probably wouldn’t have the neurological problems I face today. So people, please slow down. Take a deep breathe and spend some time with your family. That’s all they really want from you.
But I still would shoot the sports writer.
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