Athletes, Not Heroes (Revised Edition)

[Ok, some of you did not respond so well to the last version.  I am not taking it down, but I have written a revised version.  For those of you who do not know, I am the editor of my school paper.  I had been planning on putting “Athletes, Not Heroes” in the school paper.  I however, am now changing the article so that it would be less offencive.  I am doing this for two reasons.  1) This new article is more neautral and I think that I get the point across clearer.  2) I don’t wanna get beat up!  I am also closing comments for the original post. If you have something to say, say it here.]

So, what do teachers, garbage men, and plumbers have in common?  Give up?  They are all needed for our society to function properly.  Think about it!  Without teachers, nobody would be educated.  That may not sound too important now, but just try to imagine life without being able to read.  (It would make text-messaging kind of hard!)  Without garbage men, what would we do with our trash?  Last but not least, imagine a world without plumbers. (Do I really need to go into anymore detail?)

Oh, there is one other thing that they have in common.  They all make less money than professional athletes.  Does this strike anyone but me as odd?  These people work hard to contribute to society and make next to nothing.  Meanwhile, a bunch of self-obsessed steroid addicts make millions for running after a ball like a little dog.  It seems kind of backwards, right?

Sure, athletes help the world in many ways.  They entertain us and, at times, they inspire us, but does that really justify the obscenely large amount of payment they receive?  All of the people listed in the first paragraph are heroes.  Yes, I said heroes!  Anyone who would willingly go into a line of work that involves toilets, garbage, or teenagers deserves a medal.  However athletes, for the most part, are not heroes.  Yet, they get the praise, and treatment, of royalty.  Why is this?

Why is it that athletes tend to dominate every aspect of life?  From the movies to school everything in our society seems to revolve around sports, even Thanksgiving Day is a big day for football!  The worst part is, this obsession with sports only fuels the common belief that brawn rules over brain.  People tend to get into the mindset that you don’t need to be smart in order to succeed; you only need to be stronger than the other guy.  It is this way of thinking that causes people to forget the passion of knowledge that brought our society to where it is today.  Putting athletic programs in schools does nothing but make the situation worse.  Sure, being part of a sports team requires that you keep your grades up, but it does not take much effort to cheat or to memorize the notes instead of learning the subject.  School is a place for education, not athletics.

The bottom line is, our society places way too much emphasis on the importance of athletes.  We need to realize that, although they entertain us, athletes are no better than you or me.  They don’t help the world near as much as the real heroes of our country.  So, you have to ask yourself  “Does it really make sense that people who contribute nothing to our world are rich, yet the people who work had to make civilized life possible get no recognition?”

8 Responses to “Athletes, Not Heroes (Revised Edition)”

  1. March 27, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Anyone who would willingly go into a line of work that involves toilets, garbage, or teenagers deserves a medal.

    Search Youtube for Dirty Jobs, I think you’ll agree with them.

  2. March 28, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    It does support your idea that normal/ essential people deserve recognition, but it is hard on athletes. Not that I disagree with that but some people might. I would hate for you to get negative comments from the sports playing population at your school.

    “Meanwhile, a bunch of self-obsessed steroid addicts make millions for running after a ball like a little dog.” This is true but sports players may take this as a comment towards them.

    Just wanted to prevent a PR nightmare. Good luck with the paper.

  3. March 28, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Some of the other people at my school have read it. One girl flipped out and demanded that I change that remark. (she is not even an athlete…just moody)

    Then the schools star basketball player read the article and said that she found nothing offensive. She could just tell that it was not written by an athlete. I am not changing it but I have to put a disclaimer that says “an opinion editorial” on it.

    I have seen dirty jobs…and I do agree with them.

  4. 5 Ame Kaida
    April 1, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    i do agree with you. but i do think sports might help small schools. it gives the town a reason to get together and while i don’t like many sports (though i do strongly support the band) they can some times teach things like team work. all in all great job, we need to keep sports around but we need to stop obsessing….i know there are errors in this comment, i hate spelling lol.

  5. April 2, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Even though Band is a Sport, I was not including it in the article. Band is more intellectual than athletic and has a place in school.

  6. 7 Lozzie
    September 11, 2008 at 5:16 am

    hi, look i totally agree with you! You made some great pionts that i’d never even THOUGHT of! i liked the bit about the garbage men, how did you think of that? one question, how old are you?

  7. September 11, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you Lozzie, I am 18. I am glad to see that you liked this article and I hope you enjoy my site.

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