I’m not much of a team sports watcher, but we here in the USA have taken ‘pro’ sports to the extreme.  When I was attending Pirates ‘knothole’ games, an average baseball player salary was somewhere around $10,000 per year.  In the time it’s taken the minimum wage to go from $1.80 to $7.25 per hour, team sports ‘pro’ compensation has gone from that $10,000/yr figure to an average of $2,000,000 + /yr.

Team sports isn’t about the teams anymore, but about the players, their lifestyles, their endorsements.  We have so lost the idea of ‘team sports’ that players don’t feel the need to play as a team, but to outperform, outclass, do anything to NOT be a team member.

Today’s ‘pro’ is idolized, worshiped, revered – for what?  For the most part, the more lavish and outlandish your lifestyle, the more you align yourself with thugs and infamy, the more money and ‘respect’ you command.  These are NOT the types we want or need our young people looking up to.  Wife beating, child beating, no problem – pay them and the media off, then bask in your notoriety.

There are a lot of people, I’m certain that would welcome the opportunity to play on a team as a team member.  I say we take all these overpaid primadonnas that want to protest one thing or another and throw them out.  Play team sports as a team, and if you want to make waves, bye-bye.  The same philosophy goes for cheerleaders, marching bands, and so on.  Imagine a cheerleading routine or a college band halftime show where some of the participants protested.  Yeah, not so great a view.  …but teams expect us to put up with anarchy.

NFL wonders if their player’s protests are causing a decrease in attendance?  Really?  Team sports, team behavior – no exceptions.