Monday, December 26, 2005

These Guys Deserve to be Remembered.

If you're under 40, you have perhaps never heard ofthe World Football League that existed in 1974-75. The league was a joke and if you do any study of it at all, you will come to that conclusion.

But one team stands out. They did not win the championship but they came close. They did something no professional football player would ever do today.

That team was the Florida Blazers. They went almost the entire season without getting paid because the team could not afford to pay them. They were angry about it and took it out on the other teams in the league (many of whom were poorly paid). They came within one play of winning the Championship (The World Bowl). Could you imagine professional football players doing that today?

Could you imagine a unpaid professional football player saying this:
"We've made up our minds that we're going to win the championship," offered wide receiver Hubie Bryant, "They've done everything else to us, but if we win the championship, they can't take that away from us."

In the greed that often consumes professional sports today, the spirt and focus of a team that faced this much adversity, on and off the field, and almost won it all deserves to be remembered.

5 Comments:

Blogger Lone Pony said...

I guess partly you can blame the fans for spending the money to make that greed possible. Maybe we get the sports figures we deserve like we get the leaders we deserve. Character is one of the reasons my favorite football player is Peyton Manning. When he was in college, he had a chance to go pro, but he said no because he started and was determined to finish. He also supports several charities.

10:58 AM  
Blogger NEO, SOC said...

I heard one person argue that very cause that we want the entertainment and we're paying for it. I agree, it's a shame. I agree that these people should be remembered, and so too the thousands of teachers out there who are burned out and underpayed. The only way to turn this around would be to move every man to say enough is enough. However, with that undeniable character flaw (aka 'sin'); we'd never do such a thing. This mentality of venerating the depraved is a moving train that cannot be stopped save for the Hand of God (MENE MENE TEKIL UFARSIN). Until then, imagine the greed issue like the Starship Voyager traveling at warp nine (9) without brakes.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Lone Pony said...

inlegolas,
I like how you put that..."undeniable character flaw (aka 'sin')". I've been calling it "inherent evil" and people get really upset with me. Maybe to help others to better understand what I believe, I should use your description. Thanks.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

Well, I don't know why, but you're right about greed taking over pro sports. Our U.S. basketball team did very poorly in the Summer Olympics because not many big-time players wanted to take the chance of getting injured in off-season. Gosh! Show some American pride!

2:23 PM  
Blogger NEO, SOC said...

No prob lone pony. Everyone here has supplemented my psychotic duress! I love it!

Rebekah, American pride doesn't come with citizenship. It comes with hard work and mind that can think freely. Do the pro players work hard? Sure they do? But, let's check out the ones who are willing to really make a statement and say go fight while leaving dream careers behind. I hate when people say they are not cut out for doing things like war, missionary work, etc. If your life depended on it; Rambo look out. You may be the first one dead, but at least the anger that spurned such a drastic turn of events would fuel you to your last breath.

10:49 AM  

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