Winning’s OK, but not at all costs
First off, let’s be clear about one thing: It’s very easy for us to criticize.
We sports fans continually berate professional athletes for taking the best possible deal made available to them unless that deal is being offered by a team we really like. Then all insults are off.
We tend to be less harsh with collegiate athletes because the money they receive under the table pales in comparison to what pro jocks earn and doesn’t cause the price of game tickets to jump too dramatically. If an athlete’s free ride ultimately results in higher tuition for our own kids, though, we get angered.
Ticking us off the most is the fact that our offspring weren’t blessed with the ability to throw a touchdown pass while getting blitzed or sky over defenders for a slam dunk. Sure, they’re intelligent enough to pass physics and calculus classes, but if they were talented athletes someone else would be sitting in class taking tests for them so they could be freed up to attend practice.