Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Some People Are Losers. Some Are Winners.

TSN’s Darren Dreger wrote an article about Bruins' Marc Savard receiving his second concussion in less than a year, and the possibility that this could be a career ending incident. 
Nothing overall special about the article, concussions are a hot topic in sports now, primarily hockey, and a little bit in the NFL, but there is nothing earth shattering here. 
What is astonishing to me are some of the comments posted by ignorant, petty human beings who flamboyantly display their complete lack of sympathy.
“Yeah boo hoo. Let's all cry and weep for Marc Savard. Poor guy is going to have to retire at 33 years old from working for a living as a hockey player where he made millions of dollars. He's a pro athlete and is paid to take the risks. If he doesn't want to worry about concussions, come work as a saw operator like me where he can work head shot free until he's 65.” 
Got news for you crazy_tattooed_guy: You’re a loser. You are pathetic. I can sympathize what it’s like to work at a saw mill, since I lived in a mill town, and can assume that more than likely, you got the job fresh out of high school, and never bothered to try to amount to anything in your life.  That’s your problem. Not Marc’s or mine.
You wreak of jealousy.
Imagine if you will, that you have been playing a sport, and instrument, an art, or whatever, since you can remember. Something you have dedicated your entire life to. You live it, you breath it, it’s the reason you get up in the morning, and you’re damn good at it too. 
Now take that all away. At the ripe old age of 33. 
You can no longer live your life without the risk of well, dying. 
I know people who have worked long careers, and have trouble finding stuff to do once they retire. It is natural for people to work and feel that other people they work with are counting on them. Most of them didn’t even love their jobs. They didn’t hate it, but they didn’t love it either.
I don’t think many hockey players, Marc especially, do it for the money. I mean, what you have to go through to even have a 1% chance of making it to the NHL would discourage just about everyone from doing it, if it was all about the money. 
I would bet a hefty sum of money right now that if Marc is unable to continue his career as a hockey player, that his heart will take much longer to heal than his head, and would gladly swap that pain to his wallet. 

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