I understand that sports at a young age should be fun. Learn the fundamentals and have fun. At the end of the season, congratulate the
participants and make some future goals. However, I passionately believe that
we should get rid of participation ribbons.
There needs to be a goal. Not
just to participate! Participation
ribbons do not help fuel the burning desire to succeed. It only promotes participation. Whether the goal is to win, to provide for
your family, to run a mile under 10 minutes or attract a mate, there NEEDS to
be a goal, one that takes passion to reach.
I am not in favor of athletes bringing attention to
themselves to demonstrate that they are bigger than the game or team they are
on. But if a player plays the game with
passion to show his burning desires to reach the overall team goal to win –
RIGHT ON! LeBron James no question plays
with passion. He turns into beast mode
and becomes this unstoppable force as the best player in the world.
California Chrome owner Steve Coburn had a candid rant at
Belmont Stakes after a failed Triple Crown attempt. He has a valid point and
used his earned platform to share his opinion that the other horses in the
Triple Crown should have to run in all of the races. California Chrome faded and displayed that he
was tired. Mr. Coburn said, "If a horse can't get enough points to run in the
Kentucky Derby, you can't run in the other races, the other horses should not
be allowed to rest and then run a fresh race leading to an unfair advantage."
I found him, at 61 years old, well-spoken, intelligent, full
of life and passion. I don't agree with
his statements, but still, I love that Coburn showed his burning desire for
success. He is allowed to share his feelings
however he wants. But really, that is
what makes the Triple Crown so elusive, that the Triple Crown horse wins and
runs in all of the races.
David M. Buss of Free Press shares that every human alive is
an evolutionary success story.
"If any of our ancestors had failed
to survive an ice age, a drought, a predator, or a plague, they would not be
our ancestors. If any had failed to cooperate with at least some others in the
group or dropped below a minimal position in the social hierarchy, they would
have met certain death by being cast out from the group. If even one had failed
to succeed in choosing, courting, and keeping a mate, the previously inviolate
chain of descent would have irreparably broken, and we would not be alive to
tell the tale." Each of us owes our existence to thousands of generations of
successful ancestors. As their
descendants, we have inherited the passions that led to their success —
passions that drive us, often blindly, through a lifelong journey in the
struggle for survival, the pursuit of position, and the search for
We usually think of passion as
restricted to sex or love, the burning embrace or constant craving. But it has
a broader meaning, referring to the drives and emotional fires that propel us
in our quests through life. They sometimes glow quietly, but at other times
they burst into full flame. They range from tranquil devotion to violent
eruption. Their expression yields life's deepest joys, but also the cruelest
suffering. And although we commonly think of passion as a force opposed to
reason and rationality, something to be tamed or overcome, passions when
properly understood have a crystalline logic, precise purpose, and supreme
The drives that stir us out of bed
at dawn and hurl us headlong into our daily struggles have two sides. On the
positive side, passions inspire us to achieve life's goals. They impel us to
satisfy our desire for sex, our yearning for prestige, and our quest for love.
The dazzling plays of Shakespeare, the mesmerizing art of Georgia O'Keeffe, and
the brilliant inventions of Thomas Edison would not exist if passion had not
stirred them from repose and impelled creation. Without passion, we would lie
listless in bed, for there would be no motivation to do anything at all."
I realize this is deep, but I believe that Mr. Buss writes
The point is that passion is necessary. We built this country on passion. History proves passion is why the United
States exists. For many, sports are
passion. California Chrome's owner Steve
Coburn has passion. LeBron James has
Steve Colburn should not have to apologize for what he said
about the Triple Crown rant. He showed a
burning desire to succeed, he was candid...real. I
LeBron James is more than demonstrating that he has passion and
desire for his TEAM to succeed their overall goal, to win another world
championship. Keep it up!