While Dr. Profeta has a lot of valid points here are some stats:
- There are 7.7 million high school athletes playing sports every year
- There are 420,000 collegiate athletes
- 2% receive scholarships which means 8,400 student athletes are receiving some level of free education
- There are 18,000 professional athletes in the USA alone
I do not see anything wrong with ids aspiring to do something great. While the odds are against a child making it to the pros, 18,000 of them play every year, so, some of kids DO make it.
BTW, what about the hours of practice and game time the kids devote? That is all time that they are not getting into trouble. Competitive sports is also a great way for this generation to learn that they have to try and compete. Once they graduate from High School or College not everyone gets a medal in the real world. Employers don't give out certificates for just showing up. There are real life lessons to be gained from competing and trying to be your best.
If your best is good enough to become a pro, like 18,000 others have done then great. If your best is not good enough then hopefully the journey has taught you some valuable life lessons.
Just my thoughts!
Some of our great pro athletes grew up without a parent booster. Some perfected their sport out of a desire inside themselves and succeeded. Not many, but some.
If you see some tall guy shooting baskets with his son, he may be one of those kids grown up, and wanting to give his son some of the great satisfactions he ferreted out for himself without ambitious parents in the picture at all.
Heterosexuals are fucking HILARIOUS.
Great article!! You said it perfectly. TeaBaggers love to use 'convenient interpretations' of the Bible to validate their choices and sooth their fears. (BTW, TeaBagger's fears manifest in to racism, sexism, bigotry and homophobia.)
The real irony of the TeaBagger "Validation System" is, those 'Convenient Interpretations' of the Bible are someone else's interpretations. I would bet 99+% of TeaBaggers have never read the Bible.
Right, but if health insurance wasn't tied to employment employers would have to deal with a much more competitive market for employees because suddenly the employees they can safely abuse (because they have families and "can't risk changing jobs unless they have no choice but to do it" because they'd risk losing their healthcare) would suddenly have a zero-friction way to take a new job because changing jobs would have zero impact on their family's ability to get care.
I like Atwoods perspective while also agreeing in principle with much of what the doctor says about going too far with the sports agenda. Maybe I am guilty of delusion in both directions but what's a mother to do when her children DO have the potential for D-1 sports at a minimum? I will tell you what! Require them to manage their academics first then let them do sports til they puke if they want to! Yes! Puke! My daughter was a D-1 rower and they practiced til they literally did puke. She loved it but decided after toying with trying for the Olympics to channel her energy towards becoming a professional pilot like her father. Both my boys busted their butts and played D-1 college Basketball on full scholarships and participated in March Maddness and had the time of their lives! Both graduated college and played pro ball over seas, one still plays overseas and has an amazing life and the other has a great job with full benefits and bonusus that are going into savings to buy a home. I just spent a wonderful week off visiting with all three of my twenty something children catching waves at beach, whale watching and eating out way too much together while they tried to educate me on eating and cooking more Paleo for my health. Real losers? Sounds like all those tournaments were a waste eh doctor? No family bonding happened? Lol! We ALL have the best memories of those years and miss being together more! Granted, the son who no longer plays had knees that didn't hold up, but when he had a torn meniscus his senior year in high school, against his hopes, we opted for reparative surgery that took months to recover from instead of just "cutting out" the torn part so he could play in the high school state playoffs. Because of that he had to go the junior college route before being picked up by a D-1 school his sophomore year. Granted the student portion of "student athlete" is what you make of it, as generally speaking the coaches care more about you being eligible than academic. They do need their graduation numbers to be decent for the NCAA, but really the NCAA is not about the student and it's all about MONEY! That's a long separate discussion for later! That being said Doctor, what is a mother to do? I think like all mothers and dads out there, we just do the best we can, pray a lot and give them roots first as well as wings so they can fly if that's what they want to work for! My "mom" saying is always keep your feet on the ground if your head is in the clouds! Should I have held them back doctor? Not on your life!
The bottom line is MONEY. The GOP does not want to have a single payer system, insisting that health care is not a right but a "privilege." If we gave EVERYONE health care, there might not be enough high quality care for the "privileged." The GOP does not want the "undeserving poor" to have coverage.
Those who think health care is a right are called socialists.
Hobby Lobby is using a religious argument to gain POWER. This case gave them a foot in the door! Now they can say that anything they do not want to pay for is "against their religion"--and so can every other corporation! Hobby Lobby buys most of its merchandise from China, the place where the one child policy was in place for years. The number of state mandated abortions in China is mind-boggling. Odd that Hobby Lobby sees no problem buying lots of cheap shit from China, right? This is not about religion, people. It is all about money and power.
....and those 16 choices mean nothing if you're medically unable to use them, and can only use the ones that HL prohibits. (I should say "steals" bc the employees pay for insurance - HL just won't allow employees to use the insurance they paid for.). I would also add that health coverage advocates aren't "missing the point" by talking about how bc is none if HL's business - it's just one of many points about this mess.
I realize that this, "Hobby Lobby’s refusal to offer its employees health insurance with contraceptive coverage "is not thhe point of this story, still, you should know that Hobby Lobby's health insurance covers 16 contraceptives
Bring back Hammer on a weekly basis. Nuvo without Hammer is like a bottle of tequila without the worm.
Without any question, I am so impressed by this young man's heart and passion for the arts, cultures, and mankind. I consider it a privilege that he is my cousin.
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I believe Falun Gong with its health positive benefits and respect for truth compassion and tolerance has a lot to offer. People should give it a go. :)
Well, whatever Steve, but there are a million reasons the Beatles were better than the Bee-Gees. Nothing against the Gibb Brothers, but the Fab Four spawned countless imitators around the world and actually started the rock revolution the BGs took a ride on. Read about it in the thousands of books and websites devoted to telling the story. The multi-multi billion dollar music/culture industry of Rock was Elvis born, and Beatles rocket launched.
Miss you, Hammer! Yours was always the first thing I turned to when I picked up NUVO, followed by Hoppe. Now, weeks go by before I even bother to take a NUVO out of a corner box. The paper has changed. And, for me at least, not for the better.
Again, no specifics. Guess Steve was right on the "haters never quit" take.
Ed Wenck... Maybe because Nuvo has really gone down hill on your watch. Perhaps your resume should be dusted off and prepared?
While I do appreciate the feedback, I'm wondering what the specific beefs are with Hammer's words above. "Douchier? Fat ass? Shame?" I'm not getting it.
A mile and a half... I bet the ones on here complaining that Hammer doesn't walk that far, drive their cars a half mile to get their nutty bars, cigarettes, coffee and playgirl mags. Get a life.
I luv ya and miss ya Steve! Awesome article.
I wouldn't walk either, walking 1.5 miles to work with a 115° heat index is not a good idea....for anyone.
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