Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Sure I'll sign your jersey....

Some athletes put themselves above all others. I guess if you have scouts drooling over you while you're in high school, making you all sorts of offers once you're eligible for College, giving you discreet "gifts" like cash and vehicles, signing you to a huge signing bonus once you are drafted, and then have legions of fans follow you around donning your name on their jerseys, it might be possible to get an attitude.

Alison has said before that professional athletes are one of the most over-paid professions around. I could not agree more.
Some are smart with their money and open a restaurant or sports bar. Others invest in the stock market. Then there are the few who take $80 000 in $1 bills to a strip club, or those who can't resist the temptation of drugs while they're playing....
If I had a multi million dollar deal to play a sport, that would be my main focus for the few years that I did play, then I would worry about everything else.

This post came to me as I heard about yet another football player who failed a third drug test, and is now suspended (without pay) for the entire year.

I was listening to the radio one day and they had a discussion about over paid professions. Dentists were another suggestion, saying that their dental hygenists do all the work, then the dentist come in, look at your mouth for 10 seconds, then say "see you in 6 months".

In our fair city, it seems as though the city bus drivers are always threatening the public with a strike vote. Their biggest complaint is wages, yet the bus fares go up each year, as do their wages.

I say if you want the best "gravy" job around, work for the Federal government. They've got it goooooood!!

5 comments:

Chief Rock Chef said...

There have been a series of stories over here about hidden perks for those in government - the best being that MPs clearly need a second home in London, so not only can they claim the rent they are paying they can also claim for the furniture and decoration, including huge LCD TVs, top of the range kitchens, etc.

Another favourite of mine is vets - their prices are totally unregulated, they can charge whatever they can get away with!

Great post, and not even a sniff of a daiper!

mike said...

I agree with you 100%

all major sports need a complete overhaul and some major salary caps have to be put in place.

Slyde said...

100 percent agree.

I'm not a spots person by nature, so maybe i'm biased, but it always bugged me the way these guys get all this ungodly amount of money for playing a sport, when people who do really crap jobs than no one else will do scrape by on nothing....

limpy99 said...

I can't beleive anyone would be dumb enough to take $80,000 in $1 bills to a strip club.

Everyone knows the real action starts when the $20's come out.

James said...

ah Chris don't get me going...drug cheats in sport, athlete's wages (especially our English footballers) and corruption in the Government are all high on the list of things that really piss me off on a daily basis...I don't even bother to read the papers anymore.