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uaslick
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A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports.

Most of these stories are about a kid who grew up in poverty, in a broken family, etc. I can think of very few rich, privileged athletes that achieved greatness.

Manziel
Manning sons (not Archie)
Ken Griffey, Jr.

During Gameday or all the other sports shows, when I hear the piano “ding…ding…ding…”, I change the channel or leave the room.

Any others?

—Old and grumpy.


weagle99
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re: A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports.
These stories exist so that worthless women sideline reporters can be employed


Mulkey Man
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re: A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports.
There are quite a few second generation athletes thriving in the pro leagues, many of which were raised in well off households. A bunch in baseball (Bichette, Guerrero, etc.)


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five_fivesix
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re: A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports.
Worthless?

Seems a bit harsh. And inaccurate. Samiches don’t make themselves, chief.


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JayAg
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re: A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports.
I hate rags to riches stories. I prefer riches to richer stories.


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BatonrougeCajun
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re: A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports.
There are tons of college athletes from middle to upper class families that grew up with two loving parents and always were high achievers.

That doesn’t exactly make for an interesting story


weagle99
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re: A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports.
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There are tons of college athletes from middle to upper class families that grew up with two loving parents and always were high achievers.


What is the racial breakdown of this group?

The ‘poor downtrodden minority’ angle is another reason for these stories


JayAg
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re: A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports.
Don’t add race bc it’s football. It’s the same for every sport across the board chief.


weagle99
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re: A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports.
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It’s the same for every sport across the board chief.


No it isn’t chief.



Poker_hog
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re: A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports.
Yep through hard work and determination they overcome. No mention of hitting the genetic lottery of having superhuman size, speed and/or strength.


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Colonel Ingus
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re: A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports.
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I can think of very few rich, privileged athletes that achieved greatness.

Yeah. These types…



… don’t really make it past the point where their dad can pay for the uniforms so they can get on the team.


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Basura Blanco
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re: A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports.
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women sideline reporters can be employed



And Tom Rinaldi


Ftn49
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re: A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports.
Depends on how rich you mean but Calvin Johnson came from at least a well off family, as well as Nakobe Dean. Many QBs from what I've heard are from fairly well off families now too just to join the training circuit that is required to have enough polish to become an elite prospect.


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JayAg
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re: A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports.
Yeah right. Your are only bothered by minorities overcoming poverty stories then. I can’t stand anyone from any race/gender talk about overcoming poverty, or some disease, or retardation, or some misfortune. But America loves it. Tho I tend the people who love it don’t really watch sports.
This post was edited on 12/8 at 8:27 pm


V Bainbridge
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re: A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports.
Human interest pieces have ruined all of the Saturday morning pregame shows. It's sad. 2 hours of that crap, 50 minutes of commercials and 10 minutes of game predictions.


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bigtiger440
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re: A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports.
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A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports


To be honest I hate them, I just wish one time I would hear someone say “I grew up in a middle class neighborhood with my mom and dad still married. I just worked harder then everyone else and accomplished my dream.”.


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weagle99
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But America loves it


Because America is currently in the feminized phase that happens to societies. Our age is governed by emotions, safety, and group thinking which are all feminine traits.
This post was edited on 12/8 at 7:49 pm


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PowerTool
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re: A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports.
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During Gameday or all the other sports shows, when I hear the piano “ding…ding…ding…”, I change the channel or leave the room.

Any others?


Of course, it's gotten brutal. I understand when it's a campus tragedy or something that affects the entire community. But sometimes they're scraping the bottom of the grief barrel, with our hearts going out to some random player who unexpectedly lost his grandmother last week.

Getting to be as bad as those fricking Olympics segments with the brave little gymnastics laboratory project who is battling on behalf of her younger sister who suffers from moderate to severe asthma.


Radio Zero
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re: A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports.
It’s a bunch of grossly sentimental bull shite.


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JayAg
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re: A thought about the ever-present sob stories about overcoming adversity in sports.
Don’t forget the tidbits of female athletes surviving bullying.


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