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Today, I Made A Choice...

Updated on June 24, 2015

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I am, or have been, a reasonably sports minded individual for a long time. Not a fanatic, not one of those people you see on TV in football stadiums across the land in the dead of winter, shirt off, writing on my flabby belly kind of sports person; no, that's definitely not me. Rather, I am a passionate/passive sports person, moderately dedicated to my specific region/team kind of person. St. Louis Cardinals in baseball; used to be the St. Louis Cardinals in football until they left the state. I never did follow another football team after that debacle, just drifted away from the sport pretty much altogether. Soccer: nope. Hockey: nada. Basketball: well, I enjoyed the Michael Jordan years to a degree but the only team I can say I truly followed was the old Philadelphia Seventy Sixers led by the Doctor, Julius Erving. His grace and style won many people to his team.

So it is safe to say that I have both watched and listened to ESPN over the years. Watched ESPN when I could on the tube and listened to ESPN Radio while in the car driving somewhere.

No more.

Today, I Turned Off ESPN Radio

Over time, I have gradually removed certain ESPN Radio Hosts off as they changed, grew tiresome, became more confrontational. Steven A. Smith; Pardon The Interruption; The Herd with Colin Cowherd became casualties in my decision making, my choice to no longer listen to their ranting and raving ways, their arrogance and manners putting me off and I no longer listen or watch to them at all. I just can't stand their attitudes.

The one show I still listened to over the years fairly often has been Mike and Mike In The Mornings. Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic have been an enjoyable source of sporting news and I have remained a listener. Until today. I just got fed up with their defending that which, in my mind, there should be no defense for.

The fact that Sports Figures get multiple chances to offend both us and the law, then are allowed to waltz right back into a job that pays them more in year than most of us will make in a lifetime angers me. I'm sick of that mentality!

i have written elsewhere that this disparity between those that can throw a ball and those who are less talented sportswise is a chasm that cannot be breached. Yet We the People continue to not only allow, but to encourage this chasm to exist and grow even wider. The Ray Rice's of the world, those wife-beaters, drug users, thugs, law breakers, scum of society continue to flaunt their poor decision making then after they are caught, sentenced to prison, become a felon they come back to the sport, appear in front of a camera and follow a script which says how sorry they are, that they won't do this ever again and are welcomed back into the fold, all past deeds forgotten.

What about those of us in the Real World? How does that work for us? If we beat our spouse, use and/or deal drugs, shoot or kill someone, are we allowed back to our former workplace? Is the slate wiped clean? Are we forgiven by our employer?

Not a prayer.

Mayweather with the thing he loves most
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What Prompted My Decision Today

Mike Golic, the former football player who is, if not the comic relief to Greenberg's straight man is at least the less serious of the tandem. Yet today, he was defending a person's right to continue on in their chosen profession after heinous actions were brought to light. Those actions are not ones which have occurred in the immediate past but even so: they occurred. The upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have brought past offenses to the forefront, coming on the heels of recent football players guilty of the same vicious attacks on women. Golic said repeatedly that Mayweather's past convictions should not be a factor in his ability to perform in the sport's arena and basically we should let it go. So, what are those offenses? Try this on for size:

2002 two counts of Domestic Abuse and one of Misdemeanor Battery. Six month suspended sentence, two days house arrest, 48 hours community service.

2004 two counts misdemeanor battery against two women, one year suspended sentence, counseling for impulse control, $1,000 fine.

2005 no contest to misdemeanor battery for hitting and kicking a bouncer, 90 day suspended sentence.

2010 domestic battery charges filed then dropped after the former girlfriend recanted. The next day felony theft was added. A week later two felony coercion charges, one felony robbery charge, one domestic battery charge and three misdemeanor harassment charges were added. A year later he was sentenced to 90 days in jail for his battery upon her. He then reached a plea deal with prosecutors to drop the felony battery charge to misdemeanor battery. Pleading no contest to the harassment charges he had (which were a result of his behavior towards his own children) he received an additional 100 hours of community service, 12 months domestic violence program required, and a fine of $2,500. So for all of those charges brought against this fighter, this woman beater, this threaten-er of children he received a whole 90 days in jail and a total of $3,500 in fines. Wow. And now he stands to make literally tens of millions of dollars in his upcoming fight when he should still be rotting in jail for his behavior, his treatment of women and children. And somewhere, people will pay untold dollars to watch this "man" fight another man while he is cheered by those sad excuses for humans. Should this be allowed? Encouraged? Idolized? Should we continue to behave in this manner, this making heroes and idols out of people in sports who perform these atrocities?

No! A decisive NO! Resounding,definitive, without a doubt NO WE SHOULDN'T!

Why should we continue to fall deeper and deeper into this abyss of continued forgiveness? Why should we allow, no encourage this repulsive behavior in our civilization? We ourselves are not subject to this wonderful treatment by our employers. We do not get repeated chances after committing the horrible actions such as these "athletes" have performed then prance arrogantly back to where they desire to be, reaping millions of dollars along the way. Our jobs, and oftentimes our way of life is forever changed, if not utterly destroyed.

Why are they any different!?

Why? Because we allow it; we encourage it. We are so filled with our desire to adore someone, anyone who we perceive as being better than us that we beg them to continue. What is it deep within us that seeks out the worst humanity has to offer? What drives our upscale, far from the hood children to seek out those hip hop, rap thugs who write the drivel about how bad life on the streets is; lyrics (I hesitate to call them that) that encourage police killing and assault; degradation against women; drug usage; foul language filled with F-bombs and worse concealed as words of music? Why do these same children adopt the sagging and bagging pants which expose their underwear and butts personified by those "performers"? Evidently our society is so depraved that the worst scums, the very dregs can become idols to us. A factoid here for those of you who have made it this far: do you know why this sagging and bagging was created? Was it a fashion style? Nope; it was developed in prison as a way felons could advertise that their rear ends were for sale: prison sex. That's right all you followers of this fashion: you are unknowingly sending a message that your butt can be had!

How incredibly sad.

The end result here has been a rant of sorts, but I do not intend it to be. Rather I intend this be a wakeup call to the rest of us to stop allowing, encouraging this behavior. To no longer allow behavior that we find repulsive; to stop being such sad followers of a portion of civilization that breeds the absolute worst in us, that lifts up bad choices and decision making, that personifies that which destroys and harms. To find something else to fill our time with, say our families maybe? To teach our children that you can succeed without breaking the rules, without "Breaking Bad". To turn off that TV show which strives to pull us into their world of degradation and lowered standards of living and find something else to do that will lift you and others up. To stop allowing the continued fall from grace in America today.

So, Where Do I Think This Hub Will Go?

What do I expect to happen with this Hub? Not much; even though I have a few hundred followers here only a handful will read, fewer still will comment or even pass along. Our society has become so complacent that we allow poor behavior to rule. Consequences for our actions are excused as a child, timeouts and talking replacing hard guidelines and expectations backed by stern discipline until we are becoming a society filled with whiners, beggars, overgrown children who demand others capitulation in every avenue and throw fits when they do not receive it. We as adults have been brainwashed to believe that a swat on the hind end is evil, that it is child abuse. That resisting allowing our children to dictate to us where they go, who they are with, how long they are on the computer and phone is not only right but A RIGHT. That we are to allow our children a voice in everything from what they will eat for dinner to what they wear to how they speak to others to how they learn.

We have lost control and have now handed over the reins of our children to those who have no comprehension as to how a solid citizen should be raised. We are becoming a society of overgrown children, doing what we choose rather than what we should. Will we learn before we destroy our civilization? Or after?

I believe that this article, written with the fear of the future, with the passion for not only knowing what is right but doing that most difficult thing: doing what is right will receive my normal amount of views (say, 30 to 50); will receive a normal amount of comments (in the 5 to 10 range) and fall by the wayside, never to be heard from again. Why? Because we are lazy; it is easier to do nothing than to do the right thing, to make a decision, a change, a difference. Easier to sit on our rear ends and complain than to get up and change the station, to take a step towards a better way of life, to take back control of our country and our children. To say no to those who flaunt their way of life, their gutter language and lifestyle and say yes to the good in life. So I challenge those few who will read this to to not only read, but to pass along, to throw down your own gauntlet and turn off that which is despicable, wrong, heinous and do something, anything else that will improve not only your way of life but those around you. If you choose to remain on your hind end so be it. I will not; no more. And I will rein in my efforts, my energy and place it primarily where I know I can do the most good: my family.

I turned off a radio show that I have listened to for fifteen years; what will you do?

What Are You Gonna Do About It?

What will you do after reading this hub?

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Someday we might learn to value friends and family over these supposed stars and heroes. When we do, and we stop watching them, paying to see them, and giving them too much attention then they might be brought back down to earth. Until that time arrives, they will continue to do as they please and act as they wish. I am proud to say that on my little stage I have held my ground and not watched a single moment of ESPN nor listened to a radio broadcast since the day I wrote this hub almost two months ago. Take care, my Oklahoma friend and steer clear of the storms!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You're right, we do allow it. What is sad, too, these little slaps on the wrist seem to end up with bigger crimes. It's like a kid caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

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      Marie Flint 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      I'm not an ESPN listener, so all of this was pretty new to me.

      The key is to focus on the positive aspects of our society, and there are plenty. When these misbehaved athletes are no longer receiving our entertainment dollars, they will fall by the wayside.

      Forgiveness is important because it frees us as individuals from the chains of anger, fear, and hatred that binds us to those who espouse lesser values.

      I do question the amount of money the judges penalized these offenders--it should be on a sliding scale in my humble opinion. If someone is making millions of dollars, the fine should reflect that level of income so it's not just a "slap on the wrist," but an out-and-out financial hurt to the individual.

      I've never liked boxing, but my dad did. I understand he also got into a fist-fight or two when younger, probably triggered by alcohol, but that's ancient history.

      I have much, much hope for the next millennium. As humans, once we remember who we really are, we will naturally want to hold onto that glory for its truth.

      I basically agree with LongTimeMother's comment above. Change your perception and watch the world reflect God control and order with plenty of freedom to go around.

      Blessings!

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Bill somehow I missed replying to your comment-I apologize. The Man in the Mirror is a powerful person, yet oftentimes the one we would prefer to not see and recognize. If we would do that one simple thing, we might find ourselves in a better world. Until we do...

      Thanks buddy. Have a great day in the Northwest!

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      I agree. The amount of money is drawing lesser individuals to it like flies to honey and as a result our morality level in sports has deteriorated to a low previously unknown in the arena. It is a game, played by large children; therefore it should not make the money that it does. Lower the costs to attend events; lower the prices for food and drink (this past weekend we attended a local minor league game and the cool weather prompted sales of hot chocolate... at a cost of $7.25 a cup!!!) and lower the price paid for these "athletes" to a more normal level. People will attend, enjoy, take families, and you might have a better group of people on the field. Then take some of that money made by the owners and spread it around to charities, actually helping other people. Wouldn't it be nice?

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Mike, I found this hub very interesting and I agree with most of the views stated particularly the unrealistic amount of money dished out to our elite sportsmen. The fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather is a good example. I read somewhere that due to tv rights and ticket sales they could be looking at splitting a purse of around 100 million dollars. Think how many poor people that kind of money could feed or house. This doesn't include corporate sponsorships either. I know Greg Norman the golfer actually one very few major golf titles but made more out of sponsorships than actually playing. Then there are the elite golfers, tennis players, basketballers, footballers, baseball players who make more than a million dollars for winning one event. Because there is so much money involved it encourages drug cheating etc. once upon a time sport was played just for the competition and for fun.

      Then there is the behaviour of these highly paid sportsmen. We kind of have an unofficial rule in Australia of "three strikes and you're out"...I agree every one deserves a second chance, but after that...nope..they are role models for our children, or should be. If they continue to misbehave like spoilt brats they should be banned from their sports and have to forfeit their million dollar contracts. I don't subscribe to pay TV or sports channels, but I do love sport and will continue to watch my favourites. From what I've experienced online from ESPN I'm not impressed. Their fantasy and tipping competitions are low quality compared to others for example. Anyway, I do think this should be shared and acknowledged and I don't know what difference it will make but I support your cause so I will share this hub. Thanks for writing on this important issue.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I am going to continue to not watch or listen to ESPN.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't think I could say it any better, Mike. The problems we have in society? Look in the mirror, folks! We have allowed this country to become a shadow of what it once was. We have worshiped the fatted calf and then we moan when the calf acts against our wishes and desire. We pay for entertainment and allow entertainers to act like this is a Roman circus. I am so fed up with professional athletes.....

      I think that's enough

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Mother, I appreciate and accept your viewpoint on this. What I was intending was that I feel that a large amount of people will not make a change; rather they will possibly read then drift away. I do attempt to utilize those tools available, tweaking and changing around in order to attract more individuals but I fear this will mostly fall on deaf ears. It takes will to change, and some people will not exercise that will; to do so requires and effort. And I agree, it takes more than a radio show being shut off: it takes a village. We need to band together in order to make a change. Sadly, we seem to be more individualized than ever, yet those who are at the root of the issue are the ones who band together and force their viewpoint on us. Thank you for stopping and taking the time to comment, I truly appreciate that. Take care, and stay safe.

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      LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

      Hmmm. I often read hubs and vote without leaving a comment, but you seem eager for a comment on this one, so here's one from me.

      I can't participate in your poll because there's no option that applies to me. I agree we need to make better decisions - but I won't be 'passing this hub along'.

      This is your message; something you want to tell the world. I agree with the basic sentiment, but it isn't the way I would structure the argument. If it struck a genuine chord with me, I would share it, however my children have never behaved in the way you describe and I don't believe I fit the profile you outline ... and I don't think any of the people in my 'network' fit those descriptions either.

      Here's my suggestion to you, Mr A. Instead of accepting that "doing what is right will receive my normal amount of views (say, 30 to 50); will receive a normal amount of comments (in the 5 to 10 range) and fall by the wayside, never to be heard from again", I encourage you aim for a much higher target for your 'normal amount of views'.

      I think you should make the choice to put whatever time and effort is required to edit this hub so that it captures the interest of readers, speaks loudly and clearly with a message they want to share, and meets the criteria of search engines.

      If you want to make a difference and issue a wake up call, it will take more than just turning off a radio show that you've listened to for 15 years. I encourage you to get to work with the tools you have at hand, and craft a piece capable of making its own way to the people you seek to change.

      Good luck with achieving your goal. :)

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Thank you Akriti, glad you agree with this. I appreciate your taking the time it took to read this and comment; your response is well received. Have a great day!

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Thanks Cheyenne, I knew I could count on you. You are one of my few, the ones I can count on to read and comment. Thank you.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Nailed it here :

      "We have lost control and have now handed over the reins of our children to those who have no comprehension as to how a solid citizen should be raised. We are becoming a society of overgrown children, doing what we choose rather than what we should."

      Very well written post.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I for one, am passing this on, Mike. I agree with everything you say here. 'Nuf said. I'll do my part in getting your message out there. Perhaps some judges will stumble upon it and quit letting these high-paid criminals off with a slap on the wrist.