The love of sports used to be reserved for people who actually understood the games. Kids who would dig through an endless stack of musty old cards to find their hero’s likeness, grown men driving around in their cars listening to mostly static on A.M. Radio trying to hear as much as the possibily can of their favorite team, and the teenage girl who would ruffle through the pages of a newspaper to see last night’s score so she could fit in with her guy friends.
Sports today has become a fad, and now anybody that can scroll down their Facebook page, feels like an expert on any topic, but especially sports. They see a few names in bold letters on top of a page and assume that that person is not only good at their sport, “But gosh-darn it! They must be the best ever.” For years, fans would dissect statics, go over scenario after scenario, break down facts and after they were all done, the best athletes ever were recognized for true greatness. Now it’s just reduced to logic like, “Their are a lot of big names on the Warriors, and Jordan only had to beat guys like Barkley and Drexler. LeBron is obviously better.”
It is uneducated sports fans like this, who wanted to be able to “hang” in conversations about the G.O.A.T. but didn’t actually want to have to know real stats and facts, or the truth at all, who realized if they could convince you something as silly as the theory that, “More Rings = Equals Better Player,” they could stalemate you into giving them their way. It worked for awhile, because even though other quarterbacks were way better than Tom Brady statistically, he kept piling up rings. The rings piled up so high that even the people who realized Brady’s numbers didn’t even match the other quarterbacks around him until he went crying to the Commissioner to let him bring his own ball to away games, and the next year they changed the rules so he could catch up.
The only problem is, most of the bandwagon fans who follow Tom Brady, are also fans of LeBron James. In the beginning, these fans made up excuses and hung on to things like, “Well he made it to the Finals on really bad teams.” These were the same exact people that would tell you losing in the Super Bowl was a negative. Now James is failing to even come close to the same record in the Finals as his hero, Michael Jordan, and he definitely has lost enough to make some people question whether or not he is clutch enough to even be considered a great. When it came to winning Championships, Jordan wanted the ball, LeBron wants his team to surround him with more players. Jordan knew he could win. James wants someone to do it for him.
Yet, instead of turning against him, Lebron James’ (bandwagon) fans have reduced themselves to begging other NBA fans to not discredit him because he has to play against such a great team as the Warriors. That’s when their ignorance starts to show. LeBron has never had to play against a player who leads the entire NBA All-Time in two major catergories (John Stockton) and his teammate (Karl Malone) who is number two All-Time in scoring, yet, LeBron still can’t win consistently in the Finals.
Counting greatness by a team accomplishment is lazy man’s math. If you are not willing to study the game, you can still be a fan. Just learn the word loyalty and follow it and everything else will fall into place. When you see true greatness it is unmistakable. It will imprint itself on your memory and you won’t ever have to make excuses for it.
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