a wee bit too much swagger and ego?
There is a lot of talk about equal pay for male and female athletes. The gender gap has been and probably will be something that will take a long time to balance out. A few weeks ago, swiss women finally got fed up and had a protest. Why is this odd, it is because swiss business and the culture is like stepping back in time. The idea of a hausfrau and mom that takes care of kids is something essential for the long term development of kids, but the idea of exporting consumerism is having more an more people thinking "stuff" will make them happy.
My problem with sports in theUSA is that everything is more about hype, branding, and entertainment than the actual game. In my limited time watching professional men and women's sports, I found the women played harder and were a bit more competitive than the men. I am not sure what the reason is, but I think part of it is that what you get paid more money in a year, or have your guaranteed contracts…you lose a bit of heart. The incentive to really keep performing at the top levels or a performance bonus no longer matters.
They say not to judge anyone, yet, after watching the woman USA soccer team this year, there is no question they are a team loaded with talented athletes. I also know you have to have a bit of a chip to perform at the top levels, but the idea of over the top ego and bad sportsmanship really has the success the team is having diluted by the celebratory and off-field comments and antics.
A portion of this change in mentality comes from having traveling all over the planet and working. I was probably the American idiot I see in some of the current team, and the cultural stereotype I see oversells. It is easy to spot the Americans, you usually hear them before you see them. Then when you see them, it is typically a freak show of look at me!
forgive my digression, but the original Instagram research trajectory, has gone a direction that I really have to wonder, "what is the point of people posting picture sofa themselves each day?" I thought it was a fun place to post photos I liked that had no value…today it is all about a person having a motion graphics and video team, along with hair, makeup and all the rest to promote an image and brand that is like a lousy wizard of oz palace.
What is so bad about being competitive and just playing the sport, you know doing one's job? Why do we tolerate and allow all the ego and nonsense? Why does the public accept the noise of all the talking heads vying for a few moments of clarity?
A portion of it is that we have created wealthy with a few at the top that is supported by a whole lot of people on the bottom. The idea of scale and go big is fine if you have decent foundations and structural support. it would be nice if society didn't' look at insane behavior and think, "oh, that is cute or cool!"
"treat your neighbor as you wish to be treated."
you can play all out, in an amazingly competitive way and still not act an ass.
I keep saying somewhere in the middle between the free-thinking idea of the USA, and the more refined ways of Europe is an excellent place to be.
I just don't think one can have that, despite trying to find a balance.
I spoke too soon. Now the news is that the women are upset that they are being shown on the same day as other football championships.
Forgive me. I thought one was playing for the love of football and a world cup – not TV and Q ratings to get endorsement deals.
That concludes my frustration for the USA woman's soccer team. Maybe I am just old and played sport or the love of the game. Today it seems more like selfish, self-promotion, and jubilation moments to post on Instagram. I don't really know
I have grown to appreciate and enjoy succor after getting to watch it up close in Switzerland and watching the EU and world cups. But I won't watch my own countries team, as it is like watching the Olympics outside the country. You actually get to watch athletes from all over the world competing. It isn't just about a few Americans.
While I wish the USA woman's team well, and I don't know the truth of what is real or embellished in the media – I simply won't be watching. It is ok, the rating machine won't miss little ole me.
While I understand you need a certain edge and swagger to perform at the top levels, I think I am just tired of people seeming to think doing their job is a cause for hype and celebration of self. I thought being in the world cup, and having a shot at winning would be surprising enough. I guess to some, they need to have the spotlight on them, their brand, and the pimping out of "influencer" swag opportunities.
So if I offended anyone with this post. I am sorry. I am merely wondering when more reality and commons sense might come back in the "hype" game of "self" that appears to be more and more normal?
I will have to go out and watch some young soccer players and see if they are imitating the jubilation and selfish behavior they are witnessing from the pros?