- If greedy athletes are ruining sports, then what are selfish Americans doing to the country?
The question comes to mind because of what took place in Providence this past weekend, when the city hosted the United States Conference of Mayors, bringing leaders from cities all over the country together to discuss the country’s most-pressing issues and how to best go about addressing them.
It was supposed to be a chance for Providence to enter the national spotlight, to prove that it is now the Creative Capital, not the Corruption Capital that it once was. But instead, a shortsighted, self-centered group of people decided to use this opportunity to attempt to expose the city’s Mayor as a union-hating scoundrel. As a result, a number of top officials elected not to attend the event, including Vice President Joe Biden, which undoubtedly left the city’s hotels and restaurants in a bind.
The Providence Firefighters have been working without a contract for almost 1,500 days, which obviously is unfortunate. But it’s not as though they haven’t been offered a contract that is far stronger than any other city employee has and it gave them no right to protest the entire event. Providence Mayor David Cicilline has been more than fair with these egomaniacal individuals, and they refuse to sign a contract because they expect more. In a state that has an 11.3 percent unemployment rate, a rising homeless population and a $400 million budget deficit, the city’s firefighters continue to want.
How pathetic. When a professional athlete does something like this, they are portrayed as the villain and everyone turns against them. Well, what the PFD is doing hits much closer to Main Street, as the President likes to say, and they deserve to be treated the same way.
- Now back to the world of sports…
Everyone wants to talk about where Kobe Bryant ranks among the greatest basketball players of all-time, but here’s a more interesting question for you: Where does Kobe rank among all athletes from this generation.
I put Tiger and Roger Federer well ahead of everyone. After that, I say it goes Tim Duncan, Tom Brady and then a tie between Shaquille O'Neal and Bryant. Honorable mentions: Derek Jeter and Michael Phelps.
- And you know who might be the most overrated athlete of the entire generation? Brett Favre, who is going to end up quarterbacking the Vikings right out of playoff contention this season.
- Speaking of Shaq, I don’t care who ends up acquiring him, they need to bench him for the first 40 games of the season at least. Give him the Roger Clemens treatment. No league has a more irrelevant regular season than the NBA, and if we assume that Shaq will end up on a playoff team anyway, why not make sure he’s at his best in May?
- Just when the media decides to attack bloggers for assuming guilt when it comes to steroids in baseball, we learn that Sammy Sosa tested positive in 2003. Ironically, the most common response from everyone was, “well we all knew that already.”
- Because I’m a gambling man, I’ll take Tiger over the field this weekend at the U.S. Open.