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What has the world come to?

Posted on: July 21, 2009 5:09 pm
 

Can you remember when athletes were just athletes? Before all the movie star, celebrity athletes when all they cared about was traing hard and doing their best at their sport. Now I'm not talking about way back when athletes weren't paid millions of dollars and they had to have other jobs to survive. I'm about since athletes started making the big bucks. Can you remember back when there wasn't any star athlete in any sport that was looking improve their image or make even more ridiculous money by staring in a movie or doing some other form of entertainment?

I bring this up of course because it seems to be worse now than ever. Athletes are no longer looking to star in movies or get big time endorsement deals anymore, but no that's not enough for them. Now they want their own "reality TV” shows that are all about them. It's one thing to have an athlete play a role in a movie, which forces them to miss some training time, but it's another thing when that athlete plays a huge part or is the star of a movie. But it's plain our ridiculous for any athlete to have their own TV show. Why I ask? What's the need for it? What good can it do? It can't be about the money because they have plenty already.

Before I get too far ahead of myself, I'm talking about Terrell Owens and Shaquille O'Neal. Of course if anyone would do it, it would be T.O. so that comes as no surprise to me. It's still ridiculous because he's wasting his time participating in the "Superstars" challenges (where he could very well injury himself and really screw himself and his team over) instead of practicing and preparing for his up coming debut with his team, the Buffalo Bills. If that's not enough, he also has to have a "reality" TV show, "The TO Show" to have people watch him and his entourage in their "real lives." Like we haven't seen enough of the "The TO Show" when he was with the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Dallas Cowboys. Shouldn't TO be worried about actually contributing to a team and be a team player for once; he has yet to win the ultimate prize in the NFL: The Super Bowl. Shouldn't that be his main concern, and not reality TV shows?

Then there is Shaq. Now it's really not that surprising that Shaq is doing his own TV show as well because he can never be out done by anyone (he won't let TO get all the lime light). His makes a little more sense (but that's not saying much) than "The TO Show," because he's actually competing in athletic events and will be training before each show. However, he is not like Shaq is some young guy here. He is 37 years old and his body is not near what it use to be. He could very well get injured in one of these events, especially since he has a very competitive nature and will be going up against the best players at their respective sports (who are also very competitive and could get very carried away, especially if it looks like Shaq could beat them). You'd think with all the time he wastes on movies (Kazaam) and TV shows that he could have very well used that time to improve his game? I bet if he had practiced free throws instead he'd be able to make more the 50% of his FTs. He says this is a new way to help him train in the off-season, but why wouldn't you train practice with your Cavaliers teammates and train for basketball instead of training for different sports?

I really don't want to see this become a trend, but know today's culture which is driven and ruled by the media and "reality TV shows." I wouldn't be surprised to see more athletes follow suit; especially someone like LeBron James. "The King" doesn't want to be out done by anyone either, and will have to come up with some reality TV show in order to remain "on top" in the public eye. I've got a good suggestion for a show he should do: "I Dunked on LeBron James." Xavier's Jordan Crawford could be the guy who introduces each new player that will get a shot at dunking on LBJ. I'm sure Nike would walk right into MTV's station and ask for their tapes of the show so we'd never be able to see it.

It's a sad sad thing to watch great athletes do things like this. If this is a sign of things to come and is the future of entertainment, maybe Mike Judge got things right when he made the film "Idiocracy."

Comments

Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2009 1:13 am
 

What has the world come to?

The T.O. NO Show should be the name of this monstrosity. Four NFL teams said no. Why can't reality TV? T.O. on my team no way! T.O. on mt TV set HELL NO! This guy is a major meathead. Bravo T.O. What's next the Red Carpet,  I think not!



Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: July 23, 2009 9:07 am
 

What has the world come to?

I agree with you on the most part but I think guys like Shaq and T.O don't really need to focus as much on their off season preparation. To me, it's overrated doing that when you're a veteran that has played in your respective league for 10+ years. Michael Strahan won a super bowl (not by himself) after skipping all the offseason workout garbage. T.O to me, is just a tryhard, that I could care less about and he isn't nearly as entertaining as Shaq. There's something about a 7 foot 1, 330 pound basketball Giant going up against other great sport stars at their respective sports that seems entertaining to me. People love Shaq so I think him doing fun stuff in the off-season is reasonable.  



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 23, 2009 2:05 am
 

What has the world come to?

Everything about TO seems like a bad episode of The Hills . TO is lonely and the media is his only friend. Here's my advice for him: Go out and dominate the field in Buffalo. Most of us have forgotten your the best in the game at that.



Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2009 4:26 am
 

What has the world come to?

TO's show was great. Cheesy and staged of course, but great. The music featured in that show was off the chain too! It's too bad he won't finish out his career in Dallas. The Buffalo Bills should be very happy about his presence on their team. He might just save that franchise from relocation... 

maybe Mike Judge got things right when he made the film "Idiocracy."
Love the Idiocracy reference, (a great movie) but Idiocracy has been going on for a long, long time. We have the Governator out in California, A hockey mom darn near becoming Vice President - ("Someone's gonna hafta tell me what the V.P. does anyway"), Al Franken & Jesse the Body up North, a culture that actually hates "fag-talk", our military is TEAM AMERICA: World Police, and the list goes on.

TO's reality show ain't that big of a deal.



Since: Oct 31, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 1:17 am
 

What has the world come to?

Great.
I was driving to a sports bar Cowboy Naked one night to watch my 'Boys play the Giants, and all I could find at a Sports Authority on the way to the bar was a T.O. jersey.
Now I really am going to have to burn it.
Time to unleash the old Randy White jersey, I suppose.
xv





Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2009 11:39 pm
 

What has the world come to?

Since I really despise TO anyway, is it awful to wish that he gets hurt while doing one of his shows.  Not only would it serve him right but it might be a deterrent from others following suite.  Maybe this is wrong but this is so stupid.  But I do get why he is doing it, and its not about the money.  Its all about trying to improve is public image which is destroyed, but I don't think it is going to help him like he thinks its going to.  I haven't watched it, but I consider him more arrogant now then ever for just participating in this instead of working on his skills and his relationships with his new teammates.  Just more proof that with TO its all about TO and nothing else matters!



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2009 10:26 pm
 

What has the world come to?

I agree with you. I for one only care about what these players do in their given sport. I hate this tweeter stuff as well. I could care less what some player eats for lunch. If they break the law on the other hand then yes we need to talk about that, but following around TO with cameras is insane.

I also agree with the picture thing. There are no pictures to use in my blogs or threads. If we can not use pictures from other threads, which I think is a good idea like Joe said, then CBS should create a photo bucket and keep it stocked. There is not one photo on the Bulls team page that I can use. They should throw a bunch or highlight photos from the season into each teams photo file for all of us to use. That way they can screen what photos are used and we have something to work with. Pictures do make things pretty.



Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2009 10:15 pm
 

What has the world come to?

Then the LeBron James fans have another excuse for why he didn't win a title this timeI don't think that warrants a smiley, b/c it's true.



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2009 8:38 pm
 

What has the world come to?

Nice blog Biggy. I agree with your main point, these things really do annoy you. I'd hate to see a guy like Albert Pujols or Tim Duncan get sucked into this crap Surprised



Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2009 7:36 pm
 

What has the world come to?

If you have a specific request, let me know and I'll always try to help out... time permitting. But, obviously, allowing users to post pics from other sites would quickly lead to a blogosphere full of porn, and that not what we're here for.
Good blog, by the way.
Sorry Joe, I was just venting a little because I couldn't find any pics to use for my blog. I understand why you guys do it, but it's still frustrating. Maybe you could allow pics from other sports sites like ESPN, nfl.com, nba.com, etc. I know they are rival sites, but is sharing sports pics that big of a deal?
You actually watched the TO show? I just seen some clips of it on ESPN, and I already feel stupider just watch a few minutes worth. Frown

I like Shaq's idea. It's funny. TO actually did another "reality" TV show, the Superstars or something like that. He's really a tool. Shaq's idea is great, and I would really enjoy watching it..........if he were retired. Now everytime I would watch I'm going to have to worry about him breaking his ankle and tearing his ACL so he will miss time playing for the Cavaliers due to injuries. Then the LeBron James fans have another excuse for why he didn't win a title this time. Tongue out


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