Have you ever missed a
beat in the off-season of the NFL or NBA? I have. In fact, it was just a week
or two ago when I fired up the laptop to dive into NFL.com when I found out
that I'd missed trades all over the place. Apparently the Dolphins had too much
money to know what to do with, the Patriots brushed off Welker for Amendola,
and Jake Long has cured the Rams offensive line struggles. Well, there was a
bit more, but who has the time?
While I'm in a hurry to catch up with all the trade news I'd
missed out on the past couple of days couple of days, it made me realize
that nobody is loyal to anybody anymore. Although I am strongly against this, I
do understand why.
I'm not going to sit behind my computer and say how players are
greedy, and all that they're looking for is a quick buck. Even though that is
the case for several players. The simple fact, and what some people forget
(including myself), is that professional sports is a business. If you were to
get offered more money to do the same job somewhere else, you would take it.
There is no question. So when clubs like the Miami Dolphins are throwing money
at players, millions of dollars, should we be surprised that they are
I am as upset as the next fan to see a loved player leave a
franchise. Being a Phoenix Sun, and a St Louis Rams fan, I have seen players
such as Steve Nash, Amare Stoudamire, Steven Jackson and Danny Amendola leave.
Players I have grown up to admire, taken away by the highest bidder.
It is a rough, competitive market. Teams want to win and players
want money or championships, almost always both. It is as simple as that.
It is with this that fans, such as myself, find it harder and
harder to attach themselves to players, not knowing if they will be there the
Sam Bradford is my last sporting idol. Right now he is not the
best quarterback, he isn't on the best team and he is yet to record a winning
season. But I don't care. He is the Rams future, so I am to support
him unconditionally. If Sam Bradford is to leave the Rams then I can no
longer call myself a fan. Just a spectator. He is my last hope at convincing me
there is still loyalty in sport.
Loyalty is a rare quality for current athletes, and is something
that should be cherished as a fan. Never underestimate loyalty, you
just never know when we could see the last of it.