It’s not about the players, not really. It’s about suits-and-ties, the difficulty in relying on good intentions, and the greater difficulty in believing those who have collective best interests in mind and yet still give you an unpleasant after-taste.
We’ve all experienced this kind of environment. We’ve met new trail-blazers, path-makers, foliage-hackers who are there to help us reach our destination, wherever that may be, if only they’d ask us politely if we minded terribly that we wear X boots instead of Y sneakers, replace A resources with B, and build our prosperity into the future because it is no longer tenable to continue feeding sentimentality that only we can appreciate truly.
Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst * at ESPN have written a very fascinating piece on the Atlanta Hawks and “the tangle of egos [that] threatened to engulf the front office“.
Do you remember in chemistry class learning about different substances combining that sometimes created something very “ooo and ahhh” without dangerous effects? And other times, only the teacher could mix the contents of one flask with another because of known dangerous effects? Running a sports franchise must be like chemistry class. Everyone wants the “ooo and ahhh” and don’t always yield long enough to consider who should be doing the mixing and if there’s going to be any dangerous effects.
*Holy saddled up horses, John Wayne! If Brian Windhort’s wiki page is correct, he and I have the same birthday (but on different years — I’m two days older than Justin Timberlake). And, that means Brian also has the same birthday as Ed Burns but is ten years younger. Woo-hoo!