You say "The gesture showcased the fact players see themselves as something
grander than themselves."The operative words "see"
and "grander" in that sentence seem to me to belie your point. I think maybe you read a little too much into the words on the players
backs.It seems to me it is more "showy" than their own
names.It seems ingenuous to me, as if someone bears testimony with
things like "I'm humble, I'm charitable, I'm loving, I serve my neighbor,
I'm a 100% attender," etc.If BYU were to wear their slogan
"Band of Brothers" on their backs it would seem to me they were overly
showy in how they see themselves.Hence, I disagree with you that
putting such words on their backs shows much more than "tooting your own
horn" about what "good people" you are.Could be
wrong, I'm sure, but I'm just saying, it doesn't appear to me that advertising
yourself for being "good, honorable," etc. is indicative of true
character.It's how they behave WITHOUT calling attention to
themselves, such as playing a full game with no unsportsmanlike penalties,
grandstanding in the end zones, taunting, using bad language etc. that really
Oh my goodness... really? That's like calling Ammon out for boasting. You were
probably chewing people out for saying they were "proud" of their kids
after that seminal talk by President Benson re: pride. These boys
(and their women counterparts on the Academy's many other teams) aren't saying,
"look at me!" Those words are aspirational. They are ideals, and to
those kids those things matter more than the name their parents gave them.On your next vacation go to Colorado Springs - go to Annapolis - go to
West Point... take a tour. Sit in on some classes. Go to a practice. You will
see... no you will *feel* their pride is in their team, their country, their
classmates, and their God (however they name Him).Frankly, you make
and miss the author's point at the same time. Open your heart to the
possibility that as good, and important, as your concept of quiet humility is..
it is also good to have a light shining forth in a way that people can see
aspirations to higher standards.What I read when I see those jerseys
(rather than a claim of personal awesomeness) is, "Come join us! There is
something better for all!"
I add Pema Chodron's quote to my list of worthwhile quotes AND plagiarized it on
my Facebook wall. Thank you.
Give me a break, welcomethemall. These young men aren't
"aspiring" to give service etc., etc, etc. on the football field.They're there to "kick butt," and that's what they go all out
to do against any team on the field with them.And so they should.
It's an athletic competition and competitors don't "serve"
their opponents, they do all they can to defeat them.Again, and so
they should.By pasting on their backs such things as
"service" etc. they are advertising what the United States Air Force
cadets are supposed to do; i.e., serve their country.Athletes on the
field, or on the floor, or on the diamond, on the track, or in the pool are not
"serving" anyone, they are trying to win out over someone else.And so they should. But, once more, by displaying those
service oriented words on their backs, they're tooting their own horns at their
Nahhh - I don't want to give you a break. I'm calling troll on this one...It's self-righteous, wound-up people like you who give Mormonism - and
frankly all religion a bad name.These kids ARE all about service.
When was the last time you made a sustantive commitment to die for something,
knowing in four years that bill can come due. This isn't some vague religious
promise rationalized with the thought that what my commitment really means is
that I promise to live a certain way for the next 70+ years.How many
of your classmates have come home in flag-draped coffins? Did you look at that
coffin wondering if you were next? Have you had a blue or gold star hanging in
your window? If not, you need to sit down at the feet of these kids and their
moms, close your mouth and open your mind.These kids at every one of
the service academies, men and women, are some of the best stories in sports...
and frankly, in America.So go troll on some hater site... the author
got this one perfectly.
Me thinks I detect a trace of judgmentalness.I never said these kids
were anything less than excellent examples of how young people should,
especially in this day and age. I believe they are exactly what
their football jerseys say they are. I just don't think they need to advertise
it. Just continue being who they are.No one knows better than I what
sacrifices these young people have made for their country. Without going into
it, one of my own son-in-laws is a prime example.But he is also one
who will deflect every attempt and someone's attempt to set him as an example,
let alone a hero. He would never do a thing to call attention to what I would
call his heroic actions.I think that is the case with most of your
young people who have given so much in their service. Most all the time, the
great majority do just as my son-in-law does; i.e., he deflects reference to his
deeds.And as for "hater sites," I think you may have let
your own self-righteousness lead you to some very mistaken conclusions.