Season’s Greetings

By Tony Price, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: December 6, 2010

BOSTON (BASN) — A couple of weeks ago my wife and I were sitting on the couch watching a college basketball game. When one of the athletes took a charge and as he was falling you could see a quick glimpse of his compression shorts complete with padding in the thigh area and my wife immediately asked what is he wearing?

I proceeded to explain to her that’s the latest trend now days.

Today’s athletes not only wear padding in the gear under their uniforms, with the advancement of technology they are almost covered from head to toe with moisture control and padding for the ribs, thighs, rear end etc.

What she exclaimed next really caught my attention and gave cause for reflection to my days as a young athlete. “That’s what’s wrong with today’s athletes, this is why they are too soft”

I found that statement both humorous, yet profound. So in the spirit of the Christmas season (I’m unashamedly, Christian) below I’ve listed my 12 days of Christmas good tidings for today’s athletes.

On the first day of Christmas, I wish today’s athletes could go back to a time when working up a sweat was a symbol of hard work and the term “Hit the showers” actually meant something.

On the second day of Christmas, I wish today’s athletes could experience what it feels like to get excited for the game just because; voiding the need for a can of energy drinks.

On the third day of Christmas, I wish today’s athletes could experience a time when you depended on the natural foods you ate to fuel the body instead of relying on vast supplements

On the fourth day of Christmas, I wish today’s athletes could experience the benefits of good old fashioned calisthenics to make them stronger, run faster and jump higher instead of spending a small fortune on strength shoes and fancy equipment

On the fifth day of Christmas, I wish today’s pampered athletes could experience traveling to the games packed like sardines on those yellow buses instead of luxury coaches. This would force them to interact with teammates instead of entering their own world of texting and I-pod’s.

On the sixth day of Christmas I wish today’s athletes could experience what it feels like to play Pop Warner, little league, and recreational basketball, or hockey for fun. A place where they can be a kid, without the pressure of being the next great?

On the seventh day of Christmas, I wish today’s athletes could experience what it feels like to play for a coach who really has their best interest at heart and that was the norm

On the eight day of Christmas, I wish today’s athletes were encouraged to accept responsibility for a poor performance based on their choices to stay up late, not get enough rest or properly prepare instead of people using psycho babble to understand or give them a built in excuse.

On the ninth day of Christmas, I wish today’s athletes could experience a time when making the high school varsity team was quite the honor and college athletics and education were the dream instead of the pros.

On the 10th day of Christmas, I wish today’s athletes could experience what it feels like to attend a sports camp to learn new skills, meet new people that become lifetime friends and not auditioning stages for recruiting services

On the 11th day of Christmas, I wish today’s athletes could experience the true definition of loyalty, commitment and integrity

On the 12fth day of Christmas, I wish today’s athletes could experience a time when the only protective gear you wore was a mouthpiece, goggles, knee pads, shin guards and jock straps.

And a Partridge in a pear tree…