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2,448 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 14 years ago by Tazwert

Are athletes of the past more glorified than today`s athletes?
I doesn`t matter which sport. Are athletes of the past held in higher regard than athletes currently participating in that sport?


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14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 4/12/07 - 9:18:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, these days athletes are celebrities. I'd say it wasn't really like that in the past, at least not as much.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 4/13/07 - 4:53:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
It is just absurd, not to mention stupid, that professional athletes are glorified and looked up as "role models" today. For gosh sake's, they're playing a kid's game and are getting paid 100,000s to millions of dollars to do so! In very few professions is a decade considerd a career whereupon the person can retire with millions of dollars in his bank account (if he hasn't squandered it). I do not who is worse and more vile... the grotesquely overpaid athletes or the greedy, filthy rich owners of the professional sports teams.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 4/13/07 - 5:50:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think Americans looked up to athletes more in the past, because their imperfections were hidden from the public, for the most part.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 4/14/07 - 7:34:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 4/13/2007 5:50:34 PM yankees15 wrote:
I think Americans looked up to athletes more in the past, because their imperfections were hidden from the public, for the most part.

Well put.

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 4/14/07 - 8:29:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. Some athletes that have starred in competitions and brought home a lot of medals and a couple of championships like the Greek national football(Euro 2004) and basketball team(Eurobasket 2005) will always be remembered and people will think of them as heroes.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 4/15/07 - 9:39:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
i agree with yankees15 all the way. the ones in the past were more respected where as the ones today just seem to be idolized based more on fame and possessions
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 4/18/07 - 9:23:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
the most respected and glorified players in the history of hockey and basketball have played in the last 10 years and soccer is debatable with zidane, ronaldinho, ronaldo and beckham quite high on the list. But hockey, both gretzky and lemieux, basketball is jordan without any question. Baseball though, the nod goes to the older players, and probably football as well. But as far as fame and fortune goes, todays athletes are way ahead.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 4/18/07 - 11:07:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
yes, there are 2 reasons:

1) Their great preformance were real and not steroid induced.

2) Athletes didn't make millions so when the played it was for the love of the game?

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 4/18/07 - 11:14:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 4/13/2007 4:53:43 PM kurgan wrote:
It is just absurd, not to mention stupid, that professional athletes are glorified and looked up as "role models" today. For gosh sake's, they're playing a kid's game and are getting paid 100,000s to millions of dollars to do so! In very few professions is a decade considerd a career whereupon the person can retire with millions of dollars in his bank account (if he hasn't squandered it). I do not who is worse and more vile... the grotesquely overpaid athletes or the greedy, filthy rich owners of the professional sports teams.


Talk to the people who pay these athletes the money, don't bitch at the people who are just accepting these salaries.

14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 4/20/07 - 9:39:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Definitely in Britain. Until 1961 footballers had their wages capped at £20 a week (not a lot, even then). Now David Beckham gets $5.5m a year and people even care about his hair.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 4/22/07 - 8:56:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
cough. joe dimaggio.

...


cough.

14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 4/22/07 - 9:01:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
Hey, the Kurgan wasn't bitching... he was just saying it is utterly absurd that athletes get paid the millions of dollars they do... do you disagree with that? And for society to view them as "heroes" and "role models" or to put them on a pedestal and look up to them shows that society's priorities are completely "out of whack" and distorted.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 4/23/07 - 12:10:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
Two words:

"Pre lives"

14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 4/23/07 - 12:52:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
time is what makes the difference between a legend and a celebrity.

14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 4/23/07 - 2:10:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 4/18/2007 11:07:37 PM schmtec wrote:
yes, there are 2 reasons: 1) Their great preformance were real and not steroid induced. 2) Athletes didn't make millions so when the played it was for the love of the game?

I usually don't care about sports but that's absolutely right.

14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 4/23/07 - 9:59:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
Someone tell this question to drat off, it's stalking me.

14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 4/23/07 - 11:45:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. Every athlete of their sport is always compared to an athlete of their sport of the past. Example: Kobe Bryant to Michael Jordan.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 4/25/07 - 5:02:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
Can we get a spam delete, mods?
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 4/25/07 - 5:04:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
100 years from now, the athletes of today will be glorified as demigods. The athletes of that time, however, won't care, because they'll be getting paid in planets.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 4/27/07 - 12:22:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
Their own lives weren't all over the tabloids. They also didn't make as much money.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 5/17/07 - 12:50:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
When I think about, say, the hockey "greats" of this generation, I still believe that they couldn't come close to the Edmonton Oilers "Dream Team" of the 1980's... with Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Mark Messier and the like.

There's a reason that Gretzky was known as "The Great One" and still is.

14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 5/17/07 - 2:37:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, but because many people tend to romanticize the past, period.
14 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 9/28/07 - 12:36:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think so, yes. Everyone knows about Babe Ruth.



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