Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by drizzt3117, Dec 19, 2004.
Anyone catch the clip of the interview on 60 minutes? It is pretty crazy... that guy is just nuts.
Just watched the interview - he is pretty nuts. Of course if he wasn't a public figure, no one would care. Let him go do his holistic healing if he wants - looks like at least he gets free massages and they probably all get stoned together - including the guy that runs that school. Bradford
He was probably high when he did that interview.
I DVR'd that interview and finally watched last night. That guy is crazy. I always thought he was a little crazy at Texas when he used to wear his helmet during interviews. Apparantley, he had some social phobia in college.
He had diagnosed social anxiety disorder and did all the interviews with his helmet on until they doped him up on Xanax. I don't think the guy is that weird - it just seems crazy to us regular Joes to blow off the NFL. Maybe once you are the best at a given sport it doesn't hold as much appeal anymore.
I don't really think he's that wacko. It's too easy to label someone whose ambitions do not mirror the so-called norms of society a crackpot. Does it really seem nuts to be absolutely secure and at peace with who you are, and content with what you have? In a world where we are driven by acquisition of power and things (nudge nudge SF-ers), RW surely does stand out, but who's to say he's not more sane than most? Allow me to pose a question: would you be willing to give up your worldly possessions, your fancy cars and bespoke suits, fine wines and fine furnishings etc. in exchange for the kind of inward peace, calm and clarity that RW seems to have found for himself? I would, in a heartbeat (though admittedly, my store of fine wines and bespoke suits is rather limited as of the moment ) If you are one of those rare individuals who can maintain a measured balance between the material and the spiritual (eg. Paul Newman?), more power to you.
I don't think RW has a sense of clarity, peace, etc at all. My impression of his interview was that he didn't know WTF he was doing at all but wasn't comfortable with the situation. Owing $6.6 M is going to be an issue as well.
Better yet, what a f**king IDIOT....I wish I had the talent to be a pro athlete long enough to enjoy the riches and stardom that follows a complete athlete in the prime of a career....and yet have the intelligence to not throw it all away on a substance that in the end makes your dick limp...where do these guys get their education? Should it not be said it starts in the college ranks, by making these guys idols too early in life, and rather than educate and tutor, we make them GODS because of their abilities, and then so many end on Poor Street USA.
A good lesson to be taught at the college levels would turn the professional sports on its' own heels.
When a player signs for a scholarship, he should learn upfront the realism of one good class in school, Contract Law...if schools would (or better could) enforce the scolarship as a contract, then leaving early would no longer be an option, and maybe if the NFL and the ranks of other sports would enact a policy more toward promoting within the sport based on academic achievement, we would then see smarter better athletes to enjoy on Sunday afternoon.
Well, if you think about it, that's not really fair, as a team can cut a scholarship player whenever it wants to, contracts go both ways, you know... in the NFL players are cut all the time and their contracts are not guaranteed.
That is true, however I was making a general concensus of the situation, not ness. an overview of the NFL....in the everydau ordinary business enviroment, lock a contract and try to break it...see as you know, the cost parameters and legal ramifications involved with negation...if pro athletes, and teams alike were held to the same ethics, a change would be seen in the game.
I'm fairly sure the contract is written with provisions that say that the teams can release the player at any time. On the other hand, there is no provisions for players to break their contracts, once they sign them, they are obligated to play, although certainly you can retire, just like you can in a regular job, which is what Ricky did, however, his contract did have a provision that said he had to pay back $6.6M, which he is apparently on the hook for...
Ricky doesn't strike me as weird. Â Just a guy who never loved the game of football and only played because he was good at it. Â I think the Eagles and Colts probably had an inkling of that when they passed on him in the draft to pick McNabb and Edge, respectively.
Obviously hindsight is 20/20 but I think Cleveland (who was an expansion team) or Cincinnati (who sucked) should have taken NO up on their offer and traded their pick for NO's entire draft (plus 1st and 3rd round picks the following year) Instead, they got Akili Smith, and Tim Couch... ugh. Even the Eagles/Colts may have done alright with that situation as they could have probably gotten James at the 7th pick and then had the 2nd overall pick the next year to get whoever they wanted (Arrington was that pick, but all sorts of players were on the board)
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