Greatest disappointments

“The 1972 Munich Olympics. Watching in real time the killing and hostage taking of a country’s athletes, for reasons I did not understand at time. It took the innocence of competition away.

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Also, parents that try to live through their kids.  Too many times, seeing competitive parents yelling at coaches, umpires in baseball or refs in basketball, when their kids are only 6-12 years old, trying to learn the game and sportsmanship.  I have seen T-ball games where parents scream from the stands at the coach for not waving someone home from third.  There is a 5 run limit per inning. Advance one base at a time.  We are going to score 5 runs. Allow some other parent’s snowflake the chance to take a swing” (EJ)

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“Sept 1973 I was cut from the Pee Wee football team at 9 yrs old.  I didn’t even know that you could get cut.  I didn’t know what I was supposed to do to make the team.  Nobody told me that I needed to hustle and work hard.  I was crushed when the coach told me I was cut.  I can still see him saying it to a group of about 6 of us.  I cried all the way home in my Dad’s car.  I learned that you need to be aware of what it takes to do something.  Nothing is easy – nothing good is free.  You need to make something of yourself – it doesn’t just come and find you” (DK)