Tuesday, January 13, 2009
So how did I let this happen again? Just like all of the people you see cramming the gym within the first few weeks of the new year, I too will be updating this blog just as faithfully! So I'm now back at school and after arriving to what amounted to be about 6 inches of snow and some blustery winds, I'm all settled in and trying to get back on track. Just sitting here at my desk and glancing up at my schedule posted on an extremely old and somewhat disturbing looking bulletin board, I sense this semester is going to bring me lots of challenges and quite a few headaches. I guess it's not a good sign if your head is already spinning after only two days. With math, psychology, article writing, cinema art, music and environmental science, I can kiss my free time goodbye. But as much as I am unexcited about the workload that is ready to hit me head on, I am ten times more excited about what's going on in the sports world. No, it's not about all the campus hype of potentially having an all Pennsylvania Super Bowl or the excitement of the Penguins beating the Flyers, it's about my favorite baseball team and their new Ace. Yes, I am quite pleased to see the Atlanta Braves have finally landed Derek Lowe! So what if he will be leading a rotation with many unknown and unproven players? Derek Lowe automatically improves the staff and with as many injuries the team suffered the past few years, I'm just glad they could pay all the medical bills and still spare $60 million dollars for Lowe. But as I watch highlights of Lowe run across my small dorm room tv, I catch a glimpse of former Brave, John Smoltz being introduced with the Red Sox. Watching the longtime Brave hold up the Sox jersey with the familiar number 29, I am reminded of how much of a business the sports industry really is. The business aspect of the sport is even hitting colleges hard this time of year as athletes try and decide whether or not to enter the NFL draft. If I was ever in a position where I had to decide between another year of college or a lifetime of financial security, the decision is simple. As a quote from Jerry Maguire perfectly sums it up, "Show me the money!" Don't get me wrong college is a great time, but a person can only take so many parties, lectures and exams until they start to be tempted by the cash. Isn't landing that fabulous, well paying job part of the reason why we're all here? I guess maybe there is the "bigger picture" in all of this and learning all the "life lessons" are what college is about. But, if anybody reading this is willing to pay me an absurd amount of money to play a game for however long it takes me to buy that new mansion and all the luxuries that go with it, sign me up! Until I get that offer, which will probably happen as soon as pigs learn to fly, I will be grinding through spring semester with a boring text in one hand and a bottle of Aspirin in the other!