Is it possible to reconcile a relationship that may be inherently damaging, no matter the intentions?
Take care of yo mentals.
Take care of yo chickens.
great article, and all part of this larger discussion on how to evolve our definitions of sports and athleticism in society. i haven't seen a lot dealing with the fan's role, however, so double points for that
I have been a fan of Rod's for a while. Aside from his on-court talent, he's clearly a gifted writer and artist.
I have thought about fandom a lot lately, about how I have really enjoyed interviews with Stanford football players only to hope that they play poorly when Big Game rolls around. Being a fan makes collegiate athletics fun and it got me into sports in the first place. Still, it's easy to see how a rooting interest turns toxic especially when combined with racism and sexism.
Thanks for choosing to write about this, Nick, and for writing it so well. There are many great, respectful fans. But there are many fans that need to start treating athletes like human beings and not gladiators who's sole purpose is to amuse them.
Great writing here by Nick and Rod.
Maybe the Cameron Institute, it’s important work, and it’s availability to CAL student-athletes should be highlighted during recruitment?
The current generation of recruits appear to appreciate that and I believe CI is somewhat unique in college sports but idk…
Stresses are everywhere. From high school kids trying to get into the best university while being socially accepted to college grads attempting to carve out a professional career. It's all stressful and it impacts individuals in their own unique way. One doesn't have to be a professional athlete to "realize" it changes you are makes you into someone that you yourself don't recognize or perhaps like.
I enjoy watching sports and athletes that achieve great things but methinks societies put too much value on idols.
Some athletes and individuals crack under pressure. Simone was in the public spotlight so it was all there for people to see. Lots of individuals aren't in the public spotlight and may not get the help or treatment they need. Perhaps the attention these idols are receiving for their public melt downs will shine a larger light on mental health issues in our society. Perhaps fans will change their fandom ways though I doubt it.
Thanks, Nick; we all need reminding that our so-called idols might pay a price that far exceeds their salaries. (And I believe we all forget that adolescence doesn't end at 21; Osaka and Biles and their peers are still developing in every respect.)