The Best Things in Life Are Free

Many years ago, I was a small boy. I laughed allot, played all the time and life was good. Everyone said how cute I was and I loved birthdays and Christmas. Nothing was too good for me. Whatever I liked, I’d ask for. It was a good system. I didn’t always get what I wanted, but I would be persistent. The nice thing about me asking over and over and over again was that I would end up with some nice toys and games. I figured I had grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and Santa Clause. Between them, I could ask for allot of things and end up with quite a stash.

Then I grew older and learned I was spoiled. I was a first born and got my way allot. Then a 2nd and 3rd brother came along. I had to share things now. I saw my wish list lose its importance. There were others now that also needed things. One day, I was pouting. I was having one of those P.L.O.M. days. You’ve had them too. Oh No? I’ll bet you that you did! P.L.O.M. is “Poor, Little Old Me”. Yup. Poor me. It was not fair. I didn’t get a bunch of things I had asked for.

Then my Dad sit down with me. When he was upset, he didn’t call me Kenny or Ken. He’d say “Come here Kennit! I want to talk to you.” I knew he meant business when he said “Kennit”. This time I was not scolded or punished. This time he said that he works hard for our family and there are other things that have to be taken care of. He said that I have allot of nice things and I will still get nice things, but then he said to remember something. He said, “The best things in life are free.”

Today, I am old enough to be a man. I am 55 years old, but still a boy at heart. I know what he meant then. Why? Because of our basketball superstars. There have been many players that have out priced themselves from their former teams. No matter. They just ask someone else and get their money from them. You know who they are and I think they are just as bad as I was as a boy. Between the folks to Santa, someone would give me what I wanted! Today’s NBA players use the same approach. And it works, just like it did for me. Artest, O’Neal, Gordon, and more to follow. It gets worse.

That is not all. The best is yet to come. Now we have the ELITE wanting to tell the owners how to run the franchise and who to go get. LeBron, Wade and Bosh are all not signing extensions. They want their teams to “show” them how much they want to win by how much they spend on OTHERS. It is no longer enough to make them filthy rich, they want to reap the benefits of new blood on the team at any cost, without taking on any risk or investing their own money.

That is a heck of a wish list and I think it stinks. Wake up guys! There is a limit. Fans may stop buying into your baloney. Remember, there are alternatives out there. Heck, a wise man once told me that the best things in life are free. Believe it !

Ken ratajczak
Sports Pundit member

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  • Anjali nambissan Anjali Nambissan - almost 13 years ago

    I don't agree with fans who feel that players should be as loyal to teams as fans are. These players have a 15-year career and need to earn for the rest of their lives because they might not be capable of anything else. So i find it extremely unfair that people say that these professionals shouldn't ask for the moon. They should be entitled to make their demands. If no one wants them, it will show. They have worked harder that you or I to get to where they have. I think that they deserve this privilege.