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After the Olympics: Where's the Humility?

badgerpat Wrote: Aug 16, 2012 11:23 AM
Stuart, perhaps you are unaware, but many people thought Babe and Teddy were major jerks precisely because of that attitude. They thought this because Teddy and Babe were the exceptions that proved the rule. You act like you are proving Jacoby wrong when in fact you're proving him right.
MoonYogert Wrote: Aug 16, 2012 11:49 AM
Jacoby has a point but I think it is more of a learned skill when dealing with the press to not come off sounding like a jerk. The press seeks out and sometimes instigates these reactions from athletes. They are trained to perform at the greatest level of their given sport. I doubt they have time for coaching on how to deal with the media. Why do we crave to get inside the mind of jocks? Then we criticize their words. If lack of humility is a sin then envy is just as wrong. I think we try to tear these super humans down out of jealousy.
Humility, it is sometimes said, doesn't mean thinking less of yourself. It means thinking of yourself less.

For Carli Lloyd I'd guess that's a distinction without a difference. After Lloyd scored the goals that lifted the US Olympic women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Japan in the gold medal match at London's Wembley Stadium last week, thinking of herself less was decidedly not on her agenda.

"When someone tells me I can't do something, I'm going to always prove them wrong," Lloyd bragged to an NBC interviewer. "That's what a champion is all...