"The ERA of athletes GOATing themselves. " Tue May-04-21 12:32 PM by allStah
This is definitely a generational thing, where everyone wants awards and recognition for doing what they are supposed to do. We see every minute on social media, where people want likes and follows for simply making dinner, cleaning up the house, going to the gym. People even create fake accounts to like and follow their own posts, a strategy to get others to give them recognition and attention.
It’s the “I need to GOAT myself syndrome”, and It doesn’t stop with the everyday John and Jane. Athletes, who are already perceived as gods and goddesses, are vehemently GOATing themselves even before they play one single professional game.
The idea of being GOAT is not anything new. There were a few athletes in the past who labeled themselves as GOAT. I think most would agree that an athlete self-praising himself started with a young, up and coming boxer named Cassius Clay. We now know him as Muhammad Ali. After beating Sonny Liston, Ali screamed about how great he was. His personality and claims were rebuked and frowned upon, and he was perceived as braggadocios. But there were no other fighters making those types of claims of themselves. So Ali was a one-off and simply perceived as a showmen in regards to his GOAT claims.
Rickey Henderson was another athlete who constantly congratulated himself, even self-titling himself the GOAT baseball player. However, just like Ali, it wasn’t taken seriously. It was perceived as entertainment, and something to joke about around the water cooler. There was no other baseball player clamoring about being the GOAT.
A player’s legacy was/is determined once he leaves the game and his number is retired and hanging in the rafters. A player gets inducted into the hall of fame, and he is championed by his peers, fans and critics.
So when a player like Draymond Green says he is the greatest defensive player of all time, or when Russell Westbrook says he is the greatest PG in the game, not only is the claim wrong, but it is a disrespect to the game and the players who are and were better than them.
Only a plant can give itself flowers.
HIS NAME IS MASON MOUNT Bulls | Bears | White Sox | Yankees | Notre Dame | Illinois | Chelsea | Real Madrid
========================================= I'm an advocate for working smarter, not harder. If you just focus on working hard you end up making someone else rich and not having much to show for it. (c) mad