Sometimes being in the right place at the right time is a good thing, but sometime people just get lucky.
Take for instance the situation Mark Barron, the second year Tampa Bay Buc found himself in when his team went out and tried to buy a championship through its trade for former New York Jet Darrelle Revis.
For his entire career, Revis has worn number 24, so when he joined the team one of his first moves was to seek out the player wearing his number and do something about it.
What he did were 50,000 somethings – yup that’s $50,000 to Barron from Revis for the right to wear a number. Is it really that important?
Well, pretty clearly it is very important to Revis.
But when we think about it, we have to question the motives. When a player spends $50,000 for the right to wear a number we might wonder whether we are facing a sign of the apocalypse. When a player spends that kind of money – more money than millions of people make in a single year of working one, two, maybe three jobs a day – we have to wonder about where we are headed as a society.
Greed, selfishness, fame … these are all things faced by football players, entertainers and others with vast amounts of money.
Maybe we would have all been more pleased had Revis spent 50 grand on a charitable donation. Wouldn’t that have been nice? Sure. But he didn’t. He spent it on himself for an identity – his number. We all spend resources on our own identities – the new car, that house, a new iPad.
Though we don’t spend as much as Revis did in a single pop, we continue to spiral along in our materialistic society.
Football players have notoriety and are role models. Clearly Revis has the former, but lacks any kind of realistic notions about the latter.
Will the pattern turn? Probably not any time soon.
Revis isn’t the exception, he’s the norm. That’s why it’s so distressing.
Tomorrow we will forget about Revis’s actions and continue on trying to better our own lives and spending our own resources for things that won’t make us any better as human beings. But maybe it’s our own flawed existence that defines us as humans.
We like the feel good stories. The warm fuzzies.
But while reviled by actions like Revis’s, we’ll still go to the games and enjoy.
And while we’ll never have the opportunity to sell our number for $50,000, we’ll keep buying those lottery tickets in hope our luck turns.