We all love sports. The reason you are reading this blog is because you love sports. That being said, my love for sports has changed over the years.
Don’t get me wrong. I still love sports, but in a different way. While I still get caught up in the drama and I always will; it’s not life or death to me anymore. When I watched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lose to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts on that October Monday in 2003, I felt like somebody ripped my heart out of my chest. I was depressed for a week. Nowadays as a man in my mid 30’s I have found that there more important things in life than sports.
On March 6th, The Tampa Bay sports landscape change forever when Tampa Bay Lightning legend, Martin St. Louis was traded to the New York Rangers. Before his fallout with Steve Yzerman, Marty was the most beloved athlete in Tampa Bay. Afterwards, he quickly became the most hated. If you ask most Lightning fans what they think of him, most of their words wouldn’t be air able on 98.7 The Fan.
Martin St. Louis turned his back on The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay fans… or did he???
Yes, Marty acted like a baby when Yzerman didn’t pick him for Team Canada. Yes, he could’ve handled the situation differently, but there was more to the story. As important as we think sports is, it’s still a job to these guys. Martin St. Louis, like the rest of us, has a family. Family supersedes everything, including your job and moving to the Northeast was the best thing for Marty’s family. His wife is from there and the youth hockey leagues are much better up there for his kids to compete in. Marty wanted what was best for his family. Isn’t that what we all want?
Earlier this month, reality reared its ugly head when Martin St. Louis’ mother died at the too young age of 63. Since then, Marty has become a sympathetic figure in many people’s eyes including mine. Yes, hockey is important to him and the Stanley Cups are great, but you only have one mother.
For me, it really put things in perspective. IT’S JUST SPORTS! We as sports fans need to lighten up. So what if Marty wanted to leave the Lightning. So what if Johnny Football went to Vegas without his playbook. They’re human beings, with jobs; just like us.
I’m rooting for Marty St. Louis. I want to see him hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup. For his mother. For his father. For his wife and for his kids.
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