O.J. Mayo – an ode to Frankenstein
WITHIN the last several months, we have been exposed to more evidence of major league baseball’s ridiculous lack of control over performance enhancing drugs, the Patriot’s “Spy-gate” scandal, and now recent allegations that O.J. Mayo – a collegiate basketball player for the University of Southern California – has been receiving money and benefits since he was in high school.
This is all because of overwhelming focus put on well, winning.
Fans and players both are becoming eerily similar to Dr. Frankenstein. Our ambition drives us to madness such that we are blind to the monster we have created. It is only when faced by their effects that we become aware of our sins, and like Dr. Frankenstein we are more disgusted by the situations themselves than by our own actions that gave them life. We have all placed too much emphasis on the “win at all costs” ethos that has ensnared athletics.
In the end we have to remember that sports are just games and games are meant to be fun. When we start cheating to win is when sports stop being fun for the participants and the fans.
It is not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game. Play only to win and you will inevitably lose. Play for fun and you’ll win every time. No regrets.