I once injured my right butt cheek hanging a small shelf in my son’s room. You are not supposed to pull a muscle in your coolie hanging a shelf! You’re just not! Men don’t do that! OK, wait, nowadays men do. The title of this blog is just what it sounds like. My grandfather was a cop, a veteran of the Korean War, he had a wife, 6 kids, a home with a mortgage, a side job and could fix anything with duct tape and hose clamps. He was a man’s man. He also worked till the day he died. So when you have examples like that it’s hard to see what went wrong along the way. This is just part of the problem, our stuff is as much to blame as we are.
You see now if something breaks in the house there is a fair chance 90 percent of men wouldn’t know how to fix it. I mean we are not talking about parts and components from the industrial days. Today’s pieces and parts, the nuts and bolts of our technology are not nuts and bolts at all. It’s fiber optics, digitally encoded super plastics and even liquids! MY GOD, THE LIQUIDS! So we are shot! Long story short we just don’t do for ourselves the way our fathers and grandfathers did. However, I did mention more about my grandfather than just his ability to fix the swimming pool like Macgyver and there was a reason. I also mentioned his responsibilities and his jobs.
There is a silver lining here because I think that is the part my generation did get right. I’m 33 and all the guys I know not only have piles of responsibility but they have at least 2 jobs. My generation may be the last that is not scared of hard work. If we can teach that to our kids and buck this trend of Americans doing less and less for themselves than we should be OK. Hard work is what made this country and it’s also the thing that can save it.
– Lou Milano
I think there is a misconception about what it means to be a good sports fan in this country. You see I’m in the minority on this one and I know it. I don’t think being a good sports fan is about going through the bad times with your team. Meaning guys will go to games, buy jerseys, watch games and completely support a team that is hopeless because that’s what being a good fan is.
I don’t believe in that. You wouldn’t go to a restaurant that was consistently bad why support a team that is? If you spend time and money on a team that is so obviously not giving it there all to be a champion then you are part of the reason they are bad. Owners of baseball or football teams only care about profits just like your boss does. If profits are bad because people cannot stomach the team on the field the owners will get moving and make changes, trust me.
Oh and getting in a fistfight on behalf of your team does not make you a good fan either, it just makes you a nipple head. Try and remember that these are dudes just like you. And just like any dude who doesn’t know another dude, dude 1 does not care about dude 2. You are dude 2 and the athletes are dude 1 and THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU-SO STOP GETTING IN FISTFIGHTS ON THEIR BEHALF. When did wearing JORTS and storming Citi Field so you get locked up and miss your kids 1st B-Day party make you a good fan? Yes, that actually happened.