There’s no "I" in
TEAM! However, there is a "M" and an "E." As children, our
parents teach us to play nice with others. Or, if you work as a team,
you can accomplish more than you will by yourself. How about this one?
You want to be the best you, got to beat the best. Woo!!
Okay, that wasn’t our parents. It was wrestler Ric Flair. However, it
appears the Nature Boy’s advice is what stuck in the minds of United
States’ athletes, particularly when they compete internationally. The
problem right now...we aren’t the best and we can’t beat the best
The U.S. Ryder Cup team was humiliated. Again. The U.S. Davis Cup
Tennis Team is inexplicably bounced by Russia. Yes, Russia. Both the
Men’s and Women’s All-Star Basketball Teams lose in the World
Championships. I believe the finger of blame can be pointed at the
American media. At least partially. Ever since Tiger Woods grabbed the
number one spot in golf, the media has searched for a rival. Someone
that can stand toe-to-toe with Tiger. Something like Arnold Palmer and
Jack Nicklaus. All it has done is create animosity and ugly headlines.
David Duval lost his swing and still hasn’t recovered. Phil Mickelson
and Tiger hate each other. Everyone else on tour is intimidated by him.
So, when they have to go global and fight as a team, they have no clue
where to begin. Half the team doesn’t like each other and the rest feel
they don’t belong. We’ve already lost before the first ball is teed up.
The Europeans have it figured out. The Ryder Cup is a week long
fraternity party. High-fives, fist pumping and lots of smiles. They had
fun and it wasn’t just because they were winning. Get this, they
actually like each other. Sergio Garcia and Jose Maria Olazabal..No
rivalry. Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke..Both Irishmen.. Best Friends.
There’s a novel idea.
Can’t we all just get along?