Welcome back everyone, please take a step around the velvet rope because as a WCG member you are always a VIP in Ditka's Lounge. Grab your favorite beverage and a Polish sausage it's time once again to find out what grinds my gear. This weeks topic obviously by the title you can see spawned itself just the other day. It has been a highly debated topic on all the talking head shows yesterday. I decided to tell you my toughts on the topic and then get your opinions on what you think. So what do you say? Let's jump in....
So what do you see in the photos posted above? Good natured fun at someone else's expense, that's exactly right. The question is though if the guys were given an option would they say no? And if they did does that make them not a good team guy? What started all of this? Well for those of you that may have missed it, the newest Cowboy Dez Bryant has refused to carry Roy Williams pads because according to him they hired him to play football not carry his pads.
So what we have now is a rookie who has now said in not so many words that he does not care about tradition. I guess it depends on who you talk to or listen to on this topic because some people think it's great that Bryant has done this. Well I for one think it's garbage. I know from past topics and discussions on various threads that many of you have been members or are a part of a team or organization that these types of traditions might be a part of. Many of you at one time or another have been that rookie that was "hazed". Don't get me wrong I'm not a supporter of people who use hazing as a form of abuse, but asking someone to carry your pads to the locker room is far from abuse or demeaning.
There is such a thing as a right of passage and in the case of the NFL rookies and vets engage in "rituals" or "hazing" in which the teams become closer. Obviously getting a goofy haircut with the intent to make you look like bozo serves no other purpose but to see if you are willing to take one for the team and put the team and your teammates before your own needs. It has been said that respect is not given it is earned and a good way to earn the respect of your peers is to show them that everyone shares a common goal. During my life I have been subjected to being the rookie or the new guy and had to do tasks or something that I might not neccessarily have wanted to do but I did it to show that the organization or the team was the most important thing and that earning the respect of my peers was a priority.
I don't know what will come of this in the future, many have said that Dez will probably end up supplanting Roy Williams as a starter at some point in time in this year but as of right now he's done nothing to prove that he is above this. I have rambled on long enough I'm sure that some of you will feel differently than I do and I welcome you thoughts and opinion on the topic.