Friday, July 9, 2010

Better or Worse?

I'm not sure what I find more ridiculous: how big of an event was made out of Lebron James deciding where he will play next (If you missed the hour-long special on ESPN entitled, "The Decision," go ahead and pat yourself on the back) or the fact that I actually watched it (at least until he told us he was going to Miami).

When I heard how much hype was going to be involved in this announcement (C'mon, an HOUR long special to say essentially one city's name!), I instantly thought it was pretty silly. I also immediately knew that I would be watching. That's the gravitational pull of media, I guess. No matter how silly I may find something, if the media makes a big enough deal about it I feel like I'm missing something if I don't watch. So I do watch.

That's a lot of responsibility for the media. In a very subtle yet creepy way the media tells me what I should care about. And as much as I'd like to say that I'm my own person and I'm not swayed by how the media directs me, that's totally bull. The media is good at what they do.

Unfortunately, what really drives media is money. The media wants to make a profit and so they don't really care about promoting issues of importance (unless there's money to be made).

The result is a lot of people caring about things that don't really matter.

A.W. Tozer wrote, "A game is something you do by creating a problem and then having fun solving it...One thing about a game is that nobody is any better or worse for whatever happens."

There are things I care about in theory, the things I like to tell people about in casual conversation, and then there are the things I care about in practice; what I watch, listen to, think about, and spend time doing things about. I wonder if anybody is better or worse off based on the things I choose to care about.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Lebron James Calling It Quits?

So for those of you who live in a internetless cave, there's this guy named Lebron James who is kind of a big deal. He's one of the best basketball players in the game today and many would say he will be one of the best of all time. Lebron's contract with his existing team (the Cleveland Cavs) is up and so he's currently mulling over which team to play for. Every team wants him and a handful of teams can actually afford him. While Cleveland can pay him millions more than any other team, he may be able to earn more through endorsements in a big market city like New York or Los Angeles. Another factor is the ability of a team to win a championship. Read more about it here.

Lebron has apparently made his decision, but instead of just coming out with it, he has teamed up with ESPN to bring us a one-hour special to reveal where he's going. He also opened a Twitter account. The anticipation of this announcement is dominating the sports world right now (unless you care about people kicking a ball instead of throwing it through a hoop).

I realize that tomorrow night when Lebron makes his announcement, he will probably just say a city and tell people why. But I like to think big. So in my dreams, I dream that Lebron is going to do something crazy like...retire.

What if Lebron said he's made so much money already and doesn't need anymore. What if he says that he wants to spend time pursuing his true passion of film-making or he wants to build a space freezer to re-freeze some glaciers. What if he wants to spend all his money fighting AIDS in Africa or bringing clean drinking water to people who need it. That. would. be. awesome.

So tomorrow at 9, while New Yorkers are hoping he's coming there or Miamians are hoping he's going there, I'm hoping that he's retiring and doing something really cool. That or staying in Cleveland. Go Cavs.