Jerry Rice Ditches the Earrings !
What does this mean? BonesBallers need to know. Well, I hope it means that somebody got to Jerry and said, “Jerry you’re better than this.”
But what does that mean?
Better than what? In our – “image is everything” – world creating the good image- bad image- and interchanging them is what keeps it all going.
Maybe Jerry did not look macho enough or football presidential enough in the ESPN team evaluation of the replacement referees who have possibly, through their inexperience etc., caused some teams to lose games. What works for Dancing With the Stars does not work for sports commentating? Why Not? Image issues? What could they be?
The NFL, usually so attentive to its image among its millions of fans has basically said – as long as the fans are watching, let’s just go with the replacement guys. Fans and players may complain but as long as the fans watch and the players play, why do anything? For us BonesBallers, this is what we call a compethical problem. We refer to Compethics as the study of competing ethics. Why are we so much more obsessed with small things like Jerry’s earrings (btw, he still has earrings, just smaller) and we seem to let huge ethical issues like the integrity of the game of football just wave in the wind.
How did image become more important than talent? What difference does it make that Jerry Rice was just accessorized all wrong? He’s Jerry Rice! Can we blame the internet, where overnight success can come from showing someone eating a football? But let’s be serious about this image thing. Did we really care anything about a great player like Jonathan Vilma (who?) until he challenged big papi commish in the “bounty gate,” (players being paid for violent hits) and won an appeal and changed his image forever?
He beat the system! We all want to do that just once in a lifetime! We don’t seem to care what kind of image we have as long by hook or crook as we have one that everybody appreciates, hates, likes or envies – but in some way, respects! We know this obsession with image leads to horrible outcomes sometimes.
BonesBallers know that this obsession with image has been with us before we had anything like the fame making tech devices of today. The Frontier spirit that was obsessed with conquering whole countries in many ways is the great, great, great grandfather of the team spirit obsessed with conquering the arch rival team –all in the name of image brought on by a sense of winning!
The historical obsession with moral courage to create social change in spite of the consequences has been with us throughout time. The image of oneself as meaningful to social change (even many times leading to loss of life) is alive and well in many of the movements towards democracy throughout the world. We are even in a major transition in our ethical ideas about what it means to have and who should have an intimate relationship with another or with the world itself. As we Facebook, Tweet, and text ourselves into seeing each other through less and less words, BonesBallers know that “it’s all good.” Cause “what you see is what you get if you can see it.”
Let the image you make be your own !
Ex NBA player and now BonesBaller