After watching the debacle of Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young on Sunday, I really am thankful for hockey players. It's widely regarded that hockey players are the best athletes to be around on the planet. They're very down to earth people and nearly all of them have respect for everyone they encounter.
Athletes today are more idolized than they've ever been before. A lot of that has to do with the vast expansion of the media in the past 20 years. Athletes are now more accessible than they've ever been before because of social media websites like Twitter. Ordinary people are now exposed to the lives of the people that they pay money to see perform their particular athletic talent.
Hockey players simply have class and are good guys for the most part. They don't whine or complain in the media. They don't take their shoulder pads off and throw them in the stands after they get booed. They don't run out of the locker room on their team. As hockey fans, I think we should all be appreciative of just how classy and good the guys who play the game professionally really are.
And a lot of times, hockey players aren't given a lot of coverage from the media. If you subscribe to The Tennessean you know exactly what I'm talking about. It's all about the Titans. And does that seem to bother the players in the Predators locker room? No. They don't whine. They don't complain. They don't want to pack up and move.
I'm really grateful to have classy athletes and a classy sport. I think it's something that should be pointed out, particularly after watching athletes in a broad range of sports acting like fools recently.