No one forced David Booth, or any other professional athlete to chose this profession as their job. It was a choice. And the reality in professional sports and fanbases are, you don't have one without the other. Their is no 'Vancouver Canucks' if they don't have a large fanbase who a) buys tickets to hockey games b ) purchases team merchandise c) watch the team in TV
You choose to play professional sports, then you choose you to be in the spotlight. That spotlight will always provide a combination of love and hate, it's how professional sports work. Habs are under just as much pressure as the Leafs, why have they made the playoffs? The Leafs are a bad hockey team, that's why they didn't make the playoffs - it has nothing to do with their fanbase.
I am under public scrutiny in my job, but I realized that when I accepted the challenge. I chose this career and it meant I chose what came with it. The sooner David Booth can accept that, the sooner he can take responsibility for his own actions.
Here's the deal, you play in the nhl, make millions, are a public figure and take the heat that goes with it. Not comfortable with that, perhaps a career change would make sense.
I think this speech is more applicable to professions in which you don't get paid millions to play a sport.
I wish I could be an athlete getting 4 mil. For that price you'd expect something. I have no pity for these guys. Their performance was disgusting
Wish I could get paid millions to do a job I love and put in a total crap effort. A guy can dream I guess
Massively spoiled millionaires should keep the public whining to a minimum,
Playing NHL hockey for a living is an easy life. But if it is such a burden he's free to retire any time since he's got enough money to live the rest of his life.
All you people with your rants about how much money these guys make are rediculous. Sure they make millions, and do what most of us would love to do for a living, but its not like they were picked out of a crowd and were the lucky ones just randomly chosen to be professional athletes. These guys have committed their lives to this sport and absolutely worked their balls off to get there. The majority of us will never understand the effort it takes to get where these guys are, sure they are all great hockey players, and that got them somewhere, but how many of you know great hockey players with all the skill in the world that never made the show because they couldn't be bothered, or didn't have it in them to work as hard as it took to get there? There are probably many of you on these boards that are great hockey players, but were always too busy bitching about being screwed over or not getting the chance you deserve, when really you just lacked the effort and desire to put your head down and never give up. And now you sit here demanding that these spoiled individuals need to put in a better effort because you are not satisfied for with the effort you are seeing from them.
There are a ton of people in this world that don't sacrifice nearly as much as pro athletes do, and people who don't work nearly as hard as they do that make way more money than they do.
I also realize the opposite is true, such as buckfostons dad who is a true hero of society, sculpting the young minds of tomorrow for meager pay and recognition.
But society is at fault for this, we build these people up to be the center of our worlds and are willing to pay for it, and you believe because you may invest your time following your passion, watching and spending money to see these guys play, that you have a right to bash them as individuals? Because they provide you with a fix to your addiciton? Without them we wouldn't have anything to follow and analyze year after year.
It is incredible how angry some of you get, I chalk it mostly up to jealousy of these people for their fame, money and the fact they are "living the dream".
Believe it or not, this may sound entirely absurd to most of you, but if you were in their places, making millions to play the game you love, I absolutely guarantee that you would also go through slumps and struggle and hard times and good times. And you too would grow increasingly tired of a fan base like ours. These guys are human too, just because they are famous, have tons of fans, and get paid millions does not make them invincible to the issues that we all face.
I appreciate Booths efforts and attitude since he has been here.